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Is there a USB DAC with microphone support?

post #1 of 11
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Since i got these Koss Pro DJ-100, it feels crazy to buy a new headset for gaming. Especially considering the lengths i had to go through to get a pair of M50 pads to make em comfy. So i've decided to get a microphone to use in conjunction with the headphones. Having the computer in a different room means it's not that easy to plug / unplug the stuff, and i don't want to have cables laying around all the flat, so i decided to take advantage of the USB ports incorporated in the screen. The question then ends up being, should i use a cheap USB soundcard, and the PAV2V2, or is there a better solution that isn't crazy expensive. It's an advantage if it can be powered straight from the USB. (2.0)

 

It will mainly be used for gaming & "skype like activities", getting a DAC might be overkill to start with. But then again, isn't that half the fun?
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post #2 of 11
How far away from your computer are you? You might be able to use a bluetooth mic, or put a USB hub on the existing ports (if you need to) and just get a normal usb mic.
post #3 of 11
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About 25m straight through walls and all. I could use a USB mic, but i'd still need a USB "sound card" for the headphones, as when i did this setup, i didn't include a wire for headphones. I'm running sound through the surround, and hooking the headphones up there would be possible. To bad it to is stuck back there with the PC. I pretty much built my entertainment room around the idea "heat, and (unwanted) noise, elsewhere" and now it's coming back to bite me in the rear end. And it's got big nasty teeth. Looks sharp to.

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post #4 of 11

Maybe some sort of audio interface? I've heard good things about the E-MU 0404USB but it's kinda hard to find now. 

post #5 of 11
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Yeah, Something with a good quality sound for more regular use, or something that just barely covers the needs, when i need the headset functionality, and i'll just switch to the speakers when i'm not playing with / talking to others.
 

The question is then... This something. What is it?

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post #6 of 11
Have you looked at the pro DACs like the Mytek, Grace, Lynx?
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Have you looked at the pro DACs like the Mytek, Grace, Lynx?

Those tend to be a bit expensive tho?

There are cheap options, such as the usb soundcard dongle thing that ships with Steelseries 5Hv2 USB and Steelseries 7H USB.
Not the best DAC's out there, probably only does 16/44.1 just fine, and for gaming I'd say that's more than enough, but what do you expect for $20-$40...?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Have you looked at the pro DACs like the Mytek, Grace, Lynx?

Honestly... No. Wouldn't know where to start looking. What i did look at is a bit of kit called "Lexicon Lambda Recording Studio" But i ended up going "meh!" not really knowing what to look for, or even where to start looking. Funny, feels like i said that before. Anyway, i'm guessing a Soundblaster X-Fi 5.1 Pro USB Is more then enough, if i'm only going to use it for chat & gaming. Most the time i'll game without the headphones anyway, so perhaps opening the wallet and buying something more serious is over the top.

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post #9 of 11
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Well, right now i'm leaning more and more towards a USB microphone, something fairly cheap like a Monacor DM-500USB, and a ODAC. In the end i might end up with a ODAC/O2 combo, but for now i guess i would power the headphones with my PAV2v2. Where it comes to the cheapish USB microphone.. I'm not going to be listening to it. It cant be worse then the crappy stick mic everyone gets included with their headsets.

 

Crazy, or should i be fairly well off? Is there something "comparable" to the ODAC with a microphone line in thingy?

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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mr B View Post

Crazy, or should i be fairly well off? Is there something "comparable" to the ODAC with a microphone line in thingy?

Might cost a lot more, but I'm sure there must be some pro audio equipment for mixing with a USB DAC that would have that comparable quality with a microphone plug in.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Might cost a lot more, but I'm sure there must be some pro audio equipment for mixing with a USB DAC that would have that comparable quality with a microphone plug in.

Something like the Lexicon Lambda i mentioned above? It's actually cheaper then the ODAC, a lot, even.

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