Microphones

Is There a Microphone That Can Connect to My Headphones?

Giveet Bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver

Episode 1803

Jim from Winnetka, CA

Jim is hard of hearing and would like to know if there's an app or something that will enable him to boost his hearing aids or use bone-conducting headphones to hear. Leo says that there are in the iPhone. The iPhone will route sound to your hearing aids if they are modern. But if you want to use bone-conducting headphones, then you'll end up with some lag via Bluetooth. There's no lag with hearing aids because they use RF Radio technology and not Bluetooth. But if you need Bluetooth, then there are various wireless microphones that can do what Jim needs.

The Giz Wiz and the $6 Microphone

Dick

Episode 1800

This week's gadget is a $6 universal microphone that you can pick up from 5 Below Stores. The irony is, it's the same mic that you can buy on Amazon for $25. It's a Bluetooth karaoke studio wireless mic w/ speaker. The built-in speaker also lights up. Just connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, queue up ur fave song & sing away! Mic & volume controls, plus dancing LED lights! No matter what for $5.95s this can provide a lot of fun family entertainment!) There's $5.95 shipping if you buy it online, so look for it at the Five Below store if you have one nearby.

What's the Best Mic That Doesn't Pick Up Everything?

Heil PR40

Episode 1800

Brooks from Pratville, AL

Brooks recently ought a Blue Yeti and he doesn't like the echo he gets. Leo says that's one of the reasons he stopped recommending that kind of mic! They are very forgiving for off-axis sound and as such, they pick up everything. So he will need to soundproof the room. That's why Leo recommends a dynamic mic like the Heil PR40. It's the one he uses. 

Why Aren't Larger TV Screens More Affordable Yet?

Heil PR40

Episode 1785

Eric from Encinitas, CA

Eric wants to know what the best option for creating a 120" screen is? Larger TV panels don't seem to be affordable. Leo says that projectors are still the best option, and short-throw projectors can help when dealing with small spaces.  But microLEDs may change the game. There are microLED screens out there with sizes over 100 inches. But they are six figures right now. So it'll take a few years before the technology gets seeded down to more affordable models. 

Why Doesn't My Mic Work After a Windows Update?

Windows

Episode 1750

Joe from Knoxville, TN

Joe got a vintage world war II 16mm movie camera for Christmas and managed to get in contact with the original owner's family. They sent him the accompanying movie projector along with many other artifacts of the owner's experience in WWII. He's been looking for the double perforated film that it uses, and after months of searching, he found the film for it. 

Joe is having issues with his microphone mixer app after a Windows update. Leo says that an update of the third-party soundcard driver should be able to restore access to it. Thanks, Microsoft!

What Mic Do I Need for Voiceover Work?

SHURE

Episode 1709

Joe from San Clemente, CA

Joe's son wants to get into voiceover. He's been doing video editing in school but wants to move over to voice work. What microphone and mixer should he get? Leo says that a mixer may not be necessary. Start with a USB Microphone and go into the computer directly. However, Behringer has a podcast setup that has a mixer and mic for a very low cost. What about the Blue Yeti? Leo isn't a fan for that purpose. He recommends a SHURE SM58. Also, get a Focusrite Scarlet. Those two will give a great sound.

What is a Good Mic for Video Calling?

zoom

Episode 1695

"Chef Guy" from Agua Caliente, CA

Chef Guy agrees with Leo that the so-called "Zoom fatigue" is setting in. Could it be due to bad audio quality?  Leo says that could definitely be a contributing factor. The better quality audio you provide, the better. But most people Zoom using their computer laptop microphones. Would a lav and earbud microphones help? Leo says that a better choice is a Plantronics Model 540 or 478 USB headset. But good luck getting them these days.