Premium USB mic

HyperX QuadCast

Portable streaming

Razer Seiren X

The QuadCast is HyperX's first standalone USB microphone and it's a superb unit for those who are new to streaming or podcasting. The microphone itself has everything you need and even comes rocking RGB lighting, which you, unfortunately, can't disable.

$140 at Amazon

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Headphone output
  • Good sound quality
  • Four polar patterns
  • Built-in shock mount

Cons

  • Can't turn lighting off

The Razer Seiren is a good portable microphone, but isn't quite worth the price when considering between it and the QuadCast. Not only does HyperX include more features and much-needed accessories, but also offers better sound recording quality.

$99 at Amazon

Pros

  • Solid design
  • Great portability
  • Headphone output
  • Built-in shock mount

Cons

  • Need an adapter to attach to a boom arm
  • Slightly worse audio quality

The QuadCast is the microphone for you if you plan on setting up your own streaming studio and don't need a portable solution to take on your travels. The QuadCast boasts good audio recording quality and pre-assembled pop filter. The Seiren isn't quite as good in the audio department, can only record using a single polar pattern, but is more compact and easier to use if you frequently travel with a microphone.

The new king of affordable streaming mics

HyperX knocked the ball out the park with the release of the company's first standalone microphone. The QuadCast is an excellent microphone, sporting a pre-assembled shock mount and pop filter so you're good to go. The shock mount is used to help mitigate any vibrations that are passed through the stand or mount to the microphone, while the pop filter shields against the "popping" sound from your voice.

The Razer Seiren X comes with a built-in shock mount that's within the unit itself, which is another reason that makes this microphone perfect for streamers and gamers who travel frequently. Sound-wise, both microphones pick up audio very well, considering the price, though the QuadCast comes out on top. If audio quality is most important, you'll want to go with the QuadCast.

Battle of the specs

For performance, where the numbers are important for audio quality and actual recording, the microphones are close but you can tell the QuadCast has more going for it. If your budget can stretch to the HyperX QuadCast, it's well worth considering because of everything that's included.

HyperX QuadCast Razer Seiren
Frequency response 20Hz to 20kHz 20Hz to 20kHz
Power 5V 125mA 5V 100mA
Condensers 3x 14mm -
Polar patterns Stereo
Omnidirectional
Cardioid
Bidirectional
Super-Cardioid
Ports Micro-USB
3.5mm jack
Micro-USB
3.5mm jack
Sensitivity 1V/Pa at 1kHz 17.8mV/Pa at 1kHz

The above table may look a little confusing, but it showcases some of the benefits touted by the QuadCast, including support four polar patterns (how sound is recorded from different directions), though power, ports, and frequency response are similar. Regardless of which one you choose, you'll be pleased with the recording as the Razer Seiren X isn't bad.

Polar patterns are important when selecting a microphone as this depicts where microphone will record sound within its immediate sphere. This is where the Seiren X falls a little short as you're unable to switch between the available patterns. The QuadCast allows you to choose how you want the microphone to pick up the sound, whether you want it to record from all its surroundings or just focus solely on your voice at the front, making it more versatile.

Everything you need

Going with the QuadCast from HyperX allows you to get a stream or podcast up and running without having to purchase additional equipment. All you'd need is a decent pair of headphones and you have a quality audio setup.

Premium USB mic

HyperX QuadCast

A superb microphone for streamers

HyperX's first standalone microphone is a fantastic solution for anyone looking to pick up a new mic for streaming, podcasting or communicating with friends and guildmates. The included shock mount allows you to set up the microphone and get started without needing anything else for the ideal configuration.

More affordable for travels

The Razer Seiren isn't as sharp as the QuadCast, but you are paying for that extra audio quality. Where this microphone from Razer truly shines is by how portable it is, allowing you to pack it away in your bag and quickly set it up at LAN events.

Portable streaming

Razer Serien X

Your new favorite travel companion

Razer didn't make the Serien to be better than other microphones at this price point, but rather focused on making it solid enough for mobile streamers and gamers. The microphone has a built-in shock mount, single polar pattern support and decent audio recording.

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