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  • Difference between the Andrea microphone packages?

    I posted this in Audio but realized it might be more appropriate here. I apologize for the double post.

    I am struggling to figure out the exact differences between Andrea Electronics Superbeam Array Microphone Bundle
    and
    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.

  • #2
    You might already know the answer from search but I called up Andrea Audio and the first product is only a microphone input which costs 60 dollars and the second option is the microphone with a sound card bonus which you get both an INPUT + and audio OUTPUT. It's cheaper because it's a promotion they're having. If it wasn't for the discount, the items would've cost 75 dollars. Best thing to do is get the USB-SA.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wariow View Post
      You might already know the answer from search but I called up Andrea Audio and the first product is only a microphone input which costs 60 dollars and the second option is the microphone with a sound card bonus which you get both an INPUT + and audio OUTPUT. It's cheaper because it's a promotion they're having. If it wasn't for the discount, the items would've cost 75 dollars. Best thing to do is get the USB-SA.
      only if you want to replace your mobo output with a single channel sound card. You also will get no array features and noice/echo cancellation with the USB-SA. Least thats how it was explained to me
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      • #4
        I called Andrea today and I was told that they both have all the same features except the USB-SA bundle can do echo cancellation.

        The only downside is that the output has to be set to the USB-SA output to get echo cancellation.

        I plan to use Virtual Audio Cable to mirror the output. There a good explanation on how to do it here

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        • #5
          You can get that mic brand new on eBay for $7 shipped.. The noise cancellation is ok but the caller still gets a good amount of echo..

          I'm saving up to buy the Phoenix Soho sound card which does 100% noise / echo cancellation (but it's $100).
          Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

          Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

          First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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