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Samson Meteor vs. Meteorite | EASY DECISION!!

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Samson Meteor vs. Meteorite

Samson Meteor vs. Meteorite

What I will bring you in this review

Of each microphone:

  1. Ratings/Best Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Sound clips from Stu
  8. Who this mic benefits?
  9. What you will need?
  10. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  11. Consensus/Conclusion
  12. Similarities & Differences
  13. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Samson Meteor

Samson Meteor

Samson Meteor

Ratings/Best Price

  • Amazon: 4.4/5 (Over 700 reviews) | Check eBay! | Check zZOUNDS!
  • B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (Over 19 reviews)
  • Musicians Friend: 5/5 (limited reviews)
  • Guitar Center: 3.3/5 (limited reviews)
  • Sweetwater: 4.5/5 (Over 14 reviews)

Specifications

  • Microphone Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Diapgragm Size: .98″ (25mm)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB. What is SPL?
  • Signal to noise ratio: 96dB (A weighted)
  • Color: Silver
  • Connector: USB
  • Weight: .6 lb.
  • Included Accessories: USB Cable, Carry pouch
  • Manufacturer Part Number: SAMTR

Summary

I have to say, I love this little mic. As soon as you get it home and whip it out of the case, it just oozes quality. As many reviewers have pointed out, it’s extremely heavy and feels super durable. I think one guy mentioned that it actually doubles as a hammer. Lol. “Don’t you know what a hammer is?” -Hank Hill

The legs on this baby actually fold out, contributing to it’s ridiculously compact design. It’s a mic you could carry in your pocket and pull out whenever the f you want.

You’d also be surprised just how good the sound is coming out of this puppy. I actually like the sound over the AT2020, which surprised the heck out of me. Not only is the 2020 more expensive, but it’s also XLR. Interesting. What is XLR? Technically, an XLR mic hooked up to an audio interface is supposed to sound better, but I liked the Meteor more. It looks like a mini spaceship on my desk, and makes me feel pretty rad.

Pros

  • Nice carrying box and pouch.
  • Slick design.
  • Compact, easy to use.
  • Heavy and durable. Like hammer.
  • Phenomenal sound quality for a mic under $100.

Cons

These are well researched problems that I dug up. I did not have any of these problems except for one. More on that in Stu’s notepad. 🙂

  • 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. I did notice this quite a bit after re-listening to my AT2020 samples. The AT2020 rejects noise a lot better. But Acoustic Sound Treatment goes a long way in any case!

Video Review

Sound clips from Stu

Meteor with Pop Filter

No Pop Filter

Who this mic benefits?

I’ve seen it endorsed for:

  • Skype
  • iChat
  • Voice recognition software
  • Voice acting
  • Video conferencing
  • Gaming
  • Podcasts/Youtube
  • Instruments

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 is plug and play, but I would highly recommend a pop filter. I used one in my recording and as you can see it greatly reduced the plosives and overall uneven sound.

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • The one issue I had was that the first time plugging it in, my CPU did not recognize the device. After rebooting the computer and trying again, it did recognize but took about a minute or two. YOU BETTA RECOGNIZE!

Consensus/Conclusion

Super compact and easy to use microphone, with a phenomenal sound and durability factor. Be weary of the complaints. With a mic like this it’s pretty common to get a lemon. It doesn’t mean the mic is bad, just that you will need to exchange it should you get unlucky.

Onto..

Samson Meteorite

Samson Meteorite

Samson Meteorite

Ratings/Best Price

  • Amazon: 4.4/5 (Over 140 reviews) | Check eBay! | Check zZOUNDS!
  • Sweetwater: 4/5 (limited reviews)
  • B&H Photo Video: 4.5/5 (limited reviews)
  • Sam Ashe: 4.6/5 (Over 15 votes)

Specifications

  • Bit depth: 16-bit. Bit depth vs. Sample Rate
  • Sample rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
  • Transducer: Condenser
  • Diaphragm: 0.55″ (14mm)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid. What is a cardioid capsule?
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 120 dB
  • Power requirements: 5v, Plug-in Power
  • Output Connectors: USB

Summary

This thing is tiny first and foremost. It’s a little bigger than a golf ball, and sits inside of a convenient magnetic bowl shaped stand. You can rotate it around in a few different ways, and it actually feels pretty solid for such a small piece.

