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HyperX QuadCast vs QuadCast S (2021): What’s The Difference?

The HyperX QuadCast is one of the most recognizable USB microphones in the market not only because of its striking design, but also because it is one of the most used mics by streamers, podcasters and content creators. Its popularity stems from its excellent sound quality and ease of use. In this HyperX QuadCast review, we’ll be comparing it to the HyperX QuadCast S to find out if the latter is a worthy purchase over the original. To start things off, here is a comparison chart that highlights the similarities and differences of the two.

HyperX QuadCast vs QuadCast S Comparison Chart

ModelHyperX QuadCast HyperX QuadCast S
 HyperX QuadCast - USB Condenser Gaming Microphone, for PC, PS4, PS5 and Mac, Anti-Vibration Shock...HyperX QuadCast S – RGB USB Condenser Microphone for PC, PS4, PS5 and Mac, Anti-Vibration Shock...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Dimensions9.8 x 5.1 x 4 inches9.8 x 5.1 x 4 inches
WeightMicrophone: 254g
Shock mount and stand: 364g
Total with USB cable: 710g
Microphone: 254g
Shock mount and stand: 364g
Total with USB cable: 710g
RGBNoYes
SoftwareN/AHyperX NGENUITY
TypeCondenserCondenser
Pickup PatternsStereo
Bidirectional
Cardioid
Omnidirectional
Stereo
Bidirectional
Cardioid
Omnidirectional
Frequency Response20 – 20000 Hz20 – 20000 Hz
Sample Rate/Bit Rate48kHz/16-bit48kHz/16-bit
ConnectivityMini USB
3.5mm out
USB-C
3.5mm out
CompatibilityPC, PS4, PS5, MacPC, PS4, PS5, Mac
Accessories IncludedMini USB to USB-A cable
Stand adapter
Stand
USB-C to USB-A cable
Stand adapter
Stand

Design

The HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S look the same.

hyperx quadcast vs quadcast s design
Aside from the RGB effects, the HyperX QuadCast (left) and QuadCast S (right) have the same design.

When it comes to design, the two are very similar. They have the same physical dimensions, internal components and they have the same form factor. The most immediate difference between the two are the colors of their pop filter and shock mount webbings. The HyperX QuadCast has a red and black color combination while the HyperX QuadCast S has a grey shock mount webbing. Having a more neutral grey shock mount webbing works for the HyperX QuadCast S because its internal LEDs can be changed to different colors.

Another difference between the two is that the newer HyperX QuadCast S now has a USB-C connector at the back, instead of the mini USB port that comes with the QuadCast. This is a welcome change since USB-C is the new USB standard and it is more widely used now. Aside from that, the two mics have the same control scheme. They both have a tap-to-mute sensor at the top, a gain controller at the base, a 3.5mm out for real-time audio monitoring and a selector for their multiple pickup pattern options.

Features

The HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S share the same features, aside from the latter’s RGB lighting effects.

hyperx quadcast vs quadcast s features
The HyperX QuadCast S RGB patterns can be customized using the HyperX NGENUITY software.

Features-wise, the only difference between the HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S is the latter’s RGB lighting customizability. You can adjust and tinker with the RGB settings of the HyperX QuadCast S using the HyperX NGENUITY software. The software is easy to use but it is quite lacking when compared to other brands’ software. Aside from giving you the option to play with various RGB settings, the NGENUITY software gives you limited options to control your mic.

Both the HyperX QuadCast microphone and QuadCast S have four pickup patterns that you can use—cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo. Because of these options, these mics are versatile and can be used in different settings such as interviews, group discussions and more.

The two mics also have built-in pop filters and shock mounts. The pop filters limit plosives while the built-in shock mounts help reduce unwanted vibrations and accidental bumps. You can also monitor the sound of the mics in real-time as they come with a 3.5mm port to plug your headphones into.

Performance

The HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S sound and perform the same.

hyperx quadcast vs quadcast s performance
The HyperX QuadCast (left) and QuadCast S (right) both have four polar patterns to choose from.

As mentioned earlier, the two mics give you the option to choose from four pickup patterns. The cardioid pattern picks up sound only from the front, so it is best used when streaming or recording vocals. When the bidirectional pattern is used, the mics can pick up sound from the front and the back, which makes this pattern ideal for interviews using only one mic. Then there’s the omnidirectional pattern which captures sound from all angles. This pickup pattern is great for group podcasts, discussions or if you want to capture ambient sounds in addition to your voice. Lastly, the stereo pattern is great for recording vocals and instruments.

Both are capable of recording 16-bit audio at a sample rate of 48kHz. The two mics also have the same 20 – 20kHz frequency response. When it comes to sound quality, the recordings came out sounding rich and full. The mics are capable of getting loud without sacrificing quality. The only issue that we found is that these mics are not the best when handling plosives when you are too close to them. To remedy that, just step back a bit and you won’t encounter this issue.

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Compatibility and Connectivity

Both the HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S are plug ‘n play and they are compatible with PC, Mac, PS4 and PS5.

hyperx quadcast vs quadcast s compatibility and connectivity
The HyperX QuadCast (left) has a mini USB port while the HyperX QuadCast S (right) comes with a USB-C port.

The two are plug ‘n play, so you don’t really need to do much when setting these up. However, for the HyperX QuadCast S, you’ll want to make use of the NGENUITY software to take full advantage of its RGB features.

The HyperX QuadCast microphone has a mini USB port while the HyperX QuadCast S comes with a USB-C port. They both have a 3.5mm port for real-time audio monitoring. Both are compatible with Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, Mac and PC.

Verdict

The HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S are basically the same, with the latter having an added RGB feature.

Choosing between the HyperX QuadCast and HyperX QuadCast S will come down to whether you want RGB lighting on your USB microphone or not. They have the same design, they sound similar and they both have the same features, aside from the QuadCast S’ RGB. If you don’t find the RGB feature of the HyperX QuadCast S to be appealing, it’s better to save a few bucks and get the HyperX QuadCast.

FAQs

📌 Is the HyperX QuadCast good?

Yes, it is able to deliver excellent audio recordings and it is versatile as well, since it has four pickup patterns that you can use.

📌 What’s the difference between HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S?

The most significant difference between the HyperX QuadCast and QuadCast S is the latter’s RGB lighting feature. The HyperX QuadCast S also now uses a USB-C port. Aside from those, the two are the same.

📌 Can the HyperX QuadCast change colors?

No, only the HyperX QuadCast S has that feature.

📌 Can I mount the HyperX QuadCast to a boom arm?

Yes, it comes with an adapter that you can use to mount it to any boom arm.

Last update on 2021-06-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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