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HyperX Quadcast microphone review

Gaming peripherals have had one hell of a renaissance with the growing popularity of streaming. While it is true that most gamer-centric accessories bear some sort of obnoxious or 90s-esque extreme branding, the fact of the matter is this segment has matured into its own beast. People want gaming headsets and mics to become the next big thing on Twitch.

However, headset mics just aren’t good enough to keep an audience happy, especially given their penchant to sound a little less-than-professional. As your audience grows, the less you can get away with a crappy system. The answer is to get an actual standalone mic.

Editor’s note: This review was updated July 30, 2021 to include a link to our microphone etiquette guide.

What is it like to use the HyperX Quadcast?

Like most USB condenser microphones, the HyperX Quadcast is very easy to set up—and a little difficult to get exactly right. By that I mean: you won’t run into trouble on setup, but you’ll find that your gaming station may end up being a pain to reconfigure so the microphone doesn’t pick up your screaming graphics card when you run Overwatch on Ultra settings. It’s a problem all condenser mics have, so don’t worry too much.

On the top of the capsule is a mute toggle—which will also turn off the lights behind the grill.

The microphone looks a lot like a hairbrush sans-bristles, and it’s held up on a tilting stand with a rather robust dual-shock mount. On the bottom of the capsule is a gain dial to increase or decrease the sensitivity, and on the back is a knob to swap your pickup pattern. If you don’t know what to do with it, we can help you out below.

When you first plug in the microphone, both the sound output and the microphone input will default to the Quadcast on your computer. That’s because there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the back of the unit that you can pass your computer’s output through. You’ll probably want to use your own setup, but the option exists if you want it.

The gain knob on the bottom of the capsule is very intuitive.

If you’re living with family or roommates, a dedicated mute touchpad on the top is a godsend. Just tap to toggle the mute function, that’s it. Additionally, the microphone has lighting behind the grill—so you’ll never speak on a hot mic without getting an ultra-visible reminder that you’re live to the world.

Do you need a pop filter with the HyperX Quadcast?

You don’t need to be very close to the mic, though it helps to be within 14 inches.

You do not need a pop filter with the HyperX Quadcast. There’s a foam-like material immediately beyond the grill that does a decent job of breaking up the pressure spikes associated with plosive sounds (p, pf, etc.) that can damage more delicate mics and make you a real nuisance in a Zoom or Teams meeting.

What is the HyperX Quadcast compatible with?

Even if you’re not streaming, wanting a better microphone to play with is only natural. The HyperX Quadcast is compatible with PS4, PC, and Mac systems via the USB cable.

The miniUSB and 3.5mm headphone ports.

For most systems, the drivers will auto-install once you plug the unit in. You also do not have to use the type-A to type-C USB cable included in the box, but it’s definitely the most convenient

What are the best settings for the HyperX Quadcast?

Just like any product, there’s no one best set of settings, but there are a few best practices you should follow with any standalone mic. For example, condenser microphones don’t need a dedicated interface to work. They are much more sensitive to sound than, say, dynamic microphones like the Shure SM58—so they’ll pick up just about everything around you.

The polar pattern knob allows for four separate pickup patterns.

In that case, you’re going to want to turn down the gain as much as you can while still being heard. You’ll also want to bring the microphone closer to you and away from anything that could reflect sound back towards the microphone to avoid echoes.

But what about the polar pattern knob on the back? For podcasting or streaming purposes: stick with the cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern. The reason for this is that this pickup pattern will be the best-suited to recording a person speaking while minimizing the noise and echoes of the room around them. By sticking with the cardioid pattern, you’re preventing echoes from your computer monitor or office wall from reaching the mic as much as can be reasonably expected by a feature such as this.

A cardioid pickup pattern can record sound from the front and sides of the unit.

You might have some luck with the hypercardioid or bi-directional patterns (the figure-eight looking ones) if you have a really good mic placement, but on the whole, you’ll want to avoid those unless you’re doing an interview with two people on either side of the capsule. You’ll only want to use the omnidirectional pattern

Is the HyperX Quadcast any good?

Here’s the sticky part of the review where we’d normally ask you to take our word on something. But instead of doing that, we’re going to show you as much as we can.

