4. Reliable Audio Source
Now that you have decent video and a stable connection the next thing to focus on is audio. Some streamers can get away with a quiet stream but if you’re interested in establishing audience retention and building a community, you’ll want to get your voice involved. This can be done a few different ways but for an entry level streamer, you’ll want to get a headset.
A headset will provide good audio for both you and your streamers. A closed-ear design prevents audio bleed so your viewers won’t hear echos. A headset will also have a mic closer to your mouth, ensuring your voice is crisp and clear. If you decide to add a facecam it may be tempting to use the integrated webcam mic, but these are almost always awful.
If you’re in the market for a good set of streaming headphones, take a look at our list of Best Headphones for Gaming.
If you’re looking for a more professional, high-quality sound you’ll want to get a nicer microphone. Starting out with a cheap desktop mic like the Blue Snowball is a good idea but eventually you’ll want to look into mic setups with a preamp. This will deliver studio-quality sound and allow you to monitor and modify your levels in real time. A word of warning: do not get the Blue Yeti. It is an inferior product and a joke among audiophiles.