Great audio gear to get you podcasting in no time

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What you need to start podcasting

Some say that humans are “wired for sound” and “the brain never stops listening” or, for those capturing audio for video, that “audio makes up 70% of the video quality”. So it’s no wonder why good sound is so important, but also why it’s a little daunting and complex for many, as there is a lot to know, and a tidal wave of product choices. So how do you cut through all the noise?

At Vistek we understand the importance of great sound, and offer a wide lineup of audio products, at an assortment of price points, ideally suited to a very broad range of audio applications.

We’ve built these pages as a simple guide to popular product choices, for many common applications, as well as to provide you with links to various articles and videos, so you can learn about core audio fundamentals and techniques, as well as tips and tricks, to both help broaden both your knowledge and your skill set with audio.

So no matter whether you are just getting started with sound, or you just want to further improve your audio expertise, you can trust Vistek to help you understand how good, better and the best audio is captured, recorded, processed and delivered.
At Vistek we know that it’s not just the image, but also the sound that matters!

 

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Audio for Podcasting: 10 important things you need to get started

Podcasting has become a very hot topic over the last few years, but how do you get started?
In this blog post, we’ve put together a list of 10 important things we think you need to get started podcasting:

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Go direct with USB microphones for quality podcasting

While there’s a wide selection of microphones that are suitable for podcasting, you first have to consider how they connect. Are you putting your audio directly into a computer? Then perhaps the choice of a USB-connected mic is a good place to start. If you’re looking for a simple USB microphone for your desktop, start right here. We’ve got a wide range to choose from.

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Saramonic SR-ULM5 USB Output for Digital Recording to PC and Mac

The ULM5 USB Lavalier Microphone by Saramonic is a high-quality, plug-and-play microphone for you computer - perfect for capturing interviews, conducting podcasts, creating online videos, and more.

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Rode Microphones NTUSB Studio Microphone

It is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone.

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Rode Microphones NT-USB Mini USB Condenser Microphone Compatible w/PC, Mac,iPad and Most Android Tablets

Designed to deliver crystal-clear, professional-sounding audio direct to a computer or tablet, it’s the perfect microphone for podcasters.

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Audio Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use. Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone

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Marantz UMPIRE Desktop USB Condenser Microphone

The Marantz Professional Umpire is a high-quality, condenser USB microphone - perfect for podcasters, musicians, gamers and others using a USB microphone in conjunction with a computer..

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Marantz MPM1000U USB Microphone

The MPM-1000U is perfect for podcasting applications or recording high-quality audio directly to a computer or digital audio workstation (DAW). The built-in driver enables plug-and-play USB performance, and its smooth frequency response will put the finishing touch on any project.

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Saramonic LavMicro U3C 6 Meter Lavalier Mic for USB Type-C devices with 2 Mic Capsuals

 Delivers rich, detailed sound for interviews, vlogs, presentations and much more. Whether you're shooting video or recording audio with the app of your choice.

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Audio Technica AT2005USBPK Streaming/Podcasting Pack

The AT2005USBPK vocal microphone pack is designed for streamers, podcasters, and other content creators who need a versatile, easy-to-install, easy-to-adjust boom microphone setup.

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Understanding audio – Part 1 The basics

Some say that humans are “wired for sound” and “the brain never stops listening” or, for those capturing audio for video, that “audio makes up 70% of the video quality”. So it’s no wonder why good sound is so important, but also why it’s a little daunting and complex for many, as there is a lot to know, and a tidal wave of product choices. So how do you cut through all the noise?

READ THE POST HERE

Microphones for podcasting that require a mixer or interface card

For connecting to an external system or mixer or audio interface you may want to consider an XLR large diaphragm desktop type for its excellent vocal characteristics, or if you are connecting to a portable system perhaps Lavalier type  is most suitable.

 Wired lav microphones for podcasting 


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Saramonic XLavMic-O XLR Phantom Power Lavalier Omni- Directional Microphone

The Saramonic XLavMic-O XLR lavalier interview features omnidirectional lavalier to give the interviewer. The omnidirectional lavalier provides a uniform frequency response and limits unwanted noise pickup.

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Saramonic XLavMic-C XLR Phantom Power Lavalier Cardioid Microphone

The Saramonic XLavMic-C XLR lavalier interview features cardioid lavalier to give the interviewer. The cardioid lavalier yields a generous pickup area while maintaining adequate feedback and noise blocking.

