Streaming and gaming is now a lucrative enterprise. More and more people are streaming and building communities of gamers, talking about their passions and dreams. Speaking of talking, talking is the gateway to knowing who someone truly is, and when I want to get to know my audience and friends, I know I want a microphone of quality and clarity. A quality that I found HyperX provided with one of it’s newest microphones ‘The Quadcast’.
Oh my, is the Quadcast a unique and stylish microphone. Coming out the box in a long, sleek pill shape, it’s frosty matte black and red colouring is the first thing you notice. Being HyperX’s iconic colour scheme, this is not a colour combination that will suit every setup but it will certainly stand out and pop against any backdrop.
It’s a statement piece, that is for sure. This quirky stand up honeycomb design is skirted by a built-in shock mount with red suspension cable to absorb and cushion those uncontrollable little sounds, from any unwanted vibration and movement.
There is a dial with four broadcast options to choose between. You can have stereo for vocals, omnidirectional for that full coverage pick up, cardioid for direct frontal sound and my favourite feature, bidirectional for those face to face interviews where you can sit on either side of the mic. It also includes a dial at the bottom to adjust your mic sensitivity so you can customise how much gain you want your audience to hear.
Lit by a red, internal LED light when Live, it is simple as a tap to mute your voice and then the light goes off. It is that simple but so effective for someone like me that forgets her mic is mute and needs that visual reminder.
We all appreciate simpleness, and for someone like myself who has a ‘to do’ list a mile long, instalment needs to be quick and easy, thankfully this peripheral is plug and play and comes with a 3 meter USB cable, also meaning multiple placement options. Compatible with PC, PS4 and Mac, this device connected seamlessly and was instantly recognizable in my StreamLabs OBS settings, making for an effortless transition into streaming setups. The Quadcast also includes a 3.5mm audio headphone jack for monitoring and clarity.
So, what was the sound quality like? Smooth, certainly smooth. I used this microphone for streaming content for audiences and captured a few voice over clips as tests for some projects in the works. After listening to playbacks, I can confidently say the audio quality is crisp and clear, picking up the sounds I want them to hear and muffling everything else. With its three 14mm condensers it collects multiple voices with well defined, loud and distinguishable precision and picks up spikes and lows with pinpoint accuracy, making for one beastly microphone.
Overall, I found the HyperX Quadcast a top-notch microphone that met all my audio and broadcasting needs. With its many features and polar patterns, it will be perfect addition to any gamer, streamer or podcaster’s setup. The bold confident design makes it a statement piece but is powerful enough to demand that people listen to you. At a reasonable price of about $179 retail AUS, this is one microphone that anyone with an audience would benefit from.
Anti-Vibration shock mount
Tap-to-Mute sensor with LED indicator
Four selectable polar patterns
Mount adapter included
Convenient gain control adjustment
Internal pop filter
Built-in headphone jack
Multi-device and chat program compatibility
- Unique, sleek matte style
- Built is shock mount to absorb vibration
- LED tap to mute switch
- 4 polar patterns to really control your sound
- Gain sensitivity dial underneath
- Clear and crisp audio capture
- Smooth, loud sound from three, 14mm condensers
- Might not be your colour choice