NZXT releases its first USB microphone ‘Capsule’ and Boom Arm

Not surprisingly, PC component manufacturers branch out to test their ‘unchartered territories’- NZXT being one of them who usually has limited lineups. Surprisingly, they started branching out with USB microphones tastefully called ‘Capsule’ and a boom arm accessory. Whether it’s a good microphone or a hard pill to swallow (no pun intended) is something we’ll know during testing.

The NZXT Capsule is a cardioid USB microphone with no software included.

Specifications

Dimensions

Total
115 x 131.3 x 252.8mmWithout stand60 x 65.1 x 170.2mm

Weight

Total
883gWithout stand
314g

Materials

Extruded Aluminum Structure with PC ABS Shell

Polar Pattern

Cardioid

Frequency Response

20Hz – 20kHz

Max SPL

120dB

THD

0.1% @ 1kHz

Bit Depth / Sample Rate

24-bit/96kHz

Connection

USB-C

Headphone Amp

Impedance
16ohmsTHD
<0.1% @ 1kHzFrequency Response
15Hz – 22kHz

Signal to noise
100dB

Microphone Thread

Female 1/4”

NZXT did make some comparisons with other well-known microphones around this price range but truth be told spec comparison for a microphone/ headphone/ speakers don’t help a lot apart from giving a general idea.

Personal pre-testing opinions…

Personally, it’s strange to see a microphone with a 120$ MSRP but a boom arm costing 90$ as an accessory. While I am not necessarily shooting the potential better quality, manoeuvrability, and ability to house heavier mics, NZXT ideally should have started off with a simple boom arm that compliments NZXT Capsule- both in function and pricing.

What did catch my interest is the mention of the words ‘internal shock mounting’ but NZXT didn’t illustrate how its implemented internally. It is also interesting because usually, shock mounting is a component that rests between the 1/4″ stand and the microphone, traditionally. And traditionally, some USB microphones provide an internal pop filter. NZXT claims to provide high-quality audio while minimizing background and put a comparison chart against similarly priced USB microphones. But as we all know, USB microphone specifications don’t help a lot since it’s something you would like to hear.

NZXT and other USB microphone makers should upload some audio (typically recorded via OBS or Audacity) on their website rather than Youtube (and any platform) since it has its own compression. USB microphones cater to many users- from bare basic use for Discord voice chats or any video conferencing- to in-game voice chat and even while streaming, podcasting or making videos/voiceovers.

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