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Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone Omni Directional

The ECM-44 is an affordable alternative to the traditional hand held microphone and being 'hands free' it allows the presenter to concentrate on her/his performance

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Sony ECM-77B Lavalier Mic. Omni Directional

Perfect for television applications, Sony's ECM77B Omni-Directional Electret Condenser Microphone is a miniature lavalier microphone designed to be inconspicuous. This tiny mic runs on either phantom power or AA battery operation. 

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Wondering which microphone would be best for your shoot?

So you can figure out the type of mic best suited for what you're recording, in this video, RocketJump Film School covers how a microphone actually works, the difference between mic and line levels, XLR cables, pre-amps, phantom power, transducer types, and mic polar patterns.

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Desktop microphones for podcasting 


 

Rode Microphones PodMic Podcast Dynamic Microphone

When Rode designed the PodMic, they set out to create the ultimate Podcasting microphone. Durable, great-sounding, easy to use and flexible. 

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Behringer PODCASTUDIO USB Bundle with USB Interface

Go 'on the air' straight out of the box with this fantastic PODCASTUDIO recording package. It comes with a studio-grade USB audio interface as well as comprehensive DAW and podcasting software. 

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Rode Microphones ProCaster Broadcast Quality Dynamic Microphone Comes with Pouch and Mic Holder

The RØDE Procaster is a professional broadcast quality dynamic microphone, specifically designed to offer no-compromise performance for voice applications.

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Sennheiser MD46 Dynamic ENG Microphone High-Quality Cardioid

 Its extended frequency response provides clarity that exceeds any comparable mic in its class, and it's dimensions and weight ratio lend a completely comfortable feel. 

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Blog Post on Audio

Understanding Audio – Part 2: Balanced vs. Unbalanced Audio Levels, Cables & Connections

In our Understanding Audio – Part 1: The basic things you need to know post, we discuss the dynamics of sound, terminology and what you need to achieve great sound in your recordings. In Understanding Audio – Part 2, we go over balanced vs. unbalanced audio levels and the types of cables and connections you will need to work with both.

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Wireless microphones for podcasting 


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Sennheiser Portable ENG set with (1) ME2-II clip on mic (1) XSW-D MINI JACK TX (3.5mm), (1) XSW-D XLR FEMA

Be it a complication-free lavalier for the one-person video team, a wireless mic that’s up and running right out of the bag, or something entirely different—it’s a quick sync and you’re good to go.

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Sennheiser EW112P G4 Camera-Mount Wireless Microphone System ME 2-II Lavalier Mic - A: 516 to 558 MHz

The fourth generation evolution wireless series makes professional wireless technology even more simple, flexible and reliable. For musicians, filmmakers, convention speakers and for use in the auditorium: G4 is a system that grows with you.

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Saramonic Blink 500 B1 3.5MM 2.4G Dual Channel Wireless Microphone (TX+RX)

An incredibly compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use wireless microphone system for DSLR , mirrorless and video cameras, or mobile devices that delivers detailed, broadcast-quality sound.

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Rode Microphones WIRELESS GO Wireless Microphone System

The Wireless GO system is the epitome of a ‘small wireless microphone’. Both the microphone/transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) weigh only 31g each. 

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Shotgun microphones for podcasting 


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Rode Microphones NTG-1 Condenser Microphone Shotgun Ultra Lightweight

The RODE NTG-1 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, specifically designed for professional applications within the film, video, television, voice-over and ENG industries.

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Rode Microphones NTG-2 Condensor Microphone Shotgun Lightweight

A wide bandwidth and controlled polar response coupled with low noise SMT electronics, makes the NTG-2 the perfect choice for film, video engineering and voice-over work.

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Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun Mic - Includes Foam Windshield & Shock Mount

The Sennheiser MKE 600 is a shotgun microphone designed for use with a camcorder or HDSLR. Building on the company's extensive expertise in designing shotgun microphones, it is able to take on even the toughest video sound challenges

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Sony ECM-VG1 Electret Condenser Microphone

The Sony ECM-VG1 Electret Condenser Microphone is a rugged, all-metal shotgun microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, making it a well suited choice for camcorder-mounted and boom pole operation alike.

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Audio mixers for podcasting 

There’s a large selection of mixers and systems available to consider: ease of operation is key. The purpose of an external device is to make things easier and more logical to operate in a live environment, sliding faders make it quick and easy to adjust levels, but even a knob is easier than clicking on something in a software interface. Ease of connectivity is also important! Does it support XLRs, jacks line levels, etc. that make it easy to connect all the sources you need. Remember to consider the amount of total sources you need to control both for today, and if your system  is to grow for tomorrow. Then consider if you want something that connects directly to a computer via a built in interface or how you plan to interface with an external device, how remote audio connections would work through the mixer. And also perhaps consider built-in playback of stingers, openings, closings or how you would handle those, and maybe even built-in recording capability.

