Best microphone for gaming

So, from my perspective, video games are a big part of our lives now, or at least the industry of computer entertainment is. Whether you like it or not, video games won’t go away. From numerous consoles and entertainment systems all the way to personal computers, video games have been in our lives for quite a long time now.

When you think about it for a moment, quite a lot of people have actually grown up alongside video games as one of the entertainment types. All the way from the simplest forms such as ping pong, to tetris and now, well, everything. If it weren’t for the entertainment video games have given me, I probably wouldn’t have a life I have right now, just like many others. Then, there are various types of video games and I’m sure in the future, there will be many more categories of them, but I just like to put them as following: singleplayer games and multiplayer games. It’s simple as that, if you ask me, because some of them are made to be simply played alone so you can get immersed in the story and just, enjoy it for a few hours, all by yourself.. and then you have those which are only made for multiplayer entertainment. That means you play it with other people from around the world. It can be your friend from the neighborhood or a random person from a different side of the planet.

Nonetheless, video games have created a brand new form of entertainment that will continue to grow and won’t go away for a long time, for sure.

 

Now, if you’re playing a multiplayer game, communication is a very important aspect of the game itself, so how do we achieve that? Well, in the distant past, you would have simple interaction dialogues with predefined messages. Then it moved onto an interactive chat interface, meaning you could type your message on a keyboard or using your joystick to communicate with other players.

Now, you have all of those combined, but there is a very big difference. We have voice communication now. I’m sure you already know of this as it’s been around for quite a long time now, if not since the 1990s, but it has since grown into an industry of its own. What do I mean by this? Well, let’s just say that the voice communication industry is a big part of not just video games and entertainment, but every other part of IT.

Taking that into consideration, sure, you could just call up your friend and invite him over to your place so you could play some games together, but imagine if that friend didn’t live near you, but rather in a different city, or perhaps even a different country? Say he was on the other side of the world, right. You can’t just call him up and invite him to your place so you could play some games. Sure, you could still play together online, but that’s not it, right? The laughter, the fun you have together, it’s just not right. Well, what you can do is tell your friend to get headphones with a microphone and say you will do the same. Now you can speak to each other almost exactly the same way as if you were in the same room. That’s perfect, right? Sure, there MIGHT be some drawbacks, but voice communication is very important not just for gameplay, but the entertainment itself.

Due to the fact that I have been in this ‘gaming‘ world for quite a bit now, over ten years actually, I decided to help out similar people around the world by advising them which products to buy in the whole gaming industry. In this article, I will go over some of the best headsets and standalone microphones for gaming. Some of them are inexpensive, some are not, but I can tell you for certain that all of them are good. Some more, some less, but whichever appeals to you the most, you won’t regret the purchase.

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[BEST] ASTRO A50 Headset

 


 

  • compatible with PS4 & PC
  • amazing audio quality
  • adjustable microphone
  • Dolby headphone 7.1 Surround Sound
  • WIRELESS

Well, aren’t they beautiful? I mean, just look at them. Eye catching colors, beautiful design and the best comfort you can get out of headphones. What else could you ask for?

The Astro A50s are built and made with extreme care and precision because they’re made by people who know the industry extremely well and have spent years in it researching and developing the best headphones you could get so you can achieve the utmost gaming experience ever. As we all know, the audio in video games is one the most important things. Whether you’re playing Starcraft or Counter Strike, the sound is of great importance. No matter what game it is, without the sound, it is boring and in some cases, unplayable. That’s why you need great headphones, such as these.

I mean, just look at them. Other than the fact that they shine with elegance and coolness, you actually do get the top notch product out there. Of course, there are other really well made headphones out there which rival the Astro A50 very well, but as far as I have seen, I came to a conclusion that these, really are the best you can get right now. Other than the fact that they are wireless, they are also extremely light, which means you can have them on your head for a really long period of time and you wouldn’t feel any discomfort. Now, of course, video games might not be everything you like, perhaps you like music so you’re looking from that perspective as well.. In that case, these are also a good choice, however, due to the fact that they are wireless, there might be the slightest difference between the wired version and these.

The wired version is, obviously wired, but also half of the price of these. Why? Well, the obvious reason is because you don’t need the additional receiver/transmitter as they are wired so they’re just plug and play, but the other factor is that they’re a bit older than these, meaning you will get a slightly worse audio quality, but as far as I have seen, it’s really not that much of a difference, but if music is of the greatest importance to you, you should look at a different type of headphones then. Back onto the A50s from the technical aspect, honestly, you’re getting the best there is out there at the moment. The microphone on it’s own is a wonder when you see its quality, ability and everything else.

When I’ve tried this headset, I knew I was going to get really good results, but I really wasn’t expecting them to be THAT good. The microphone, not only is it directional, meaning it will pickup YOU and only you, but the quality it gives is absolutely astonishing. Alongside some of the software you can get from ASTRO, you can freely adjust the settings of the microphone using various settings, lowering its sensitivity and similar. You really are given all of the settings you can get so you can fully control this headset. Other than the glorious microphone, let’s not forget the audio you hear. The sound quality for video games is by far the best I have experienced, no matter what game you’re playing. I’ve tested it on Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield 4 & 1 and really, it’s absolutely amazing.

No one complained about the noise in the background I intentionally made as no one could hear it. This headset truly is made for gamers. If you choose the wireless version, that means you can walk around your whole room, if not the whole home without any impairments to the sound. My friend from the UK did this test specifically for me over TeamSpeak as he has the same headphones. He would get up from his desk and just walk around his home while constantly talking to me. I could hear a bit of a quality drop when he was outside his home, but while he was on the inside, there were no problems whatsoever. So yeah, that’s why this headset is gilded with the BEST category tag.

 

[BEST SELLER]SteelSeries Siberia 800


  • SteelSeries next-gen speaker drivers
  • closed ear-cups
  • Dolby cirtual 7.1 surround sound
  • Retractable microphone
  • WIRELESS

Simply said, this headset just shines with elegance, comfort and luxury. It looks sleek and simple, but it offers so much. First off, it’s wireless, which is a great addition, especially to gamers on the move as these headphones are very compact, so if you like to play games a lot, but you travel quite often, this headset is a very good option as you can rotate the speakers so it can be placed in a tight area, such as a bag or a briefcase. Other than that, the microphone is retractable and it basically disappears if you decide not to use it. All you have to do is push it inside the left speaker and that’s it. When it’s retracted, only its reddish tip is visible, so it’s really nice for various types of entertainment. Other than the luxurious look, the sound fidelity is astonishing due to the fact that the ear cups are closed inwards so you achieve total isolation from the surroundings and none of the sounds will leak out directly, but that’s not it. They are really, really comfortable on your head and ears. There’s no excess pressure being exerted onto your ears and due to their low weight, they’re pretty much perfect in that category. They come in black and greyish color which both fit nicely on this design of headphones. They’re somewhat similar to the older versions of the Siberia series, but they are more different than similar if you look it at from the greater perspective. You still have the round shaped speakers which are able to rotate. The additional full length padding on the arc which covers the head is there, as well, so yeah, the design is somewhat still the same, but they have certainly upgraded the specifications and abilities of the Siberia series. As always, due to the fact that these are wireless, you will always gain higher quality on wired versions, but as far as I have noticed, there isn’t a difference. You are paying for quality product, that is for certain, so if sound quality worries you, it shouldn’t as the Steelseries products have proven high quality over a lengthy period of time in the past and I stand behind this decision as both my friend and  me had a different version of Steelseries products, and there is no doubt.. They do deliver quality and luxury.

A unique thing about this headset is the fact that you receive two Li-Ion batteries. Not one, but two. You can charge the second one while using the first one, so when the first one is depleted, you just swap them out and continue gaming, no hassle in that! As per me, this headset really does deserve the BESTSELLER category tag as it’s not overly expensive and I’ve seen a lot of Twitch streamers and YouTube gamers use these. If you consider the pricetag of $240 and the quality this headset offers, it’s a very good trade off.

 

[BESTBUY] HyperX Cloud Revolver

 


  • Studio grade sound quality
  • Steel frame
  • Detachable microphone
  • 50mm sound drivers
  • Compatibility with PC/PS4/MAC/Xbox One

 

If you’ve ever followed up with HyperX products, then this one will look very similar to one of their most popular products ever, the HyperX Cloud II headset. We can say this is the version two of that headset as this one looks very similar to the Cloud II and obviously, it’s better. As stated previously, it’s built from a steel frame which makes it extremely durable and stiff while at the same time it provides comfort. Don’t let the steel frame worry you as this headset is actually very comfortable on your head. It’s not too lose and it’s not too tight, it’s pretty much perfect. I mean, it’s made from steel, there’s no way you can break this, so if you accidentally drop them on the ground or something similar, there shouldn’t be worry about them breaking or anything.

Of course, there’s the iconic red colour which braids the top part of the headphones, the headrest and in addition to that, the sides of the speakers are glowing in red as well, representing the HyperX logo alongside some stylish lines in a circle, as you can see in the picture. Other than the great design, they provide really good functionality as well. There’s an additional software you can obtain from HyperX for extra sound effects and adjustments, but it’s not necessary. The headset itself is plug & play so it’s pretty straight forward. There is one slight drawback though. They aren’t very compact as other headsets. They’re bulky and slightly heavy. The weight isn’t a problem as it’s countered by the huge amounts of ear and head padding which makes them very comfortable actually, but you can’t carry these around everywhere. I mean, you just can’t due to their size and inability to rotate and bend, but they are absolutely amazing for their price if you plan on using them at your home.

The microphone itself is the main part of these as it looks relatively small and simple, but in reality it really isn’t. The best thing about it is that you can detach it very easily and it will look as if it wasn’t there, so if you just want to chill in the evening hours while going through the gameplay of your favorite game, just detach the microphone and enjoy. The great quality of the microphone is just an extra cherry on the cake as well, as I personally had no trouble using it in communication with random players and my friends both in game and over TeamSpeak & Discord, so I can say with certainty that it is very good. Because of that and its great price, I decided to place it as the winner of the BESTBUY category. If you’re on a budget, but you’re also looking for great quality, then you wouldn’t make a mistake by purchasing this headset.

 

Blue Yeti Pro


  • Four different polar pattern settings
  • Cutting edge A-D converter chip
  • Built-in amplifier for zero-latency monitoring
  • 15 Hz – 22 kHz frequency response

Now, this microphone caught my eye with quite a few things. First off, it looks amazing. The vintage look really appeals to the user and it’s just, pretty. Reminds me of those old microphones in studios before the 2000s. There’s also the fact that this microphone has multiple outputs. An XLR output if you really want to use this microphone to its maximum potential, and an USB output, for the quick plug & play action.

I wouldn’t say it’s great for portability as it really isn’t, but if you really have to, you wouldn’t have much trouble moving it around, just be careful, because it is absolutely amazing. It is somewhat heavy, but when you see what it has to offer, you will understand why the extra weight.

The single greatest thing anyone has ever implemented onto dedicated microphones is the simple and separate button for muting it. And it’s there. You don’t have to unplug the cable, you don’t have to mute it in sound manager, you just press the button and it’s muted, so if someone walks into your room, just press that button and no one will be disturbed. There’s also a volume knob for, well duh, adjusting the volume of the microphone output and it’s that simple, really.

The additional XLR output on the bottom of the microphone is amazing as you can use an additional external amplifier or a different device for other uses and hook it up directly to the microphone using the XLR output, provided you have the necessary wiring. This means, that if you ever want to record music, instruments, vocals, anything that is very dependent on quality of the sound, you can achieve it with this microphone. I’ve heard numerous popular YouTubers claim that this is one of the best microphones out there and I can’t disagree. I haven’t encountered a better one so far.

