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Amazon Prime Day 2019 is officially over. We’ll be back next year for you when Amazon Prime Day 2020 happens, packed with streamer gear deals.
All of the gear on here are still fantastic choices if you are looking for great streaming equipment. If you are in need of a new Webcam, Capture card, Light for your webcam, Microphone, Audio Interface, & more, see our recommended choices below.
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The Best streamer gear on Amazon Prime Day
The top components for streamers
Getting into the hobby of streaming can get overwhelming and complicated fast, as there are so many products designed to accomplish the same task. We’ve sifted through the chaos and managed to pick out a few gems you might like!
Capture the Moment
If you stream without a face camera, that is completely okay! However, having a face camera to show your reactions to events taking place will connect your viewers to you on a more personal level.
There are several advantages of having a Face Camera on stream, as well as disadvantages.
The first big advantage is that it opens you up to reaction clips. Now, this can be used against you, especially if you are sensitive to people’s perception of you. For all you know, you could very well be the source of the next viral MEME. However, when something goes viral, it means great exposure for you, as many people will try to find the origin of the meme out of curiosity.
The disadvantages are numerous, from reducing the privacy of your hobby to the cost(and hidden cost) of a face camera setup.
I started streaming using an old Logitech C525 webcam I got at a yard sale for $10 and used it from 2016 to 2017, where I bought a new Logitech C920 on Amazon Prime day for cheap! It’s on sale again this year, so If you’re looking to upgrade your webcam, now’s the time!
Lighting your way
If you use a webcam(or high-end DSLR), you must also use at least a key light for it to have a good quality image. A really cheap light that does this job well is an LED Ring light.
Our recommended ring light comes with a Smartphone mount, which is extremely useful for IRL streamers.
Some Advantages of our choice:
- It comes with the Smartphone mount, built into the tripod it comes with.
- The Tripod can extend the height of the light from 17.5″ to 51″
- Basic color temperature control with three settings (For the most part, you want the least red-shifted setting.)
- Adaptability: Powered VIA 5V USB. Can plug directly into your PC for power, or a USB wall adapter.
- Small footprint for a light, and can be easily stored away.
- Comes with a Bluetooth remote for capturing moments quickly on your Android or iPhone. (Mostly useless for streamers.)
Disadvantages of this light:
- The CRI isn’t fantastic, meaning the color of your light will be washed out to some extent. You can read our key light article for more info on this subject.
- Color temperature is fixed at three different settings, with no fine control to match the temperature of other lights in your setup.
- The quantity(lumens) of light is low, meaning you may need to increase exposure and gain to get a usable image. This reduces the quality of the video feed.
Get it on Sale for Prime Day 2019 and improve the quality of your Face Cam!
Some lights are better than others in different situations
For its price, there really aren’t any better choices starting out. Ring lights are fantastic as single light setups, as they emit light that wraps around your face well. For Two-Point lighting or more, Light panels, like the Dazzne Bi-color LED panel kits will do the job well. Lighting tends to get expensive quickly, as High lumen, High CRI LED technology is fairly specialized for film.
There are a number of Panel Light deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019. Just be sure to read the reviews for mentions of “Flicker” on them.
We have a fairly in-depth article on the key light, I recommend giving it a read if you are interested in improving your face cam quality!
We hear you loud and clear!
Next up, your microphone. Many home studios and other streaming tutorials recommend using a Cardioid Condenser Microphone. Now, this is a great choice…if your room is properly treated.
Condenser microphones have the potential to be the highest overall quality audio microphones for vocals. However, Most streamers have not treated their rooms with proper room acoustic treatment materials. The result is an echo chamber.
As sound travels in waves, and waves spread out and bounce. That bounce introduces delayed echos(Or reverb) that get picked up by your hyper-sensitive condenser microphones. This is usually undesirable as a streamer. I can’t tell you how many posts on r/twitch and r/mixer complain about echo and questions on how to eliminate it.
