HyperX DuoCast perfectly complements its line of streaming microphones [review]
Things have been a little quiet from HyperX on the Microphone Police lately, but today it’s announcing the all-new DuoCast. Bridging the gap between Entry-level SoloCast and the most expensive Quadcast Sthe DuoCast features an elegant integrated shock mount, RGB light ring and selectable dual polar pattern. Be sure to watch the video below for a detailed look at how it sounds and what it offers for the $99 price tag.
If you’ve read any of my broadcast microphone reviews in the past, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of the HyperX SoloCast. This is what I use to record the majority of my reviews. The affordable price, small size, simple features, and sound quality cover most of what I’m looking for in a microphone.
That being said, it does have some shortcomings when it comes to out-of-the-box sound insulation. So when HyperX announced the embargo of a new microphone, the DuolCast, I was immediately intrigued.
HyperX is also announcing today new colors for the SoloCast and QuadCast S. Both of these microphones will now also be available in white.
HyperX DuoCast: Design
While the SoloCast has a more rounded, slightly egg-inspired capsule design, the DuoCast looks like a scaled-down version of the QuadCast. The low-profile shock mount takes up significantly less visual real estate but still has the familiar tap-to-mute capacitive button on top, a multi-function dial on the back, a headphone-out port, and a USB-C port for connecting. connect to a computer.
The included stand is very reminiscent of the QuadCast. It doesn’t hold the microphone very high but is easily removable for mounting on a boom arm, which I highly recommend. There are very cheap mic arm on Amazon and, in my opinion, they are absolutely worth adding to your audio setup.
HyperX DuoCast: Video
RGB ring light
One of the standout features of the QuadCast S is the RGB lighting that illuminates the perforated pop filter. The DuoCast also has RGB lighting, but it’s a bit more subtle with the LED ring just above the shock mount. Colors are customizable from the HyperX INGenuity app.
HyperX DuoCast: Setup
It’s easy to start and use the DuoCast – just plug it in and it’s ready to go. A big difference from the SoloCast, however, is that it has two selectable polar patterns – cardioid and omnidirectional. Although there is no physical switch on the rear like the QuadCast S to indicate which pattern is active, hold the gain dial on the rear of the mic to make this adjustment.
If the RGB ring changes from color to focus on the front, it is in cardioid mode. If the ring goes from a small light in front to the full lit ring, it is in omnidirectional mode.
If you need more pickup models, check the QuaCast S which includes Cardioid, Omni, Bidirectional and Stereo.
Unlike the SoloCast, the DuoCast also has adjustable gain by adjusting the dial on the back of the microphone.
How does it sound?
A USB microphone, the DuoCast supports 24-bit/96 kHz high-resolution audio recording. And in my tests, it sounds good. To me, it seems like the high end has been taken out of the SoloCast sound a bit. It’s a little softer on the sibilance in my voice. Because of this, it also seems like some mids have been pushed forward, but that could just be from the slightly muted sibilant top end.
In my experience, the shock mount does a great job of eliminating desktop impacts. This is one of my biggest complaints about the SoloCast and HyperX fixed the issue directly with the DuoCast. Be sure to click on the video to hear comparisons between a few different microphones.
Versus. the VO-7U deity
Besides the SoloCast, one comparison I wanted to make was with the Deity VO-7U which is a dynamic USB microphone rather than the more common condenser capsule design of the DuoCast, SoloCast and QuadCast S.
Dynamic microphones are designed to be used much closer to the mouth for vocals. Like a Shure SM58 which governs live performances or the SM7B, which is sort of the reference in podcastingthese pickups have a different sound and use.
For me, the Deity VO-7U offers a fuller body but lacks some of the clarity of HyperX condenser microphones. Be sure to click on the video to hear some examples.
If you’re looking for more comparisons, check out the SoloCast review to see how it compares to the
He could still use a Boom Arm
As I briefly mentioned in the design section, for me adding a cheap boom arm is almost essential for any streaming microphone. They help place the mic in a better location to pick up voices and eliminate desk impact noise. While the DuoCast might not need help with desktop impacts, being able to place the mic perfectly is worth it in my opinion.
Taken from 9to5Toys
HyperX has another great-sounding USB condenser mic with the DuoCast that sits perfectly between the SoloCast and the QuadCast S. Now it’s easier to choose a mic that best suits specific needs.
Personally, the SoloCast does most of what I need with the addition of a cheap boom arm and universal shock. Find out how I added them to the SoloCast here.
But, if you don’t want to have to add any extra components or want the ability to switch to an omnidirectional mic pattern, the DuoCast will sound great for those scenarios.