The HyperX QuadCast S looks and sounds great – that’s not something you can say about many microphones.
What makes the HyperX QuadCast S a standout is not just the impressive audio quality and ease of connection, but the mesmerising lights that change before your eyes.
The condenser microphone is designed for streamers and podcasters and is a simple plug and play solution.
It is positioned on an anti-vibration shock mount which helps cut down sounds of unwanted bumps and rumbles.
You can connect the HyperX QuadCast S to your Mac, PC or PlayStation console with the supplied USB-C (which connect to the mic) to USB-A (which connects to the PC or console).
There are four selectable polar patterns to suit the type of recording you are doing. It’s easy to flip between them using a dial on the back of the microphone.
These include stereo for recording vocals and instruments, omnidirectional if it’s a group chat, bidirectional for a one on one so you can record people sitting opposite each other and the cardioid for solo recording.
On base of the mic is the gain control dial which controls the sensitivity of the microphone.
On top is a tap-to-mute touch control and you know when it’s activated because the LED lights turn off as well.
Tap it again and the microphone is on again and the lights are back on as well.
Now let’s talk about those lights.
The HyperX QuadCast S looks amazing and the lights slowly change colour.
For live video streamers the microphone is not only relaying your voice but it also makes a great decoration as well.
You can go a step further and personalise the RGB lighting effects with the HyperX NGENUITY software which only works with Windows PCs.
We connected it to our MacBook Pro (we needed a USB dongle to connect to our USB-C port) and fired up the free recording software Audacity.
We were able to choose the HyperX QuadCast as our mic and started recording.
The first thing we discovered was the surprising quality of the microphone. My voice was clear and crisp and not far off a pro-level microphone.
What helps the quality is a built-in pop filter to smooth out plosive noises and give your recording a more professional sound.
There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of the microphone so you can monitor your sound in real time.
Also included is a mount adaptor in case you want to attach the HyperX QuadCast S to a mic stand or a boom arm.
This versatile microphone is not only ideal for streamers, podcast and content creators, it can also be used for video calls and work from home meetings as well.
The HyperX QuadCast S is available now and is priced at $299.