Pros

  • Compact, easy to use.
  • Decent sound for a mic under $50.
  • Pretty durable in my opinion and feels heavy enough. Not like a toy. The stand has some weight to it.

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a pouch of any sort. Just as is.
  • Some complained of the short cable.

Video Review

Sound clips from Stu

Meteorite with Pop Filter

No Pop Filter

From Distance

Acoustic Guitar (Shins – New Slang intro). This is a raw recording with the mic pointed at the sound hole. As you can hear, it’s decent but nothing more. I wouldn’t rely on the Meteorite to handle your instrument recordings. This was just for kicks. 🙂

New Slang with no filter

Who this mic benefits?

I would really only use this as a backup mic. It’s extremely portable so you can carry it around, but you’ll have to find something to put it in since it doesn’t come with a case or pouch.

I would also only use it in voice-over situations.

What you will need?

Nothing, it’s plug and play baby!

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

It took about a minute for my CPU to recognize it as a device. This has been pretty common with these low budget Samson mics (Go mic, Meteor, Meteorite). Normally when I plug something in it’s recognized right away. Just something to keep in mind.

Consensus/Conclusion

An okay sounding mic. Convenient. The chord length is an issue for some. Takes longer than I would have liked for it to be recognized.

Similarities/Differences

Similarities

  • Both are plug and play USB by Samson.
  • Both take around a minute or two to be recognized by your CPU.

Differences

  • Stand. Both have their own stand, but the Meteors is part of the mic, while the Meteorites is separate.
  • Sound. The Meteors sound is light years better in my opinion, and only costs around $20-30 more.
  • Durability. The Meteor is rock solid and build Ford tough baby. The Meteorite has a pretty good build, but still feels a tad light.
  • Versatility. The Meteor is an all around more versatile piece, while I would only use the Meteorite for voice-over.
  • Size and shape. The Meteorite is a little bigger than a golf ball, while the Meteorite is still small, but shaped like a cool rocket ship. Lol. both come in Chrome or Black, and the Meteorite also comes in white.

Final Word

Like the guy in the video said, I wouldn’t bother with the Meteorite. If you’re going to spend $40 on that, you may as well just save a bit more money and go for the Meteor. It’s just an overall better investment for the reasons above.

If you’re looking for the absolute best USB mic, I would go with the Blue Yeti. It’s the logical next step, and it’s the best USB mic on the market as far as I’m concerned. A best seller on amazon, this baby is just solid, reliable and convenient. It has everything that the two mics above don’t have, and it’s only a bit more dough. Check out the quick scoop:

  1. Versatility. Does well in a variety of applications. Just don’t purchase it with the intent on solely recording vocals and instruments. It can also be used with the provided stand, or with a separate mic stand + shock-mount as well as: a windscreen or pop-filter depending on your preference.
  2. Convenience. Just plug and play!
  3. Features. This baby is basically ready to go out of the box. 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.
  4. It’s solid as a rock. It may look like an industrial sized dildo (or a cool spaceship), but rest assured this beast is strong and durable.
  5. Well rounded sound. Does exceptional with an array of voice types.
  6. Popular. Opinions do vary, but you will find the Yeti at or near the top of many short lists for best USB mic.
  7. An array of colors. Comes in Blackout, Platinum , Silver, Space Grey, and White-out!
  8. 4.5/5 on amazon with over 3,500 reviews. That says something.

SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!!

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CHECK OUT MY ENDORSEMENTS!

  1. The best USB microphone for voiceover
  2. The best cheap USB microphone (cheap as in affordable & of good quality).
  3. The best USB microphone for podcasting
  4. The best mics for podcasting (XLR included).

Pretty much all my articles on the similar subject of USB mics, affordable mics, and entry level goodness point to the Yeti. It’s the best around (and no ones ever gonna keep it down) like Mr. Miyagi.


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on the Samson Meteor vs. Meteorite.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Are you convinced the Meteor is superior? What do you think about the Yeti? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

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