As of today, Elgato offers not only capture cards, stream decks, and video equipment, but also microphones. Wave:1 and Wave:3 are the first models that, like the company’s other products, are aimed primarily at streamers.
Both newcomers are large-diaphragm microphones that are connected via USB. This eliminates the need to purchase an additional audio interface, so nothing else is needed except the microphone.
Besides the pure recording function, there are also some additional functions. Both the Wave:1 and the Wave:3 can output recorded sounds in parallel via a jack connector. Elgato also advertises with an overload protection and a software that is supposed to help with the integration into the own stream. The Wave:3 also has a capacitive mute switch to silence the microphone without any crackling noise. The Wave:3 also offers a higher sampling rate and more setting options directly on the device.
The two microphones are available in this country for 140 and 170 € respectively – the more expensive Wave:3 is in our test. How the microphone performs in terms of recording quality and how well the advertised additional functions work will be clarified in the following test.
|Diaphragm diameter:||17 mm|
|Scanning:||96 kHz, 24 bits|
|Frequency range:||70 – 20,000 Hz|
|Sensitivity:||-25 dBFS / 25 dB below peak value|
|Connections:||USB-C, 3.5 mm jack|
|Weight Microphone:||246 g|
|Weight Support arm:||42 g|
|Weight Base plate:||300 g|
|Total weight:||588 g|
Scope of delivery
The Wave:3 is delivered in a small cardboard box. In it, besides the microphone itself, you will find a screw-on mounting arm with base plate, the 2.4 meter long connection cable, a manual and an adapter that allows the microphone to be screwed onto a standard microphone arm.
For mounting on a microphone arm, the supplied stand must be unscrewed in the middle. Then the adapter can be attached and the arm together with the microphone can be screwed to a stand with either 3/8″ or 5/8″ thread.