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    Good USB Mic? Help :D

    Well it appears that my X-Fi Xtreme Music Mic Jack is bust (Any help?)

    I have ran out of idea's and well Creative has certainly ran out of ideas as they havent even replied to my Emails and put me on hold for over 30mins for a lady to say "Turn your speakers down, its interfering with the Mic"

    Hell im using a headset.

    So i think ill need to get a USB Mic? From what ive heard they arent great?

    Its going to be used for heavy Teamspeak/Ventrillo usage? Aswell as some Skype and in game chat.

    Any idea's? or products even help with the X-Fi problem will be greatly appreciated.

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    I'd say it depends HOW good you want. If you're looking at condensers then you can't beat the SE USB2200A (about £200) but I'd say that would be massive overkill for games and chat (and personally for that price I'd invest in a cheap mixer and use a standard condenser mixer). I have a samson c01u for recording as I travel around a lot and it's portable and generally pretty quiet. I've heard there are serious issues with using it on mac G5s though (if that sort of thing matters to anyone), I got mine for about £70 but I think they're more like £50 now. I also noticed the samson q1u which is the dynamic version of mine is only around £30 and seems to have got some pretty good reviews.

    Hope that helps!

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    if its for online gaming and such i'd be tempted to use a mobile phone bluetooth lapel mic, its cheap, piss poor quality, but cheap and wireless
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMonkey View Post
    Well it appears that my X-Fi Xtreme Music Mic Jack is bust (Any help?)

    I have ran out of idea's and well Creative has certainly ran out of ideas as they havent even replied to my Emails and put me on hold for over 30mins for a lady to say "Turn your speakers down, its interfering with the Mic"

    Hell im using a headset.

    So i think ill need to get a USB Mic? From what ive heard they arent great?

    Its going to be used for heavy Teamspeak/Ventrillo usage? Aswell as some Skype and in game chat.

    Any idea's? or products even help with the X-Fi problem will be greatly appreciated.
    I prefer USB Headsets over the 3.5mm jack ones. I have a Logitech one : Logitech Headset Premium Stereo 350 USB (Skype Certified)
    It's very nice, the mic thing can be rotated so it isn't in your way when you talk, it has volume control and a mic mute near the headset. I use it alot on Vent/TS and ingame. It helps alot in hearing where the enemy is

    Oh yea and it cost me £27.50 from amazon.

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    Ok well i have a few options.
    Get rid of my X-Fi for around £25 (everything works bar mic)
    And grab an Xtreme-Audio.

    Buy a USB MIC http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php...Froogle_search
    or buy a whole new Headset that is USB.

    The Animus could you post some links to where i could get this?

    I do need a new headset, but i cant find any good USB headset's that are USB. I would like either some Medusa's or a great pair of Sennheiser's.
    Sennheiser's dont have mic's on them anyway so i would need a USB Desk one..
    The Medusa isnt USB...

    I love the X-Fi sound so i need to get it, onboard just doesnt quite cut it.
    Thanks for help so far.
    Last edited by CrazyMonkey; 18-02-2007 at 11:55 PM.

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    Tidied your posts for ya Madduck

    I've got a Plantronics DSP 400 for teamspeak/skype and I'm very impressed with it.
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    i use:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=332109

    and i cant sell it to you enough, that picture is of the old model, the updated one (V3) looks much smarter & is a lot more robust(old one, the control box split around the screws - so i experienced both). I use it for music(bassy), games, films(5.1 surround) & team speak. It works flawlessy for all of them.


    And the best thing about it.....it vibrates(can be turned off), and believe me, now i see why women kick up such a fuss over this kind of thing, boy will it make you smile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andehh View Post
    i use:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=332109

    and i cant sell it to you enough, that picture is of the old model, the updated one (V3) looks much smarter & is a lot more robust(old one, the control box split around the screws - so i experienced both). I use it for music(bassy), games, films(5.1 surround) & team speak. It works flawlessy for all of them.


    And the best thing about it.....it vibrates(can be turned off), and believe me, now i see why women kick up such a fuss over this kind of thing, boy will it make you smile!
    Youve sold it to me
    Couple of questions though, Is it comfy?
    Is the Sound good? I listen to music as much as i play games .
    Also whats the 5.1 in games like?
    And finally is the USB input reliable? Like is the Mic good?

    If it ticks all the right boxes i will get it ordered.

    Thanks everyone for all the help!

    *EDIT* I see there is a set of Medusa's for the same price as the Sharkoons and the Medusa's are USB! Im not sure what to get though.
    Last edited by CrazyMonkey; 19-02-2007 at 02:04 AM.

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