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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Seyrren in Can studio headphones also benefit from virtual surround or are gaming headset drivers specifically tuned towards this ?   
    Virtual surround sound doesn't need a sound card or specialist equipment. Its just software which most modern games have built into the game engine.
    The only time you would want a sound card is for surround sound system to give outputs to send audio to different speaker. But most people dont do that as digital audio has become the main thing for surround sound speakers.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Stahlmann in Best approach for getting 4k@120hz from PC to an LG CX from a distance of 15m   
    My only thought would be using professional hdmi cables.
    The company which springs to mind is Belden they make HDMI cables for the events industry. They have some high end HDMI cables like the Belden Perfect Path 700 can do 4k to over 50 meters but I couldnt verfiy if they would manage the 120Hz. So maybe its worth sending them a email and asking if they have a product which does it. (but it may be expensive a 10m cable is over £100)
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Arika S in Correct way to apply volume when using an amp   
    Theres a thing call the noise floor which is the background noise electronics create. The gain has to be high enough that its above that. So the simple answer is gain as high as needed but equalish across most equipment. The headphone amp will probably have the lowest noise floor so will be easier to have that lower on gain settings. While the mixer Im guessing is probably something cheap like a Behringer Xynx will have a high noise floor so the gain will have to be higher.


    Set the gain on the mixer to as high as it has to be to get a decent signal. Set the output volume of the mixer high enough the amp gets a google signal and since the headphone amp is probably the best amp in the system have that at the lowest.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Psittac in Audio switch/headphone amp or what ever i need to make this work   
    Search headphone and microphone switch. A cheap PCB thing will do shouldnt be more then $20 £20 may have to buy a few jack cables

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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Pixel5 in Audio switch/headphone amp or what ever i need to make this work   
    Search headphone and microphone switch. A cheap PCB thing will do shouldnt be more then $20 £20 may have to buy a few jack cables

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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from rice guru in Audio switch/headphone amp or what ever i need to make this work   
    Search headphone and microphone switch. A cheap PCB thing will do shouldnt be more then $20 £20 may have to buy a few jack cables

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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from circeseye in Audioquest Cinnamon: can you validate or debunk these claims?   
    Has 0 effect on digital audio data. The data is transferred and the audio work or it doesn't there's no in between, there is no better or worse quality. The only two options are it works or it doesn't.
    Extra shielding or insulation will hell stop loss of data from interference but 99.9999999% of use cases people do not have data loss due to interference. 
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Derkoli in The TOUGHEST Ethernet cable   
    My first job in the events industry was repair and maintenance. I calculated failure rates of cables and cost of manufacture. With ethernet cables the failure rate was around 1% in a year. We had around ten thousand ethernet cables so I got around 100 ethernet cables in a year to repair. Most broke from being packed away poorly or getting caught in a case. The cable took about ten minuets so about £2 in man hours to make and used £5 with of connectors and and a pound a meter for wire. So a 1 meter Ethercon comes to about £10.

    Every event takes spare equipment so if a cable is fault its replaced on site.
    Once set up its very rare for something to break while in use.
    The company I worked for is a major UK event company with a annual turn over in millions.

    a unbreakable cable 10 times the price is not worth it compared to a ethercon which is strong enough and you can have multiple spares of.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from sub68 in The TOUGHEST Ethernet cable   
    My first job in the events industry was repair and maintenance. I calculated failure rates of cables and cost of manufacture. With ethernet cables the failure rate was around 1% in a year. We had around ten thousand ethernet cables so I got around 100 ethernet cables in a year to repair. Most broke from being packed away poorly or getting caught in a case. The cable took about ten minuets so about £2 in man hours to make and used £5 with of connectors and and a pound a meter for wire. So a 1 meter Ethercon comes to about £10.