The coolest part about this one is the four different pattern settings. What does that mean? You can choose what type of monitoring (recording) you want the microphone to be in. It can be stereocardioidomnidirectional and bidirectional.

The stereo mode means it will pick up sounds on both the left and the right channel and it is ideal for recording almost any type of sound. Cardioid mode is crafted for podcasts, vocals or game streaming. It captures the sound only from one direction, so positioning the microphone in front of you while live streaming and picking this mode is the perfect combination.

The omnidirectional mode is quite cool, to be honest as it captures audio coming from all directions. If you want to capture 3D sound or gain the 3D effect with sound, this mode will suit you the best. Last but not least, we have the bidirectional mode and simply said, it records from two sides, which is perfect if you are recording two vocals, or you’re playing with a friend in the same room.

This microphone combined with an adjustable stand you can also purchase is pretty much the perfect combination. It has all you want out of a microphone and it won’t disappoint you.

 

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB microphone


  • Condenser microphone with USB output
  • A/D converter with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate
  • Internal headphone amplifier for clarity and musical detail

Now, the point of this article was to review microphones for gamers and so far it has been a great trip, but it was headsets only, meaning you would receive a microphone and headphones in one. However, as the primary focus is on microphones, I’ve decided to count in dedicated microphones as well because they really do stand out in that business as they are made for detecting and recording audio. Now, sure, it may not be very convenient to carry both headphones and a dedicated microphone at the same time, so this is a better option if you are certain you won’t be moving around quite of ten. Dedicated microphones are especially handy for live streams and YouTubers as they will always provide better quality than headset microphones. We also have to remember the fact that you can literally put this microphone on a microphone stand and position it anywhere you like, so there’s that. It can be above your head, it can be below your chin, on the side of your face, anywhere you like.

Now, onto the microphone itself. Made by Audio-Technica, an amazing audio-oriented company which not only produces superb microphones, but they’re also in the business of headphones and headsets, and they’re good at it. Previously, I have reviewed one of their noise-cancelling headphones with a microphone and honestly, I was left speechless. The stuff these people make is just amazing. When I was reviewing this microphone, I wasn’t skeptical about it whatsoever, because I simply knew that it would deliver what I wanted. Excellent sound quality without any issues and trouble.

The size of this microphone is very impressive as well because you would usually expect a dedicated microphone to be relatively bulky and large, but this model actually is not so big. You could certainly put it in your front pocket of your pants if you wanted to. Now, of course, the sound quality is the main thing about microphones and I can tell you with assurance that you would not regret buying this. You get a quality-made stand which can have its angle adjusted, so technically saying, you could have this microphone placed anywhere on the desk and it will pick up your voice. It is almost fully omni-directional, meaning it can pick up sound coming from almost all directions. The exception being its two sides which are covered with the frame and the bottom part. Other than that, you really do get an amazing product for the price you pay, which actually isn’t as high as you would expect for such a great product. Then again, even if you’re not a gamer, this microphone is still great for you. Say you’re an instrument player. Buying this microphone is a perfect product for you as it will record all of the sounds you create with your instrument and voice, no joke.

One last thing I would like to note about this microphone as seen in the title of it is that it is USB connected, which makes things even easier. You don’t need any other external adapters and/or converters. You just plug it into the USB port and it’s ready to go. It’s that simple!

 

Rode NT-USB Condenser Microphone


  • USB connectivity
  • On-mic mix control
  • Tripod stand, pop filter and ring mount included
  • Ultra-low noise

Very similar to the previous microphone from Audio-Technica, the RODE NT-USB microphone has a few more additional features at a slightly more elevated price, but the trade off is quite worth it. RODE is without saying, a great producer of quality and well made microphones and they offer numerous bonuses with their products. As you can see in the picture, just by purchasing this model, you receive a tripod stand, a ring mount and the most important of all, the pop filter shield which filters out those annoying ‘pop’ noises. Other than the great extras you receive with this microphone, there’s also one really useful thing on it and that’s the two mix wheels on it which lets you adjust the volume of the microphone itself and volume of the headphones you can plug into the microphone itself for realtime sound feedback.

The great visual aesthetic design is really pleasing to the eyes. The color is a perfect match and the USB cable is detachable so that makes this microphone quite portable, if you don’t mind disassembling everything every time.

It provides amazing sound quality, especially for instruments, but it is also great for gamers as it can capture even the slightest whispers, so you can truly get immersed into the video game you’re playing without yelling your heart out in an effort to signal your friend. The pop filter shield is a really useful thing, especially if you use the microphone on a daily basis as it filters out the ‘pop’ noise as previously stated, which can get really annoying in a very short time period.

The microphone stand is adjustable so you can place the microphone anywhere on the desk and just point it towards yourself and it will capture your voice without any problems. The additional volume wheels on the microphone are very useful, especially if someone walks into your room, you can lower the volume very easily without unplugging the microphone, so the usability of it is really good.

Other than that, it’s a really great piece of hardware for the price you pay.

 

HyperX Cloud II


  • USB Audio Sound Card
  • 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • Noise cancelling microphone
  • Echo cancelling
  • 15 Hz – 22kHz frequency response
  • 53mm sound drivers

Bulky. That’s the main characteristic of this headset. But don’t let that put you down, they’re pretty good in my opinion. I already had a chance to review these some time ago, but I decided to give them another shot as they were pretty good and I wanted to test them out further. This variant comes only in color of black which makes them look pretty cool. One would think that with great size, great weight comes, but surprisingly, these headphones are pretty light. They’re made out of plastic, but I tested how strong it was by trying to bend it, and it didn’t break. I did bend it quite a lot, but it didn’t break, so it is some high quality plastic. The reason these headphones are inexpensive is because they’re made out of plastic I assume because the technicalities are really good. I had no problems with the sound quality of both the speakers and the microphone, so there’s that.

The microphone itself is detachable, meaning you can’t retract it upwards or downwards, but you actually have to detach it to move it out of sight. That is a great thing if you have to move these headphones around quite a lot because you can’t rotate their speakers, but you can detach the rather large microphone, which is a good thing. They are VERY COMFORTABLE on your ears and head when you put them on and as sketchy as it may seem, the material the padding is made of does not look cheap as it doesn’t rip apart, doesn’t come off and doesn’t give off that weird odor after a prolonged usage of the headphones.

It also has an active noise cancellation on the microphone, meaning you won’t be picking up a large amount of unnecessary sounds coming in from the background which makes this headset a great choice if you’re playing video games in a loud room. There is also a 7.1 audio mode which turns the audio into more realistic sounding audio, but I personally didn’t like it on any of the headphones, but that’s just personal preference, so it shouldn’t cause you any problems.

All in all, a great piece of hardware for avid gamers for a relatively low price.

 

Turtle Beach – Elite Pro


  • 50mm sound drivers
  • extremely soft ear padding
  • rotational microphone
  • 12 Hz – 22kHz frequency response

The orange color on these headphones is what makes them look cool, aside the amazing design of course. The customizability is one of the key characteristics on these as they were made for one specific audience.. and those are hardcore gamers. Sure, you don’t have to be a hardcore gamer, but a lot of professional teams in various popular video games use these in tournaments and live streams as they are really, really good. Oh and did I mention they look cool?

The extremely soft ear pads are so soft you could fall asleep with these without any trouble. They don’t cause any excessive pressure on your ears nor your head so there’s no worry in getting a headache or sweaty ears. I mean, of course, if it’s blazing summer and the temperatures are high, it will always be not so pleasing to wear headphones, but these are one of the most comfortable I’ve seen so far.

The microphone is relatively simple and straight forward. You can rotate it upwards and downwards, so lining it up with your mouth won’t be a problem at all. The quality of the microphone is pretty good, but in this case, they have focused more on quality of the sound you receive through the speakers, which I understand, as it is very important in the tournaments. Of course, we cannot ignore the voice communication between the players, but I believe they have prioritized the sound quality of speakers over the microphone.

Now, I’m not saying it’s bad, it is very good actually, but you can get better ones for somewhat the same price. Other than that, a really great pair of headphones in my opinion.

 

Conclusion


If you’re a gamer, and I believe you are if you’re reading this article, let’s be real.. you need good gear to perform well. Whether it be a mouse, a keyboard, in this case a headset, it has to be quality made. If you’re reading this segment of the review, you will get the general understanding of the best headsets there are in the market right now. Maybe, just maybe none of these suit you, and I’m sure that will happen as each gamer has their own and unique play style and requirements, and if that’s the case, feel free to contact me through the comment section and I will gladly help you out in picking the best headset for yourself.

All in all, this article was made in an effort to help out numerous people who seek the best voice communication device there is that they can afford and no matter what you are, a musician, a hardcore gamer, a casual gamer, I’m positive this article can help you pick your ideal microphone/headset.

 

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Noise cancelling headphones with microphone

Noise cancelling headphones – an interesting piece of hardware , and as far as I have witnessed, they are worthy of buying.

Just recently, I have come up to a great deal on one of these so I decided to purchase them, and to my surprise, they had a microphone attached. Now, you may be wondering, a microphone on noise cancelling headphones? What? That’s the same reaction I had when I found these and I was pretty hesitant about them due to the uniqueness, however, I have decided to proceed down with the purchase.

To my surprise, they have turned out to be, actually very good, both in physical and audio quality. Now, one may ask, why would you ever need noise cancelling headphones with a MICROPHONE? Who knows, perhaps you like listening to music while isolating yourself completely from the outside noises, or you are an avid gamer such as myself and require crystal clear sound.

No matter the reason, the headphones I had bought the first time encouraged me to test out a few more with same or similar capabilities, and I have ventured far throughout the course of a whole month to reach the conclusion you all want to hear. THESE THINGS ARE MARVELOUS.

Each of these provide amazing noise cancelling technologies paired with superb microphones to provide you with excellent audio quality.

Myself, I have tested seven of these and all of them turned out to be great in what they claim to provide. They come from multiple brands, if that’s what concerns you, and almost each of all these have their own unique selling point, which is great. Now, to get onto the reviews themselves, I shall present each of the headphones individually and determine the three winners in three of the categories: BEST, BESTBUY & BESTSELLER according to their specifications, usability, price and market value. Below is a table of contents for easier navigation.

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[BEST] Sennheiser HMD 27


  • dynamic microphone
  • protection against noise peaks(>110dB)
  • modular microphone
  • impedance: 64 ohms
  • frequency response: 8 – 18 000 Hz
  • distortion: <0.1% @ 1KHz
  • extremely accurate sound reproduction

Now these headphones are really unique, first off with it’s design and second off by the precision of the sound. It is absolutely amazing what people at Sennheiser are able to do. These are professional broadcast headphones made for audio engineers and commentators and the price of these is very high as they have been released very recently, however I think the functions it offers out-weight the high price bar. Now, honestly, I would not recommend this to a casual music listener because the price is really high and you can probably get a somewhat better product if you searched a little for way less money.

As I have said, these headphones have been made with a goal to be used by commentators and mostly audio engineers out in the field, however that does not prevent anyone from buying these and using them at home for recreational use. I must advise you, if you do decide to ever buy these, you will not give your money away for nothing, that is for certain. This is pure quality. When they were creating these headphones they were aiming for low weight, high accuracy headphones, and they managed to accomplish that. The ability to be so modular is what makes these headphones really shine. For example, you can use any other cable from these series of headphones with these headphones, or, another good example would be the fact that you can mount the microphone on either the left or the right side, the choice is completely yours, both sides have support for microphone so it’s all up to you and personal preference. Technically speaking, these are heavy-duty headphones made for work in the field such as big events and similar, but they have proved themselves to be also good in casual environment, like your home or office space.

