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Good, cheap microphone for speech / voice recording?

I was able to find a Neewer NW-700 ($27) condenser mic that comes with a shock mount and XLR-to-3.5mm cable. I've read that this will most likely require external power because the 3.5mm connection ...
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Good, cheap microphone for speech / voice recording?

The Samson Meteorite is pretty good, for its price. Very limited hiss at all. In fact, at high levels, you're more likely to get the environmental noise recorded than any hiss. It's a USB mic, so it ...
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Sound board to replace a GL2200 in a house-of-worship FOH setting?

Broadly-speaking, it would be silly to consider anything other than a digital desk at this point. That said, there will be a learning curve for people that are used to analog desks. I've been ...
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Two Audio Sources -> One set of speakers

If you're somewhat decent with electronics, you can build a simple passive mixer with just the appropriate connectors and some 10k resistors from the parts section of RadioShack (or whoever sells them ...
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Comfortable over-the-ear gaming headphones

My suggestion is the Corsair VOID headset. Pros The earcups are a departure from the ubiquitous circular/oval shapes - see the images in the link above. I find it to be an almost perfect fit around ...
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Comfortable over-the-ear gaming headphones

I have a few alternatives, with different pros and cons. I have extensive first-hand experience with each of these products. SteelSeries Siberia 800 / 840 First, a little history. SteelSeries ...
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Stereo speakers ~$100 (max $150)

While its a little below the pricerange, and the bass isn't spectacular I'd suggest taking a look at logitech's z150. They're fairly cheap, compact speakers. They arn't super bassy (I consider them to ...
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Stereo speakers ~$100 (max $150)

I usually tend to review hardware I have in these answers. I'll make an exception, and review hardware I'm looking at seriously, and a bit of quick audio teachery. If I had these requirements, I'd ...
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Bluetooth headset with USB/3.5mm connection

I've been using a Plantronics Savi 700 Series for the past few years. (source: plantronics.com) It: Is way over budget at $400. I got this as a gift through a fortunate series of events. I'm ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

It looks like your case has standard front-panel audio. If that's correct, it makes finding compatible front-panel bays much easier. The cheapest 5.25" bay I've been able to find is this $40 bay ...
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Engineer's headphones for PFL/AFL in a live sound environment?

The digital board you're upgrading to should have individual monitor volumes. If not, I'd say it's a crappy board. That said, not many high-quality/professional-grade monitoring headphones have ...
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Portable audio player

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ $50 for 4gb and $100 for 8gb anyway both have SDcard slot. MicroSD card slot. Robust file support. FM radio and recording. Rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours. MP3, WMA, ...
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USB (A or C) to TOSLINK Adapter for Linux

I've had good luck with MiniDSP products for this. For example: https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/mchstreamer
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Engineer's headphones for PFL/AFL in a live sound environment?

The Sennheiser HD range of headphones is one of the most comprehensive ranges on the market, and can suit a number of different needs. It ranges from the HD 203's I use at home (around £50, 15-19k Hz) ...
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Baby monitor that can have multiple transmitting stations on the same channel

We had the same problem and found a somewhat creative solution by reactivating our old android-phones. We installed "TeamSpeak" on each of them and placed them in the childrens rooms. They connect via ...
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Good, cheap microphone for speech / voice recording?

I'd also recommend a Samson company. If you don't have a problem with buying second-hand items, you can get a Samson Go Mic for less than $30 or buy a brand new one for $38 from amazon. Pros: ...
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What is a cost-effective sound card for under $75?

Asus Xonar DX 7.1 is on sale at Newegg for $75+ $4 shipping - $10MIR = $69. PCIe x1 interface? Yes. at least 5.1 channels? 7.1 24-bit audio output? Yes at least 96KHz sample rate? 192KHz high SNR (at ...
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ASIO sound card that works in Linux

The Asus Xonar D2X appears to fulfil your requirements. Here are two links regarding Linux support: http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com/2014-08-02-asus-xonar-d2x-sound-card-pcie-7-1-digital-inout-...
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Large HDMI cable. Solid versus RJ45 Extensor

I am using Unitek Y-5115 with 15m cables for 2 years now and it just works. I suspect that the 2*ethernet cable extenders simply use analog amplification of a digital signal (number of pairs in 2 ...
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Comfortable over-the-ear gaming headphones

I had a few other suggestions - Kingston was highly recommended, but it wasn't available at the mall I was checking out, and there were a few odd brands I've never seen elsewhere at my local store. I ...
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What bluetooth speakers can make a stereo pair wirelessly?

I bought an AeroSkull HD from Jarre Technologies that already had this feature and I remember that they called it TrueWireless Stereo. It's a proprietary technology developed by CSR, the company that ...
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Wireless Headset Quality

You can't, at least not on macOS. There's no high quality duplex audio Bluetooth profile, maximum what you can get is 16 kHz duplex SBC (mSBC, "Wideband speech"). It's better than SCO (8 kHz), but ...
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Active Noise Cancellation headphones

I'm in a similar situation, and use Bose QuietComfort 35. I've not experienced any issues with the Bose Connect app, although I tend not to use it much. It has a 4.7 star rating on the iOS app store. ...
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Over the ear high decibel noise isolation

Look at aviation headsets. A lot of small airplanes have big engines (compared to cars at least) with no exhaust treatment whatsoever, close to the cockpit, running at high power for long periods of ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

Just about any front panel audio will work for you. I merely searched for "audio 5.25" and found this product for $14 (customs and VAT may apply). It fulfills exactly your requirements and nothing ...
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Cheap USB drive bay with headphone output

I'd try these ones from eBay: 3.5'' to 5.25'' Drive Bay Computer Case Adapter Mounting Bracket USB Hub Floppy 20Pin To 2 Port USB 3.0 HUB And HD Audio 3.5-in PC Floppy Front Panel Cable The adapter ...
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Does this audio connector exist?

You might be able to use something these, feedthru RCA adapters with a side connector: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/10PCS-RCA-adapter-RCA-Male-to-female-to-Female-M-F-F-Connector-Adapter-Audio-3/...
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Wireless Speaker Pair that can play simultaneous audio from computer?

The original Hi-Fi Wi-Fi speaker company, Sonos, seems to be your fit. They have three product lines that are fully inter-operable with each other; in order of increasing quality (and obviously price):...
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Soundbar 30" or under that doesn't have low volume dialog problems

This one looks like it meets your requirements in terms of size and dialog volume: https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/home_theater/bose-solo-5-tv-sound-system.html Has mounting brackets Has ...
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Plugging a 3-cable 5.1 speaker system into a single 3.5mm jack

Top of the line for external sound would be the Creative X7 Official page Also: 3.5mm to RCA adapter And in case you need the reverse of that adapter: RCA female to 3.5mm adapter
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