Microphone problem (need help to choose)


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Balázs Kádár

Hello,

I want to buy a new microphone for my computer, but I have some special
needs, and I don't know whether they can be met. I want to use the mic
to talk on Skype and during gaming.

My most important problem is that I don't like all these wires attached
to me. At the moment I only have a medium quality headset (with a poor
quality mic), and I want to upgrade that too (either to wireless
headphones/headset, or speakers).

The following types of mics have I considered so far:
- wired headset. Pro: good quality. Contra: wires. (always too short,
and in the way. Also I don't want to attach two extender cables, because
that would mean even more problems and lower quality.)
- wireless headset. Pro: no wires. Contra: mostly designed to use with
mobile phones, very low quality, not suitable to use as a primary sound
output. Battery problems (built-in vs. replaceable, etc.) -- though I am
satisfied with my Logitech G7 mouse: two easily swappable and
rechargeable batteries.
- table microphone. Pro: no wire on me, no battery problems, good
quality. Contra: sensitivity: sometimes I lean forward to my desk, and
sometimes I comfortably lean back in my chair. I want to be heard in
both cases.

Are there high quality wireless headset (suitable for gaming, watching
films, listening to music, and long term wearing)? Or independent
wireless microphone and headphones? Or table mics with good
directionality, useable from multiple distances?

Can you recommend me which type, brand and model to choose? I'm not
afraid to pay a bit more for better quality, but I don't think I have
enough money for very expensive professional equipment.

Thanks for your help,
Balázs

P.S. Is it possible to use a mic with speakers instead of headphones and
avoid echoes and feedback?

--
Balázs Kádár <balazs dot kadar at freemail dot hu>

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-- Isaac Asimov

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David Fairbrother

have a look at the Logitech Gaming headsets. i have a set, hasn't done
me wrong in Battlefield 2. the cord on mine is relatively long and its
got a clip that slides neatly on to, say, a pocket - and if you tug too
hard on the wire controller console, no dramas. the clip just slides off
if too much pressure is applied to it (and its easy to put it back on
securely). it doesn't use too much battery power, barely one AAA per
month. got my reccomendation :)
i actually haven't found a wireless headset with mic in my searches,
though i'm sure they exist.
best of luck.
 
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oldsoundguy

Hello,

I want to buy a new microphone for my computer, but I have some special
needs, and I don't know whether they can be met. I want to use the mic
to talk on Skype and during gaming.

My most important problem is that I don't like all these wires attached
to me. At the moment I only have a medium quality headset (with a poor
quality mic), and I want to upgrade that too (either to wireless
headphones/headset, or speakers).

The following types of mics have I considered so far:
- wired headset. Pro: good quality. Contra: wires. (always too short,
and in the way. Also I don't want to attach two extender cables, because
that would mean even more problems and lower quality.)
- wireless headset. Pro: no wires. Contra: mostly designed to use with
mobile phones, very low quality, not suitable to use as a primary sound
output. Battery problems (built-in vs. replaceable, etc.) -- though I am
satisfied with my Logitech G7 mouse: two easily swappable and
rechargeable batteries.
- table microphone. Pro: no wire on me, no battery problems, good
quality. Contra: sensitivity: sometimes I lean forward to my desk, and
sometimes I comfortably lean back in my chair. I want to be heard in
both cases.

Are there high quality wireless headset (suitable for gaming, watching
films, listening to music, and long term wearing)? Or independent
wireless microphone and headphones? Or table mics with good
directionality, useable from multiple distances?

Can you recommend me which type, brand and model to choose? I'm not
afraid to pay a bit more for better quality, but I don't think I have
enough money for very expensive professional equipment.

Thanks for your help,
Balázs

P.S. Is it possible to use a mic with speakers instead of headphones and
avoid echoes and feedback?

Check on getting a Bluetooth setup. My brother use one all the time.
It is an over ear speaker/microphone and is wireless. Quality is good
enough for voice recognition software, so it should be good enough for
your purposes. (but be prepaired to pay more than that headset you got
at Rite-Aid drug store.)
 
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Balázs Kádár

have a look at the Logitech Gaming headsets. i have a set, hasn't done
me wrong in Battlefield 2. the cord on mine is relatively long and its
got a clip that slides neatly on to, say, a pocket - and if you tug too
hard on the wire controller console, no dramas. the clip just slides off
if too much pressure is applied to it (and its easy to put it back on
securely). it doesn't use too much battery power, barely one AAA per
month. got my reccomendation :)

This one seems a good one http://tinyurl.com/ppyn7, except for the
cable. It's about 3 meters long, and because I have a large desk, if I
plug it in the back of the computer, I can barely move. I might connect
it to the front of the case, but those are very low quality sockets.
i actually haven't found a wireless headset with mic in my searches,
though i'm sure they exist.

Neither have I. Only those bluetooth ones for mobile phones.
best of luck.

Thanks. :)

--
Balázs Kádár <balazs dot kadar at freemail dot hu>

"Two intelligent species live on Earth: Humans and Hungarians."
-- Isaac Asimov

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Balázs Kádár

On 22 Jun 2006 13:01:21 +0200, Balázs Kádár
Check on getting a Bluetooth setup. My brother use one all the time.
It is an over ear speaker/microphone and is wireless. Quality is good
enough for voice recognition software, so it should be good enough for
your purposes. (but be prepaired to pay more than that headset you got
at Rite-Aid drug store.)

Can you point me to a specific model, which either has high quality
speakers (suitable for games/movies/music), or has only a mic that I can
attach to my clothes? So far I've only seen those small mobile phone
headsets...

--
Balázs Kádár <balazs dot kadar at freemail dot hu>

"Two intelligent species live on Earth: Humans and Hungarians."
-- Isaac Asimov

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oldsoundguy

Can you point me to a specific model, which either has high quality
speakers (suitable for games/movies/music), or has only a mic that I can
attach to my clothes? So far I've only seen those small mobile phone
headsets...

Go to Best Buy, or Circuit City, or Comp USA or any of the big box
electronics stores. Have them show you the models and try them out
(they won't charge you to do that in the store.) Get the model number
and the price of the one you want and then buy it on line to save
money. B&H in New York is cheaper and very quick service, for
instance. (you can use Google to search for the lowest price on line)
Or maybe even score one on eBay.
 
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