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Streaming: The perfect professional setup for Twitch, YouTube and Co.

After we have already presented you with an ideal streaming setup for beginners, this time it's about one more professional equipment for all Twitch streamers and YouTubers who want to shift into the next gear in terms of quality. Here we show you how such a classic setup can be put together.

Upgrade your accessories: Everything professionals need for streaming

In the following we introduce you 11 useful technical aids that you will work with like the pros. Accessories with which you are really equipped for everything and which you can use for the Content creation or in the stream actively supported. In this way, you not only create the basis for higher-quality voice and video quality, but also create a better visual appearance. (Also read: Stiftung Warentest judges smart speakers - why not a single one of the 12 devices got a "good")

High-end complete PC for streaming professionals: CSL Sprint 5991

If it's only supposed to be the best of the best, then this is it CSL Sprint 5991 a pretty good pick. In this high-end system, which can be configured individually, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 is currently the fastest gamer graphics card on the market. It lets every current game run smoothly in 4K resolution, relieves the CPU of video coding if desired and is also ideally suited for professional video editing. However, if you don't have much plans with gaming, you can confidently decide against the € 1,500 card and save a lot of money. Otherwise, the Sprint 5991 still comes with a water-cooled AMD "Ryzen 9" processor with twelve cores (3800 MHz each) as standard, which tends to do better than the comparable Intel competition when it comes to streaming. Price (RRP): from 2,999 euros.

Monitor for the gaming streamers: Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ

First and foremost is the Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ a gaming monitor with numerous features especially for gamers. That means that there is a lot of high-tech equipment here, which is of course also worthwhile apart from games. The 27-inch model with 4K resolution, IPS panel, HDR 400 certification and 144Hz refresh rate has a response time of just one millisecond. It is also one of the first to use DSC technology to transmit Ultra HD video streams quickly and without any noticeable loss of quality via just a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection. The monitor also supports Adaptive Sync and is compatible with both Radeon and GeForce graphics cards (G-Sync). Similar to the complete PC, the same applies here: If gaming is not an issue for you, you can also use a mid-range monitor. Price (via Cyberport): 902 euros.

Webcam for streaming in 4K quality: Logitech Brio

Peripheral manufacturer Logitech is well known for its webcams. The Logitech Brio represents the spearhead in terms of live streaming. With it, recordings in 4K HDR at 30 frames per second or in Full HD with 60 frames per second are possible. There is also auto focus, 5x digital zoom, an adjustable field of view of up to 90 degrees and support for Windows Hello. According to Logitech, the refresh rate can be kept constantly high for smooth streaming, regardless of the lighting conditions. The Brio can either be clamped to the monitor or mounted on a tripod using a thread. Price (RRP): 239 euros.

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System camera for vlogging or as a webcam replacement: Sony Alpha 6100

More and more demanding streamers and YouTubers are now relying on a more professional version of the main camera - such as the new mirrorless APS-C system camera Sony Alpha 6100 with fast autofocus including real-time tracking. No wonder, because the qualitative difference to the webcam is huge and makes a lot more impressive. For video production in 4K at 30 frames per second, the camera can of course also shine on the go. There are quite a few accessories to go with it - for example the GP-VPT1 mounting handle (for 99.99 euros), which can also be converted into a mini tripod. Pretty useful for vlogging on the go. The LC touch display is also very practical for this, because it can be tilted upwards by 180 degrees via a hinge and thus converted into a small selfie screen. Price (RRP): 899 euros (currently reduced).

Proper lighting is half the battle: Elgato Ring Light

If you are already using a high-quality webcam or system camera for your recordings and streams, then for the best possible image quality your face should be well lit and visible without hard shadows. Streaming specialist Elgato has chosen the new one for exactly this combination Ring light conceived with up to 2,500 lumens. The ring light with a diameter of 17 inches uses Osram LEDs, is fully dimmable and can be adjusted in the color temperature range between 2,900 and 7,000 Kelvin. The camera or smartphone can be independently aligned on the ball-and-socket joint bracket with a 1/4-inch screw. Really cool: The Ring Light is WiFi-enabled and can therefore not only be controlled directly, but also conveniently via the app - or via the ingenious Elgato Stream Deck, which we will present in more detail in a moment. Price (RRP): 199.99 euros.