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Rode Microphones RODECaster PRO Podcast Production Studio

The 4 high-quality microphone channels are able to power studio condenser microphones as well as conventional dynamic microphones. You can literally be recording your first podcast within minutes of taking the RØDECaster Pro out of the box.

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Zoom LiveTrak L-8, 8-Channel Mixer (6 combo, + 2 TS)

Creators are evolving—and so is Zoom. LiveTrak L-8 makes it easier than ever to mix, monitor and record professional-sounding podcasts and music performances in one portable, affordable package.

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Roland VR-1HD Live AV Streaming Mixer

 Roland’s VR-1HD lets you broadcast dynamic multi-camera livestreams, complete with amazing picture and sound that easily outshines ‘standard’ livestreams from a mobile phone or static webcam. 

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Mackie 8-channel Compact Mixer

The professional and affordable Mix Series mixers feature high quality components, a rugged metal chassis and features designed for a variety of applications.

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Audio interface cards for podcasting 

Most computers  require a USB-style interface to connect external audio devices, and many computers still come with the mic/speaker 3.5mm connectors or a single combo TRRS for audio, but for more professional use like with most mixers, and if you want to use better mics it’s best to come through a USB. USB 2 or 3  are most common, and if your computer is newer and only supports USB-C you will likely have to buy an adapter to support USB 2-3 connectivity, or some new mics and interfaces designed primarily for smartphones and tablets can also directly connect. Many beginner podcasting mics have a USB interface built right in so they can connect directly and some smaller mixers also have a USB interface built in. Or you can simply utilize an external interface box that typically has analogue connectors on it and a USB output. This interface box can simply sit  between the mic or mixer depending on its capability. The USB is discoverable as a source in most common audio and collaboration apps.

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Behringer 302USB 5 Input USB Mixer

The Behringer Xenyx 302USB 5-Input compact mixer with USB delivers high-quality audio and excellent versatility in an ultra-compact design, ideal for home, project, or mobile studios. 

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Zoom U-22 2 Channel Portable USB Interface

The U-22 is the essential mobile recording and performance interface, with an innovative 2-in/2-out ultra-portable design that makes it easy to connect to a laptop or an iPhone/iPad and create great-sounding audio anywhere.

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Rode Microphones Versatile Discrete Class-A Audio Interface Combo XLR-1/4" Input, 2 x Balanced 1/4" Outputs

RØDE’s AI-1 Audio Interface is stacked with incredible technology to ensure recording on your computer is easy, versatile and sounds superb. 

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Behringer 2x2 USB Audio Interface with XENYX Mic Preamplifier

When it’s time to make recording history, you need the best audio interface you can get, and you need one you can count on.  The U-PHORIA Series has the ideal interface to make your recording experience legendary. 

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Behringer 2x2 USB Audio Interface w/ MIDAS Mic Preamplifier

Renowned for their mastery of digital console design, our sister company MIDAS developed the world-class preamps for the UMC204, UMC202 and UMC22 interfaces—and thanks to the available +48 V phantom power, you can even use professional-grade studio condenser mics to create outstanding tracks.

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Behringer 2x4, 24-Bit/96 kHz USB Audio/MIDI Interface w/ MIDAS Mic Preamplifiers

Featuring a single-screen interface, and pushing the envelope in design elegance, Tracktion brings together outstanding Pro DAW features, such as dynamic automation, unlimited track count, MIDI recording and support for VST and AU plug-ins. 

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Mackie 2x2 USB Audio Interface with MIDI

Whether you’re tracking your latest song idea or doing a live stream, the Onyx Series USB Interfaces deliver true studio-quality sound with maximum headroom and ultra-low noise.​

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Saramonic SmartRig+ UC 2-Channel Mic & Instrument Audio Adapter for USB Type-C devices

The Saramonic SmartRig+ UC is a two channel audio interface. It allows you to connect professional microphones/guitars to record quality sound or create music with your USB Type-C devices.. 