It’s ability to produce sound at such clarity and accuracy is the selling point of these headphones. When you first try them out, you will never want to go back to anything else, seriously. Alongside the exceptional sound quality, you have great noise isolation which comes from carefully engineered ear cushions which are so nice and comfortable for your ears that you will never want to take these off. The ability to be modular is one the crucial points as well. You can take it apart if you have to travel, you can fold it, but that may be slightly difficult because it is quite large, however, like I said, you can always disassemble it for easier packing up. The cushion on the top of headphones is amazingly done as well, while it may mess up your haircut just like any other headphones, it will leave your head without any irritations or pain.

Sennheiser has really given their best with this piece, the comfort bar is through the roof. Even if you are an audiophile, you will like these, no matter how big and expensive they are. They are made for perfection and accuracy, and that’s what they offer.

One last thing I would like to talk about when it comes to these headphones is the round microphone which I have already mentioned a little. The best thing about it is that you can attach it to either the left or the right side of the headphones, it all depends on your preference. The technicalities of the microphone itself are rather interesting because you would expect a bigger microphone with such powerful features. It’s a dynamic microphone which stands out due to a strong and powerful pattern for audio recordings and transmissions in the highest quality even in really loud and noisy environments.

Whether you are an audio engineer, a studio producer, a casual gamer or a really big fan of music, these headphones will set you down for $500, but it’s worth every penny.

These headphones are very pricey, but they do reason that high pricing with it’s build quality and the features it brings, so we’ve decided this is the winner of the BEST category.

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[BEST SELLER] Razer Blackshark


  • military helicopter headset design
  • superb sound isolation
  • great flexibility
  • 3.5mm audio cable, 4 feet cable
  • 40mm sound drivers (neodymium)
  • frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • impedance: 29 ohms

Well, isn’t she a beauty? These headphones have caught my attention the most by far. They are robust, big, bulky, flexible and I love these sort of headphones, however most people may not as they are looking for simple and useful headphones. Right, well, these are really made for a specific group of people, and I know for certain that those people need these sort of headphones.

Amazing sound isolating combined with a unique-style heavy-duty microphone that is actually good is what really makes these headphones stand out, other than the look of course. First thing that catches everyone’s eye is the fact that they are absolutely huge. Well, yes, they are designed after military helicopter headsets, that was the grand idea, which turned out to be actually very good. They combined excellent hardware with a flexible and heavy-duty design and added just a little bit of that green color to make it look even cooler.

Right, well enough about the looks, let’s move onto technical aspects of these headphones. They are big, so you may think to yourselves: “Well, if they are this big, they have to be powerful, right?“. You’re not wrong if you thought that. These pack a punch, like, a big one. First off, the sound quality itself is superb. These headphones can be used for music, podcasting, watching movies, series and shows, playing video games, whatever you like and want. They are that powerful. A bit heavy, but that is out-weighted by the technical aspects. I have tried various music genres on these headphones because I liked these the most, so I really wanted to put them to the test, and I did. Honestly, I have nothing negative to say about the sound quality. I may not be a musical prodigy but I can hear the difference between decent, good and excellent, and these fall under the ‘excellent’ category when talking about sound quality. If you like getting loud and freaky, the volume won’t be a problem either, because these can go really loud, however as it is the case with every headphone out there, if they can be really loud, they can also leak sound, so if you really turn it up to 100% volume, some of the sounds will be audible for the people around you, so keep that in mind.

Moving onto the microphone, simply said, it’s a piece of art. You can move it in pretty much any direction. Three anchor points allow you for pretty much any sort of customizability and flexibility, so there is absolutely no reason to get worried if the microphone is going to be hitting your mouth, or your nose and similar. As these headphones kept reminding me of those big and bulky headphones commentators use on sport matches, I decided to test the microphone possibilities in a podcast, and was that a great idea? Well, yes it was. The sound quality this microphone is able to capture is astonishing. Taking into effect it’s noise cancellation, this thing is a beast. It can do whatever you need it to do, whether you’re on a huge tournament in a loud arena, or simply in a noisy room, this thing will do everything it can just to block out the unnecessary sounds from the background, and damn does it do a fine job at it. One thing I have not mentioned which makes these headphones even better is the ability to detach the microphone in such a way that when you take it off, the headphones don’t even look like they had a microphone there. There are no holes left over, nothing.

The thing that impressed me the most about these headphones is the microphone. The fact that it can capture such high and low frequencies basically means it can be used for almost anything. Studio? Sure. Gaming? Sure. Skype Calls? Sure, though it is overkill if you are only going to use these headphones for Skype calls.

All in all, a great piece of hardware that you should definitely get in my personal opinion, especially if you are into video games quite a lot.

These headphones win the award of a BESTSELLER as they do prove their build quality as really good and the features it brings alongside that. All of that while considering great pricing, these headphones are truly the bestseller from the headphones we’ve reviewed.

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[BEST BUY] HyperX Cloud II


  • 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • 53mm sound drivers (neodymium)
  • USB connectivity
  • passive noise cancellation
  • active noise cancellation microphone
  • weight: 272 grams

These are my favorite when it comes to video games. They have everything you’d ever look in headphones for gamers. Cool design? Check. Great microphone? Check. Wide range of frequencies? Check.

It’s basically a perfect match, if you are looking for something like this. I myself have tried these with both music and video games and I have come to a conclusion that these do excel more at video games than music, however you can still listen to music on these on daily basis without any issues. It’s just the fact that these headphones are very, very bulky. They’re large, but the low weight compensates for that which makes wearing these very weird due to the fact that you are wearing huge headphones, but they feel so light.

As big as they may look, you can do a few customizations which prove to be very useful. You can take off the microphone, which makes it detachable so if it’s bothering you and just causing distractions, you can detach it just by unplugging out from the left headphone. It’s that simple, just make sure you don’t lose it! You can also replace the cushions to a color you want, but the default color is black which fits the theme and design really great in my opinion.

But let’s talk about the main point of these headphones, the noise isolation/cancellation. Yes, it is passive, but the big cushions really make up for it due to the fact that you can raise the volume so high, you wouldn’t be able to hear a drill next door if that was the case. Even if you do not want to increase the volume to high levels, the cushions themselves provide great sound isolation. The most you will hear from common background noises are just muffled sounds that make it through, so really, it shouldn’t be a concern.

The amount of features these headphones have is mind blowing. From custom software support to a custom made sound card in the headphones themselves, they should and will satisfy your every gamer need when it comes to sound. One of the key features that really caught my eye was the unique audio control box these headphones have. It offers so many features while keeping itself pretty small. You can mute, unmute your microphone, lower and raise the volume of course, turn on and off the 7.1 mode, and the best thing about this control box is the fact that it has it’s own amplifier sound card inside of it that modulates and amplifies the sound as needed for optimal gaming experience.

The microphone is really well built too. You would usually expect a well made microphone to look elegant and luxurious, and while this one doesn’t look luxurious and such, it is well made and it has proven itself on that point. It looks simple and it is simple. There’s a phrasing I like a lot and it goes along the lines of: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophisticationand this microphone is a good reflection of that quote.

The best thing about it is it’s quality. Due to the fact that these headphones offer active noise cancellation for the microphone, you shouldn’t be worried about that AC or fan in the background causing trouble on TeamSpeak, Skype or similar. It isolates and cancels out the unnecessary sounds perfectly and basically, it does its job perfectly.

Sure it may do it’s job, but we also have to take in effect the fact how the headphones themselves look like, and in this case, for gamers, it’s perfect, if you ask me, however I may contradict myself here. No matter the look, if the technical specifications satisfy your needs, you should not worry about the looks and visual aspect of the headphones.

We were really in detail with the grading and we’ve concluded that these headphones deserve the BESTBUY award from us as it presents great quality and features alongside a reasonable price.

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Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1x


Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1x

  • 53mm audio drivers
  • frequency response ranging from frequencies of 5 Hz to 35,000 Hz.
  • sensitivity: 99dB/mW
  • impedance: 48 ohms
  • weight: 285 grams, without the cable
  • microphone: Condenser, with sensitivity rated at -41dB
  • connector is the usual 3.5mm gold-plated stereo mini-plug

These headphones shine with elegance and uniqueness. With specially designed 53 mm drivers, they provide high-fidelity sound which you seek for. Despite their bulkiness and a weird looking design, these are one of the most comfortable headphones I have personally tried, and trust me, I have went through many. The comfortable ear padding they come with is pure bliss for ears, especially if you have to wear these for extended periods of time. Well suitable for long gaming events and extensive music sessions, depending on your choice and need.

A major problem for me was that after extensive use of any type of headphones, I’d start to get uncomfortable and all, and I just couldn’t get rid of the feeling. Well, due to the fact that these headphones have really well made and comfortable ear-cushions, it makes using these headphones a job without problems.

Now, the second most important thing to look at is the microphone build and sound quality. So far, I haven’t had any issues with it, it records my voice perfectly due to the active noise cancellation it comes with as well, so I can safely say that Audio-Technica did an absolutely great job with these.

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Bose QuietComfort 25 ANS


  • weight: 195 grams
    BOSE QuietComfort 25
  • 4.6 feet long cable
  • bulky and comfortable design
  • a stylish carrying case
  • inline microphone

One of the greatest headphone brands I have ever seen. Like, really, these people make such great headphones that it’s astonishing. In general, they are heaven made for music enthusiasts as they provide low, mid and high frequencies at amazing clarity. You like bass? They got it. You like crystal clear vocals? THEY GOT IT. This is what years of experience and constant work makes, and trust me, once you try these, you will not want to go back. They are quite pricey, hitting the $300 line, however you will not regret giving that money to BOSE for these headphones. They have their own active noise cancellation which works really well and will suppress those annoying background noises you always hear when wearing headphones and trying to listen to some music.

However, there is one notable thing about these.. They do have a microphone, but it’s inline, meaning it’s not your conventional headset microphone that is foldable or detachable. It’s on the cable itself, so I would not recommend using these for something that really requires constant use of your voice as you might be hard to hear, may sound muffled and such, depending on the situation. It will however suffice for general Skype calls and phone calls, if that’s what concerns you. So, basically, if you are looking to play some video games with these, it can be done as the sound is impeccable, but if you need voice communication and interaction, well, I would recommend looking at a different headphones then.

Other than the great features these headphones bring, you also get a very stylish and aesthetic carrying case for your headphones and as they have the ability to be folded, that comes in handy quite well. The quality of the headphones themselves is amazing. After hours of constant use, I have not felt any pain or irritation on my head. The ear cushions are really well made and make it comfortable to wear these for more than a few hours. There is also the leather padding on top part of these headphones that lays upon the top of your head once you put the headphones on, so basically, nothing is uncomfortable.

I have to say, they really did look out for everything with these headphones. While there may be better alternatives depending on what you’re looking for, BOSE QuietComfort 25 really reach in multiple areas of comfort and sound.

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Jabra Evolve 80 ANS


  • noise cancelling microphone
  • USB connectivity
    Jabra Evolve 80 ANS
  • ‘busy light’ feature
  • folding microphone
  • one click noise cancellation

There is a lot to be said about these headphones. First off, the brand. I myself was skeptical about these as it’s from a brand I haven’t heard of before and in my experience that usually means it’s a bad product, however I decided to try them out as the build quality looked very good according to numerous pictures on the internet I checked out, and I have went through multiple reviews of these as well due to my skepticism about the brand and to my surprise, people were talking good and positive things about these, so I decided to try them. They arrived in a very good package which prevented any damage so that’s a plus for the seller. I believe the unique thing about these headphones that you can always recognize them by is the red decal that elongates around the headphones on specific places. The cable is also red, which is a nice addition if we’re looking at these from a design aspect.

