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Taylor: Turtle Beach takes on streaming mics

Dustin Taylor

By Dustin Taylor
Dec. 20, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Turtle Beach's Stream Mic is a good budget mic for those who are looking at streaming while playing.

I've messed with a few streaming mics over the years, and now I've had a chance to play around with Turtle Beach's version.

Right off the bat, the mic looks like it has quality to it, boasting a sharp design.

The boom mount has a hefty weight, so there is no reason to worry about it accidently falling over if a desk shakes.

On the back of the mic, there is a 3.5 mm jack for a headset, volume control, mic sensitivity button, console mode switch (Xbox and PS4/PC) and a USB slot for power (it comes with a cable).

If you're using a headset that does not have volume control built into it, there is no way to adjust the game and chat audio independently with this mic. That can be quite annoying if playing with loud players.

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On the front is a button that is used for muting and that indicates what mode the mic is on. Red shows it is muted, while green is cardioid, which is good for streaming or making video recordings. Purple is bidir-ectional, which means that it picks up audio from both sides of the mic, making it ideal for interviews if the other speaker is on the other side of it. Orange is hypercardioid, which is supposed to help when using in noisy rooms. Blue is omnidirectional, so it is good for quiet rooms or if recording with a bunch of people in a space.

The mic works well for streaming purposes, as it doesn't make the user sound like he or she is in a tunnel.

However, it did make me sound like I was a little far away from it. My friends could hear me clearly with no feedback or echo on my end.

Setup is simple, as all it requires is plugging in the USB cable into the console or computer and a headset (if needed) into the back of the mic. For those using a wireless mic, this will not work.

While it is not the best streaming microphone available, for the price point and overall quality, this is definitely a great starting point for those who are just beginning to stream or record.

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