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If you're currently using the microphone built into your webcam, it might be time to up your audio game. Whether you're streaming for fun or working from home, the mics including with USB cameras aren't the best around. While many laptops have noise-canceling arrays, desktop users with discrete cameras don't always have the same luxury. For those who are conducting business with their webcams, or perhaps even aspiring streamers on Twitch; an upgraded microphone might be just the ticket.  Simple Setups with USB Microphones First, here are some ground rules: we're sticking to USB microphones here. They're the easiest option to set up for most users. That means that if you already know you... Read more...
This is undoubtedly the year of video conferences and virtual meetings. Perhaps nothing makes one of these conferences more insufferable than someone’s scratchy, low-quality integrated microphone -- and the last thing you want is for that scratchy mic to be yours. Fortunately, upping your microphone game can be very easy. You do not need to dive into the expensive world of audio interfaces, mixers, and XLR cables to see a massive improvement. The TONOR Q9 USB microphone kit we'll be showing you here provides everything necessary to step up your audio production quality for a very attractive price. The TONOR Q9 uses a cardioid condenser capsule which is ideal for calls, voice-overs, and... Read more...
For the time being, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX graphics cards are the only viable options for playing supported games with real-time ray tracing (there are a few exceptions), with the combination of RT cores and Tensor cores giving them the muscle and smarts required for such a task. As it turns out, however, there is another benefit, and it is being realized by NVIDIA's RTX Voice application. Now you can ray-trace your audio! Just kidding—the RTX Voice app does not actually ray-trace anything, but it does leverage the AI capabilities of Turing to suppress background noise from your broadcasts. "NVIDIA RTX Voice is a new plugin that leverages NVIDIA RTX GPUs and their AI capabilities to remove... Read more...
The noisy convention floor of PAX East can be difficult ground for makers of audio accessories. That did not discourage the likes of high-end audio manufacturers Audeze (pronounced like “Odyssey”) and Antlion from making an impression at PAX East. Audeze focused on their gaming headphones at the show, but their models do not all have microphones. Fortunately, Antilion was also nearby showcasing their wireless ModMic system which can attach to any standalone headphones. Together, Audeze and Antlion can let audiophiles get in on the conversation without sacrificing any fidelity. Audeze specializes in making open-back headphones with planar magnetic drivers. This system uses a very thin... Read more...
If you have any funds left after stocking up on discounted games from Steam's Lunar New Year sale, you can put them towards some hardware upgrades and watch that savings meter rise. There are two bargains in particular that have caught our eye—one is for the popular Blue Yeti microphone, and the other is an Eero mesh wireless router upgrade. Starting with the former, you can snag a factory reconditioned Blue Yeti microphone for $63.99 on Woot right now. Woot, which is owned by Amazon, describes factory reconditioned products as those that have been "returned, inspected, and restored to fully working condition by the original manufacturer or a certified partner," adding "it's as close to... Read more...
V-MODA introduced a new metal headphone with microphone that will be available exclusively at Best Buy. The new Faze headset is universally compatible with all iPhones, iPods, Blackberries, Palm Pres, MP3 players, and computers. It comes with a 2.5mm adapter for use with BlackBerry smartphones and three pairs of black and clear silicone fittings for a personalized fit. V-MODA claims the Faze “offers an upgraded listening experience from traditional headphones, offering its user the finest in sound and style.” The headset incorporates a hands-free microphone and a call/music control button that lets users switch between talking on the phone and listening to music. The headset features a lightweight,... Read more...
Today Akustica unveiled the world's first high definition microphone that allows users to experience high definition voice quality in various mobile devices, including laptops. These HD microphones are protected from electromagnetic interference and radio frequencies, reassuring users that they can safely place such devices in close proximity to displays or other sources of interference. Its small form and low profile allows it to be placed in very small devices. "It is the first digital microphone to guarantee compliance with the TIA-920 audio performance requirement for wideband transmission in applications such as Voiceover-Internet Protocol (VoIP).""The surface-mountable Akustica... Read more...