    Every event takes spare equipment so if a cable is fault its replaced on site.
    Once set up its very rare for something to break while in use.
    The company I worked for is a major UK event company with a annual turn over in millions.

    a unbreakable cable 10 times the price is not worth it compared to a ethercon which is strong enough and you can have multiple spares of.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from GDRRiley in The TOUGHEST Ethernet cable   
    They will never get used in production. Neutrick ethercon cost around 10 dollars for the two connectors and a decent cable is about 2 dollars a meter. So a single 1 meter (3ft) cable is around 15 dollars. Elitcore sells there 3ft cable for 50 dollars. Event networking has redundancy so if a cable gets cut or breaks theres another one for backup.

    Ethercon is strong enough and elitcore stuff is price way to high. So will never get used.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from sub68 in Please do not buy Behringer   
    I dislike Behringer products not because of the product but because of the company. Some of their products are very good but the company is a terrible company. 

    Today Behringer has crossed the line and announced its no longer going to sell products to small companies and instead focus only on major e commerce such as Amazon, Thomann, Sweetwater and Alibaba.
    As a small distributor my self I had a Behringer whole sale account. I no longer have access to that as well every local music store, small install company, even reasonably large national companies have lost access. These companies are the backbone of the audio industry. 

    The company is well know to have some of the worst customer service. Have a look at reviews on trust pilot.
    "Appalling customer service!"  "Good products but the worst customer service imaginable"
    They also have terrible QA testing so its a common problem to have faulty equipment so don't think you wont ever need to call up their custom support because trust me you do.
    Personal experience I was installing a Behringer X32 (professional large audio mixer worth about £1.5k) it took 3 replacement mixers before we got one which was working fully.

    Behringer are also a terrible company to work for and steal designs and reverse engineer from other companies. If you care for audio and want research to continue and improvements to be made if you buy Behringer you are spitting in the face of progress. Glass door reviews for Behringer Reviews for Music Group/Tribe
    Behringer is sadly such a large company it became Music Tribe and is now a parent company of many major brands who also have become tarnished by Uli Behringer's terrible company.
    I recommend you do not buy from any of these companies;
    Midas
    Klark Teknik
    TC Electronic/TC Helicon
    Bugera
    Turbosound
    CoolAudio
    Tannoy
    Lab Gruppen
    Auratone
    Lake

    Photo evidence from emails and reviews inside spoiler



    On this forum we recommend a few Behringer products more then others so I'm going to put some other products below to choose instead.
    I realise some of these products are more expensive but design and research cost more than theft.

    Audio interfaces
    Steinberg UR12
    Mackie Onyx
    Tascam US 1x2
    M audio Air
    Presonus AUDIOBOX
    NI Komplete Audio 1 

    Mixers
    Yamaha
    Allen and Heath

     
    Linus Tech Tips forum please do not let Uli and his companies sleazy business practices win. Please vote with your wallet and do not buy Behringer and Music Tribe products and show that these kind of business practices are not acceptable.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from sub68 in The TOUGHEST Ethernet cable   
    They will never get used in production. Neutrick ethercon cost around 10 dollars for the two connectors and a decent cable is about 2 dollars a meter. So a single 1 meter (3ft) cable is around 15 dollars. Elitcore sells there 3ft cable for 50 dollars. Event networking has redundancy so if a cable gets cut or breaks theres another one for backup.

    Ethercon is strong enough and elitcore stuff is price way to high. So will never get used.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from Tigerleon in Soldering headphones.   
    Does soldering affect audio quality, yes and no. Yes it does changed it but no you wont be able to tell unless you are soldering like a welder. You will know if its shorting as it will sound totally wrong.

    The heat travels down the wire so could heat the driver and melt the glue buts its unlikely as you have to be soldering close to the driver and have to keep the iron on the wire for a while to transfer enough heat.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from VoidThinker in Is there a way to get a sound at a same time from bluetooth headphones and wired headphones at PC?   
    Have you tried virtual cables.