The bulkiness is really a big factor with these. I mean, they are big. Big BIG. You wouldn’t be going outside with these I’m sure, maybe on a train or airplane, but that’s the most I’d go with due to the fact that they are so huge, it’s impossible to keep them low-profile, especially when they do not have the ability to fold, however, they are absolutely amazing for your home. I suppose the reason they aren’t foldable is due to the fact that they have so much padding that it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable at all, even after really long use. I have found out that these headphones were specifically targeted for marketers, but they are excellent for video games and voice communication. One key thing these marketers needed was some sort of an indicator that will tell others that you are currently on a call, so if you are in Skype call, or your microphone is actively transmitting, a red light will turn on on the headphones indicating that you are most likely busy, so if there is someone in your room with you bothering you, they will know you probably cannot respond, which is quite useful when it comes to video games, speaking from experience.

They provide active noise cancellation (ANS) and you can activate or deactivate it by pressing the small button on the bottom side of one of the headphones, which is amazing. The actual cancelling isn’t a joke either, it really does its job as it is supposed to. Just imagine yourself in a relatively large room with quite a lot of people, and there’s a constant chatter, right. Well, when you activate the active noise cancellation on these headphones, the volume of that chatter and background noise around you falls down by roughly 90%. It might sound like a large number, but I have tried it myself and it literally works. Obviously it is more noticeable on less audible sounds, such as hums from your computer and such, and those will be completely cancelled out which is pretty impressive.

The sound quality overall is excellent. I mean, you are paying a little more than $300, so you would be expecting the best, right? Well, I understand the still present skepticism due to an unknown brand and such, but these headphones do what they say they do. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. You can hear the lows, mids and highs, depending on the music you’re listening to, but whether you are an EDM fan and like some bass or such, or a classicist and like the classical pieces, you will hear what you want to hear. Everything. I myself am a big musical enthusiast and I listen to multiple genres of music, like, quite a lot, and I have tried these out on multiple types of music and sounds. Guess what? They are amazing for all of those. You will not regret spending $300 on these, that’s for certain.

The last thing I’d like to point out about these is the microphone. It looks small, sure. It feels small, sure. But damn is that thing powerful. The sensitivity on it is quite a punch. I mean, they do offer noise cancellation for the microphone as well, but that microphone can pick up anything you want, if you want it to do that. So if you are a gamer that plays fast paced video games or something similar where voice communication is a virtue, these headphones are a great pick then. The active noise cancellation on the microphone comes in really useful if you’re in a busy room or something and you’re playing with teammates. You would usually hear them complaining about the noise coming from your side of the microphone, but with this one, in 95% of the cases, will not happen anymore. They really wanted to make a good product, and they did, gotta give them that.

Overall, these headphones are great, absolutely, however they are quite pricey and that may be the only factor that will affect your purchase of these, but if you have the money, go for it if it is what you are looking for.

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Sennheiser PC 350


  • impedance: 150 ohm
  • frequency response: 10 – 26000Hz
    Sennheiser PC 350
  • sound pressure level (SPL) : 108dB
  • microphone: frequency response: 50 – 16000Hz
  • sensitivity: -38dBV at 94 dB SPL
  • standard 3.5mm audio cable

Sennheiser, a wonderful company who keeps surprising me every time I buy one of their headphones. Those people really know how to make headphones and I mean it. Whether you like full active noise cancellation or just casual cool looking headphones, Sennheiser is a wise choice to take. Over time, I have tried a few of their products and each time I would try a new one out, I would be left impressed and surprised, because the quality and features these people give to their products is just amazing. Sure they may look simple, or even cheap at first glance, but for the price of $180, they are quality made.

Starting off from the visual design and looks, they look pretty decent, even though I am not a big fan of the oval shape of the speakers, however to each their own. There is a reason for the oval shape though. If we go in detail about these headphones, we will find out that the primary goal was to create headphones for gamers, and this is what they came up with. Nothing overly attractive, right? Well, it’s not the looks that give it good points. Sennheiser has aimed for absolute precision when it comes to sound for gamers, because let’s face it, sound if really important when it comes to 95% of currently existing games, and people who play those games need good hardware to properly interpret the sounds coming from the games. From my perspective, the most notable game from that area is Counter Strike: Global Offensive and as that game and it’s tournaments are becoming more and more popular, more brands revolving around the headphone industry try to create products for gamers.

Well, this is one of them, and Sennheiser really killed it, if I may say. Not only can you play video games with these headphones, but you can also enjoy to any musical genre you want. Whether it be hard metal, or perhaps some relaxing classical pieces, these headphones will serve you that purpose. So, basically it doesn’t just go into one direction, but it goes in multiple. Would you rather buy headphones that are only good for listening to music, but you also play video games sometimes? Or would you buy headphones which can do you both at pretty much equal quality?

To be more detailed, if you are listening to music most of your time, you will be satisfied with these headphones as they provide you all three of the following: lows, mids and highs, when it comes to frequencies in sound, so there should be no worry revolving around that. Myself, I listen to various genres of music so I decided to put these to a test. I have tested different types of songs and musical pieces on these headphones to reach a conclusion that they will excel at it if you only want to listen to music while having a microphone available for Skype calls or similar. But if it’s not the music that interests you that much as gaming, well, I could not notice any negative sides about that aspect. I mean, I like games quite a lot so I did try them out in multiple scenarios, in a quiet atmosphere, in a relatively noisy one and a loud one and the results were quite similar, due to the noise isolation and suppression these headphones offer.

The microphone it self seems to be quite big at a glance, but in reality it’s not as big as it seems because if it were, it would constantly be in your field of vision which would bother you quite a lot if you had to focus on something specific, so Sennheiser did think of a lot of things before making these headphones. I’ve tried it out in Audacity and Adobe Audition and the pure recording you make, without any effects sounds like you recorded it in a quiet studio, granted the surroundings were quiet when I was recording, so you have to take that in account. The point I’m trying to make here is that you will have no issues in daily use of the microphone as it captures sounds and your voice clearly without any problems, and if you take a closer look, the microphone itself has an integrated pop filter behind the plastic part so in most cases, you wouldn’t need an external pop filter if that’s what concerns you.

All in all, amazing headphones if you like to play video games on daily basis and voice communication is a vital part to your strategy.

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Conclusion


In conclusion, it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re more into gaming, but you need good sound isolation, you either go with Razer Blackshark or HyperX Cloud II, however if you are looking for headphones with which you can listen to any sort of music while also having an agile microphone there for your daily use, then it would be wise to go with Sennheiser PC 350. But like I’ve said, it’s all up to your personal preference and what you’re looking for, but no matter which of these headphones you decide to purchase, you won’t regret it as all of them are absolutely amazing.

To conclude it all, we present to you a very simple grading picture which displays the winners in each of the category.

We have analyzed all of the headphones in different aspects, such as their usability, build quality, price & market value and have picked a winner for each of the categories.

Best, bestseller, bestbuy

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High Efficiency Speakers

With the development of technology and physics came the development of sound reproduction. A lot of energy has been put into development and production of the most efficient loudspeakers. But, what are high efficiency speakers? High efficiency speakers are the speakers which provide the best quality of sound for the lowest energy use. The problem with this is actually in the fact that only about one percent of electrical energy sent by an amplifier is converted to acoustic energy. The rest of energy is converted to heat. Therefore, if as much electric energy as possible is converted to acoustic energy, the efficiency will be exponentially higher.

With the development of technology and physics came the development of sound reproduction. A lot of energy has been put into development and production of the most efficient loudspeakers. But, what are high efficiency speakers? High efficiency speakers are the speakers which provide the best quality of sound for the lowest energy use. The problem with this is actually in the fact that only about one percent of electrical energy sent by an amplifier is converted to acoustic energy. The rest of energy is converted to heat. Therefore, if as much electric energy as possible is converted to acoustic energy, the efficiency will be exponentially higher.

In the sections below we will talk a little bit more in depth about some high efficiency speaker options and discuss their pros and cons. We will try to cover all the price ranges and mention all the reasons why each of these speaker choices are good or bad.

There is also a factor of what for do you want to use your high efficiency speakers. The choices vary from person to person. Maybe you want to use them for your home theater system or maybe for a small club or a coffee shop where you would normally need a lot of speaker sets and amplifiers. Depending on what for you want to use the high efficiency speakers, your choices might get narrower or wider.

Because most of the high efficiency speakers are mostly quite expensive, one must be certain to buy the right ones suiting his personal preference and need for the loudspeakers. Today we are going to present to you some of the best choices in the industry when it comes to the high efficiency speakers.

There are several factors when it comes to choosing the perfect high efficiency speakers. The conversion rate of energy is one; while the others come down to room size, audio quality, personal preference, etc. Also, a huge factor is the budget. Certainly there are some great high efficiency speakers out there, but they mostly cost a small fortune. While there are some excellent speakers in the low price range, the “higher you pay the better it is” rule is in effect here as it is in the most cases when it comes down to electronics.

Best High Efficiency Speaker – BIC AMERICA RTR-EV15

Incredible speakers at a low price – which make you wonder why you would pay thousands of dollars for something else. These speakers are excellent precisely because of their performance and efficiency. With 430 Watts of power handling and high efficiency horn tweeter that enables extended output to 116 dB, these speakers will make your music have a life on its own. Your movies will never sound the same, as even that little needle drop will be echoing in your ears. And all of this for a low price. These speakers are huge, there is no doubt about it, with dimensions such as the 21.5 inches of width and 7 pounds of weight. Still, they can easily be fitted in your dorm room or your bedroom.

The bass in these speakers is presented by a 15-inch custom Eviction woofer and the delivery is tight and robust, which is to say a lot without a sub-woofer. You will hear every explosion, every bass guitar note as perfectly as it can be heard. The dialogue in movies or the back vocals in songs are very clear, thanks to the excellent design of horn tweeter. Customers tend to overlook these speakers because of the price tag. But do not be deceived by the low cost, these speakers are excellent and if you want great speakers you do not have to look further.

Bestbuy High Efficiency Speaker – Pioneer SP-FS52-LR

With three 5.25 inches structured surface woofers and 1 inch soft dome tweeter these speakers are your best buy all around. The sound is clear as it can get and you can get decent amount of bass on them. The best thing about them besides this? Their price. Easily affordable speakers that will satisfy even the most proficient audio setup aficionados. Whether you want to hear the sound of every instrument in a classical orchestra, or just want the high level of sound clarity in movies, these speakers offer all of it.

Slight improvement over the previous entries in the series is also the height, as the speakers are now three inches higher, which in turn offers better sound experience as the speakers are closer to the ear level. They will not compete with higher price speakers in every department, but they rise high above anything else at this price. It does not matter if you are going to use them for listening to music or playing video games in high definition sound, these speakers deliver every step of the way and make your experience better. A definite best buy recommendation for anyone who wants to enjoy great sound at low range price.

Bestseller High Efficiency Speaker – Klipsch Synergy F-20

With Dual 6.5 inch IMG woofers and Tractrix Horn these speakers provide your full cinematic experience for your home theater. Cutting edge technology will enable the dialogue and car crashes/gunshots deliver the near real-life experience from these Klipsch Synergy speakers. They might not be a good choice for listening to music, but that does not mean that they do not make that experience enjoyable. Klipsch is one of the most popular brands in the high efficiency speakers market, which in turn means that this product, despite its low price range, is not neglected by their engineers.

