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The Samson Meteor vs. Blue Yeti. The face off. The Showdown. Two inanimate objects going microphone grill to microphone grill. What a time to be alive. Many mic. Such comparison. What do. Lol. Before we get started, grab a snack, sit back and relax because…
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What I will bring you in this review
of each microphone
- Ratings/Best Price
- Video Review
- Who this mic benefits?
- What you will need?
- Thoughts from Stu’s notepad (Meteor only)
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
- Amazon: 4.4/5 (Over 650 Reviews) | Check eBay!
- B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (Over 20 reviews)
- Musicians Friend: 5/5 (limited reviews)
- Guitar Center: 3.5/5 (limited reviews)
- Microphone Type: Condenser. Condenser mic vs. Dynamic mic.
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a Cardioid Capsule?
- Diaphragm Size: .98″ (25mm)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Max SPL: 120dB SPL
- Signal to noise ratio: 96dB (A weighted)
- Color: Silver
- Connector: USB. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone
- Weight: .6 lb.
- Included Accessories: USB Cable, Carry pouch
- Manufacturer Part Number: SAMTR
I’ve mentioned this in a couple of my other articles, but for awhile I neglected to include this mic in any “best of” because it just looked dinky. It’s about the size of a light bulb, but don’t be fooled by it’s less than intimidating appearance. It’s a fantastic little microphone when it works, but that’s the the crux of the issue here unfortunately.
It’s got a solid build and a nice stand, and people marvel at it’s beauty. It really does look like a mini spaceship or something. The audio quality is great, and it has a headphone jack for voice monitoring (with no latency), which is pretty neat as well. The good reviews call it a workhorse capable of great things.
The bad reviews are pretty harsh, and point out a lot of it’s shortcomings. Remember that this is a $60 mic, so in essence you get what you pay for. Regardless, out of over 600 amazon reviews it gets a 4.4/5, which is pretty solid. More on some of it’s issues later. Onto the Pros and Cons.
- Workhorse mic, very versatile.
- Good carrying case and solid box.
- Works with Mac, Logic, Garage band, iPad, iChat, etc.
- Monitors with no latency, no background noise.
- Solid build and good stand. Works after multiple drops according to one. One lad even said you could use it as a hammer, and he was being serious. Lol. The point is that it’s built Ford tough baby.
- Convenient and portable.
- Can be screwed onto a mic stand.
- Red/Amber light of death. Known to quit after anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks, to 6 months, to a year/year and a half. It’s unfortunate, and a byproduct of a sub $100 mic in my opinion.
- Your PC may suddenly stop recognizing it, which is also a drag. It may also suddenly die.
- There have been some reports of soldering issues with the mini USB connector and port, to where the unit essentially comes apart in this area.
- No gain adjustment on the mic.
- Some driver issues may become apparent on Windows OS.
- Picks up a lot of background noise. Acoustic Sound Treatment goes a long way!
Check out the video review!
Who this mic benefits?
I’ve seen it endorsed for:
- Voice recognition software
- Voice acting
- Video conferencing
Not as good for:
- Vocals. Because it just picks up way too much, and singing into it will prove much too loud.
What you will need?
It’s plug and play baby! But some people had more success with a separate mic stand and pop filter. More on that in Stu’s notepad.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
- Some were saying it’s a bit odd because even though the mic is super small, they had trouble finding desktop space because of the way the legs protruded outwards.
- While the vocal quality for the most part was reported as good, some complained of a hollow, tinny sound. As if you were recording inside a tin can.
- You may have to bend down to get in position to speak in the mic. The users who had the most success were the ones who bought a mic stand and pop filter. For the extra money, you may as well go with the Blue Yeti, which I will review shortly.
- A good rule of thumb for this mic is not to turn up the gain past 60%.
- When I bought the mic and plugged it in the first time, the device drivers were not properly installed. When I rebooted my computer and tried again, the drivers installed correctly, but only after about a minute or two. Normally it should only take a few seconds. This does concern me a little, and echoes the sentiments of all those who had problems with it cutting out, dying, etc.
An affordable entry level piece that has a solid build and good audio quality, when it’s functioning properly. The majority of people love it, but just be aware that the red light issue may be a problem for you, depending on if you get a bad apple or not. In many cases, simply returning it for a new unit does the trick.
- Price: Amazon: 4.5/5 (Over 3,500 reviews) | Check eBay!
