Turtle Beach Stream Mic REVIEW

Details

This compact microphone was designed specifically for livestreaming. It was for gamers who were streaming content directly from their consoles or computers. The microphone provides an easy plug-n-play solution for audio recording. The mic comes equipped with a built-in headphone connection (with zero latency output) so you can still use your favorite headphones alongside it. The Stream Mic features a dual-capsule mic array that supports multiple pick-up patterns. The Stream Mic was built to work with the Xbox One, PS4 Pro, PS4, PC, and Mac. It connects through a simple Mini-USB to USB-A cable and has a front-panel mic mute button while the rest of the controls are on the back. It ships with a desktop stand (assembly required) and has multiple mounting options (works with 5/8 inch microphone stands and booms). The Stream Mic has a studio-quality digital processor that automatically balances EQ, gain, and compression. You can customize your streaming setup with multiple recording patterns and the Stream Mic is perfect for recording commentary, voiceovers, and more.

User Experience

The microphone and its stand come disassembled inside a nicely designed box. A picture of the product is shown on the exterior of the box along with basic details of the device. When you unpackage the contents, you will find the main microphone and the parts to its stand. An extra long Mini USB cable is provided and so is a quick reference guide. In addition to the standard desktop stand, the Stream Mic also comes with a Mic Book Adapter in case you want to attach it to a boom arm. The microphone itself is very lightweight, but the stand is well-weighted and has silicone feet on its base to prevent the microphone from moving unnecessarily.

Conclusions

While I didn’t specifically use this for live streaming, I find it to be a very nice, lightweight microphone. It’s small enough to transport easily from place to place and it has a fool-proof setup method. I love that it has a mute button on the front and that it has a colored LED indicator that lights up green (if in use) or red (if muted). This is a very easy to use microphone that is competitively priced with other USB microphones. Because it’s made by Turtle Beach it’s been optimized to work specifically for gamers, but it can be used for a wide-variety of tasks. I am a big fan of this little microphone and plan on giving it a permanent spot in my minimalist desk setup.

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