The sleek look of the wooden panels and classic front layout make these speakers as pleasing to the eye as they are to the ears. You might be a little surprised when you see these speakers bouncing off your carpet at full volume, but that just goes to show that they are very nicely engineered for better power at lower energy cost. Most people prefer these speakers to the Klipsch F-30 series, as they are smaller and can easily fit into any space. Also, the sound reproduction is constant in every kind of room, which in turn makes them one of the best selling speakers all around.

Cheapest High Efficiency Speaker – Polk Audio Monitor 55T

These speakers boast 1 inch dome tweeter and dual 5.3 inches drivers. You cannot get any better speakers in this price range. The best performance from these speakers can be obtained if they are paired with sub-woofer, but that does not mean that they will under-perform on their own. Although their performance is much lower than the previous entries on this list, they also come at a lower price. There are a lot of neat additions to these high efficiency speakers, such as the shielding of magnets that would make them easier to place near certain electronic devices without causing interference. The tweeter delivers fully when it comes to the clarity of dialogue or singing, with the woofer giving a nice and warm bass performance.

Many customers were satisfied with this product and argued that the speakers themselves are priced right for their performance. The design of these speakers is a modest one as they sport wood panels for tighter resonance and the sleek black look adds to the visual interpretation. If you have a low budget and want to buy high efficiency speakers, the Polk Audio Monitor 55T is the best speaker option you can go for.

Conclusion

High efficiency speakers are pieces of audio equipment that can produce the best audio quality at low rates of energy cost. There is a wide variety of products available in the industry, from cheapest to the most expensive ones, from low quality to excellent sound reproduction. Choosing the right high efficiency speakers depends on many factors, with the most important one being the budget. This does not mean that there are no excellent speakers for a smaller amount of money. The best speakers in the industry are at the mid price range and they have the best technologies incorporated in their design.

Which speakers suit you the best fully depends on your preferences, where you want to use them and what  you want to use them for. Your budget is also an important factor here. Making this decision is not easy and it takes some time that is why it is important to explore your speaker options as better as it is possible. It is important not to rush in the decision and buy a piece of equipment which will not suit your preferences, that is why we have offered to you multiple speaker choices from best to worst.

More High Efficiency Speakers

MartinLogan Vista High-Performance Electrostatic Speaker (Single, Natural Cherry/Clear Aluminum)
These MartinLogan hybrid speakers boast high-resolution 8-inch cone woofer and power handling of 200 Watts per channel and are most affordable type of speakers with the XStat technology. You get a lot of value for the price with these electrostatic speakers. Because of the electrostatic technology the music has a distinguished sound and clarity when it comes to these loudspeakers. With height of 57 inches it comes close to bring you the pleasure you desire when you listen to music or watch a movie. These loudspeakers cover a lot of grounds and are truly worth the price you pay for them.

Klipsch Synergy F-30 Premium Dual 8-Inch Floor-Standing Speaker
The big brother of the aforementioned F-20 series, F-30 Klipsch Synergy high efficiency speakers boast a dual 8-inch heavy-duty IMG woofers and 1 inch exclusive Tractrix Horn. Improvement on the F-20 can be seen in many departments, from power handling to sensitivity. These are the best high efficiency speakers at mid level price range. The sound, even at low levels will blow you away and you will never look at music or movies the same way you did before. Highly recommended buy for those who have slightly higher budget to pay for the sound systems.

Klipsch Synergy F-10 Premium 6.5-Inch Floor-Standing Speaker
The little brother of both the F-20 and f-30, Klipsch Synergy F-10 was the first model in Synergy speaker series. With low cost and solid performance these speakers will get their way into your heart, especially if you are low on the budget. Showing excellent performance ( for the money of course) in both music and movie departments, these speakers are kind of a hidden gem for video game lovers. They give out a very clean sound with enough of bass to satisfy anyone’s desire. As with most Klipsch products, you just cannot go wrong with these high efficiency loud speakers.

Polk Audio TSx 550T Tower Speaker – Black
More expensive than the Monitor 55T speakers, these mid-price range speakers boast two 8-inch woofers, which will make the need for subwoofer almost non-existent. Bass delivery will make small things end up jumping at full volume, so be aware of it. The overall speaker design is great, with cabinets being sturdy. These are some of the more powerful speakers in this price range and are the flagstone for the TSx series. Polk 550T Tower loudspeakers will amaze you both at high and low volume. They are one of those speakers that are well worth the money spent on them and a choice that’s hard to regret.

Definitive Technology Mythos 4 Tower Speaker (Single, Black) (Old Version)
These Mythos 4 Tower loudspeakers are solid mid-price range speakers that will satisfy most of your needs for audio quality. With 1-inch dome tweeter and two 4.3-inches mid-range drivers, bass drivers and bass radiators, these speakers offer the surround sound that will change your home theatre experience forever. The Mythos 4 gives best performance when paired with a sub-woofer, but that does not mean that it requires one to deliver excellent audio quality. Definite purchase for those who want to enjoy high definition sound at a solid price range, Mythos 4 Tower speakers will not disappoint even the most avid music or movie lovers and remain a solid speaker option for anyone.

Definitive Technology Mythos ST 120v Supertower Speaker (Single, Black)
Mythos ST 120v speakers are one of the best high efficiency speakers in the industry. With 1-inch tweeter, two 5.3-inches mid-range drivers, one 6 times 10-inches sub-woofer pressures, these speakers will provide high definition audio that will immerse you in music and movies alike. At high price range these speakers might not be available for everyone, but those who have the budget to purchase them will not regret the money spent on them. The clarity of voices during dialogue or a song is crisp and clear, with bass needs being satisfied fully in those action scenes that will seem more alive than ever. Definite recommendation to anyone who can afford to spend this amount of money for high definition speakers.

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Left Handed Electric Guitars

Left handed electric guitars are specifically designed instruments for people who are left handed. Natural position for playing a guitar when it comes to left handed people is to strum the strings with the left hand and finger the fingerboard with the right. Through the history of popular music many guitarists and bass players were left handed. Some of them bought right handed guitars and turned them upside down and played them that way. The problem with this is that the strings are in reverse position, which means that you have to play the guitar backwards, which is of course not ideal at all. However, it is possible to take a standard right handed guitar and restring it so that the strings are in normal position and the guitar can be played in the left hand position. Most famous guitarist who played his guitar like this was Jimi Hendrix who restrung his Fender Stratocaster. This is also far from ideal, as the knobs, pickups and cable jack are all up top, which in turns hinders the player when strumming strings. The ideal option for the left handed guitar players is to buy an instrument that was made to play in the left handed manner.

As it is case with most tools for the left handed persons, left handed electric guitars and electric basses cannot be found in the displays of shops so easily. Since only a small percentage of people are left handed, most guitars and basses are massively produced for the right handed people. This in turn means that the guitars available in music stores are mostly right handed and the left handed players are left with few choices. This is not a good scenario, as it means that those few left handed instruments might not be the best option for that particular person. Another option is to order a certain right handed guitar to be made for the left handed style of playing, which means that the players cannot really test their instruments the proper way. As it turns out, by far the best scenario is to purchase a guitar which was specifically made for a left handed person.

Best Left Handed Electric Guitars

Guitars are delicate instruments and present a very expensive hobby, which means that one should be extra careful when choosing the perfect one. This implies that one should be presented with multiple choices and multiple series of products. The following sections of this site we will present you the best of left handed electric guitars in case you are searching for your ideal instrument. And in case you find the perfect one, also try to keep in mind that it would be a good idea to buy a protective case or a gig bag for it.

Best Left Handed Electric Guitar – Fender American Standard Stratocaster

 The iconic Fender Stratocaster electric guitar comes in the left hand variant. This guitar is adored by both the professionals and amateurs, making it one of the bestselling electric guitars in the whole world. It comes with three Custom Shop Fat 50’s pickups, staggered tuners, hand-rolled fingerboard edges and an improved bridge with bent steel saddles. The pickups will give you that resonating sound associated with Stratocaster and a limitless sustain that will ring out in the ears of your listeners for hours after the show. Rosewood fretboard with satin neck back offers you better playability on the instrument, with the thin-finish undercoat which lets the body breather and gives higher resonance. A must have for both professional and amateur left handed guitarists. A warm recommendation is to also get a protective case or a guitar bag for this gem.

Bestbuy Left Handed Electric Guitar – Fender Squier Affinity Telecaster

This Squire Telecaster is an awesome example of a right handed electric guitar transformed for the left handed guitar players, albeit in a lower price range. It has all the makings of a Fender Telecaster and it is impressively built without electronic or cosmetic imperfections. The sound of this guitar is immediately recognizable and it is fit for both pros and amateur. There is nothing to say about the Telecaster design that is not already known; to put it simply, it is a classic guitar. If you are on a budget and need a solid, neatly designed guitar, you should go for this one. It has all the makings of a way more expensive Fender Telecaster. Recommended best buy. Don’t forget to grab a case or a bag for it to protect it from damage.

Bestseller left handed guitar – Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR 7-String Electric Guitar

 This seven strings left handed electric guitar is one of those beauties that will take your breath away on the first look. The guitar comes with an original Floyd Rose tremolo bar, which requires some initial setup. Active EMG 707-TW pickups make the sound of this guitar and they are a perfect match to a nice instrument. Two knobs control the volume and tone, with switch for the neck and bridge pickups enabling you to choose your kind of sound. This is one of those guitars that, when plugged in an amplifier, gives wide variety of sounds. Plus, the finish on the body is just beautiful.

Conclusion

Left handed electric guitars are fewer in quantity than their right handed counterparts. Picking an electric guitar for a left handed person is a personal thing. Certain electric guitars fit certain people better than others. That is why a variety of choice is needed, so that a proper piece of music hardware could be selected. Choosing the right guitar is effected by many factors, such as the budget, personal preferences and even the looks of the instrument. Playing style and genre also take a huge role in this decision, as there are guitars which were made for a specific genre.

One could say that picking up Fender or Squire guitars is the best way to go, but that would be a wrong thing to say. Certain person could have other preferences which can only be found in other type of guitars. Also, there is the issue of buying original guitars or cheap knock-offs. Some people find knock-offs to perform better than the originals.

Heavy metal players prefer such brands as ESP and Ibanez, because of the designs that simply fit their style and genre. That is not to say that there are not heavy metal guitarists which use Fender or Yamaha electric guitars.

Because of the delicacy of the instrument, choosing the right electric guitar is an important decision. All that can be said for this is that one must choose wisely and according to preferences and playing style. Choosing left handed electric guitars is even a more tedious task, as there are not many out there and many might not suit a certain person. All in all, it boils down to personal preferences and, of course, the budget. It would be recommended when purchasing a part of musical equipment such as these guitars to also grab a suitable guitar case to protect the instruments from dirt and damage.

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Left Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Fender CD-100CE Dreadnought Cutaway Left Handed Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The southpaw variation of this classic Fender acoustic-electric guitar is a beautiful specimen with a nice sound. With strings practically giving no resistance at all this guitar plays itself and is a perfect choice for beginners. But do not be deceived by the previous statement, if you bring this guitar around professionals you will not be shamed by it as it gives a perfect Fender sound. These guitars feature rosewood fingerboard and bridge, mahogany back, chrome tuners and a Fishman preamp with built-in tuner. This guitar will age well and will not fail you in the years to come. Plus it is a bargain at this price.