Above is a sample audio clip captured with the HyperX Quadcast. You can tell there’s a little bit of proximity effect going on, but overall, the quality is pretty decent—definitely good enough to stream or podcast with. Of course, you’ll get better results with a treated room, interface, the whole nine yards—but you’ll get a very solid recording with a fraction of the bill or frustration associated with a professional setup.

A very flat response like this one is great for capturing all kinds of sounds, not limited to a human voice.

In our testing, we found that this mic bumps sibilant sounds (f, s, sh, etc) a bit over most other voice sounds, so you may want to either step back from the mic a bit, or see if you can reduce that band in post-processing if you’re podcasting. I myself have issues with this, so I typically drop everything over 4kHz 10-30dB depending on the recording with a different microphone.

Like most microphones used over USB, there are certain realities you’re dealing with where quality is concerned. However, considering that many YouTubers still use USB microphones to do voiceover, just be aware that you don’t need a Shure SM7B to get usable results online. Chances are, the bitrates people are going to have to suffer through are going to prevent you from hearing a huge difference at the end of the day, and that’s why USB microphones are so common in the streaming scene. Just be sure to manage your environment, and the HyperX Quadcast is a credible USB mic for purposes that don’t include serious music production.

Should you buy the HyperX Quadcast?

The HyperX Quadcast launched on March 25th, 2019 for $139.99, and it’ll be awhile before it goes on sale for less. However, it’s definitely worth the money if you want a solid microphone for the computer that sounds great without too much fuss. If that’s a little steep, the HyperX SoloCast might be more your speed—it doesn’t offer nearly as many features, but it’s less than half the price, simple, and great for talking over Zoom.

Of course, investing in a proper setup and room treatment will net you better results, but the Quadcast represents a point of diminishing returns. We strongly recommend this product for streamers, podcasters, and anyone that wants a step up in mic quality, but can’t commit to a dedicated recording station.

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HyperX QuadCast Standalone Microphone

Full-featured standalone mic for streamers, content creators, and gamers.


The ideal all-inclusive standalone microphone

The HyperX QuadCast is the ideal all-inclusive standalone microphone for the aspiring streamer or podcaster looking for a condenser mic with quality sound. QuadCast comes with its own anti-vibration shock mount to help reduce the rumbles of daily life and a built-in pop filter to muffle pesky percussive sounds. Instantly know your mic status with the LED indicator, and simply tap-to-mute to avoid awkward broadcasting accidents. Select between the four polar patterns (stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid, bidirectional) and use the conveniently-located gain control dial to quickly adjust your mic input sensitivity. The included mount adapter that fits both 3/8" and 5/8" thread sizes and is compatible with most stands.


Built-in headphone jack

Monitor your mic input with the built-in headphone jack, and QuadCast is certified by Discord and TeamSpeak so you can ensure that your microphone is broadcasting loud and clear for all your followers and listeners. Whether you're plugging into a PC, PS4™, or Mac® you'll be able to deliver quality sound to anyone tuning in.

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If you’re someone who often tunes into Twitch and YouTube streams, then you’re bound to recognize the HyperX QuadCast S microphone. This RGB-fueled accessory combines a unique customizable aesthetic with great audio recording capabilities, rivaling even the classic Blue Yeti

HyperX Quadcast S specs

Connection: USB-C to USB-A

Condensers: 3

Polar patterns: Stereo, Omnidirectional, Cardioid, Bidirectional

Size: 8.5 x 5 x 5 inches (without stand); 10 x 5 x 5 inches (with stand)

Weight: 1.6 pounds (with shock mount, stand and USB cable)

Cable length: 9.8 feet

Although the QuadCast S offers minimal upgrades compared to the slightly cheaper QuadCast, if you value the overall aesthetics of your gaming setup (or you just really want to show off during video calls), then this is the microphone for you. 

As we discuss in the HyperX QuadCast S microphone review below, we loved its sound quality, its reliable build quality and features such as the handy tap-to-mute button, the built-in shock mount and pop filter.  Read on to find out if it’s worthy of joining the best gaming microphones.

HyperX QuadCast S review: Price and availability 

Retailing at $159 from HyperX, the HyperX QuadCast S is almost $30 more expensive than its main competitor, the Blue Yeti. However, if you take into account that the QuadCast S comes with a built-in shock mount and pop filter, the overall cost for the two microphones roughly evens out as most Blue Yeti users would likely purchase both in order to optimize their sound quality. 

