When I bought my new mac mini, I had no idea that I couldn't use a standard mic included on typical headsets with the audio input. I talk a lot of skype (or I used to on other computers) and have to have some sort of mic hooked up. From what I've read, I can either: 1. Get a USB headset 2. Get a blue tooth headset 3. Get a USB mic 4. Hook up a conventional microphone via a preamp Either way, I will have to buy something new. I lean towards options 3 and 4 because, besides using skype, I also want to use the mic for doing quality movie voice overs and, maybe, podcasts. Honestly, I don't know much about high tech audio equipment. But I want to be able to get as much bang for my buck as possible and would prefer to spend less than $100. If it makes a big difference in quality, I'm willing to spend more so long as the cost is justifiable. Having something sort of portable (easy to ship, easy to pack and carry, small footprint, sort of light weight) is very important to me too, as my living/working/travel habits require this. I don't know if I need all the capabilities of a fancy preamp, since I don't really know what they are and I've gotten fine without them so far. And I can probably get away with tweaking my audio as needed in soundtrack pro or other programs as I've been doing, right? So what type of set-up should I get to input audio to my mac mini? What products can anyone recommend that work for them and may meet my needs? I have a regular dynamic microphone right now, would I also have to get a transformer (if I use option 4) because of the mic's low impedance? Thanks.