Samson Meteor Mic Review

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.

Design

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.

Sound

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.

Final Verdict

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.

Samson Meteor Mic

Specs:

-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

For more information other Samson products and the Meteor Mic, visit Samsontech.com. You can also follow them on twitter and facebook.

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