The popularity of karaoke on home gaming consoles might have been a godsend to those frequenting bars and clubs, but the flipside is that the tone deaf are now free to belt out numbers of questionable taste and with even more questionable talent at all hours of the day or night. If there’s a shared wall between you and such noise-polluting offenders you might want to consider gifting them this USB microphone that provides a veritable cone-of-silence around it.

Compatible with Wii and Windows PCs, the USB Karaoke Mute-Mic features a soundproofing cup around the head of the microphone to keep those unwelcome decibels cupped between the singer’s mouth and the microphone. There’s no indication of just how much sound the cup will cancel out, but it is lined with foam to help keep any escaping sound to a minimum.

The neighbor-friendly microphone connects via a 2.7m (106.3-inch) cable and is available from Japan Trend Shop for US$84 not including the US$20 shipping cost. A little pricey perhaps, but money well spent for people who have trouble drifting off to the dulcet tones of a neighbor belting out My Way at two in the morning.

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