NZXT re-entered the field of audio games by launching its first microphone Capsule in years. We believe that NZXT can help us build PCs or get cool cases, but since it no longer makes audio peripherals, can we trust this microphone? Capsule is a $129 USB microphone, which is about the current average price of mid-range USB microphones.
I have to say, but now there are some great-sounding budget gaming microphones.
A USB microphone is an excellent choice for streaming, and can meet almost any other plug-and-play needs, such as long, long, Zoom meetings that could have been emailed and lively Discord meetings. On the other hand, more expensive professional XLR microphones use analog connections that feed into the audio interface before entering your PC. It is traditionally difficult to get the XLR feel through a USB microphone, but Capsule is actually very close.
The design of NZXT Capsule is very stylish and can be placed seamlessly on my desk. If I were a minimalist, it would blend directly into the background with an all-black matte finish. It also has a white matte finish, black buttons and a black base, if you like a little contrast.
There are two buttons on the surface of the microphone; one is used for gain and the other is used to control the volume of the headset. Below it is the LED light ring around the base. On this all-black microphone, that popular color is really important and subtle. Below the microphone is a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Next to it is the position where the microphone is inserted from the rubber-covered USB Type-C to the USB 3.0 cable.
The black steel stand in the box can place the microphone on any table. There are also cantilevers available for purchase, or, if you already have a cantilever, the microphone can be mounted on three-eighths of the thread. If this does not fit your existing setup, it does come with a threaded adapter.
Capsule microphone specifications
Frequency response: 100 – 20,000 Hz
Sample/bitrate: 24 bit / 96 KHz
Polarity mode: Heart-shaped
Headphone amplifier impedance: ≥ 16 ohm
(With bracket, length x width x height): 115x 131.3 x 252.8 mm
(Without bracket): 60 x 65.1 x 170.2 mm
weight: 1.94 lb | 883 g (0.64 lb | 314 g without stand)
Warranty: 2 years
price: USD 129
Weighing less than two pounds, the stand is heavier than the microphone. The bracket is not only very heavy, but also well-structured, which can be used as a shock mount. This means you don’t have to worry about bumping into the microphone while shaking your head back and forth in laughter while watching a clip in a video stream. You are funny, I know.
The main attraction of Capsule is how it captures subtle noise. It is very good at blocking unwanted sounds, such as the sound of microphone crashing, but the pre-configured gain button helps to turn on the microphone to get more sound, or lock in some noise.
For example, my cute streaming room is about 15 feet from my dishwasher, but I don’t want to play the sound of the dishwasher. I want to stream every decibel of my deep and hoarse voice-the gain control on the Capsule can help achieve this. When I lowered the gain, it felt like the ceiling of my apartment was lowered, the dishwasher was further away, and my voice sounded like a DJ from the 80s playing vinyl records on late night radio shows.
Just like tube TVs in the 90s, the closer the better. Using the microphone directly can provide you with the best sound quality.
The bit rate of this cardioid microphone is 96KHz. With such a high bit rate, this microphone is ideal for entry-level anchors, experienced podcasters or musicians. This is the kind of microphone you want to use for podcasts, ASMR dog-eating videos, or hype and sweaty gaming sessions, so people can hear you yelling “Let’s grumble!” Just after you UNO!
Below the physical gain button is the volume control. The volume button can also be pushed to mute the microphone. Since there is no software, and you may be performing a pre-flow check. There is an LED ring at the bottom of the microphone. It turns red when muting and unmuting.
Capsule is marked as plug and play, and for good reason, no software can explore. Companies like Razer are very concerned about their audio interface software, such as microphones such as Emote or Seiren Pro. Software is essential for the fullness of the microphone sound, but it is not always necessary.
Capsule proves that no software is required. Although I did find myself having to manually adjust the gain when switching between applications. My OBS gain is different from Zoom’s gain, which means a lot of fiddling between meetings, chats, and streaming.
However, if there is no software, Capsule is really easy to integrate into the streaming media ecosystem. The streaming media ecosystem can be very sensitive. It is important to introduce one piece of equipment at a time, only one thing can break the balance. I have no experience with Capsule. I was able to add it to my settings without any interference or malfunction. It is best not to download any additional software to ensure that the audio is working properly and in its best condition.
I can see this microphone goes very far, because there really is no problem, and there is no software to fix the error. Although if there is any problem, we provide a 2-year warranty.
NZXT Capsule is not only good quality and low price, but also a good quality and low price microphone. I really like how it makes my voice sound, the overall simplicity of setting up and using the microphone, and the all-black matte finish.