Anyone have any experience with this clip on mic? I've heard good an bad things, but I'm still looking to purchase it. If I can find it for a good price though (around $5).
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1/5/10 at 2:39pm
Well my situation is this. I got a Macbook Pro, and it doesn't allow me to use my mic on my headset unless I get a USB headset or a converter, so I started looking for a USB headset. Then I discovered that the audio from headsets are very bad compared to just headphones by themselves. These people just got a mic like the Zalman, so I thought it would be a good idea. The Zalman doesn't have outstanding reviews so that's why I'm not sure if I should get it or not.
Like headphones if you buy crap, you get crap. The issue is that e.g. many of the supposed 'audiophiles' blow all their money on headphones hyped up here, spend $30 on a surround headset, find it sucks and says 'all headsets suck'. They get a Zalman because it's cheap. Then because it at least works to an extent and they can use their headphones, they say it's great. This builds up into a snowball of skewed opinions, like many things on Head-Fi. No-one is actually comparing like for like.
I bought a Zalman for exactly the same reason before I started a lot of Skyping, found the mic inadequate, then went for a radio-studio-style overkill approach, found that overbearing, decided to buy some headsets... and found the commonly held Head-Fi opinions to be dead wrong.
There are some decent sets around... admittedly not all of them fully Mac compatible. It just depends on what you want: Closed, open, etc. These days, the Beyerdynamic MMX 300, the Astro A40 and the Logitech G35 are now my primary headphones as well as headsets on the bulk of my computers.