    Its a bit fiddley to set up but it should be do able. I don't use the software much my self so couldn't really explain how to but I know it could do it.
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    Ahoy Hoy reacted to The Flying Sloth in 7 year old hd 558s, worth upgrading? Recommendations?   
    Might be worth changing the earpads if it's that old but as far as the headphones themselves go, audio isn't like PC hardware where newer is always better, unless you feel like you're missing out on something I'd stick with it
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from PianoPlayer88Key in (maybe) Looking4 ~$100 head-worn streaming🎤 (talking2chat during/btwn piano songs), don't have cans (headband/mount ModMic?), ideas? start w/o voice?   
    You can get very large mic stands with long booms to reach over and still be out of frame of the other camera.

    Not to sure what to recommend with the microphones.

    Just go without a mic as there's a high likely hood while on twitch you could be streaming to no viewers for a while even if you have the worst or the best sound set up. Do it if you enjoy doing it and start to see a viewer increase then look at improving things.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from RGProductions in Please do not buy Behringer   
    I dislike Behringer products not because of the product but because of the company. Some of their products are very good but the company is a terrible company. 

    Today Behringer has crossed the line and announced its no longer going to sell products to small companies and instead focus only on major e commerce such as Amazon, Thomann, Sweetwater and Alibaba.
    As a small distributor my self I had a Behringer whole sale account. I no longer have access to that as well every local music store, small install company, even reasonably large national companies have lost access. These companies are the backbone of the audio industry. 

    The company is well know to have some of the worst customer service. Have a look at reviews on trust pilot.
    "Appalling customer service!"  "Good products but the worst customer service imaginable"
    They also have terrible QA testing so its a common problem to have faulty equipment so don't think you wont ever need to call up their custom support because trust me you do.
    Personal experience I was installing a Behringer X32 (professional large audio mixer worth about £1.5k) it took 3 replacement mixers before we got one which was working fully.

    Behringer are also a terrible company to work for and steal designs and reverse engineer from other companies. If you care for audio and want research to continue and improvements to be made if you buy Behringer you are spitting in the face of progress. Glass door reviews for Behringer Reviews for Music Group/Tribe
    Behringer is sadly such a large company it became Music Tribe and is now a parent company of many major brands who also have become tarnished by Uli Behringer's terrible company.
    I recommend you do not buy from any of these companies;
    Midas
    Klark Teknik
    TC Electronic/TC Helicon
    Bugera
    Turbosound
    CoolAudio
    Tannoy
    Lab Gruppen
    Auratone
    Lake

    Photo evidence from emails and reviews inside spoiler



    On this forum we recommend a few Behringer products more then others so I'm going to put some other products below to choose instead.
    I realise some of these products are more expensive but design and research cost more than theft.

    Audio interfaces
    Steinberg UR12
    Mackie Onyx
    Tascam US 1x2
    M audio Air
    Presonus AUDIOBOX
    NI Komplete Audio 1 

    Mixers
    Yamaha
    Allen and Heath

     
    Linus Tech Tips forum please do not let Uli and his companies sleazy business practices win. Please vote with your wallet and do not buy Behringer and Music Tribe products and show that these kind of business practices are not acceptable.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from sub68 in im searching for a good microphone   
    Thats a pretty heft budget just for talking to friends on discord. 
    At that budget you can go to ways. Buy professional grade XLR recording equipment or got high end consumer USB stuff.
    USB
    Pros - Simple plug and play most of the settings to control the mic are ever on the microphone or computer software.
    Cons - No upgradability. No extra features its just a microphone.

    XLR
    Pros - Upgradability. everything is interchangeable so if you dislike one part you can change it easily.
            - Higher quality components
            - Extra features, normally has headphone ports and speaker ports with independent volume controls
    Cons- Bit more knowledge required to set up (plenty of guides on YouTube many of us on the forum can easily explain)
            - More stuff. Instead of a single mic with a usb cable for a XLR system you need a interface to convert the analogue audio to digital for the computer