- Best Buy: 4.7/5 (Over 450 reviews)
- B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (Over 350 reviews)
- Guitar Center: 4.5/5 (Over 14 reviews)
- Sweetwater: 4.5/5 (Over 15 reviews). Currently Unavailable.
- Musicians Friend: 4.5/5 (Over 25 reviews)
- Microphone Type: Condenser.
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omni, Stereo, and Bi-directional.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Max SPL: 120dB SPL
- Signal to noise ratio: 100dB
- Colors: Silver, Platinum, Blackout, Whiteout, Cool Grey
- Connector: USB.
- Weight: 1.2 lb. 2.2 with stand.
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Sample Rate: 48 kHz. Bit depth vs. sample rate.
This is a really popular mic, and for good reason. Standing about a foot tall on your desk, it’s got a great sound, is really solid, reliable, and most importantly it’s convenient. I know many of you don’t really want to bother with the whole XLR setup. You just want to be able to plug and play. If that sounds like you, then this may be a great option..
Being that it’s USB, you won’t have to tinker around with extraneous gear. Some folks get scared off from USB set ups because they seem cheap, easy, but not satisfying (like 2 dollar hooker). What you’re getting here is a versatile piece of equipment with great sound quality. Speaking of,
Called exceptional, this mic handles a variety of applications very well. I’ve seen it endorsed mostly for Skype, conference calls, pod-casting, you-tube, and any thing that requires voice over. You may not want to pick this up as your primary vocal mic, but it has been known to handle that as well.
It has a very nice build, is made of metal, and feels solid in your hand 🙂 Some have complained that it leaves a rather large foot print on your desk, because of the fact that it stands about a foot tall.
- Sound quality is exceptional.
- Solid build (made of metal) and a great mic stand that comes with it
- Convenient, just plug and play.
- Recognized by all windows platforms.
- Has a mute button, with simple knobs and design.
- Good USB cable provided.
- Versatile. you can record almost anything in any type of circumstance.
- 4 different polar patterns for amazing versatility.
- Gain control and headphone jack on the back for live, no latency monitoring.
- needs to be plugged directly into a USB port on your laptop/computer. Some say it doesn’t do well plugged into a separate USB hub.
- mic does not actually have a switch to turn it off.
- extremely sensitive, picks up everything (this can be a good and bad thing).
Check out the super informative review! (mic test comes around 7:30)
Who benefits from this mic?
- people who do video conferencing
- pod-casters, people who need to do voice over
- people who want to Skype
- people who need to record for videos or animations
What you will need?
Really the only thing you need is the windscreen!
So many people rave about it’s sound quality, build, convenience, and versatility. It’s really an all purpose mic that is super easy to use. Complaints include size (a bit large), and you can’t include a standard pop filter unless you Jerry rig it. People were also saying it’s hyper sensitive, but recording in the right environment greatly helps.
This is one of the best options you can go with if you’re looking to record with skype, doing any pod-casting, you-tube videos, video conferencing and any thing similar. I wouldn’t recommend it much for vocals, although it can be done. The 4 different polar patterns, it’s rugged build, and remarkable versatility make it an affordable and valuable option…
Similarities & Differences
- Both are USB mics.
- Both are good for voiceover type applications.
- Both are durable and solidly built.
- Both are very sensitive, picking up a lot of sound.
- Look/Feel/Size. While each is spacey in it’s own right, the Meteor looks like it’s about to take off, while the Yeti is just kind of chillin’ there. Lol. You get an array of color choices with the Yeti but not with the Meteor. The Yeti also resembles a gigantic cucumber while the meteor is about the size of a light bulb (folded up).
- Longevity. The Yet is more of a sure thing than the Meteor. It seems like it’s built for the long haul, rather than a temporary solution.
- Features. TheYeti has 4 polar patterns, gain switch, zero latency headphone jack for live monitoring (What is latency?), mute button, great USB cable, and elegant design make it perfect for pod-casters who need everything in one place. The meteor has a headphone jack and mute button.
- The USB cable provided by the Yeti is very solid, in contrast to the Meteors which has been known to have issues.
- Weight. The Yeti is like a barbell in comparison to the Meteor.
Well I think it’s pretty obvious which of these you should go with. The Yeti tops pretty much all lists for best USB mic, and it’s super convenient and just screams quality all around. It’s the perfect solution to nearly any dilemma as far as voice-over, and should last you a long time. The fact that you have a choice of 4 different colors is the cherry on top, but most importantly it has a ton of features that cannot be ignored.
4.5/5 out of over 3,800 reviews. #1 Best Seller.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Samson Meteor vs. Blue Yeti.
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