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Headsets with mic ($100-$200)?, Are the microphones any good?
toronado455
post May 1 2013, 19:08
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I've been considering getting a headset (headphones with built-in mic) for recording voice for a podcast. But wondering if the microphones on the ones in my price range ($100-$200) are any good.

All of the ones I've seen say something like "inline mic for answering calls on your iPhone" which makes me think the mic must really poor. If the microphones are only going to make my voice sound as good as a phone, then I don't see the point. I'd rather spend the money on a good set of headphones without the mic, and either use the built-in mic on the MacBook Pro, or get a separate mic.

But if any headsets (with mic) in my price range have a mic that is sufficient for recording voice, then I'd be interested in that. I don't need audiophile quality voice recording for this application, because it just needs to be good enough for a podcast. But I don't want horrible quality either.
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MikeFord
post May 2 2013, 07:52
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When you say voice and podcast, are you singing or spoken word? Making a rant reply or something with artistic intent?

Headsets make compromises for utility over sound unless you spend a LOT. Many good ones have no SQ and focus solely on intelligible communications, ie may sound harsh, but the words are clear. I suggest picking a set of headphones you like separately from the microphone. Cheapest good microphone I've seen is the Behringer 8500 essentially a copy of the Shure SM58.
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- toronado455   Headsets with mic ($100-$200)?   May 1 2013, 19:08
- - Propheticus   I can only speak out of my own experience: The Sen...   May 1 2013, 19:55
- - DVDdoug   There are some broadcast quality headset mics, but...   May 1 2013, 20:27
|- - toronado455   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ May 1 2013, 12:27) There...   May 1 2013, 23:08
- - markanini   Dynamic stage mics can sound great for podcasts, a...   May 1 2013, 22:11
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE Dynamic stage mics can sound great for podca...   May 2 2013, 00:28
- - toronado455   DVDdoug, thanks again for the great info. Do the e...   May 2 2013, 02:13
- - markanini   There are now inexpensive XLR to USB interfaces. A...   May 2 2013, 03:16
- - MikeFord   When you say voice and podcast, are you singing or...   May 2 2013, 07:52
- - Brand   The main advantage of a headset is that the mic is...   May 2 2013, 11:01
- - RonaldDumsfeld   fwiw. I use my PC to record what are called shoutc...   May 2 2013, 12:10
- - toronado455   QUOTE (MikeFord @ May 1 2013, 23:52) When...   May 2 2013, 20:26
|- - MikeFord   QUOTE (toronado455 @ May 2 2013, 12:26) Q...   May 3 2013, 01:47
- - toronado455   Thanks for all the responses. I've decided on ...   May 3 2013, 07:25
- - toronado455   Being that I'm concerned monitoring latency ma...   May 3 2013, 16:37
|- - Dynamic   A couple of links that might provide food for thou...   May 3 2013, 19:24
|- - toronado455   QUOTE (Dynamic @ May 3 2013, 11:24) A cou...   May 4 2013, 06:43
- - markanini   I think it's well worth spending $5 extra...   May 3 2013, 17:28
- - toronado455   I've never used a mic stand before. I read a r...   May 6 2013, 00:56


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