ASUS STRIX MAGNUS USB Microphone Review: Page 6 of 7

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Posted by Paul Malfy on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00am

Testing the Microphone

I used the mic in several different ways to get a feel of its performance. First, was just simply making a phone call using Skype. Second was during a live stream, and the third was in a group chat using Discord. In comparison, my normal mic is an MLX 990 XLR mic connected to a Line6 UX2 audio interface. I also have the Blue Yeti and Audio-Technica AT2020 USB microphones to also compare. Everyone who I spoke with said the same thing. My voice was crisp and clear with absolutely no distortion. I also used the Magnus as a make-shift karaoke machine thanks to the auxiliary input. You can also use any musical instrument with the Magnus. The included carrying case is a welcome addition. This gives you a great place to store the mic when it’s not in use and allows for you to travel with the mic easily.

The Magnus has three separate recording modes that you can switch between to suit any recording application. Cardioid mode is designed for one person or audio source and this general-purpose mode fits most streaming scenarios. Stereo is the best choice for two or more people or audio sources as this mode captures the depth and space of the recording environment. Lastly, Environmental Noise Canceling (ENC) mode is designed for game streaming. This environmental noise canceling mode prevents mouse clicks and keyboard keystrokes from being recorded. ENC mode is perfect for content creators and game streamers.

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