It’s possible that you’re a streamer and you’re looking for a new microphone. Or perhaps you just require a good microphone in general even if you don’t stream.
Given that you have two excellent options, I can understand if you’re unsure which one to choose.
This is undoubtedly a clash of the titans because the Shure SM7B and HyperX Quadcast S are both excellent mics.
However, they still have differences, so to make things simpler for you, I will walk you through a comparison battle in today’s article, in order to help you choose between the two mics.
Let’s get started without wasting any more time.
A Little Introduction to the Microphones
Let me be brief and just present both microphones so that we can get a rough understanding of what we are dealing with.
Shure is a well-known brand when it comes to audio equipment; any audio aficionado should have at least heard of them once.
They compete in the high-end market and have achieved success there, so it goes without saying that they produce some of the greatest mics available in the market.
The Shure SM7B is the reigning studio recording monarch, and for good reason. Particularly when they are recorded in a controlled environment with the flat frequency response option, vocals are captured and reproduced clearly and crisply.
It is a pro-grade dynamic microphone that is great for studio use.
Having said that, we have a very good sense of where this microphone belongs. So, yes, Shure is the “king” of high-end electronics.
On the other hand, when we think of Hyperx, we initially think of gaming gear. That’s how prominent this manufacturer is when it comes to gaming gear.
HyperX bills this microphone for gamers who want to stream their gameplay. It’s no surprise if this is the exact microphone that your favorite streamer is using.
Unlike the Shure microphone, this is more entry-level friendly. Still, it doesn’t mean that the Shure microphone is a great option for streaming as well.
Yet again, you can use the QuadCast for almost anything as well. No one is stopping you from using it for studio purposes, but if that is a good idea, well I don’t know about that.
Shure SM7B vs. Hyperx QuadCast: In a Microphone Comparison
Now that we have a better overall understanding of both microphones it’s time to compare them based on their design, features, and performance.
How Do They Differ Regarding Design?
I am not sure even if the design is an important aspect when it comes to microphones, but I bet it is if it has to do with streaming.
You might wonder why. Well, when streaming we want to look good, right? Having a good setup is also part of that, so showing off our cool design on stream is a plus.
For example, the Hyperx QuadCast comes in a more flashy way with RGB around it, while the Shure SM7B is more discreet in terms of design, just a simple big microphone that means business.
Although the Hyperx QuadCast looks more flashy and cooler, it still has an aggressive gamer design that might appeal to some and not to others.
There are people who would opt for a discreet microphone like Shure, for example.
If you were to ask me which one is better in terms of design, I would say the Shure SM7B is better due to its being more durable.
On the other hand, the HyperX is built out of plastic.
That’s the biggest difference in terms of design, as for others, they are both microphones that come with a shock mount.
Who Is The Better Performer and Features
Right from the start, I would like to point out that the HyperX QuadCast comes with multiple pattern selections. For example, you will find cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional, and bidirectional.
There’s also the Tri-Capsula array, which means it has three condenser capsules inside of it.
Making it great for podcasting means not only will it look cool during the podcast, but it will also sound good.
There’s also the option to stream games with it. It will complement the rest of your setup. Moreover, you can use it for interviews and even conferences.
What I like about it is that it is quite simple to use. You can just plug it in on your PC or even MAC and you are good to go. Start shouting on your mic!
On the other hand, the SM7B has a totally different nature from the HyperX QuadCast. It is a professional microphone that is often seen being used as the lead vocal mic.
It has a dynamic moving coil that separates it from your traditional microphones and a cardioid polar pattern.
Moreover, here you will find 3 frequency response settings. The low noise and natural reproduction are also things that set this apart from the competition. It will reward you with smooth and warm speech and vocals.
Which Microphone Is Better: Final Words
So we arrived at the end of the article. To be honest, I was a bit pressed with this one comparison.
You might wonder why it is that this was not quite the battle those microphones should have not been exactly compared with one another.
First thing first, both microphones are great and come from reputable manufacturers. I can’t deny that.
However, the Shure microphone belongs on the high-end spectrum. It is something that will benefit professionals. Using it only for streaming is a bit overkill. I wouldn’t go so far unless I had money to throw.
On the other hand, HyperX QuadCast is something that was made for gamers, and for streaming gamers, it is a great solution for that aspect. It will pick up your voice clearly and your viewers won’t hate you for having a bad microphone.
Still, If you were to ask me which one is better, I would definitely say the Shure microphone. It is a high-end microphone that sounds way better.
Don’t rush yet; there’s a big “But” to that.
The SM7B costs thrice the price of the QuadCast, while the Hyperx offering belongs to the more budget-friendly spectrum.
With all that being said, it is up to you to decide which one you go for.
Still, I can confidently say that no matter which microphone you are buying, you are not making a wrong or say a bad purchase.
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