If you’re a podcaster, streamer, gamer, or content creator of any kind, picking the right microphone is very important. Thanks to modern technology, the days of microphones being very expensive and complicated things are long gone.
The modern user is quite spoiled for choice when it comes to simple one-stop microphones that can do it all quite well or do one thing very well. HyperX had tremendous success with their original RGB Mic, the QuadCast.
Thanks to its intuitive design and sturdy build quality, it was a favorite amongst gamers and YouTubers alike. The microphone’s distinctive pop filter, which also served as a canvas for the red RGB system, worked like a charm to indicate when it’s on and off and made for a great presentation.
A simple enough mic to use…
But it allowed for a variety of uses which made it intuitive. Strangely, the companion software was dubbed Ngenuity and was also a source of much praise for the QuadCast.
Fans of the original will be happy to know there’s a new model, and it’s not just red. It can be any color you want. The new QuadCast S seems to be pretty much identical to its predecessor. Upon first glance, one is almost overcome with disappointment; it looks the same. Until you turn it on, that is.
But I’m getting ahead of myself; I took the new QuadCast X for a few rounds and kept an open mind. Let’s see if all that rainbow is just for show in this HyperX QuadCast S Review.
Design and Build[cta img=”61jLNwAULdL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”HyperX QuadCast S” asin=”B08G8WH435″ rating=”4.8″]
The microphone is well-packaged and feels very sturdy. The weight is reassuring, and the matte black finish hints at proper quality. Yes, it’s identical to the previous microphone, except that there is now a USB-C port instead of a micro-USB one. But that’s not a bad thing.
Why change a winning recipe?
Next to the USB port is a 3.5mm auxiliary jack for headphones out. There’s a knob on the back to switch between the four pickup modes like on the previous QuadCast. The knob has a solid switch point for every mode so that you are in no doubt as to when you’ve switched over.
The microphone’s sensitivity or gain control is located on the bottom as it was with its predecessor. This elegant design added to the appeal, and it’s good that they’ve kept it.
However, unfortunately, they have kept the 5 dot design to indicate the direction of more and less volume. This makes the user think it can only be turned in the range of those five dots when it has a much larger range. It would be nice to have dots travel all along the edge. However, this is a small downside. All in all, this is a reliable gaming microphone.
As with the previous model…
There is a touch control on the top to mute the microphone; it needs very little to activate it and doesn’t pick up false inputs. The only other design change from the original is that the webbing in the shock-mount is now a more neutral grey instead of red.
The sturdy shock mount has a neat opening for USB and auxiliary cables. Additionally, Hyper X was nice enough to include a high-quality adapter for using the QuadCast on a boom. This saves us from having to buy one separately. Finally, you get a 3-meter USB cable.
Sound and Companion Software[price-button asin1=”B08G8WH435″]
The QuadCast has three 14mm condenser capsules and has a total frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz. Those numbers aside, let’s get to how it sounds. The sound is, in a word, transparent.
This is in no way a bad thing; my voice sounds very natural. Perhaps not dramatic or enhanced, but I think that with a microphone like this, that’s not the point.
If there is one element that seems as though it’s being imparted by the microphone, it’s brightness. However, this is not a bad thing either. It lends a nice crispness to the voice, making it a good microphone for gaming and podcasting.
The last downside for this microphone…
Much like the first one, it isn’t a big one. The pop filter, which also serves as the canvas for the RGB color system, does let one or two plosives slip. This only happens if you are close and happen to have a harsh tone. Or have the setup wrong by having the gain set too high, etc.
Aside from that minor thing, this is easily one of the best sounding all-in-one microphones you can get for around 150 dollars.
When it came to the original QuadCast, the Ngenuity software, developed by HyperX, was what made it appealing for many users. This will most likely also be the case with the QuadCast S.
The microphones drivers are easily installed and automatically updated as soon as the microphone is connected. This happens so fast I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the pop-up notification. As a result, it’s one of the best easy to install RGB microphones on the market.
The interface of the Ngentuity software is much the same and allows for much of the same control of sound and shade. The biggest difference, of course, is the fact that you can now select many colors instead of just red.
But there’s more…
The first part of creating the aesthetic of your mic is the selection and/or layering of the effects, of which there are five. These will determine how the light itself behaves regardless of the color you pick.
Essentially they are very complicated on and off sequences that you can select and tweak. The states are solid, blink, cycle, wave, and lightning. Each one is spectacular in its own right, and if you like them all, you can layer them to your heart’s content.
The second part of the RGB tweaking is the Target section. You can select the effects to be confined to a certain section of the microphone, and this too can be cross-mixed as you like. The final part of the process is the speed, which can be set from quite slow to foam-inducing strobe effects speed.
The color mixing is straightforward, and the display makes for a great presentation. I’d keep it in my room if the light still worked and the mic itself didn’t, just because it looks so nice.
Sound Controls and Pickup Modes[price-button asin1=”B08G8WH435″]
The QuadCast S comes with the same basic sound controls as its predecessor.
- Microphone volume.
- Monitoring on/off.
- Mic Monitoring volume.
- Headphone on/off.
- Headphone volume.
Furthermore, you can select between the four pickup modes, which are the same as the original. Do note this is the same as turning the dial on the back of the mic. The pickup modes are:
- Cardioid Front Facing – Best for situations with one speaker, sitting directly in front of the mic like Podcasting or game-streaming.
- Omnidirectional – Picks up sound in a 360-degree configuration. Good for big interviews and conference calls, or situations with many speakers or sources that need to be captured simultaneously.
- Stereo Left and Right – Picks up sound from left and right. Good for two-person situations or if you want to try and introduce some stereo directionality to your content.
- Bidirectional Front and Back – Also good for two-person or source situations like face-to-face interviews, as well as one on two-person interviews.
Now for one of the coolest features, which is by no means unique but very surprising at this price range. Once you’re done customizing your sound, you can save those settings as a profile.
This profile can then be linked to a specific executable file on your PC and will automatically be activated when you open that game or piece of software. As a result, it’s one of the most versatile RGB microphones you can buy.
HyperX QuadCast S Review – Pros and Cons
- Affordable price.
- Good build quality.
- Great RGB color system.
- Useful software with a variety of features.
- Decent sound quality.
- The pop filter has a limited range.
- Dotted design on the gain/sensitivity knob.
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HyperX QuadCast S Review – Conclusion
If you’re a gamer, podcaster, or content creator of any kind who needs an affordable do-it-all mic that offers some extra cherries on top and still gets the job done, look no further than the new QuadCast S.[price-button asin1=”B08G8WH435″]
It lives up to and exceeds its predecessor with customizability and crispness of tone. The build quality is good enough to make it last for years, and the sound quality is above average.
One of the coolest-looking mics with one of the best companion software packages. It’s very hard to beat, especially at around $150. Easily one of the best all-around, affordable microphones you can buy. The final score is a 9 out of 10.
Until next time, happy listening.