When I stumbled across the new Turtle Beach Stream Mic, I knew it was going to be a good fit. Between my real job and managing the site, I just do not always have time to set up a stream through my laptop. This versatile mic allows me to use it directly on my Xbox One, for streaming or game chat, and easily unplug it and switch over to my pc with no problems. It also is a great substitute for the Kinect or standard game mics, which can often be too quiet or too sensitive in many cases. Its easy to set up, with one option being for Xbox use, and the other working with both PS4 and PC. Being a mic and all, there are a few key features that are important here; sound quality, versatility, and design. While each may be related to each other in certain cases, I will do my best to break them down.
Versatility: This is where the Turtle Beach Stream Mic has a huge upper-hand on the majority of the market. The mic comes standard with multiple polar patterns including cardioid, super cardioid, and omnidirectional. These basically mean which direction the mic pulls sound in from. The cool thing here is that the light around the mute button has multiple colors to let you know what setting you are on, but we will get more into that during the Design portion. But these patterns come in handy for different set ups. In a noisy room, you can opt for options that either reduce the noise behind the mic, or accept it all in case you are doing a sort of group friendly event. There is an option for standard streaming, and even one that gives you feedback from the front and back fit perfectly for interviews. In addition to all that, you can hook up your headphones directly to the mic for latency free sound from the current game you are playing, giving you the extra professional touch and reducing the need for your tvs sound output. The mic is also easily mountable to a variety of booms in case that works for your ideal set up. The lengthy cord makes streaming across the room or manuevering a breeze.
The Turtle Beach Stream Mic is a great tool for any streamer, especially one that streams from various platforms. Versatility is its strong suit, and its ease of use and professional qualities back it up even further. At $100, it's still a pretty penny, but more affordable than many other similarly branded mics on the market. Turtle Beach brings an excellent mic to the table, one fit for both up and coming as well as seasoned streamers. Definitely keep this one on your radar next time you consider upgrading your set up.
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*Note: The Mic was provided by Turtle Beach for the purposes of the review