AntLion ModMic



  • http://www.modmic.com/collections/frontpage/products/modmic-4-0

    So I've recently discovered these, and I find it to be a very cool solution, as I'm someone who would rather put the money into good headphones and have a separate microphone, than to have a mediocre "Business Headset". The recording quality on these little guys is astounding for the price point, I'll link a YouTube video on it down below.

    Youtube Video



  • Cool. That's a neat idea.



  • I'll be buying one of these at some point and posting a review.



  • This uses analog inputs, right? I like direct USB normally.



  • Yes, Analog. I find that USB can create a significant amount of background buzz. As of late, the technology has gotten a lot better, but is not always very good.



  • @Mike-Ralston said:

    Yes, Analog. I find that USB can create a significant amount of background buzz. As of late, the technology has gotten a lot better, but is not always very good.

    USB itself can't be the cause of that, it's digital. That would be a bad USB controller or a problem with the analogue portion of the device.



  • Even the best USB connections for any sort of audio application still don't beat some good 'ol 6.35mm Gold-Plated Analog jacks.



  • Have you tried a Plantronics C710? The built-in microphone has incredible clarity.



  • @Mike-Ralston said:

    Even the best USB connections for any sort of audio application still don't beat some good 'ol 6.35mm Gold-Plated Analog jacks.

    There are laws of physics that don't hold up there.



  • I have tested a lot of Microphones, and an even larger number of Headphones, and I have to say I have yet to really be impressed with any USB powered solutions, they all fuzz and hiss horribly, even when properly grounded and using an EMI shielded Motherboard. Now I know that for any sort of VoIP or Conferencing, USB Array Microphones are the best, but for quality and an optimal SNR, Analog is the most stable and clear, especially when properly grounded, unless you want to go into Optical/SPDiF.



  • @alexntg said:

    Have you tried a Plantronics C710? The built-in microphone has incredible clarity.

    I've seen them, and the quality seems to be extremely good for USB



  • @Mike-Ralston said:

    I have tested a lot of Microphones, and an even larger number of Headphones, and I have to say I have yet to really be impressed with any USB powered solutions, they all fuzz and hiss horribly, even when properly grounded and using an EMI shielded Motherboard. Now I know that for any sort of VoIP or Conferencing, USB Array Microphones are the best, but for quality and an optimal SNR, Analog is the most stable and clear, especially when properly grounded, unless you want to go into Optical/SPDiF.

    Actually optical isn't as good for audio as copper because it is jitter prone. Copper digital is the best audio option (which is how USB works), optical digital is second and analogue is third.

    Don't judge a technology by its implementation. Most USB implementations are cheap but at the tech level they have the most possibility of great audio by reducing connections and maintaining lossless digital as far in the chain as possible.



  • I've used a lot of High-End USB audio options as well, not impressed.


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