Razer Releases 180 EURO Seiren Digital Microphone

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Razer today announced the Razer Seirēn (stylized as "Seirēn" and pronounced "Sigh-ren"), a plug-and-play digital microphone designed for studio-grade recording and stream...

    Razer Releases 180 EURO Seiren Digital Microphone
     
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    Using 25€ mono mic, no noise issues. While this one looks lovely, I would buy it if only it came at price tag under 120€.
    Because most of voice communication systems will not improve in quality with better than 15€ microphone.
     
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    What in the hell...

    Why the premium price? Is it because of the brand? is the SQ and the Frequency Response that good to warrant the price tag?

    With no history of microphones in general (aside from headsets), I don't see any Gearhead worth his salt buying this.
     

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    looks like they just taking high end audio stuff, re-marketing it to gamer and slap a bit higher price tag.

    Makes since, as most average gamer don't know much about high end audio stuff so they just buy what is marketed at them.

    I notice this a lot in the emergence of livestream and lets play stuff. A lot of the people doing it are not really knowledgeable in AV.
     
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    Looks pretty cool but I dont buy a decent mic just because my friends dont plan to.. If im not hearing good sound from them sure as hell not going to spend money so they can hear me better :D
     
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    Frequency Response doesn't matter much as long as you get the mic calibration file so you can make it flat. At least if you want to use it calibrating stuff. If you don't get calibration file for mic this expensive, I don't see this being worth it. Being USB is more like a downside than positive for me.
     
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    You can grab a fairly decent USB condensor mic for about 40 quid...
     

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    Yeah I never really understood the popularity with Yeti and clones. I see lots of streamers using them and yet Shure produces a 10x better product for a similar price.
     
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    It's easy to use. Just buy it, plug in, and then record, switch modes etc.
    These recording modes are interesting, but I think that the most of the users don't really change them once set up. There are lots of podcasters and youtubers using Yeti with great results - it's basically good enough, and put in an easy to use package.

    With "stand-alone microphone", you need a few extra devices to make it work as intended. So when you sum it up and want great quality, it doesn't necessarily have to be cheaper than Yeti (yes, it can be but it's not that easy).

    If I was using mic extensively for something more than gaming, I'd probably get something pro-grade. And for gaming a desktop Logitech USB mic is kinda okayish, but I'm considering getting ModMic.
     
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    Well, thoses stand alone microphone exist too with pro grade mic... all you need is a usb switch connector as the xu2: http://www.shure.com/americas/produ...problem-solvers/x2u-xlr-to-usb-signal-adapter

    They provide combo since a while for it.
    The classic SM58+xu2 or SM57+xu2 USB digital bundle version: 199$
    http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/sm/sm57-x2u-usb-digital-bundle

    This said i aggree with you about the fact sometimes it is more convenient to buy thoses products.. Specially for peoples who are not used with professional material.. ( could be a real jungle of brands, products who are sometimes so specialized ) .. The yeti is not bad at all too.
     
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    Thanks for the links, I didn't know it's as simple now.

    Some people use kinda okayish mics, but the gap between average computer mic and Yeti is huge. Although I have to say that Logitech USB desktop mic is great for its price. Anyway, if I listen to many podcasts, you can easily appreciate the quality microphone. It's so much easier to understand what they're saying, and it makes you less tired and more focused.

    There's also a question of good enough. I can't speak of mics too much, as I have little experience with them, but I had some headphones. I was using Plantronics 777 gaming headset and the sound was pretty much ok, and it had good directional mic. Jumping to Philips HP890 and Audigy 2 made music so much better, and it made in-game positioning easier. Then I got 2nd hand Philips HP1000 for some silly money, paired them with Xonar D2X and the difference was night and day. Custom amp added music clarity and BFBC2 kicks/bans for claimed hacking :) Later on I bought Westone UM-3X RC for work, which made me ask, how much better the sound can be. My brother got himself Razer Blackshark headset, which does some awesome work in games, especially shooters, but when I bought AKG K712 for home usage... well... no gaming headset that I've tried is even close. The sound/music fun, immersion, clarity, scene, and positioning are completely outclassing "good gaming headsets". Once you grab some higher end stuff (some audiophiles would consider K712 low-mid-end), it's and eye-opening, revealing experience and you don't want to come back. But if you never give it a try, you won't know, because how can you know without experience?

    Now, I wonder if I should go for ModMic or pro-grade cheap microphone. I don't do podcasts/recordings, so it would be just for gaming, but I respect my teammates, so I'd rather get something that makes my voice clear and easy to understand.
     

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