Since COVID hit the world we've all been doing a lot more video calls for work. For me that's been no different and I'm doing calls every day. I had a steelseries arctis 7 headset for a while, but people kept complaining that my microphone output was too low. At the same time I didn't feel like wearing a headset all day anymore.
So I decided to upgrade; I bought a HyperX Quadcast and Rode PSA1 to improve the microphone quality and that immediately did the trick. However, since I was using my screen's speakers to listen to the conversation in the call, the audio from the video call was being fed into the microphone which caused an echo for everyone else in the call.
The microphone is located directly in front of the screen, but it is set up to use "cardioid". My room is quite small and I figure the sound is being reflected off of the wall behind me.
So my question is this: How can I get my setup to work as I intended without using headphones?
Possible solutions I came up with:
- Buy speakers and face them away from me so that the sound doesn't get reflected
- Use some software to filter out the incoming audio (if that exists or is even possible)
- Add some sort of other hardware solution to filter the sound (but I wouldn't know what that could be)
- Send it all back and just get a new headset with a better microphone (although I would really prefer not to do this)
As you can probably tell by now, I'm no sound specialist at all; I'm just trying to make my daily life a bit more pleasant :-)
I looked at how streamers do this but apart from "lowering volume of the speakers significantly" I haven't found a real solution.