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Thread: Difference between the Andrea microphone packages?

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    Difference between the Andrea microphone packages?

    I am struggling to figure out the exact differences between Andrea Electronics Superbeam Array Microphone Bundle
    USB-SA Andrea External USB Soundcard / SuperBeam Microphone Bundle
    Even the Andrea website is similarly vague.

    Things I can tell:
    • They both come with the same actual microphone
    • they both come with software offering directional audio processing and noise cancellation
    • The first item only connects the microphone as a USB input
    • The second item is an actual USB soundcard offering both mic in and stereo out

    Things I can't tell:
    • Why the one which only offers mic in is $15 more than the one which claims to include a high quality sound card
    • If they both come with the same software, or if one has a subset of the other.

    Also, do you think the USB sound card will offer significant improvement over the onboard sound of my Mac Mini( running windows so I would be using the Andrea software ) or are the claims of noise reduction circuitry mostly marketing hype. A mic is the last item I need to add to my already hefty mp3car store shopping cart, so I appreciate the help.

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    Aug 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    I was wondering the exact same thing, and was about to post about it but I slipped and bought the cheaper one with the USB soundcard instead. Whoops. I figured that seeing as you can download the software from the Andrea website anyway and the USB card had supposed noise reduction hardware then that was the better buy, but I too would like to find out from those in the know...

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