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Audio Recorders for podcasting 

There’s a huge range of audio recorders from portable handheld style, to compact professional mixers with built-in recording. Some mixing consoles also offer built-in recording. All will generally do a good job, while some have better or differing specs and operational features. Your choice in a recorder will likely come down to the type and amount of audio sources you need to connect and record, as well as what type of connections you therefore need to support.

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Zoom H4n Pro Handy Audio Recorder

The H4n Pro features high performance, low-noise mic preamps with recording resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The improved noise floor (-120 dBu EIN) captures audio at lower volumes with less noise and fewer artifacts.

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder 24-Bit/96kHz 6-in/2-out Modular Recorder

Whatever your application—live recording, professional film/video work, or broadcast ENG (electronic news gathering), etc.—the H6 can handle it with ease.

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Zoom ZF4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks

The Zoom F4 propels your film's sound to a whole new level. With 6-input/8-track recording, super-low-noise mic preamps, and time code with pinpoint accuracy, the F4 offers Hollywood sound at an indie budget.​

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Zoom F6 Field Recorder

With 6 inputs, Zoom’s solid time code, multiple power options and wireless control, the F6 is poised to be a filmmaker's new secret weapon.

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Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder

Advances in video have made filmmaking accessible to creators everywhere. But the accessibility of professional audio devices has not kept pace. Field recorders, with essential features such as time code, have been unobtainable for most. 

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Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder

The DR-70D is a compact audio recorder that allows the aspiring DSLR user to create audio recordings in very high quality in parallel to their film or video shots. The recorder can be mounted directly between a tripod and the camera or on top of the camera, resulting in a compact package.

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Tascam DR-60DMKII 4-Channel Portable Recorder for DSLR

TASCAM's DR-60DmkII, an update of the award winning DR-60D, is the audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers. The streamlined design fits perfectly under a DSLR camera rig, without relying on bulky recorders or the limited audio quality of the camera’s microphone in.

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Tascam DR-10L Mini Portable Recorder for Lav Microphone

Designed for both the creative filmmaker and the busy videographer, the DR-10L is an immensely powerful problem-solving tool, delivering professional sonics and revolutionary convenience.

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Headphones for podcasting 

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Sony MDR7506 Headphones Large Diaphragm, Foldable

Sony’s range of professional headphones are engineered for a combination of strength, comfort and practicality, and are used daily in broadcast & recording studios worldwide. 

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Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed Dynamic Headphones, Circumaural, Pro Monitor

Professional around-the-ear, closed-back headphones, featuring collapsible design with swiveling earcups, & extended low end reproduction.

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Sennheiser HD 200 PRO Dynamic Stereo Headphone

As a creator, a musician or the one who is responsible for proper live sound, you need to focus on your job. The HD 200 PRO is much more than a headphone. It's designed as an in depth monitoring tool for your music.

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Audio Technica ATH-M20x Monitor Headphones Lightweight

Modern design and high-quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio and effective isolation. An excellent choice for tracking and mixing.

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Great accessories to help your podcasting

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Rode Microphones Studio Arm (Comes with desk clamp and permanent install adaptor)

The PSA1 has a horizontal reach of 820mm, and a vertical reach of 840mm. It is supplied with velcro cable wraps and both desk-clamp and desk-insert style attachments for verstile mounting in desks up to 55mm thick (clamp) or 70mm (insert). 

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Rode Microphones DS-1 Microphone Desktop Stand

The DS1 is a table top desk stand for your RØDE microphones. The DS1 gives you the ability to mount your microphone on a desktop for interview, dictation and other related uses.

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K & M 210/6 Mic Stand, Folding Legs w/Boom, Zinc Die-Cast Base

Modern update of the classic 210/2. Zinc die-cast base with long folding legs. Special height-adjustment mechanism.

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Sennheiser E-Pack E835 Mic & Accessory Kit 

Besides the professional evolution vocal microphone e 835, the epack includes a high-quality K&M microphone stand, a 5 m XLR cable, a microphone clip and a robust microphone pouch.

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Digiflex 10' XLRM to XLRF Audio Cable

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Digiflex 3' XLR F - 1/4" Phone

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HOSA MHE-125 Headphone Extension 3.5mm F to 3.5mm Male

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HOSA Stereo Breakout, Right-angle 3.5 mm TRS to Dual RCA, 3'

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HOSA Adaptor, 3.5 mm TRS to 1/4 in TRS

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HOSA Adaptor, Dual RCA to 3.5 mm TRS 

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HOSA HRR-003X2 Pro Dual Cable RCA-RCA 3FT

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TechCraft 6' USB 2.0 Cable - A to B

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