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Stream In Style – HyperX QuadCast Review

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HyperX is known for making high-end gaming gear. They have already announced many exciting products in CES 2020. However, there is one interesting thing that the company has launched recently and it is the HyperX QuadCast Gaming Microphone. How does it perform in the real world, let’s find out?

How does It look?

The HyperX QuadCast Gaming Microphone is a condenser type microphone. This mic has been aimed at gamers and streamers alike, especially those who create content that required high-quality audio recording. It comes in red-black colour combination which I personally like very much. The build of the microphone uses aluminium which makes it very sturdy to use. The red accents and the honey-comb like grille on the mic are really eye-catching. Once connected, the microphone lights up in red colour and tapping the mic icon on the top allows you to mute the input. The QuadCast uses an electret condenser design and it uses a built-in pop-filter which cuts out the unnecessary noise.

For connectivity, it comes with a mini-USB port (wish it was a type-C instead) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can be connected to a PC, laptop or a gaming console and works on macOS, Windows and PS4 platforms too. A high-quality 1.5m long braided wire for connecting the microphone is also supplied in the box. It rests on an aluminium frame with braised elastic bands which keep it suspended and free from shock noises. The base of the microphone has the voice gain adjuster while at the back you will notice a knob with four preset polar settings for the mic. In simple words, it offers four different modes which can be used to record audio in various situations. It supports four different types of audio recordings, such as cardioid, bidirectional, stereo, and omnidirectional.

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How does it perform?

The best part of the QuadCast is the ability to adjust its voice gain, Especially if the streaming is being done from a crowded and noisy place. Similarly, for quieter environments, you can dial down the gain for much better and clear recording. We recorded some voiceovers and podcasts in our office to test its abilities and the overall quality has been very impressive. You can use open-source software which allows you to record and edit sound and easily syncs with most of them. Even in different scenarios, there was no compromise in the recordings.

Should You Buy It?

The HyperX QuadCast is a great product for those who game and stream as well as record podcasts. In fact, it can be used as a versatile microphone given its ability to connect on multiple platforms. While the build quality and features are top-notch, I wish HyperX would have given a USB Type-C. Having said that, the QuadCast’s performance is good enough for you to forget everything else.

Specs

  • Sample/bit rate: 48kHz/16-bit
  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Condenser type: Three 14mm condensers
  • Polar patterns: Stereo, Omnidirectional, Cardioid, Bidirectional 
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -36dB (1V/Pa at 1kHz)
  • Total weight with USB cable: 710g
Mrinmoy Choudhury

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