QuadCast S is the second generation of the HyperX microphone with a clear focus on producing online content, such as streamings and podcasts. Apart from the customization of RGB, a different color from the shock mount elastics and USB type-C connector, new to this model, the accessory is very similar to its predecessor. Visually, it is almost identical. Even with quality sound, is it worth investing R $ 1599.90 in it? Check it out below.
HyperX QuadCast S video review
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Visual and design
The dimensions of the QuadCast S are the same as those of the first generation microphone and, visually, the first notable difference is the color of the elastic on the shock mount, which has gone from red to gray. The choice may have been made to make the look more neutral, as it is possible to customize the lights in various ways and the red, from the previous elastic, might not match.
The structure of the shock mount, which is already attached to the QuadCast S (no need to mount it), in addition to preventing possible noise from accidental knocks, also allows you to adjust the microphone on other types of support (a mounting adapter is included in the box ), like those table stems. This makes it easy to position the mic in the best way for you.
The HyperX microphone also comes with a small, very firm metal support to keep the accessory “upright” on the table, but I particularly prefer to attach it to the articulated boom I already had. But everything goes according to your need and / or available space.
In the box, you will also find a 3-meter long braided wire USB-A / USB-C cable and a mounting adapter (compatible with 3/8 in and 5/8 in. Wire sizes), as said before, it fits well with most boom microphone stands and mics.
Connectors, compatibility and customization
In the part before the HyperX logo, on the base of the product, and above the new micro USB-C connector (in the previous model it was a micro USB) there is also a standard 3.5 mm headphone output.
If you are using this microphone on your PC, it is likely that you will choose to connect a headphone to your machine’s own USB, but the interesting thing about using a headset directly on the QuadCast S is to monitor the transmission of sound in real time. This can be useful for streaming and video calls.
Also in the front part of the accessory, you will find a polar pattern button that will allow you to choose the direction of sound capture (I will talk more about that later). This button is even identical to the first QuadCast and with the same functionality.
It is possible to use HyperX QuadCast S on PC, Mac and PlayStation 4. To do this, simply use the USB-A / USB-C cable to connect the microphone to any USB port on your computer or Sony console. In the product manual, there is no mention of the Xbox One. As I don’t have the Microsoft console, unfortunately I couldn’t test this possible compatibility.
About the RGB configuration of the accessory – which has two personalization zones, all customization is done through the free Ngenuity software, from HyperX. It is necessary to plug the microphone into the computer for this. The program is still not intuitive and still needs a lot of adjustments, but at least in the case of QuadCast S you will not have enough trouble to put the lights in the color you want.
Versatile for different usage modes
The versatility of the QuadCast S, like its predecessor, begins with the ease of turning the microphone on and off with a light touch in the middle of the top of the accessory. This makes it much easier for streamers who need to “mute” the audio quickly for any reason, or even during meetings. It is no longer necessary to hunt down the “mute” button in videoconferencing apps, for example.
In addition, there are four ways to adapt the microphone to your needs using the polar pattern button (you need to turn it sideways to make the changes), as mentioned earlier. Possible modes are:
- Stereo: captures the sound through three different axes, starting at the front of the microphone (where the manufacturer’s logo is) and its sides. The front part does not receive audio;
- Omnidirectional: the sound is picked up in all directions. Interesting to record meetings with people around a table, for example;
- Cardioid: it only captures the sound coming from the front of the microphone. This is the most suitable way for streamers, chats during gameplays, videoconferences and those who record podcasts alone;
- Bidirectional: captures the front and front audio of the microphone. Interesting way to chat with a second person, placing the QuadCast S between the two individuals.
At the base of the product it is also possible to notice five different sized balls, just like in the previous model. By rotating this base, you control the sound gain more or less.
The interesting thing about this feature is that it allows the user to, for example, position the microphone on the computer table, lean against the chair and increase the gain to speak in a normal tone and still capture the audio clearly. If your face is closer to the mic, you can reduce this gain so that the sound doesn’t “pop” too much.
QuadCast S has quality certification with TeamSpeak, Discord, Skype, Open Broadcast Software (OBS) and XSplit. I tested the microphone in almost all of these softwares (apart from XSplit) and the quality of the sound obtained was really good, the voice is very clear and almost without noise. It also works well with Streamlabs OBS.
The HyperX QuadCast S is almost the same microphone as the first model, with some upgrades. The evolution, if you face it that way, is even for the USB-C output, a detail in the color of the rubber bands and the addition of customizable lights, instead of the fixed red of the predecessor. Other than that, it is exactly the same accessory.
The sound quality remains excellent, with almost zero noise, and delivers high quality recordings for both streamings, videoconferences and podcasts. The polarity adjustment knob is a great ally to customize your recording style, just like the gain controller. The mounting adapter also provides a lot of versatility for use on different rods and supports.
If the manufacturer’s suggested price is R $ 1599.90? Well, that goes a lot with your financial willingness to buy a product like this or your urgency. It is of quality and I had no problems during its handling. But if you accept a suggestion, I believe it is worth looking for promotions, or promotional periods of the year (like Black Friday) to try a better price offer.
HyperX QuadCast S – Technical Specifications
|Energy consumption||5 V 220 mA (white light)|
|Sample / bit rate||48 kHz / 16 bits|
|Element||Electret Condenser Microphone|
|Condenser type||Three 14 mm capacitors|
|Polar patterns||Stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, bidirectional|
|Response frequency||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-36 dB (1 V / Pa at 1 kHz)|
|Cable length||3 meters|
|Weight||Microphone: 254 g
Shock mount and stand: 360 g
Total with USB cable: 710 g
|Lighting||RGB (16,777,216 colors)|
|Light Effects||2 zones|
|Connection type||USB-C to USB-A|
|Response frequency||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Maximum power||7 mW|
|THD||≤ 0.05% (1 kHz / 0 dBFS)|
|SNR||≥ 90 dB (1 kHZ, RL = ∞)|