Microphone Suggestions

Valaire

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Hey, I was looking to see if there is a mic that fits my needs. I use 5.1 speakers while gaming and have absolutely no need for a headset. Right now I use an 18 dollar set of plantronics which work fine as far as the mic goes, but I have to wear the headset around my neck and stick the mic up to my mouth which results in a severe neck ache after awhile.

I am now ready to spend more money for better comfort. Going to be using mic primarily for gaming and would like something that is potentially cordless (bluetooth?) but does NOT include a speaker or stereo speaker headset.

I have had difficulty finding a mic that fits on the head but is only a microphone. I don't want to end up with something like the XBOX Live headset that has a speaker resting on one ear because that can hamper me when trying to listen to sounds from 5.1 speakers. I don't think I'd consider a desktop mic because those just seem too impractical for gaming.

Any ideas?
 

ivandal2

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lapel style mic should work perfect for ya. for gaming purposes, any will do so just hit up google and grab one in your budget.
 

snilloc

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Rix2357

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A lapel mic would pick up a lot of feedback from your speakers. Maybe someone knows of a solution on how to apply a filter so that the sound from the speakers doesn't get played again when it is picked up through a label mic. For a lapel mic recommendation, go to Best buy and pick up an Audio Technica one. It's about $30, but I think it is a high quality mic. I use it with some headphones for voice enabled gaming.
 

Valaire

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Yeah, it would be important to have some noice cancelling feature so it does not pick up noise from my speakers. Is that generally a problem with lapel style mics instead of hanging-from-ear mics? I have no experience with lapel mics. Thanks!
 

Footer4321

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there are plenty of headworn mics out there that will fit your needs... what you are looking for is called a headworn mic... there are tons of them out there..... if you really want amazing sound go with a countryman... but for gaming and stuff such as that this should fit your needs... i would get one with a uni instead of an omni mic so talkback will be less of an issue ... this one is a bit pricy but it is what you are looking for... alot of them out there come with a 4 pin mini XLR connector made to hook up to wireless mic packs so make sure you get an adapter or a solder iron to change that... this one comes with a 1/4 TRS... http://www.camcor.com/cgi-bin/cat/id=1004026094
 

Rix2357

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All mics will pick up crossfeed unless you have a machine (expensive) that can filter it out or the mic and speakers is part of a set that works together. Lapel style mics are the most comfortable and probably have the widest dynamic range are usually omnidirectional and tend to pick up a lot of noise especially if you want to use your speakers. I use a headphone which gives me just as great sound positioning without leaking out too much sound. The mics that are typically on a boom tend to work better with open speakers since those are tuned to a lower sensitivity and are usually unidirectional. The only problem is that you have to have the mic within a few inches from your mouth, otherwise it doesn't pick up sound. All I can say, is buy one and try. At a budget of $100, most mics will be about the same. I'm looking into building a module to cancel out the endless loop that occurs when using a mic and speaker set.
 
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