Gaming peripherals brand EPOS has revealed its latest addition to its line up of headphones and microphones in the EPOS B20. The Danish company builds premium gear, but the B20 is the first time that EPOS has looked specifically at streamers as its intended audience.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the biggest streamers, it’s that sound quality is incredibly important, and the easiest way to make your streams or other content seem more professional is by recording better sound. Some of this comes down to how soundproof your room is or what background noise is going on, but a better microphone should help eliminate some of these issues. What’s more, it’ll make you seem more clear and professional in all your Zoom meetings or online interviews that are becoming increasingly normal even in 2021.
As such, the EPOS prides itself on the fact that the B20 is easy to use. Whether you’re a novice streamer or a levels-obsessed audiophile, EPOS believes that the B20 has the sound quality and simplicity to lure you away from your current microphone of choice.
The B20 connects to your PC, Mac, or PS4 via a simple USB connection so you can plug it straight in and start recording. If you’re really serious about these things, you’ll want to fiddle with the settings in your recording software of choice (or EPOS’ own Gaming Suite), but having integrated dials on the microphone’s body make it easy to make adjustments on the fly.
As well as the usual volume, gain, and mute buttons, there’s a fourth dial to switch between cardioid, stereo, bidirectional, or omnidirectional ranges of sound pickup, depending on what you’re recording. Cardioid is best if you’re on your own, while stereo mode will work well for interviews with someone across the table from you if you’re recording a podcast or similar.
While we haven’t had a chance to sit down and test the B20 ourselves yet, streamers are always looking to upgrade their kit, especially to something that looks so intuitive and simple to use.
Its $199.99 price tag puts it in a similar price range to the other premium streaming microphones, so it’s a bit steep if you’re just starting out, but if you’re an experienced streamer looking to take things to the next level, then the EPOS B20 could be the answer to your sound-based prayers.