Audio Technica BPHS-1 Review
On my next mini-review I’ll becovering one of the most important components for audio for a stream and that is headsets.
Headsets are key because it’s the main way for casters to interact with their online audience and skimping out on quality here can really set you back unless you have the right set up. While there is some really good entry level headsets on the market which people can use, I’ll go with probably the most common sets you’ll ever see at events for their mix of quality and affordability.
· Cost: £150
· Brand: Audio Technica
· Ports Needed: XLR (For Microphone) & 1/4 Inch Jack (Headphone)
· Detachable Cables if necessary
· Microphone can be used on either the left or right side
The Audio Technica BPHS-1 is the popular entry level broadcasting headsets for anyone streaming events. It has all of the major connections needed to have the audio running through a mixer while providing amazing sound quality both in the microphone as an input and in the headphones as an output. The microphone outputs are stereo so audio will come out both the left and right channels into the mixer. As long as the cable from the Mixer into the PC is stereo the sound will be too.
The audio from the microphones can be quite loud, so when using it, make sure that you reduce the volume of the audio port the sound from the mixer is coming through. You should be able to adjust this accordingly through the mixer but sometimes the audio output from the mixer can be high enough that the volume that your PC port can recognise will make it sound super loud if it’s anything higher than 10%(This can be tweaked through the Mixer as well).
The Microphone port is an XLR input so you’ll need a Mixer than can take that. If your Mixer only has a Mini-XLR, you’ll need to an adaptor to use it. The Microphone is also powered so Phantom Power is not necessary. The Microphone is a 1/4 Jack but most Mixers only supply one of these ports so you’ll need either a 1/4 inch splitter or you’ll need to run it into a headphone amplifier.
Overall these are the best bang for your buck if you want GOOD audio quality for your commentators at an event. Sure there are still good cheaper options if you are strapped for cash and on a budget but these are great if you have a bit of money to spend on it. Considering the next best option up is around £350 to £400 per headset this is the best start option for having a professional set up. An excellent bridge for Amateur to Semi-Professional.