    USB
    High End - Shure MV7 - €285* Theres not much more high end in the USB world then this
    Mid - Rode Podcaster €204*
    Mid - AT2020 USBi - €187
    Mid - Rode NT USB - €164
    Low mid - Rode NT USB Mini - €97 
    Low Mid - Shure MV5 - €109 This and the rode above both solid little microphones but not a huge improvement on quality over the off brand versions below
    Low Mid - T Bone 500 USB - €78*Improvement over the 420 but you dont get the stand and case etc but theres a built in stand into the mic design
    Low - Tbone SC420 USB - €58*If you got sixty euros this is killer. Really good quality for the price. comes with a little stand pop shield a case and even more stuff. How is this finically profitable

    XLR System
    Audio Interface
    High end - Yamaha AG03 - €120 *- Aimed at streamers and podcaster. Single microphone input plus a instrument and a 3.5mm jack input for phones laptops etc
    High end - Rode AI 1 - €116 *- One mic input and a headphone output. Great noise floor can really turn the gain up on this and have no hiss. 
    Mid to high - Focusrite Scarlett Solo - €97 *- One mic inpput and a instrument input. Headphone output. Solid working horse, popular brand. Got to love that red colour.
    Mid to low - Behringer UMC202HD - €65 - Does the job not best quality but good enough for 99% of situations. 2 Mic inputs headphone out lots of knobs to control them both.
    Low - Berhinger UMC22 - €42 - Baby brother to the 202. One mic input this time less knobs. Be careful though Behringer have terrible customer support and poor QA testing.

    XLR Microphone
    High - Rode Procaster - €171 *
    High to mid - Audio Technica At2035 - €153
    Mid - Presonus PD70 - €131 - Bit meh similar quality to the pod mic but thirty euros more expensive 
    MId - Rode PodMic - €109 *
    Mid - Tbone MB7 beta - €97 *
    Mid - Audio technica AT2020 - €87

    Also need a XLR cable Thomann own brand cables are really good quality for money just work out the length you thing you need.

    Some of these products have bundles where you can save some money.
    Ive put * on products which I think are the best to go for
    With the XLR system if you get a high end microphone recommend not pairing it with a lowend interface. It would still work but be nicer to not cheap out on one bit.

    Some of these microphones need stands if you search mic stands you will find what your after work out if you want a small sit on desk or a clamp boom arm kind of thing.
    Thomann the company I've linked through out sell lots of good stands Some stands have integrated XLR cables so that may save some money if you get a XLR system.

    *Just because I say high end does not mean they are the pinacol of audio quality. The high mid low is based around the budget this stuff goes stupidly expensive quickly.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from eskamobob1 in im searching for a good microphone   
    Thats a pretty heft budget just for talking to friends on discord. 
    At that budget you can go to ways. Buy professional grade XLR recording equipment or got high end consumer USB stuff.
    USB
    Pros - Simple plug and play most of the settings to control the mic are ever on the microphone or computer software.
    Cons - No upgradability. No extra features its just a microphone.

    XLR
    Pros - Upgradability. everything is interchangeable so if you dislike one part you can change it easily.
            - Higher quality components
            - Extra features, normally has headphone ports and speaker ports with independent volume controls
    Cons- Bit more knowledge required to set up (plenty of guides on YouTube many of us on the forum can easily explain)
            - More stuff. Instead of a single mic with a usb cable for a XLR system you need a interface to convert the analogue audio to digital for the computer


    USB
    High End - Shure MV7 - €285* Theres not much more high end in the USB world then this
    Mid - Rode Podcaster €204*
    Mid - AT2020 USBi - €187
    Mid - Rode NT USB - €164
    Low mid - Rode NT USB Mini - €97 
    Low Mid - Shure MV5 - €109 This and the rode above both solid little microphones but not a huge improvement on quality over the off brand versions below
    Low Mid - T Bone 500 USB - €78*Improvement over the 420 but you dont get the stand and case etc but theres a built in stand into the mic design
    Low - Tbone SC420 USB - €58*If you got sixty euros this is killer. Really good quality for the price. comes with a little stand pop shield a case and even more stuff. How is this finically profitable