Dean Guitars Exotica A/E Lefty Bubinga Wood Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Left Handed with Aphex

This amazingly looking left handed acoustic-electric guitar by Dean is one of the overlooked gems in the guitar world. With Bubinga trademark body and mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, this guitar sports a beautiful look and sound. The Dean DMT I2EX Preamp with tuner and DWC-Aphex circuitry it is a sure winner for those acoustic and electric gigs. The soft sound of this guitar will mesmerize both you and your audience and it makes it one of the most enjoyable instruments all around.

Yamaha APX700II Left Hand Acoustic Electric Guitar BUNDLE

This acoustic-electric guitar by Yamaha is a part of classic and most popular series. The guitar boasts solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides and ART 1-way system and comes in bundle with guitar strap, Yamaha FG12 guitar strings, instructional DVD and even the Legacy LT-600 digital tuner. A bundle for a beginner within a solid price range will satisfy all of your needs and help you on your way in case you are just learning the craft of electric guitar playing.

Other Left Handed Electric Guitars

Hagstrom Viking Electric Guitar (Left Handed, Wild Cherry Transparent)

This vintage looking left handed electric guitar by Swedish Hagstrom Guitars boasts a wild cherry finish and great playability. Custom pickups give the sound easily recognizable by Hagstrom users. The body is laminated and made of maple with thin neck that makes life easier for players with small fingers and not hindering those with large ones. The guitar is not really worth the price, as there are better instruments for this price, but it is one of those solid guitars which will not fail you in any aspect, and that cannot really be said for every guitar you come across.

Hagstrom Super Swede Electric Guitar (Left Handed, Black Gloss)

This guitar features a mahogany body and neck with fingerboard made of resinator wood. The fingerboard scale is 25.5 inches which enables the guitar to bring out the best of both worlds when it comes to playing. Two Hagstrom custom pickups make the sound resonating and warm, which in turn makes it one of the easily adjustable guitars to any playing style and genre.

Schecter C-1 Custom Electric Guitar Left Handed- See Thru Black

This Schechter C-1 is much cheaper than the C-7 counterpart listed above, but it is also a much better guitar. While the C-7 is a seven stringer made for looks and edge, the C-1 sports a design made for better sound. It will appeal to all generations of guitarists belonging to any genre. With the Seymour Duncan Custom SH-11 pickups and the TonePros TOM bridge, this instrument brings satisfaction concerning looks and handling. The three piece maple neck makes fretting an easy and enjoyable task. It is an overall nice piece of music equipment.

ESP LTD EC 50 Left Handed

The ESP guitars are mostly famous for producing guitars that heavy metal and hard rock artists simply adore. This left handed version of their EC 50 series comes with everything that its right handed counterpart boasts of: black finish, chrome hardware, basswood body and a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard which boasts 24.7 inch scale which will in turn makes those bends a breeze. LH-150 pickups make sustaining of your distortion last for an hour and will fully satisfy those guitarists looking for a perfect solo. An excellent guitar in the price-range, EC 50 brings the best in heavy metal/hard rock electric guitars.

ESP LTD MH-50 Left Handed Electric Guitar (Black)

The edgy style of this instrument paired with a sturdy body makes it a perfect guitar for aspiring heavy metal guitarists. Double locking bridge with tremolo and LH-150 pickups which will make all of your dreams come true concerning the sound you are looking for. This axe also features a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard made of 24 frets for those additional piercing sounds. Your solos will sound as high pitched as a dog whistle. Plus, these guitars are a great bargain at this price. A must have for metalheads.

Dean 79 Series ML Solid Body Left Handed Electric Guitar Trans Brazilburst

This guitar, a part of Dean 79 series, sports a menacing look which in turn justifies the term “axe” used for guitars. It boasts mahogany neck and body with 22 frets. Dual Dean zebra humbacker pickups with separate volume and shared tone gives you the vintage sound without the vintage wear and tear. Rosewood fretboard gives you the comfort that you need when handling an electric guitar. An overall nice piece of hardware that can make your life easier if you are looking for a reasonably priced and solid electric guitars.

Dean VX Solid Body Left Handed Electric Guitar, Classic Black

Another axe-looking left handed electric guitar which comes from the Dean X series. Modeled after the V style, this musical hardware boasts a basswood body with 22 fret rosewood fingerboard on a maple neck. Dean humbuck pickups with two volume controls offer you a variety of sounds which can be incorporated in your playing style. This guitar is perfect for veterans and beginners alike and has a low price range. To say that this guitar is worth the money is an understatement.

Jay Turser 300 Series Jt-300-lh-tr Electric Guitar, Left Handed, Transparent Red

Another Fender copy which is actually a great guitar for its price range. With features such as solid body and rosewood fingerboard on maple neck, the looks of this guitar are well in tune with the price. With here single coil pickups and a standard tremolo, the sound that comes out of this piece of equipment is solid and maneuverable. The guitar does not need an initial set up and can almost be played from the moment you buy it. A beginner’s guitar which can also satisfy some of the professionals along the way. Great bargain for the money.

Ibanez RG8L Black 8-string Left-Handed Electric Guitar

This solid eight strings left handed electric guitar will help you hone your skills even further with the two additional strings. It features a basswood body with rosewood fretboard on a mixed maple/walnut neck. Made for professionals by professionals, guitars form the Ibanez RG series are precision instruments that will satisfy your desire to play each note perfectly. Two hummbucker pickups will make this guitar growl with the extra edge. The mid-price range makes this guitar affordable to enthusiasts and aspiring guitar masters.

Ibanez GRX70QATRBL Left Handed Electric Guitar Transparent Red

This left handed edition of the Ibanez GRX series, which are known in the industry for their top performance and low price range, is one of those guitars that are worth your money. The sunburst finish of the body smoothly transcends to the maple neck, which gives the instrument a beautiful appearance, with standard GRX pickups which give out the perfect sound for any type of music, are just some of the features of this fine electric guitar. These series of guitars are also notable for their playability, which makes them a perfect choice for guitar players picking up the instrument for the first time.

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Cardioid Mic

With the development of sound reproduction industry came the development of various types of microphones. The type of microphone depends entirely on the use and purpose of the same. Microphones are mainly split into two categories: omni-directional and unidirectional. As the name suggests, omni-directional microphones can pick up sounds equally, to an extent, from all directions. It does not matter from which direction, from the front, rear or sides, the sound is produced, omni-directional microphone will pick it up. Unidirectional microphones only register sound from one direction, hence the prefix uni, meaning one. When it comes to unidirectional microphones, cardioid microphones are perhaps the most popular.

These microphones are named cardioid because of the pattern of their sensitivity, which reproduced on an axis looks like a heart. Cardioid microphones have such range that their best place to pick up sound is when it comes from the front, i.e. when a speaker is speaking directly into the microphone, while the sound from the sides is registered a bit lower, with the sound from behind being picked up in small quantities or not at all. That is why cardioid microphones are best used for live performances, such as concerts, public presentations and in all other situations that require a vocal microphone.

The most known use for these microphones is perhaps in the telephone, as the microphone integrated in the handset only picks up speakers’ voice, eliminating the background noise as much as possible. Cardioid microphones are also used while recording in studio, for vocals and for some certain drum elements.

Whether you want to purchase a cardioid microphone because you want to record your broadcast or podcast, or you maybe want to purchase it for your live shows, it is always hard to find the one that suits you the best. Of course, the main factor when it comes to deciding which cardioid microphone you want to purchase is the budget. The more money you have, better options open up for you. But, it could be grueling to go out there and test each and every product by yourself.

That is where we come in, as we have tested around forty products so as to bring you cream of the crop when it comes to these microphones. From the best to the cheapest, you will find four products on our list that have passed our tests with flying colors.

We have tested these microphones in various situations, from vocal performance, to acoustic guitar performance and in-studio recording performance. We have also consulted experts and sound engineers, so as to be able to get expert opinions on certain models and also to learn first-hand experience of these people with cardioid microphones.

Some of the things you should consider when buying cardioid microphone are:

  • Polar pattern
  • Output level
  • Impedance
  • Frequency response
  • Features, accessories and performance
  • Price

Best Cardioid Mic – Shure SM7B (B0002E4Z8M)

Cardioid mic Shure SM7B (B0002E4Z8M)

Shure is a microphone production company that is the most dominant force on the market. When that is taken into consideration, you should not be amazed that the best cardioid microphone is made by them.

SM7B has been used by Michael Jackson on the recording of the famous Thriller album, which is probably the best recommendation that this microphone can have.

Pros:

Whether you are recording a song or a podcast, or even maybe doing an acoustic performance live on television, this microphone is your best companion. It has a flat, wide-range frequency response of 50 to 20 000 Hz, which makes clean and natural reproduction of music and vocals. With the improved rejection of electromagnetic hum, you do not have to worry anymore of your computer monitor or TV hampering your recordings. Pop filter on this bad boy will totally eliminate the need for accessories which are used as protection against explosive breath sounds. The polar pattern of Shure SM7B is of course cardioids. An additional accessorie which comes with SM7B is the A7WS detachable windscreen, which will reduce plosive sounds and add a warmer tone to your vocals. With output level of -59 dBV/Pa and impedance of 150 ohms, this microphone is the ideal choice for professionals and amateurs alike. With the rugged construction and outstanding protection of the cartridge, this microphone has an outstanding durability, which in turn means that it will probably serve you for a very long time, if you take care of it of course. All of the features of this microphone can be accounted for nothing if the actual performance is not on the desirable level. But, Shure SM7B delivers with outstanding performance and adds an additional punch when it comes to the realism of vocals representation.

Cons:

Shure SM7B has virtually no cons as it delivers perfectly in every aspect possible.

SM7B microphone is in the mid price level and it truly shows why Shure is dominant on the market, as it is, considering all of the stated, the best cardioid microphone out there.

Best Buy Cardioid Mic – Shure BETA 58A (B0002BACB4)

Cardioid mic Shure BETA 58A (B0002BACB4)

It should not be strange that the runner-up on this list is a microphone from the famous Beta series by Shure which are adored by professionals. Beta 58A has all of the features and the looks of the original Beta and 58 series of microphones, but it is a step-up in the evolution of performance.

Pros:

With the polar patter being supercardioid, Beta 58A ensures that the side and rear noises are reduced to a bare minimum. This microphone is designed for close up vocals and it delivers that in every way possible, with frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz. Although frequency response is not as big as it is with the SM7B, it is still good enough to come second to the best. The output level is a bit lower and the impedance is the same as in SM7B model, -51.5 dBV/Pa and 150 ohms respectively, therefore the performance and sound levels are very similar if not same in some instances. Some of the features of Beta 58A are the brightened midrange and bass rolloff that control the proximity effect, therefore this microphone is really tailored for vocals. The neodymium magnet is a great inclusion for signal-to-noise output. The advance pneumatic shock mount really prevents the transmission of mechanical noise and vibration, so if you want to be like Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden fame and jump all over the stage there is no fear that it will influence the sound transmission. Beta 58A has become a leading choice for touring artists and singers, which is not surprising as this microphone has all of the bells and whistles which are necessary for an extensive and long-term use. It is also a good choice for recording, as some engineers use it for acoustic guitars and vocals.

Cons:

The only drawback of the Beta 58A dynamic microphone has to be frequency response, which is lower than with the SM7B, but other than that it is an excellent piece of music equipment.

Beta 58A, along with SM58, is an industry standard which makes it probably the best choice to buy after the SM7B, because it comes near the performance that the best cardioid microphone has for a lower price. That is why it is safe to say that Shure Beta 58A is the bestbuy cardioid microphone out there.

