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HyperX ProCast review

The HyperX ProCast is a really well-built microphone that is clearly designed for single-source voice applications like podcasting and streaming. It has a sturdy metal frame and comes with a resilient suspension to reduce vibration, which requires a microphone stand.

Since the launch of the QuadCast in 2019, HyperX microphones have advanced significantly. Since then, the business has produced a mic that is both amazing and reasonably priced, and that practically every kind of content maker can use. This time, HyperX is selling its first XLR microphone, the HyperX ProCast, for $249 in an effort to attract people looking for professional-level sound. What’s inside the HyperX ProCast separates it from its top USB microphone.

It has a wide diaphragm condenser capsule with gold plating, which is common in XLR microphones used by podcasters and professional musicians. As a result, the vocals sound richer and deeper than with a regular USB microphone. Of course, $250 is a lot of money to spend on a microphone, but you’ll find that it’s a competitive pricing point when compared to other big diaphragm condenser microphones that aren’t geared to streamers.

Elgato’s new $100 XLR dynamic mic intrigues me, but the Elgato Wave DX has received positive reviews already. We want to compare it to the ProCast first-hand. When compared to HyperX’s other “cast” microphones, the lack of functionality and extras is one thing that surprises me. But holy crap, it sounds fantastic. You can expect the same excellent sound quality with an XLR from ProCast, which should strongly convince you to pay the money.

HyperX ProCast review: Design

A really well-made microphone, the HyperX ProCast is most obviously intended for single source voice applications like podcasting and streaming. It boasts a strong metal frame and a vibration-reducing shock mount with elastic suspension that requires a microphone stand (not included). It is made to fit on any typical microphone stand and is compatible with both 3/8-inch and 5/8-inch screws. It also includes a removable metal plate that is intended to operate as a pop filter, although it is devoid of any foam or other materials that would perform this function more effectively. It’s a large, sturdy microphone all around, and the price reflects that; it’s at least comparable to the AT2020 but comes with a suspension mount.

Similar to other mid- to high-end XLR microphones intended for streaming or podcasting, the HyperX ProCast is very obviously targeted at the same market. This includes expensive choices like the Shure SM7B. The HyperX ProCast definitely lives up to its price in terms of build quality, but it might struggle to compete with other microphones in its class whose reputation and sound engineers’ comfort with them serve to support their price tags just as much as their superior build quality.

HyperX ProCast review: Connectivity

This is an XLR mic once more. This indicates that it makes use of the same three-pin circular connector that has long powered professional microphones. Without getting into the specifics of how interference or signal-to-noise ratios are affected by XLR connectors, I’ll just state that it offers pretty much the cleanest, purest audio input available. It has been the industry standard for such a long time for a reason.

The XLR connector, which is a signature of the connector, is as well-built and precisely crafted in the ProCast as it is in any other XLR microphone I’ve tried. An XLR cable would have been a terrific addition to the ProCast, and HyperX would have had the chance to add a few more of its recognizable red accents. But at least you can purchase lengthy, sturdy, inexpensive XLR cables for about $10 and $15.

HyperX ProCast review: Sound Quality

The most important aspect of any microphone is its sound, not its design. Thankfully, the ProCast has excellent audio quality. Using the Revolution preamps integrated inside the RODECaster Pro 2, I put it to the test and was blown away by the sound quality. The transmission had no discernible electronic humming, was warm and clear. It’s unquestionably deserving of content creation of the highest caliber. The type of audio is what sets production quality apart.

The only issue I found with the audio was that lower tones tended to be picked up slightly more so than mid tones. Due to this, voices appear significantly deeper than they do naturally. However, the signal is still unmistakably distinct and unclouded. Even while some individuals could even appreciate the deeper sound, the modification is still significant for those who do not.

HyperX ProCast review: Performance

This frequency is necessary to produce high-definition audio content that is full of detail, includes all layers of sound, and most importantly, the quality of the sound source – for humans – and, by the way, this frequency is typical for the price of the microphone. The ProCast microphone supports all frequencies of human audible sound, i.e., between 20Hz and 20KHz.

The microphone worked flawlessly when we tested it for recording in WAV and MP3 codecs and for making calls through Telegram and Discord. Thanks to a massive gold-plated capacitor with a full size of 1 inch and a sensitivity of 383dBV, I’ve never heard sound so clear and realistic. When I realized the noise level was practically nonexistent, I was unsurprised to hear that the SNR was 75 dB.

Regarding the microphone’s performance, I had two concerns. The first is that, despite turning up the volume to its highest setting and disabling sound reduction at a rate of -10dB, the sound is a little lower than usual. We also verified the microphone’s functionality using the computer’s audio settings, but we think there may be solutions available if we use an audio interface. Second, the Shield Pop Filter isn’t really useful in most situations, and it would have been more economical to include something like a volume indicator.

HyperX ProCast review: Price

It is obvious from the pricing of this microphone that HyperX primarily targets the prosumer market. In light of this, this microphone would benefit greatly from a treated room with less background noise. It is not well suited for a casual recording situation. Also crucial to keep in mind is that “industry standard” microphones from well-known pro-audio brands provide familiarity and consistency that a microphone like the HyperX ProCast does not.

The HyperX ProCast can make a great choice if you have a good room for it. Both the build quality and the sound quality meet the bar set by the pricing. The typical prosumer user is either willing to purchase or already has an audio interface, microphone stand, and cable to go with it; chances are, this will cost them far less than the microphone they might otherwise be considering. Although the ProCast has few capabilities, if you know it will accomplish your goals, it’s not a bad option. This being said, there are better (and more affordable) solutions than this one if all you need is a microphone for are simple speech recordings or regular voice calls.

Conclusion

The XLR microphone HyperX ProCast performs admirably in the test and excels in particular because to its durable design, superb craftsmanship, and its incredibly realistic, dynamic sound. Additionally useful and commendable are the removable aluminum pop shield and the ability to directly modify the high-pass filter and passive attenuation on the microphone. It is clear from the pricing that HyperX has drawn inspiration from well-liked podcasting models like the Shure SM7B or other premium models, which you can generally keep up with extremely well in terms of sound.

A microphone stand and an XLR cord would have been useful for the microphone in the scope of delivery, but the relatively high price still weighs very heavily. The ProCast excels in this area because it is primarily designed for professional or semi-professional users.

James Hogan
James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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The XLR microphone HyperX ProCast performs excellently in the test and shines especially with its robust construction, excellent workmanship and its incredibly realistic, dynamic sound.HyperX ProCast review