Samson Meteor Mic ReviewPosted 8:54 am on Friday, June 29th, 2012 by Mike Villarreal
Our friends over at Samson have sent us their new Meteor Mic. For awhile now, we have been producing many of the Nerd Reactor Podcast with just my Samsung S II and my iPod Nano. With Samson’s Meteor Mic, it’s going to be nice to have an actual mic for a change. Now, let’s take a look shall we.
The Samson Meteor Mic is definitely a damn, fine looking USB Mic. Its retractable legs make it easy to setup anywhere without the use of a mic stand. The mic has a slick chrome finish and sports a classic 1950s mic style look. On the front of the microphone, the Samson Meteor features an Adjustable Volume Control and Mute Button. On the back of the mic, there is a Headphone jack that allows the user to hear latency-free audio while recoding. At the very base of the mic, there is the standard 5/8 thread mount for attaching the mic to various mic stands and boom poles.
One thing I would like to point out, if you happen to be a fan of the Portal video game series from Valve, you may notice a distinct similarity between that of the Meteor Mic and Portal’s Turrets.
When it comes to USB mics, you shouldn’t expect THX 5.1 surround sound quality. That being said, the Meteor Mic actually picks up sound quite well. The mic has a nice P-Pop block effect with a built-in windscreen, perfect for capturing conversions. Armed with 25mm diaphragm condenser, the mic gives16-Bit CD audio quality at 48kHz. The mic is definitely not studio quality, but if you are looking for a studio quality mic, expect to pay far much more.
The Samson Meteor Mic is a perfect mic for on-the-go recording. It’s great for podcast recording, but is not best mic choice for recording instruments. The mic works well with both Mac and PC, and even works well on an iPpad with Garage Band. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you’re looking for in a mic. If you’re looking for a mic to record a live opera or your band’s jam session, this mic is probably not for you. If your looking for a good mic to start podcasting with or maybe do that A Milli freestyle you’ve always wanted to throw down, then the Samson Meteor Mic is probably the choice for you.
-Large (25mm) diaphragm condenser
-Flat frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz
-CD quality, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
-Durable chrome-plated body
-High-quality A/D and D/A convertors
-Stereo 1/8-inch headphone jack for no latency monitoring
-Headphone volume control with microphone mute switch
Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