    XLR System
    Audio Interface
    High end - Yamaha AG03 - €120 *- Aimed at streamers and podcaster. Single microphone input plus a instrument and a 3.5mm jack input for phones laptops etc
    High end - Rode AI 1 - €116 *- One mic input and a headphone output. Great noise floor can really turn the gain up on this and have no hiss. 
    Mid to high - Focusrite Scarlett Solo - €97 *- One mic inpput and a instrument input. Headphone output. Solid working horse, popular brand. Got to love that red colour.
    Mid to low - Behringer UMC202HD - €65 - Does the job not best quality but good enough for 99% of situations. 2 Mic inputs headphone out lots of knobs to control them both.
    Low - Berhinger UMC22 - €42 - Baby brother to the 202. One mic input this time less knobs. Be careful though Behringer have terrible customer support and poor QA testing.

    XLR Microphone
    High - Rode Procaster - €171 *
    High to mid - Audio Technica At2035 - €153
    Mid - Presonus PD70 - €131 - Bit meh similar quality to the pod mic but thirty euros more expensive 
    MId - Rode PodMic - €109 *
    Mid - Tbone MB7 beta - €97 *
    Mid - Audio technica AT2020 - €87

    Also need a XLR cable Thomann own brand cables are really good quality for money just work out the length you thing you need.

    Some of these products have bundles where you can save some money.
    Ive put * on products which I think are the best to go for
    With the XLR system if you get a high end microphone recommend not pairing it with a lowend interface. It would still work but be nicer to not cheap out on one bit.

    Some of these microphones need stands if you search mic stands you will find what your after work out if you want a small sit on desk or a clamp boom arm kind of thing.
    Thomann the company I've linked through out sell lots of good stands Some stands have integrated XLR cables so that may save some money if you get a XLR system.

    *Just because I say high end does not mean they are the pinacol of audio quality. The high mid low is based around the budget this stuff goes stupidly expensive quickly.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from yeetyeetyeeter in im searching for a good microphone   
    Thats a pretty heft budget just for talking to friends on discord. 
    At that budget you can go to ways. Buy professional grade XLR recording equipment or got high end consumer USB stuff.
    USB
    Pros - Simple plug and play most of the settings to control the mic are ever on the microphone or computer software.
    Cons - No upgradability. No extra features its just a microphone.

    XLR
    Pros - Upgradability. everything is interchangeable so if you dislike one part you can change it easily.
            - Higher quality components
            - Extra features, normally has headphone ports and speaker ports with independent volume controls
    Cons- Bit more knowledge required to set up (plenty of guides on YouTube many of us on the forum can easily explain)
            - More stuff. Instead of a single mic with a usb cable for a XLR system you need a interface to convert the analogue audio to digital for the computer


    USB
    High End - Shure MV7 - €285* Theres not much more high end in the USB world then this
    Mid - Rode Podcaster €204*
    Mid - AT2020 USBi - €187
    Mid - Rode NT USB - €164
    Low mid - Rode NT USB Mini - €97 
    Low Mid - Shure MV5 - €109 This and the rode above both solid little microphones but not a huge improvement on quality over the off brand versions below
    Low Mid - T Bone 500 USB - €78*Improvement over the 420 but you dont get the stand and case etc but theres a built in stand into the mic design
    Low - Tbone SC420 USB - €58*If you got sixty euros this is killer. Really good quality for the price. comes with a little stand pop shield a case and even more stuff. How is this finically profitable

    XLR System
    Audio Interface
    High end - Yamaha AG03 - €120 *- Aimed at streamers and podcaster. Single microphone input plus a instrument and a 3.5mm jack input for phones laptops etc
    High end - Rode AI 1 - €116 *- One mic input and a headphone output. Great noise floor can really turn the gain up on this and have no hiss. 
    Mid to high - Focusrite Scarlett Solo - €97 *- One mic inpput and a instrument input. Headphone output. Solid working horse, popular brand. Got to love that red colour.
    Mid to low - Behringer UMC202HD - €65 - Does the job not best quality but good enough for 99% of situations. 2 Mic inputs headphone out lots of knobs to control them both.
    Low - Berhinger UMC22 - €42 - Baby brother to the 202. One mic input this time less knobs. Be careful though Behringer have terrible customer support and poor QA testing.

