Effective communication is essential for winning a co-op game. That’s why gamers often use headphones with a built-in microphone to facilitate team communication. A high-quality microphone is especially important for delivering your messages clearly and audibly to your teammates. As such, you can ensure that your team is always on the same page and can work together effectively to achieve your goals.
The same concept applies to streamers as well whereby the very first tip from any experienced streamer is to get a decent microphone. Audio technically plays a huge role in providing a positive audience experience compared to high-end cameras. Though that is another discussion for another day.
Today what we have in the studio is the Fifine Ampligame A8 USB microphone, a relatively affordable condenser-style microphone for gamers and especially streamers as it comes with RGB lighting. Let’s find out more in this review.
The Fifine Ampligame A8 comes in a neon colour theme box.
At the back of the packaging shows the general specifications and features of the Ampligame A8 microphone.
The microphone is well protected in the foam cutout. This is very important as the microphone has some weight to it.
What you get in the box:
- Fifine Ampligame A8 microphone
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Metal mesh pop filter
- Boom arm adapter
- User guide
Fifine Ampligame A8
The Fifine Ampligame A8 comes with its own stand that can adjust the microphone’s pointing angle.
The microphone is suspended on its own shock mount that also holds the wire mesh pop filter.
This is basically the easiest microphone setup one can get started with high-quality audio streaming.
There’s a dedicated mic-mute touch button at the top.
Underneath the microphone is where you plug in the USB cable and headphones for monitoring.
Well, technically the Fifine Ampligame A8 is a dedicated USB sound card.
At the back, you can find a volume knob to control the microphone input volume and another touch button to adjust the RGB lighting. Long press the RGB button to turn on or off the RGB and single press it to change the lighting mode.
Using the Fifine Ampligame A8
The microphone is just plug-and-play, you don’t need any specific drivers to get it working.
The RGB lighting has decent brightness that is even visible under our bright studio lighting environment.
Even the mic mute button lights up in either green or red to indicate the microphone status.
Boom Arm Installation
If you have a mic boom arm, you can simply install the boom arm adapter to it and then remove the Ampligame A8 from its stand.
The locking mechanism is simple and easy to understand, just unscrew the locking nut and move the microphone to the boom arm adapter.
The installation is as easy as it gets. Even the cables are cleanly attached at the bottom for easy access and most importantly, don’t get in the way when you adjust the boom arm.
Fifine Ampligame A8 Recording Sample
This is how the microphone sounds without any post-processing. Pardon my dull and unexpressive voice.
All in all, for $46.99 or MYR 236, this is a no-brainer microphone if you’re getting started on game streaming or just looking for a better microphone for online conference calls. This goes to show that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get high-quality audio. Sure the microphone has a plastic body and doesn’t seem very “premium”, but honestly, those are good-to-haves and it has diminishing returns over the price you paid for it.