Bestseller Cardioid Mic – Shure SM58-CN (B00015H0X4)

Cardioid Mic Shure SM58 CN (B00015H0X4)

Another microphone by Shure on our list, this one in the legendary 58 series, the SM58 is one of the better dynamic cardioid microphones out there. Adored by professionals and amateurs alike, SM58 has got all that you need in a cardioid mic with a price to die for.

Pros:

You cannot find a studio or a rehearsal room in the world that does not have at least one of these microphones. That is because of SM58 features and affordability. The price is definitely the biggest trait of this product, but it is also a reliable microphone that will take a lot of beating before you have to replace it. With some features that are almost the same as in Beta 58A, like the pneumatic shock-system and the frequency that is specifically made for vocals, SM58 also comes with surprising additions that make it a crowd favorite. These features include the built-in wind and pop filter, which is astonishingly efficient. Of course, that is not to say that you should not use additional protection when recording with this microphone, but it is perfect for live performances. With frequency response of 50 to 15 000 Hz and impedance of 150 ohms, this cardioid microphone gives out astonishing performance which no one would be ashamed of. This legendary microphone is not the best one out there when it comes to performance, but it is a constant performer indoors or outdoors. With a little bit of messing with equalizer you can make SM58 into a powerhouse that will satisfy singers and sound engineers alike. With very clean and pure sound SM58 definitely stands out from the crowd and gains a respectful place on our list.

Cons:

The frequency response of this microphone is not as high as in the Beta 58A or SM7B and it will not give out-of-box like performance that these two other microphones can provide, but with a little bit of skill and knowledge it can be turned into an excellent microphone.

When you consider all of the features and popularity of this product, which is of course also affected by the lower price, while not as good of a performer as the Beta 58A or SM7B you can easily see why Shure SM58 is the bestseller cardioid microphone on the market.

Cheapest Cardioid Mic – Behringer XM8500

Cardioid Mic Behringer XM8500

Any story about microphones of any kind would not be complete without mention of the excellent German manufacturer Behringer. Their microphones are well known across the world and through the course of years Behringer has produced them in all of the price ranges. XM8500 is an attempt to produce a high quality cardioid microphone in the low price range.

Pros:

If you consider XM8500 to be a bad product, you are about to be surprised. With frequency from 50 Hz to 15 kHz it is right up the alley with Shure SM58 and Beta 58A. This microphone is specifically designed for voice and the whole structure supports that statement. With nice overall feedback suppression and shock mount system to reduce handling noise, this bad boy has got it all, just like the big guys in this league. With two-stage integrated pop filter that will reduce the hissing and popping and a very sturdy design, you will not notice any significant difference from our bestseller, the Shure SM58. XM8500 has the best application in live vocal performance and in recording amplified instruments. Whether you want to sing or use harmonica, this microphone has got you covered. Anywhere that you would find use for SM58, this microphone would be applicable too. If you know how to set up equalizers properly, you can even make XM8500 sound like early nineties SM58. In the low price range, this microphone will definitely come as a substitution, or even take over some of the chores that your main microphone does.

Cons:

Performance wise, XM8500 comes nowhere near any of the Shure microphones we have named on this list. Sure, you can make it sound like earlier version of SM58, but it does not matter how hard you try to tinker with the equalizer, XM8500 will never come near Beta 58A, not to mention SM7B.

To sum up, Behringer XM8500 is really a microphone that is well worth the money you will pay for it. With all of the features of a good dynamic cardioid microphone and considering the price range, this piece of equipment is a steal and that is why it is the cheapest cardioid microphone on our list.

Conclusion

Whether you are a vocalist or a sound engineer, finding a good cardioid microphone that suits your desires could be a huge hassle. That is why we have tested out numerous products and consulted experts to bring you the list of four products. Since price is ultimately the most important factor when it comes to sound equipment we have presented you with four choices, from the best to the cheapest. If you really want the best cardioid microphone out there you should definitely go with the Shure SM7B as it has features that will leave even the most demanding customers in awe. If you do not really have a budget for SM7B, then your option would be Shure Beta 58A. Beta 58A is a choice of many touring professionals, and rightly so since it almost comes near to the SM7B performance wise. If you want a product that has satisfied many customers and is a firm favorite around the world of cardioid microphones, then the legendary Shure SM58 is the right choice for you. It has a lower frequency response than the SM7B and Beta 58A and it does not have the same out-of-the-box performance, but with a bit of skill it will become a perfect piece of equipment that you need. For those with a very low budget, the right option would be Behringer XM8500, as it is a great microphone for the price. Even though it does not come near SM7B, it still is a sturdy microphone that can easily be a replacement and step up to the spotlight if the need arises.

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What Guitar Should I Buy?

When you want to enter the world of guitar playing, the most important thing for you is to choose the right instrument for yourself. A good axe (synonym for guitar) that will help you in your early endeavors can sometimes even mean the half of your playing abilities and it will definitely speed up your learning process. Now, choosing the right instrument for yourself is never easy, any professional guitar player can tell you that, as most of them went through a lot of instruments before settling for a perfect one. Some people started on beat-up instruments that were always out of tune and still managed to make a career for themselves.

Although, when it comes to guitar playing talent is important, but only to some extent. Everything else comes down to practice, and for practice you need a suitable tool that will aid you in the process. Yes, you could use that old guitar that your uncle had since you were born, but it would take a lot of fine-tuning and repair for you to even start playing on it properly. That is why the best sensible solution would be to buy a good guitar for beginners. Entry level electric guitars are instruments that are not that expensive, but still provide a solid all-round performance that is required for your first steps in the guitar-playing world.

As we have already mentioned, choosing the right guitar for yourself is an important, but also excruciating process. The best option would be for you to get to a music store and start testing instruments, which would realistically take a lot of time. That is why we have done this part for you. We have interviewed musicians from almost all music genres about the best entry level electric guitars and then went on to test them. After thirty products and two months of testing, we have settled on the four products which have given us the best results during our tests.

Two of the most important features of these instruments that we have given special attention to were the price and the performance. Guitars cost a lot of money, as they are tools that are crafted with extreme precision and are made to last longer, therefore cheap instruments that are actually good are very rare. When picking up a guitar for the first time you also need to consider the playability, as not all of them are easy on beginners. We have gone through all of these and many other aspects of guitars while testing them. So, let us present to you the top four guitars for beginners among which you will hopefully find an answer to the question of which guitar you should buy.

Yamaha Pacifica Series PAC112V Electric Guitar

Yamaha has made musical instruments for a very long time. From their pianos to their guitars, these instruments have been made with special care and are well known through the music industry. The Pacifica series of electric guitars has been around since 1990. The PAC112V, or just 112V, is a guitar manufactured in Indonesia and is an update of the first Yamaha 112 released in 1993. The guitar has a lot of features that should be detailed for you, including the neck made of maple, which has a very comfortable feel – a feature which is very important for beginners.

The fingerboard is made of rosewood and features 22 frets 350 millimeter radius, which makes the fretting easier and faster for any kind of fingers. The body itself is made of alder and has a nice round shape which is a trademark of Yamaha guitars. The 112V comes with a vintage tremolo, which can fortunately be locked as it is not a feature that is desirable when it comes to the beginners because the use of tremolo can detune your strings and tuning them again after a couple of songs can be a big of a hassle. If you are using the guitar for the first time just leave the tremolo locked. You can use it later when you have mastered the instrument.

The pickups on this guitar are custom wound Yamaha Alnico pickups, which give out a nice passive sound. There are two knobs on 112V used for tone and volume, plus the five-way pickup switch which is situated on a really nice location, just below the tone knob. The performance that Yamaha 112V gives is a really solid one. You can play blues, rock ‘n roll, punk, classic rock and even some hard rock on this guitar without any major problems. The only thing that this guitar is not able to play is heavy or trash metal, as the humbucker pickup is not really made for shredding.

The Yamaha 112V electric guitar is a really durable and reliable instrument, and considering the handling and mid-range price this guitar is just a perfect match for a beginner. That to say, 112V is not the best guitar out there, but it is a solid axe that will be your practice companion for a very long time.

Squier by Fender Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s

Squier is a branch company of Fender that is most known for producing cheaper versions of legendary Fender instruments. Of course, if there is a cheaper version of some instrument, it mainly means that the product is not of the same quality. But, this is not true in all cases. Taking into consideration that Squier has been producing Fender knock-offs for a very long time now, they have certainly perfected it.

The Fender Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s, or simply abbreviated Squier Strat, is one of those guitars that must be one of the best kept secrets in music industry, as it is an instrument that is worth more than the money you pay for it. When you ask professional musicians about the Fender Stratocaster, almost everyone of them has had one in their possession. Even though this is a copy, it still retains all of the features of a classic Strat. The body of this Squier Strat is made of alder and has that legendary Stratocaster shape. The neck is made of maple and features a maple fingerboard with 21 frets and radius of 241 millimeters. As you can see, the radius is not as big as it is on Yamaha 112V, but it is big enough for a person with average fingers. This 50s Strat also comes with a vintage tremolo, which cannot be locked, but it gives better performance than the 112V one as it will not detune your guitar very often.

There are three vintage style Strat single-coil pickups on this guitar and they produce a sound that makes you feel like the guitar is almost singing, just like the original Stratocaster did. Also, there are three knobs, one for master volume and two for tones of neck and middle pickups respectively, plus the five-way position blade for pickup switching. The performance of this Fender copy is amazing, as most people will not notice the difference between this one and the original. The sound that it gives out is suitable for almost all kinds of music, including classic rock and blues. So, if you like imitating a guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix, this guitar would definitely be up to the task.

The heavier genres of rock music, such as metal suffer on this guitar also, but that is because Squier did not want to change anything from the original Stratocaster. Fender Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s is not the best guitar on the market, but considering the price and performance it is a steal. Plus, the handling and playability make it a perfect choice for aspiring beginners.

Ibanez RG450DX Electric Guitar Black

Ibanez has been known for their solid instruments that are cherished all over the world by guitar shredding artists, especially when it comes to the harder genres of rock music, such as metal or alternative. Artists who are known as shredders, such as Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big fame, prefer using Ibanez axes in their performances.

So, for example if you want the full glory of sounds that the Ibanez can provide to you, but are on a lower budget the RG450DX is a perfect instrument for you. The body is made of basswood and has the classic Ibanez look to it with sharp horns and curved bottom. The neck is made of maple and has a rosewood fingerboard with 24 frets and a radius of 400 millimeters, which is really wide and offers better precision than the Squier Strat and Yamaha 112V. The pickups on RG450DX are Infinity pickups by Ibanez and they offer a wide variety of tones, from warm ones for power ballads to really sharp ones for heavy metal. RG450DX has an Edge-Zero II tremolo bar which can fortunately be locked, but despite locking it the guitar will not detune that much.

Two knobs allow you to control volume and tone respectively, with five-way switch enabling you to switch between various magnet combinations. The performance of this piece of musical equipment is rock solid. You will be able to play almost any genre on it, but you can see that the guitar was designed for the heavier kinds of music, like metal or trash metal. The thin, flat neck is really sturdy and offers great playability. The RG450DX is just made for those screams with the tremolo bar and fingerboard that allows better maneuverability.