    XLR Microphone
    High - Rode Procaster - €171 *
    High to mid - Audio Technica At2035 - €153
    Mid - Presonus PD70 - €131 - Bit meh similar quality to the pod mic but thirty euros more expensive 
    MId - Rode PodMic - €109 *
    Mid - Tbone MB7 beta - €97 *
    Mid - Audio technica AT2020 - €87

    Also need a XLR cable Thomann own brand cables are really good quality for money just work out the length you thing you need.

    Some of these products have bundles where you can save some money.
    Ive put * on products which I think are the best to go for
    With the XLR system if you get a high end microphone recommend not pairing it with a lowend interface. It would still work but be nicer to not cheap out on one bit.

    Some of these microphones need stands if you search mic stands you will find what your after work out if you want a small sit on desk or a clamp boom arm kind of thing.
    Thomann the company I've linked through out sell lots of good stands Some stands have integrated XLR cables so that may save some money if you get a XLR system.

    *Just because I say high end does not mean they are the pinacol of audio quality. The high mid low is based around the budget this stuff goes stupidly expensive quickly.
  21. Informative
    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from HanZie82 in Anyone know how to import Anker soundcore infini pro to the uk?   
    Buy it off a NA store. Some stores will do world wide shipping if not theres companies who you put the address as when buying and they then ship it to you, like middle men for shipping at cost. Then once it gets to the UK you will have to pay 20% tax on the cost of the product.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from porina in Streaming mic ideas?   
    Get a Shure MV5 or Rode NT usb. Both around 80 quid and incredibly good value for performance. If you sit them infront of your keyboard they will work really well for a decent but simple system.
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from porina in Streaming mic ideas?   
    Simple answer is 135 quid which is more then you want to spend doesnt get you much of a XLR system. It gets you a cheap low end interface and a cheap low end microphone. Not saying they will sound terrible but it be a waste upgrading a interface with a 300 pound one and using a 50 quid low end mic. Its like running crappy tiers on a Ferrari.

    Id try and get a decent microphone first time around as thats 99% of the quality the interface does bugger all to improve audio quality.
    The rode pod mic at £99. Is just a great value to performance your getting great quality and you can use that for ever and never worry about upgrading that.
    If you want a interface second hand 40 to 50 quid.
    I recommend this arm and cable combo as its just great for the price
    That would be all in at 180 ish. And if you do upgrade to the go xlr no other items need upgrading as well.



    Im going to say this again as its important. IF you do not want every feature of the GOXLR it is over priced. All its features in one package its a good price if you only want one or two of its features its over priced.
    If you just want the sound effect pads. Get a cheap USB midi pad for 30 pounds.
    Just need it to plug the microphone in. get a interface they range from 60 to 130 pounds.
    The only feature the GO XLR has which is hard to do without it is mix windows sound system. And theyve released a 150 mixer which can do that and the microphone.

    If you have your eyes on the GoXLR go for it. it really does have some fun features. But if you have any doubt over it dont just get a usb mic at 80 quid and save your self a bag of money.
     
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from rice guru in New headphones, downgrade from Beyer T70   
    Why not get them repaired. Synchronised Technology is the company in australia who deals with beyerdynamic repairs. Get in touch with them and maybe they can repair it for less then getting worse headphones.


    Synchronised Technology Contact:
    service@syntec.com.au 
    1300 467 968
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    Ahoy Hoy got a reaction from artuc in New headphones, downgrade from Beyer T70   
    Why not get them repaired. Synchronised Technology is the company in australia who deals with beyerdynamic repairs. Get in touch with them and maybe they can repair it for less then getting worse headphones.


    Synchronised Technology Contact:
    service@syntec.com.au 
    1300 467 968
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