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 won't do by itself. However, if you're getting into podcasting, you'll want to look into an audio interface and things like that.
An alternative to this is a ...
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 should work with your laptop with minimal setup (requires driver installation, as do most peripherals)
It's a condenser mic, which is good for voice recordings.
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 operating a Yamaha LS9-32 at church for the past four years or so, and have found it to be an excellent board.
Now, for your requirements:
We have a fairly ...
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 near you):
The Grounds can all tie together directly.
The resistors prevent the inputs from being shorted to each other, so that none of them go into ...
My suggestion is the Corsair VOID headset.
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 the ear without extra space. It's approx 70mm along the longer diagonal. They are circumaural (over-ear/closed cups).
It is very well padded along the headband ...
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 launched the "H Wireless" headset a couple years ago. It's a wireless headset with a basestation, with a replaceable battery (two of them, in fact, with a charger in ...
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 be barely passing the Indica test (I listen to how the start of the indica track Valokeilojen Vampyyri - where a VW van starts up) for bass, though they're ...
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 look at the AV40 (which alas, I could not get my paws on) or the AV42 (Which is on my wishlist), both by M-Audio.
The AV40 has a reputation. Wirecutter ...
I've been using a Plantronics Savi 700 Series for the past few years.
Is way over budget at $400. I got this as a gift through a fortunate series of events. I'm definitely open to other recommendations of cheaper products.
Connects to my MacBook through USB (the cord goes from the base to the laptop)
The headset itself is wireless, and has range ...
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 from Kingwin, which in addition to two USB 3.0 ports and HD audio, has an eSATA port, an everything-under-the-sun card reader, two fan controllers, and a ...
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 dedicated volume control anymore. It's usually all done through the hardware or software you connect them to.
Anyway, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO ($200) is ...
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, Secure WMA, FLAC.
I tried it before the sound quality really good.
Edit: The maximum Memory size MicroSD card is 16GB according to this article
Or Sandisk Fuze
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) right up to the HD 800's that are professional headphones (£1000, 8-50k Hz).
Now, I probably wouldn't recommend either of these extremes - the 203's are good, ...
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 wlan to an old pc where TeamSpeak-Server runs.
My wife and I also have TeamSpeak-clients on our cells - so wherever we are in the house - we can always hear ...
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.
Portable USB condenser microphone
Plug and Play
Useful clip (you don't have to buy another accessory to keep it in a place)
"Natural" sound (perfect for podcasts) ...
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 least 108dB)? claims 116dB
Response: No, I don't have first hand experience with this card, but I do with another Asus (external) sound product, Xonar U7, ...
The Asus Xonar D2X appears to fulfil your requirements.
Here are two links regarding Linux support:
Amazon.de appears to list it for under 150€. E.g.
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 ethernet cables > number of pairs in HDMI cable), so even other format still pass (eg DVI, I've tried) and no loss of quality is possible (until eventually digital ...
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 ended up going with a Razer ManO'War. I admit, one of the reasons I got it is aesthetic - it fits my all black rig well ;p. It also seemed to have the right-...
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 makes most of the Bluetooth chips and who have previously acquired aptX.
Unfortunately this particular feature is not advertised through ingredient branding, ...
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 time. Seems pretty close to what you're dealing with.
Most headsets nowadays have additional connections for a phone and/or computer. I got one to use in ...
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 more. It's also worth noting it's "HD audio" - that's the most recent spec of connecting audio jacks to mainboard (the part that makes your computer detect ...
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 is $3 the front panel is ~$11 although shipping usually is not too fast from Hong Kong.
I have a similar front panel (without audio). The USB 3.0 ports work ...
You might be able to use something these, feedthru RCA adapters with a side connector:
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): the Play 1, 3 and 5 at $200, $300 and $500 respectively.
Despite the $50 budget breach per speaker, I include the Play 5 because you'll need at least one (...
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 "Dialogue mode to hear each word and detail clearly"
Has Optical audio input (digital)
Is < 30" (21.6")
One manufacturer that offers Dolby Atmos headphones with above/below 360° sound is Plantronics with their RIG 800LX, 600LX and 400LX. Truth be told, Atmos works with any stereo headphones but it's bound to be a bit better with headphones that are licensed by Dolby.
Another option is 7.1 headphones, with not just two stereo drivers but several.
Razer Tiamat ...
You didn’t specify if you planned to buy a standard ATX motherboard or a smaller one (micro-ATX, mini-ITX)?
The renowned French tech site Hardware.fr provided a spreadsheet with all AM4 motherboards characteristics. It includes the audio chipset reference. URL is https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10dvMrPxjWqo5E3VO9djvjC5DU4vXXVtlXRoZsJBesc0/htmlview