No more shaky videos - with the professional gimbal DJI RSC 2

With a professional setup like this, a powerful gimbal should not be missing for on the go. Especially if you have invested in a high quality camera. The DJI RSC 2 enables confidently professional results, weighs only 1.2 kilograms and has a payload of three kilograms. Its foldable design makes it nice and compact and compared to its predecessor an improved (and now stronger) engine is installed. In addition, there is a practical 1-inch OLED display for better control. According to the manufacturer, the quick-charge batteries last up to 14 hours. That is enough for a whole day of shooting. The RSC 2 is compatible with many DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Of course, also with the Sony Alpha 6100 presented here. Price (RRP): from 419 euros.

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Streaming with top sound: Creative SXFI Gamer Headset

Creative was once known for its first-class sound cards. In the meantime, the sound specialist has positioned itself a little broader and offers with the Creative SXFI gamer now also a headset, which should acoustically stage music, films and games perfectly. The company is particularly proud of the built-in Super X-Fi technology, which can virtually reproduce the sound of a high-end multiple speaker system in a stereo headset. In just two years, this technology has won 23 CES awards and is praised by the trade press as the Holy Grail of headphone sound. In short: the XFI Gamer has something really special on your ears! Price (via Alternate): 129.90 euros.

Studio quality for the desk: Rode NT-USB microphone

If you take a closer look at YouTube and Twitch, you will see a Rode microphone quite often. Especially the top seller Rode NT-USB is very popular with streamers. The condenser microphone offers studio quality for the desk, can be conveniently connected via USB and comes with (almost) everything you could want in accessories: a metal pop screen, a tripod table stand and a fastening ring with a tripod thread. Our tip: If you want something more comfortable and of higher quality, you can also use the "PSA1" microphone arm (77 euros) and the "SM6" shock mount (54 euros) including a better fabric pop screen. In this combination, there is no longer any cable running across the table and the NT-USB can be quickly positioned anywhere. Price (via Thomann): 163 euros.

Probably the coolest streaming gadget: Elgato Stream Deck

For every setup this is Elgato Stream Deck actually indispensable. The cool gadget is extremely useful for streamers and video producers, because with just one push of a button, for example, scenes can be changed, media started or predefined audio settings can be adopted. The control panel is available in three different sizes, with which the LCD buttons can be programmed individually and very easily using software. You can also set up sub-folders for even more actions. With the Stream Deck, for example, a video snippet or a graphic can be faded in in the live stream at the push of a button, for example to spontaneously thank a donor. Most Elgato devices such as the Ring Light can also be controlled from it. Price (via Cyberport): 142.90 euros.

The mini streaming PC: Intel NUC

Established streamers who need the full performance of their computer during transmission (e.g. for gaming) like to outsource the computationally intensive video coding to a second desktop PC or a more compact laptop. Just as functional, but even more space-saving Mini PC Intel NUC, which is available in different sizes and configurations - also as a barebone. Ingenious: If the four standardized VESA drill holes on the back of your monitor are still free, the NUC can be mounted there and completely hidden. Since a PC that is solely responsible for streaming does not need an extra graphics card, the smallest NUC form factor with a focus on a powerful processor is sufficient. For example the "NUC10i7FNKPA" model with an Intel Core i7 processor of the tenth generation. Price: 788 euros.

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The mobile recording studio: Elgato 4K60 S +

So-called capture cards have become a must-have for their streams and videos, especially among gamers. The external version 4K60 S + is the flagship of the market leader Elgato and shows off the recording of 4K HDR10 content at 60 frames per second - no matter where. The device is basically a mobile recording studio that can do without a computer and can save the recordings on a sufficiently fast SD card. The compact box automatically adjusts the resolution, bit rate and file format to the settings of the console and screen. Your own voice can be recorded as a separate track and lag-free passthrough is possible via HDMI. Price (via Cyberport): 380 euros.