NZXT Capsule Review – CGMagazine

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We at CGM have had the pleasure of testing many microphones from many companies. This time we’re looking at a company that only offers one microphone, the NZXT Capsule, a cardioid USB mic that’s a real beauty to behold.

In the box you get the microphone (in black or white) and its stand, a long USB-C cable, a quick-release stand cover (a small part to complete the cylindrical shape of the mic when separated from its stand) and a mic thread adapter to allow you to attach the microphone to a boom arm.

The first impression was that it was a beautiful, well-built microphone. The NZXT capsule has that immediate, solid feel in your hands. The minimalist stand does not sacrifice any robustness to its lack of material. I would have liked to see a place removed from the base ring to allow the USB and headphone cables to pass through rather than through the back of the stand, but that’s a minor gripe. Removing the microphone from its holder is child’s play. It literally pops out of the back of the microphone and then you can prepare to mount it on an arm.

NZXT’s goal with creating this mic was simple, less setup, more fun, and they proved it was an achievable goal. The microphone was recognized and ready to use in less time than it took me to plug it in and check my monitor. Once this was set up, I could add it to any streaming software or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It is however worth checking the NZXT website for any firmware updates.

Its plug and play setup does indeed mean a lack of supporting software for the NZXT capsule, however. For a novice user this is not a problem and a more experienced user, who could still use VSTs in software, may still miss the opportunity to do all that work before the mic is sent to the stream.

“However, its plug and play setup does indeed mean a lack of supporting software for the NZXT capsule.”

Mounting the NZXT capsule to the mic arm looks great, but the only downside is its size combined with the longer mic thread adapter. The configuration becomes quite formidable. Depending on how you want to angle the microphone, there may be a bulky mic setup in front of your face.

The mic is a really nice aesthetic addition to a stream with its minimalist white ring of light (not RGB, just white, but there’s nothing wrong with that) and clean form. I wish the plate that covers where the stand is connected to appear a bit more transparent, as it’s the part of the microphone that faces the camera, or do something with the design to make it stand out like a piece individual. This is a very small complaint that does not affect performance in any way.

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Right out of the box, the sound was impressive. The cardioid polar pattern seems to work better than most USB mics because the amount of ambient noise was minimal. This is one of the few USB microphones I’ve tried where I’d be comfortable putting it straight to my stream without any VSTs, as any music or game audio you might be playing would drown out room noise no problem.

For an audio perfectionist, however, there are small improvements that could be made with a bit of compression and EQ. The amount of adjustments I needed to make to get my voice exactly where I wanted it was minimal. The NZXT capsule has already done a good job with the low frequencies of my voice and the mid tones didn’t muddy my voice much. I raised the low end (100Hz) by about 2dB and lowered the midtones (500-5000Hz) by about 3dB. To add a little more presence to my voice, I boosted the high end (7500Hz+) by 3dB. Compare that to about 5dB each way for most other mics I’ve reviewed, and that tells you that the NZXT capsule is among the best-suited mics for my own voice.

It is a price of 129.99 USD is also a very attractive aspect of the NZXT capsule. It’s not as affordable as some lighter mics, but much more affordable than so many others. It’s just in that sweet spot where it’s an incredibly viable option for beginner content creators or more advanced creators who aren’t hung up on all the bells and whistles.

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