The heightened precision really helps with beginner players, as you will be able to move your fingers with ease over the neck. To summarize, RG450DX is not the best Ibanez product, but it will give you a solid Ibanez experience that the professionals have with their more expensive equipment, plus the price is great on this one as it is cheaper than the Yamaha 112V and the Squier Strat and gives out almost the same performance as those two.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar, Ebony

Epiphone is best known for producing Les Paul Gibson series of guitars which are famous across the world. Gibson series are made for any kind of music genres and are a favorite of many touring artists such as Ace Frehley of KISS fame, Jimmy Page or even Zack Wylde. Whether you want to use it for live gigs or recording this guitar has got you covered. Les Paul Stanard by Epiphone is basically a cheaper version of Gibson guitars, made for mass production. This does not mean that this guitar is just a cheap knock-off, as it has almost all of the great features like the bigger brother Gibson.

The body is made mahogany and is shaped in the classic Les Paul round design. The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard which has 22 frets and radius of 300 millimeters, which means that it has a good adjustability rate to almost all kinds of fingers. Two Alnico humbuckers give you the legendary Les Paul sound that has been cherished by guitarist over the course of 50 years. Four knobs, two for tone and two for volume, are situated on the lower part of body and are easily accessible, as is the three-way pickup selector at the very top. Les Paul Standard gives a great vintage performance that is expected from Epiphone guitars.

You can virtually play any kind of music with it, from classic rock to heavy metal, from chord progressions to virtuoso solos. This guitar is a sturdy and reliable axe that will not fail you for a very long time. Considering the price tag and that it is almost just like the Gibson series, this guitar is definitely accessible for beginners, which would enjoy the playability and the great sound that only Les Paul guitars are capable of. There is nothing much to say about Les Paul guitars that has not been said, and while the Standard model is not the best guitar that came from Epiphone, it is still on par with other axes out there and will satisfy the professionals and amateurs alike. Definitely a highly recommended guitar for beginners.

Conclusion

Finding the right guitar is extremely hard and takes a lot of time, especially if you are just entering the guitar world. Because of this, we have tested out the market and the products for you so that we could present to you the best entry level electric guitars out there. Choosing the right guitar is very important at the beginning of your axe-wielding experience and it depends on many aspects.

Most of those aspects are in the area of personal interest, and that is why we have tried to present to you four different guitars that are all unique respectively. Yamaha 112V is a good guitar for various genres and is a solid piece of music equipment that is well worth the money you pay for it. Fender Classic Vibe Stratocaster 50s by Squier is a copy of a classic Fender Stratocaster that has all the great feature of this guitar and costs almost half the price. This Strat, as well as Yamaha 112V, has only one real drawback when it comes to beginners – it is not so great for playing heavier genres of music, such as heavy metal. This is where Ibanez RG450DX comes in, as it is a solid guitar that costs less than the previous two and is almost solely designed to play heavier music, which does not mean that it cannot play other genres too.

The true all-rounder of the musical genres is the Les Paul Standard by Epiphone, as it is, just like the bigger brother Gibson, a guitar for everything – from soft ballads, over poppy tunes to heavy metal. To sum it all up, finding the right guitar for yourself comes down to preference. We have presented to you four model that passed our tests with flying colors and we hope that we have answered your question of which guitar you should buy.

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Top Portable Speakers

If you want to take your mp3 player, iPhone, or your laptop on the road and convert it to a music system, you would probably want to buy some high quality portable speakers. These little devices are created with the purpose of bringing top quality sound from your smaller devices without using much power. These are usually a system of two speakers combined in one or just one speaker and two speakers combo, either powered by USB or rechargeable batteries. Whether you are going on a beach or just having some burgers outside with your friends, these devices will definitely come in handy. They are of special use on business or vacation trips when you are stranded in your room and just need some music to relax. Some speakers have wireless portability, others are charged in different ways, but there is one common thing for all of them and that is the ability to produce sounds of high quality from your smaller devices. It does not really matter what you are going to use these speakers for; the important thing is that they will at one point in your life be of a great use to you, even if you think that that might not occur.

Top Portable Speakers

Over the course of a couple of months we have tested around forty products available on the market and we have come up with the list of ten products that have passed them in flying colors. Testing included cranking the volume to the maximum while playing heavy metal, testing the bass ability with some dub step and of course testing their durability at high volumes. And in the end, we compared the price of each device in order to bring you the ten top portable speakers available on the market. When choosing the perfect portable speakers, there are a lot of things you need to consider. It is not just a matter of purchasing ones; you have to check their features, the ability of portability and ease of use. You might think that it could not be complex to use these kinds of speakers, but even the smallest products have some issues. Comparing all of the products out there is certainly time consuming and grueling. That is where we come in, as we have done these things for you, and now the only thing that you have to do is to select one off of our list and enjoy your music on the go.

IHOME iHM79BC Rechargeable Mini Speakers

Top Portable Speakers - IHOME iHM79BC Rechargeable Mini Speakers

Let us start off with the iHome product, the iHM79BC portable speakers. These speakers are a nice piece of electronic equipment which will satisfy your needs for sound waves. They are designed in such a way that when you twist them they expand and provide you with the fullest sound that they are able to produce. The cable that comes with iHM79BC is a two-in-one cable for USB charging and the 3.5 mm audio jack. These speakers can easily fit in your hands and therefore they can also easily fit into youe bag pocket. They can be connected to any kind of device that supports the 3.5 mm audio jack. The battery life is not that great, around eight hours, and it is capable of recharging. The sound really distorts at high volumes which can be a problem, but the sound reproduction on the lower volume levels is near perfect. iHM79BC are in the mid price range and are overall good speakers worthy of their spot on the top portable speakers list.

Altec Lansing iM-237

Top Portable Speakers - Altec Lansing iM-237

The iM-237 by Altec Lansing is one of the best portable speakers out there. This little device is powered by three AAA batteries that can last for about 24 hours, which is an impressive feat. A single speaker that gives out clear and high quality sound is just what some people need. Although it has no other means to supply power than the AAA batteries, this amazing speaker has won over many hearts. It can be plugged in almost every device that has a 3.5 mm jack output, and even in the 2.5 mm inputs if you buy the optional converter. iM-237 is very small and has the neat feature that enables you to wrap the cable around it, so that it can be fitted in your jacket pocket. The only drawback, at least to some people, is that it only reproduces sound in mono. But, other than that, this is definitely top portable speaker on the market.

iLuv SmashBox

Top portable speakers - iLuv SmashBoxThese speakers by iLuv are actually a combo of speakers in one device. They come with this neat feature where you can put your playback device in the box of the speakers, in the protective mesh, so as to protect it from outside conditions. They are powered by two AA batteries and can last up to 12 hours of constant play. These are actually the loudest speakers on the market, as they can reproduce music at an amazing volumes. They are connectable with every kind of a device with 3.5 mm audio jack, the mp3 players, iPods, iPhones, mobile phones etc. The oval shape is really attractive, and a fact that they come in a closable box that you can easily carry around makes them even more appealing.

 

Plus, the price is amazing for this pair of speakers and it only has one drawback – the controls are on the inside, so you have to open the box to get to them. Other than that this is definitely one of the top portable speakers.

Sony SRS-P7

Top portable speakers - Sony SRS-P7

These passive speakers by Sony are a wonder to behold. They do not need any kind of battery or power supply as they are juiced by the jack input. Taking that into consideration they still provide an amazing quality and volume of sound. These speakers are able to reproduce sound from any device with a 3.5 mm jack output, so basically, they can reproduce from anything. SRS-P7 come with a special bass duct design from Sony to make those bass lines more recognizable in the mash of portable sound reproduction. The speakers can be connected together for more portability. The only real drawback is that these speakers are a bit too big for some people. Nevertheless, they are still one of the best portable speakers out there with a small price.

Sony SRSM50

Top portable speakers - Sony SRSM50

The SRSM50 by Sony are two small black boxes that will reproduce sound from almost any kind of device. They are powered by three AAA batteries, but come with an additional AC adaptor for those occasions when you run out of juice. The constant reproduction can last for about 12 hours. When you want to move the SRSM50 speakers around, you just “clip” them together and you are good to go. For speakers that have the additional AC adaptor you would expect them to be very loud, but that is not so. Despite this drawback, the sound that they do reproduce is of an amazing quality that can satisfy anyone’s ears. The price is not that good too, as you would expect more from them for this price range, but still, they are better than most of portable speakers on the market.

Sony SRS-A27

Top portable speakers - Sony SRS-A27

The SRS-A27 speakers by Sony are a pair of grey portable speakers. They can either be powered by 4 AA batteries, or by an AC adaptor which is an optional purchase. SRS-A27 can easily be connected to any kind of devices. Even though they use passive technology, they still need some more juice to crank it up. They are a bit on the bulky side and are probably better off being desktop or laptop speakers, but since Sony markets them as portable they can be found on this list. Do not get us wrong, these speakers are not half as bad as some are on the market. Still, for this price range we expected more from them, as we were hopeful when seeing their size and the fact that you can purchase an AC adaptor for them. That being said, they do offer a broad sound range and the sound that they reproduce is beautiful to say the least.

Top portable speakers - SONY SRSTP1

 

Here you have one of the best portable speakers produced by Sony – the SRSTP1. These speakers with passive technology do not require any kind of battery or additional power supply, as they take their power straight from the 3.5 mm jack, which in turn enables them to be connected to any kind of device. SRSTP1 are a combo of two speakers in one and they feature a really slim and cool design which makes them very portable. Just pop them in your bag and you are good to go. They are also the loudest portable speakers on the market. Seriously, when we played The Master of Puppets by Metallica on them we almost received serious ear damage. The only drawback that these little guys have is the sound range which is a little on the low side. Other than that, these speakers will bring to you the portability you need and are well worth the money you pay for them, making them one of the best portable speakers out there.

X-Mini MAX II XAM7-B

Top portable speakers - X-Mini MAX II XAM7-B

The X-Mini MAX II are yet another nice portable speaker set that is widely praised and for good reason, as these little killer speakers give out a nice deep and full sound. They use a standard mini USB and charge really quickly, which is a great advantage. You won’t believe the bass treble or the mid tones these portable speakers produce. The most important thing is that these X-Mini speakers are very light and very durable, which will literally enable you to carry them around in a bag or a purse without even feeling them, and without worrying that they will sustain any kind of damage. Basically, these mini portable speakers sound great, cost very little, and your chance of finding something that sounds this good in this price range is almost zero. These are it.

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker

Top portable speakers - Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker

The Kinivo ZX100 Mini portable speaker is very cheap and pretty good for the asked price. We were initially very skeptical before we tried this mini speaker ourselves, but the full sound we got from it dispelled any and all doubts we had about it. While this is hardly a sound system, it is definitely a good thing to keep close by and handy as it will be very practical in scenarios when you want to play some songs using your iPhone, MP3 player, laptop or tablet. Interestingly, and definitely unexpectedly, this thing can definitely crank up some volume and fill up the room, which is, to be frank, amazing considering its size. Another good thing is its durability and lightness, which will allow you to carry it around without really feeling is weight.

Conclusion

There are dozens of instances where we want to play a song for someone and our phone is just not strong enough to do the song justice, so we just give up with a promise to send them a link later. Sometimes, when we are travelling, and generally when we want to take a weekend off, we would like to have some music without taking the whole stereo system with us. Portable speakers are an excellent solution to all these problems, and this is why a lot of people choose to buy them in the first place. It is always awesome to have them at hand, and if they are small enough, you can just put them in your bag or purse and forget about them until you need them. The selection presented to you showed some really good portable speakers in all possible price ranges, and we ensured to include only the ones that are really good and that produce nice, rounded and full sound that fills the room and does the music justice. With one of these portable speakers you are sure to enjoy your music on the go and never have situations where you have to listen to bad quality sound simply because your stereo system is too heavy to tug wherever you go.

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