Tagged With microphones

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Whether you're gaming, taking video calls, listening to music or doing all three, a good headset makes a huge difference. There are lots of choices on the market, and this week we're looking at five of the best, based on reader nominations.

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Capturing crystal-clear audio with an external microphone can be tricky -- especially if you're recording from a cluttered desk. Here's a simple sound-vibration hack from IKEA Hackers designed to make the life easier for bloggers, journalists and bedroom musicians.

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If you take a lot of video calls over Skype or Hangouts, record podcasts, make music, or you're a burgeoning YouTube celebrity, you'll need a decent microphone for your desktop -- one better than whatever's already built-in. This week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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From 1 January 2015, the 694--820 megahertz (MHz) frequency range will be used exclusively by telecommunications companies to provide 4G mobile broadband services. This means it will be illegal to use wireless microphones and other audio devices that operate in the same frequency range. Thankfully, ACMA is on the case...

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Mic stands aren't incredibly expensive by any means, but if you want to save yourself money, Instructables user Gabezilla found that you can build a really sturdy DIY alternative out of PVC pipe. This project can also create a boom pole, and those are far more expensive to buy.

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If the mic on your phone, laptop or other device leaves a bit to be desired, the bootlegMIC is a simple DIY mic that sounds fantastic and takes up almost no space at all.

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Whether you work at home and do a lot of video conferencing, or you love multiplayer games and want to hear your teammates as well as the background music and the ambient sounds, you need a good headset that can provide great audio and deliver your voice clearly to the people on the other end of the line. Thankfully, there are plenty of great options that don't sacrifice one for the other. Here's a look at five of the best headsets, based on your nominations.

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Pop filters are used to avoid sharp "P" and "B" sounds (known as plosives) from overloading the mic level and causing distortion. Most commercial pop filters are $20 or more, but you can build your own for much less with an embroidery hoop, a dowel and panythose.