Hyperx Quadcast Gaming Microphone Review
Just a few years ago, gaming microphones were considered to be an unnecessary decadence. But when the Twitch is born, the mindset about the PC gaming changed. The ideal gaming setup nowadays is all about broadcasting a high-quality audio and video depending on the frame rates and no longer remains purely a performance equation.
The arrival of Kingston’s HyperX Quadcast is important in this context, this dedicated mic earned a title as one of the best gaming microphone in the market. You can mute while playing and do quick changes because of Twitch-ready looks and well-placed controls.
Hyperx Quadcast Gaming Microphone: Design
The Hyperx Quadcast Gaming Microphone has a broader proposition. This is the exact transformative experience for those who are interested in making a multi-media creation like Podcasts and YouTube content or streaming or in streaming while they play.
However, the mic doesn’t give a transformative experience in multi-player gaming as compared to the headset with a swingarm mic.
A dedicated mic comes with a lot more new possibilities for your headphone setup as you don’t need a built-in mic on your cans. For those having a pocket deep enough can pay the entry fee for audiophile space. The headsets with a top-quality gaming experience are wonderful today.
But they are still out of the competition against the high-end headphones running into an amp. Spending more money on better-sounding headphones makes a dedicated mic an excellent choice in other words.
The spec sheet of Hyperx Quadcast and the numbers on it might not jump at you because they are not generally examined the enthusiast space of PC gaming. Besides all, this Quadcast design enables it to executes its mission of background noise cancellation and up-close vocal recording brilliantly.
The mic of Hyperx Quadcast is the same mic built around an electric condenser design on the end of the swingarms headsets. Using a backplate sound pressure levels are changed into an electric current with the translation by a diaphragm. It also holds an amplifier and a static charge.
An electrical field lies between the backplate and the diaphragm as its conductive. Therefore, when the louder signal is sent to an amplifier and the electric field narrows, it pushed back by the sound pressure levels.
An electrical field widens again and lowers the signal sent to an amplifier when the diaphragm (or three of them in the case of a mic) move back to their normal position once the sound pressure level (SPL) gets quieter.
The size and the plurality of the diaphragm differs the Quadcast from those tiny headset mics. The small devices like phones and headsets are fitted with mics, which are great at articulating fast changes in SPL resulting in explosive sounds.
The diaphragm is not physically big enough to react with accuracy. Therefore, they can’t translate the low-end frequencies into an audio signal. This is why every phone call that you ever had sound so scratchy and thin.
Taking it looks from that classic Electro-voice and Neumann Studio mic designs of the past. The subtle details can be picked by your low-end register and commit them to an electrical signal accurately.
This is also true in the case of Razer’s Seiren series, which is another gaming microphones. Here it’s important to mention because its due to the increase in the real estate that gives these dedicated mics an ability to boost the sound quality exponentially from what a headset or smartphone is capable of.
There are four polar patterns listed on the spec sheet i.e. stereo, cardioid, bidirectional and omnidirectional adding to the Quadcast’s studio cred. It is not clear that what Kingston means by ‘stereo’ as its not a polar pattern, which is recognized in itself.
The thing we’re sure about is the use of very unusual three-diaphragm design of the Quadcast. The resulting sound is not very much different from the traditional bi-directional setup to our ears but at least it’s another option.
In addition to tons of options, what does it means in terms of usability to pick up just one source using the cardioid settings in front of it. It can listen to the whole room at once and two different sound sources can be placed at a different side of the mic. If you are especially interested in recording the podcast as a duo, especially the latter comes handy.
However, it is recommended that you use to separate mics so that you can record two different signals for EQing, mastering and compression. The pattern, which matters is the cardioid pattern because it works tremendously to bring out the subtle details of your voice without creating unusual and unnecessary noise at the background.
It’s able to capture the “breathiness”, a clarity to the high end, which is commendable in this price point. Although there is a note for the users of a mechanical keyboard. In the cardioid setting, the Quadcast does pick up the clicks. So, if possible, it is worth it to run the signals through a noise suppressor.
Even though you can also get around it by frequency isolation on those clicks sound out at. Then you need to set a narrow q value and run your signals through an EQ at that frequency to kill that signal.
At least, when using a lot of gaming headset mics, the mechanical keyboard noise is less noticeable. Quadcast’s fault–Cherry generally lives right next to the place of the mic you have chosen.
Hyperx Quadcast Gaming Microphone: Audio Quality
The noticeable stats on the Quadcast’s vital statistics is the 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response range and the 48Khz/16-bit sample/bit rate. Given the intended purpose, we don’t have any reservations about that response of the frequency. If you try to capture a whale song, you might get into trouble. But it’s totally up to if you bring the mic up close to the aquatic mammal.
Your voice is going to come across brilliantly with the full EQ frequency range and that is somewhat more pertinent. As far as the sample and bit rate is concerned, the CD-quality audio of 48KHz and 16-bit is sufficient for most of the scenarios related to gaming.
But be aware that the Quadcast is not a pro audio equipment as the spec highlights and can’t be used as such. Instead of trying to plug in an XLR jack somewhere on your PC, the USB interface is much more convenient. Therefore, the convenience of tradeoff makes sense for a gaming product.
Accessories and Compatibility
There are two great physical placement options. The first option is the desktop stand and shock mound supplied with the mic, which keeps it above the surface its place on. This is an excellent option for the streamers as at some point while recording, getting in the way of a clumsy hand and bumping into your desk-bound to happen.
These bumps and bangs are picked up through its stand by the mic. Although the annoyance is minimized through a design so that it can remain sturdy. Furthermore, there is an adopter supplied in the box. It enables the mic to be fitted in a boom arm. You can also minimize the keyboard clattering effectively by going that way.
An awareness is demonstrated through this at the Kingston’s part that how the streamers like to play often with a central desk mic stand rather than a boom stand off to one side. Also, the volume and mute controls of Quadcast are implemented greatly with a push at the very top for muting. To change the volume, you have to rotate the body at the bottom.
It becomes a fact now that the mute button of the mic is placed somewhere obtuse on the headsets for gaming, which are difficult to locate and operate. But tapping on the top of the Qaudcast gives a sense of more liberty. A handy unmissable red light indicates that you are muting without any audible clicking or popping.
On the fly, you generally don’t need to adjust the volume as it can start peaking if you run your signal so high. However, quick adjustments are needed, which is an easy task especially when the mic is fitted to its desk stand. This is a bit trickier when twisting the bottom using a boom arm.
If you ‘re using for an intended purpose, then there is nothing to dislike about this mic. Although its limitation as a studio device is something not so great. But it if had an XLR input, it could handle the high-fidelity recording tasks. Here it’s crucial to understand is that most of the gamers don’t want a hassle of interfacing with XLR.
The Bottom line is that the Quadcast provides a high-end clarity and a polished sound by cutting the voices through game audio as compare mighty Blue Yeti, which shows more warmth. Razer’s Seiren X is also not much far from it but right now, the Hyperx Qaudcast Gaming Microphone is the best-dedicated mic for your gaming hunger.