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Hello everyone, first thing I would like to say is thank you for taking time to look at this thread, I am very much a noob when it comes to audio equipment and quality.

 

I have recently started a new job at a local LAN center casting Esport games throughout the week and I am trying to find a good solution for my at home system and also one I can bring with me into work.

 

As of now I have been using the audio technica ath-m50's for sound with my onboard sound card, also with a h100 microphone pluged in via usb to my computer. There is a lot of background noise at the moment I am sure that is due to the type of microphone that is in the h100.

 

Firstly I would like to know what you would consider a good set headset (with attached microphone), I dont have a price range at the moment but I really want good microphone quality.

 

Secondly What should I be pluging it into? a DAC or a sound card? Are there DAC's with microphone jacks that actually help to improve the sound? (this will be for my home setup)

 

Lastly what should I do when I want to bring the headset into work? Should I plug directly into the onboard or bring a DAC? 

 

 

We livestream on twitch.tv and also record all sessions to be uploaded to youtube.

 

Again thank you for your time,

 

Pete

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Originally Posted by nusigmu View Post
 

Hello everyone, first thing I would like to say is thank you for taking time to look at this thread, I am very much a noob when it comes to audio equipment and quality.

I have recently started a new job at a local LAN center casting Esport games throughout the week and I am trying to find a good solution for my at home system and also one I can bring with me into work.

As of now I have been using the audio technica ath-m50's for sound with my onboard sound card, also with a h100 microphone pluged in via usb to my computer. There is a lot of background noise at the moment I am sure that is due to the type of microphone that is in the h100.

Firstly I would like to know what you would consider a good set headset (with attached microphone), I dont have a price range at the moment but I really want good microphone quality.

Secondly What should I be pluging it into? a DAC or a sound card? Are there DAC's with microphone jacks that actually help to improve the sound? (this will be for my home setup)

Lastly what should I do when I want to bring the headset into work? Should I plug directly into the onboard or bring a DAC? 

We livestream on twitch.tv and also record all sessions to be uploaded to youtube.

 

I would think a USB sound card is something you can use at home and at work

Creative Labs and Asus make USB sound cards.

Prices start at $40.

post #3 of 5
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Thanks for your input, is that the best option? I feel like it looks cheap and there must be a better way of delivering high microphone quality.

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Thanks for your input, is that the best option? I feel like it looks cheap and there must be a better way of delivering high microphone quality.

 

Check out the Asus Xonar U7 and Creative Labs Surround Omni 5.1.

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Originally Posted by nusigmu View Post
 

Hello everyone, first thing I would like to say is thank you for taking time to look at this thread, I am very much a noob when it comes to audio equipment and quality.

I have recently started a new job at a local LAN center casting Esport games throughout the week and I am trying to find a good solution for my at home system and also one I can bring with me into work.

As of now I have been using the Audio Technica ath-m50's for sound with my on-board sound card, also with a h100 microphone pluged in via usb to my computer. There is a lot of background noise at the moment I am sure that is due to the type of microphone that is in the h100.

Firstly I would like to know what you would consider a good set headset (with attached microphone), I dont have a price range at the moment but I really want good microphone quality.

Secondly What should I be pluging it into? a DAC or a sound card? Are there DAC's with microphone jacks that actually help to improve the sound? (this will be for my home setup)

Lastly what should I do when I want to bring the headset into work? Should I plug directly into the on-board or bring a DAC? 

We livestream on twitch.tv and also record all sessions to be uploaded to youtube.

 

Just to clarify, you keep talking about a a good quality DAC for microphone use.

A DAC is a Digital To Analog Converter and your looking for something that records audio, from an analog source (mcrophone), into a digital audio recording.

So the feature your looking for is a good ADC, Analog to Digital Converter.

(some where in the H100's USB hardware there is a ADC chip)

 

Something like the

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface ($130)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=822508&gclid=CjkKEQjww6SdBRDls9vxsf7EoM0BEiQART_xPkt_IH8tEsK9cbUlfNhxlDFbBuRprzqUNQRhvoVqsw_w_wcB&Q=&is=REG&A=details

Is more for someone looking into making recording, but does not come with an audio processor for gaming (which is not the same as a DAC or ADC chip).

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