The Fact of the matter is that you need proper room acoustic treatment. Only after you have proper treatment, should a condenser microphone be considered.
So what are your options then?
A Dynamic microphone is the type of microphone used in live concerts to reject a lot of the crowd’s explosion cheers and screams. For Example, the Shure SM58 is the most popular budget class vocal Dynamic microphone out there and has been for over a decade.
However, our recommendation is something a bit cheaper, and better for people starting out for its outstanding feature for a new streamer; USB AND XLR input.
Enter the Samson Q2U! While not being an Amazon Prime Day sale item, this is our recommended mic when starting out.
For those who don’t have an Audio Interface yet, The Samson Q2U is the most versatile mic out there for the price. There are very few mics that have this sort of versatility, and the ability to go from USB to XLR is a big step for low budget streamers just starting out.
Audio interfaces are essentially external sound cards with professional XLR Studio connections and can provide something known as Phantom power(48V) to microphones that need it.
For ANY microphone choice past this, extensive research will need to be done by you to find a mic that best matches the sound you want from a voice that is similar to yours!
Read our in-depth microphone article for more information on this subject.
It goes to 11??!!
Jokes aside, Next on the list is an Audio Interface. This is a mostly optional addition to your streaming setup, and should really only be considered if audio is extremely important to you. A USB microphone or USB/XLR Hybrid like the Samson Q2U mentioned above will do just fine for hobbyists.
Even that is overkill for some people; a simple Headset mic will do the job!
However, If you are serious about your hobby, or want to improve the quality, the XLR mic & audio interface is the way to go.
For anyone on a tight budget, the Behringer UMC22 or Behringer UMC202HD is the best in the price bracket by far. This is thanks to the Midas Pre-amps in them. Then there is the 204HD(What I am using myself) that has even more input/output options. Plan on using MIDI? You’ll need the 204HD to interface it with your PC to stream or record it.
You might need a 1/4″ to 3.5mm adapter for the headphone monitoring port. Most gaming headsets are 3.5mm, and having these around are helpful in many ways. That is why we recommend getting a 3 pack.
Now, There are no Prime Day Deals for any of our recommended Audio Interfaces or similar alternatives, but this is an important tool to get If you plan on using an XLR Microphone.
Remember this quote, if nothing else:
Elgato has made somewhat of a name for itself in recent years as being the de-facto streaming gear company, with hit releases like the Stream Deck, and Elgato Cam Link for use in capturing High-End DSLR cameras as an option for ultra-high-end face cam video quality. (If you choose to do this, the Sony A6000 is our recommendation)
They are no strangers to Amazon Prime Day, with a number of its products going on sale. Now a quick mention, If you plan to purchase a capture card, You’ll need to make sure your motherboard supports it.
An HD60 is a PCI-E 3.0 x1 interface, and a 4k60 Pro is a PCI-E 3.0 X4 interface. Check your motherboard’s manual to make sure it has those before making your purchase. If it does not, your only options are cards that use a USB interface, like the Elgato HD60 S. Be sure to read our article on dedicated streaming PC’s if you are interested in buying one of these.
While not all products are available on an Amazon Prime Day sale at this time, many of their products that aren’t have a price drop that makes them worth picking up if you were thinking about it. There is a Reddit post telling of limited-time sales by Elgato. Check it out! Just be sure to use one of our links before you buy anything if you want the credit for the sale to go to us!
The beating heart of a streamer
At the heart of every streamer lies a machine. Sometimes it is a laptop. Other times, a console. However, a Desktop PC is by far the best choice, as it offers the greatest encoding capabilities of all the machines at a reasonable price.
Especially with Ryzen 3000 having been launched on July 7th, many features available on the X570 chipset are very beneficial for streamers & YouTubers.
Our article on the best streaming pc has our list of recommended pc parts for a streaming pc. It explains wherein the pc components you can cut corners, and where you need to spend a little extra.
Check out this video by EposVox. According to him, CPU presets for the X264 encoder should be kept above slow.