Review NZXT Capsule – A Beautifully SIMPLE Streaming Mic

well hello good people i’m dmitry the nzxt capsule my gosh who knew nzxt would launch a streaming microphone right but you know at least they’re launching something their whole approach here is simplicity plug-and-play solution my gosh thank god you don’t have to install cam to use this thing it’s completely driverless so proof dodged the bullet and that one on by the way i would highly recommend you check out our best gaming and streaming microphones of past year so they still apply to 2021 anyway what nzxt is trying to do is branch of that massively growing category of streaming and the capsule is their answer so in this video we’ll compare to my most used microphones including the elgato wave 3 which is on my side it’s like my daily gaming microphone i’ll compare to many other gaming headsets as well and other standalone desktop microphones to see how this thing is any good for the lack of features but does it you know make up for it and sound quality and vocal quality too so let’s begin right after this play your games the right way with a much improved virtuoso rgb wireless xt with bluetooth support fantastic swivel hinges deeper ear cushions tactile controls with usb-c charging a beefy microphone to step up your comms game and awesome wireless sound reproduction check it out below okay so what i’m recording this with right now is my camera microphone but as we’re switching to the nzxt capsule this is what you can expect raw audio zero compression zero effects i just make sure that my sensitivity is correct and this is kind of what you get in terms of audio quality now when it comes to the streaming category obviously design is kind of important as it’s going to be visible for the audience so i think nzxt took the right approach uh releasing both black and white models depending on your situation and the design is very nzxt super clean contrasty the nzxt logo is subdued so is the headphone volume logo underneath the volume wheel

which you almost cannot see and they will address that in the final release the only bling on this microphone is that led strip at the bottom to indicate the status so red when it’s muted white when it’s not when it’s active unfortunately that led isn’t exactly pure white it’s leading towards the blue in terms of inputs we have a usbc port at the bottom plus the 3.5 headphone jack the cable that’s included here is three meters long which is fantastic it’s rubberized it’s low profile it’s black you can route it wherever you want regardless of where it’s standing either on the desk or on a massive boomer one cool detail is the purple rubber underneath the base to keep the microphone nice and stationary both gain knobs are easy to control because they’re rubberized they have a bit of resistance to them so there are no scroll steps and they’re also no hard steps in either direction meaning if the microphone is stationary like this it’s easy to control and the microphone is on the boom arm flipped it’s the same control clockwise without any hard stops my only complaint is with that push-to-mute functionality on the gain dial it’s good that we have the visual indicator with the red led ring but that wheel is very sensitive in terms of its rotation and so you can easily adjust the sensitivity gain unintentionally when trying to mute the microphone i much prefer the capacitive mute functionality on the wave microphones on the hyperx microphones where you don’t interact

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with any of the important dials when trying to do a simple task like to mute the damn thing price wise you’re looking at 129 and for something that simple n60 is really relying on the audio quality and some of its modularity features like the quick to release microphone from the stand it’s a really nice implementation where you don’t have to unscrew the little uh things on the side like we have with many other microphones and we have an included cover that occupies that slot in case you’re using it with a boom arm other than that it’s a 24 bit 96 kilohertz uh cardioid capsule without any changing of patterns and that’s one of the things that nzxt prides itself on like they’re giving you the simplicity and giving you the plug-and-play functionality instead of bombarding you with all the pattern features and stuff like that from different microphones and so what you’ve been listening to so far is that recorded by its kind of default orientation default

configuration i just had to up the gain a little bit so that i’m not peaking but i’m not really low either and by default the gain is set at 50 so if you unplug it plug it back in it will always be at 50 in case you want to like reset it but unfortunately there is no way to see the gain level and so that is a bit of an issue especially because we don’t have those hard stops which is a good thing but it’s also a bad thing when you don’t know where your gain is at unless you’re really monitoring it now when it comes to a real-time headphone monitoring this is where we have a problem because the headphones are plugged in i am maxed out on the headphone volume and yet i cannot hear myself even though i’m pretty sensitive on that microphone right now i should be able to pick up something in my headphone and i do but it’s very faint it’s only when i get to the microphone really close that i can actually hear that live input coming into my headphones yeah that’s a problem because even if i max out the sensitivity on the capsule the headphone volume and it and that live input into my headphones doesn’t change so i don’t actually know how loud i’m going and so the sensitivity of the gain of the main capsule isn’t reflected properly into the live monitoring of the headphones so it’s kind of useless all right so now let’s talk about this streaming configuration where the microphone is

properly positioned on a boom arm so it’s not on the table it’s not going to pick up any of the you know vibrations from any of my peripherals movement and this is a really good neutral sounding microphone there’s not too much bass to my voice and my my voice actually doesn’t have a lot of bass so this is actually very close to what you normally hear i actually add more bass when i’m editing my voiceovers for example just to give them a little bit more body but in terms of the bright end i feel like uh it’s a fairly neutral sound signature so the n60 capsule if you’re going for that neutral uh sound this is a good option in terms of noise cancellation or noise isolation so it doesn’t have any of those properties built in so the microphone obviously will pick up any keyboard strokes and mouse strokes or mouse clicks as well as you can hear so just something to keep in mind and if you do want to eliminate those rtx voice is an option if you have a banana meter too you can play around with that so let’s hear how it sounds compared to my wave 3.

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So this is the wave 3 microphone i love the feature set i love the sound quality i love the drivers too and i do think there’s a bit more low end bass added into the vocals which i prefer so i don’t have to add that in post production myself but the wave 3 is slightly more expensive it has more features and uh overall i think it’s like a slightly better future-proof direction versus the nzxt capsule next up we have the classic blue yeti absolutely love the navy blue color scheme here and in terms of voice profile i wouldn’t say it’s as neutral so there’s a bit more eq and colorization happening versus the nzxt capsule and the wave three but obviously the added value here are all those patterns auto i’ve never really used any of them aside from the cardioid which is what you’re listening to now and i’ve always loved really coming at close to this microphone and doing you know

cool asmr stuff and just really picks up any of that those like slight details obviously it doesn’t have much noise cancellation for keyboard no mouse clicks but i mean this is the sound quality you can expect from a pretty old microphone i also wanted to include this corsair hs80 headset because everyone in the review said that the microphone sounds incredible for a wireless headset and i definitely agree if you’re going after the convenience of not needing to set anything up and not needing to be like additional microphones additional accessories to be on your desk if you just want good comms but this is the type of quality you can expect from the latest from corsair all right so what to say for 129 i feel like this thing is a little bit on the basic side even though the sound quality is good i appreciate the no cam software requirement because that would have been an uproar from the community of course um i do like the industrial design it’s very nxt regardless of the black or the white model i feel like their whole gamble

here is the plug-and-play simplicity approach which for 129 dollars is a little risky especially when you compare to anything that is above 99 in the microphone department usually has that four pattern recording capsule but at least here they focused on that 25 millimeter high quality cardioid capsule as they’re like saving grace but also when you’re looking into the microphones like the wave one wave three which have so many extra features then this becomes like the other spectrum of where you don’t want to deal with software plug and play and you’re good to go so based on all the demos you heard today which one sounded best to your ears let me know in the comments it’s kind of weird to see a microphone from nzxt you know i’m so used to their cases their cooling products but the streaming category hopefully is going to grow from nzxt especially with their focus on design i really like it alright guys i’m dimitri thanks much for watching check out this other rolling content subscribe for more i’ll talk to you in the next video you

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