If you’re unconvinced of paying that extra $30, the HyperX QuadCast is a slightly cheaper option that contains identical hardware and specs as the QuadCast S for $130. However, the QuadCast S replaces its predecessor's red honeycomb aesthetics with customizable RGB lighting, so if personalization is important to you and money is no object, look no further.

HyperX QuadCast S review: Design 

The aesthetics of the HyperX QuadCast S are no doubt its biggest highlight. The dynamic double RGB lighting system featured on the QuadCast S vaguely resembles a lava lamp, slowly transitioning from one color scheme to another. These RGBs are also fully adjustable via the HyperX’s NGENUITY software, allowing you to choose from various combinations of colors.

With the addition of a built-in anti-vibration shock mount and internal pop filter, HyperX’s flagship microphone is ready to use right out of the box. This saves you the trouble of purchasing both of these accessories, which can sometimes set you back at least $20. 

Setting up the QuadCast S is as simple as attaching the microphone to its stand and connecting it to your PC using a USB cable. If you’re not a fan of keeping your microphone sitting on top of your deskspace, HyperX also includes an 3/8-inch and 5/8-inch adapter that allows you to easily attach the QuadCast S to a boom arm in order to prevent clutter. 

The QuadCast S features a handy tap-to-mute button located on the top of the microphone, which is incredibly useful when covering up sneezes and coughs during video calls and gaming sessions. The mute button is sensitive enough to be activated at the slightest touch, so no audible “thump” is picked up by the microphone. The LED indicator and RGB lighting also switch off whenever you’re on mute, so you’ll never have to wonder whether or not your friends and colleagues can hear you.

At the bottom of the mic, HyperX has also included a gain dial, allowing you to easily adjust your mic sensitivity without having to dig around in software settings. There’s also a dial located towards the middle of the accessory that allows you to choose between stereo, omnidirectional, cardioid and bidirectional audio configurations.The microphone also features a built-in 3mm headphone jack.

HyperX QuadCast S review: Sound quality 

For all its great design, though, it’s the QuadCast S’ sound quality that justifies its price tag. It offers a frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz and bit-rate of 16-bit, also featuring three 14mm condensers that allow it to operate in four distinct directional patterns. 

Compared to other microphones I’ve previously used, the HyperX QuadCast S presents a significant improvement in sound quality over the $50 Razer Seiren Mini and numerous other gaming headsets such as the HyperX Cloud Mix and the Razer Kraken Ultimate. Throughout my numerous tests across work video calls, Discord chats and part-time Twitch streams, the QuadCast S did an excellent job in preserving the clarity of every spoken word while filtering out unwanted background noise.

As you can hear in this video comparison between the HyperX QuadCast S and the much more affordable Razer Seiren Mini, the difference in sound quality is extremely noticeable. The QuadCast S captures the warm tone of my voice while the Seiren Mini struggles to do the same. 

During my tests, the gain dial at the bottom of the QuadCast S came in handy on more than one occasion as it allowed me to adjust the microphone’s sensitivity at will. This helped prevent the audio levels from constantly topping off during various horror game sessions when I was well aware that I could unexpectedly scream at any moment.

HyperX QuadCast S review: Verdict 

The bottom line is that with a price tag of $159, the HyperX QuadCast S is a great microphone for streamers and content creators that aren’t willing to make the jump to more expensive options available on the market. Thanks to its high sound quality, reliable build and customizable RGB lighting, this microphone can easily become a staple of any setup. 

The QuadCast S’s built-in shock mount and internal pop filter help it rival the legendary Blue Yeti in terms of sound quality, while saving you the hassle of having to purchase any additional accessories. If you’re not big into aesthetics and personalizable lighting, the HyperX QuadCast is a cheaper alternative to the QuadCast S as it contains all the same hardware. But if you’re serious about building the ultimate RGB gaming setup, then this mic is well worth the extra $30. 

Denise is a news writer at Tom’s Guide covering consumer tech news, deals, streaming, gaming and more. When she’s not playing horror games, she’s a part-time piano enthusiast and experimenting in the kitchen. You can reach her at [email protected]

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