I'd rather spend the money on a good set of headphones without the mic,...
There are some broadcast quality headset mics, but most "computer mics" or "gaming mics" are not that good. If you want good quality and you don't really need the mic attatched to your head, you are probably better off with "studio style" USB condenser mic. These usually start at about $100 USD and go up to around $250. An example is the AT2020 USB. Some of these (such as the Blue Yeti) have a built-in headphone jack (for analog headphones) and allow zero-latency monitoring.QuoteI'd rather spend the money on a good set of headphones without the mic,...Good headphones aren't going to make your podcast sound better. I'd put your money into the microphone.P.S.With a studio style mic that's not super-close to your mouth, room noise and acoustics are bigger factors. If you have excessive acoustic background noise, a headset mic would be better because it gives you a better signal-to-noise ratio.P.P.S.Most broadcast headsets have a microphone with a low-impedance balanced XLR connection that won't interface properly with a consumer soundcard.
Dynamic stage mics can sound great for podcasts...
...arent as room dependent
So does that mean I will want to get a mic with USB?
Could I get away with the Behringer C-1U?
...and decent headphones, all for <$200?
When you say voice and podcast, are you singing or spoken word? Making a rant reply or something with artistic intent?
Quote from: MikeFord on 02 May, 2013, 02:52:01 AMWhen you say voice and podcast, are you singing or spoken word? Making a rant reply or something with artistic intent?Voice acting. Artistic intent, but not singing.I'm really liking the idea of the USB studio style mic on a boom arm.Here's what I'd like to get:1. Table top mic stand with weighted base and height adjustment, and adjustable-length boom arm2. USB studio style mic3. Headphones (wired w/3.5mm plug)If I can figure out a way to get all of that for $200 I'd be happy. I'd like to order everything from B&H.
A couple of links that might provide food for thought: