Included Accessories: Pop Shield, Stand Mount, Tripod, 6m USB Cable, Stickers, Protective Zip Case.
Manufacturer Part Number: NTUSB.
The Rode NT USB has been compared to mics way out of its price range, and folks generally love the detail and crispness that it provides. Something interesting to note is that a lot of reviewers did mention that they liked it better than the Blue Yeti.
People, in general, are simply astounded by the sound quality, and some can’t believe it’s a USB mic.
Crisp, clear audio. Professional sounding.
Easy to use. Plug and play USB.
Picks up a lot of detail. Great highs and lows. Balanced sound.
When you plug your headphones into the jack there may be some crackling noise coming from the mic.
Comes with a pop-filter.
The LED indicator is subtle and not flashy. Many people commented on this.
Earphones sometimes need an adjustment when plugged into the mic. The sound doesn’t always come through correctly.
A bit difficult to EQ. It’s also amazing at close range but starts to significantly deteriorate sound quality wise at 2+ feet out.
The stand could use a wider base as the mic tends to be top-heavy.
The mic does not have a mute button but does have a volume adjustment and monitoring adjustment. The monitoring adjustment basically allows you to toggle how much you hear while you’re recording an instrument or a vocal take.
Rode boom arms seem to be the only ones that support this mic, and they’re expensive.
You may be disappointed in the case because it only holds the mic and nothing else.
You may want to invest in a Shockmount to go with the NT USB. The Rode SM6 and Auray SHM-SCM1 Suspension Shockmount both work well.
Crystal clear sound and solid build. It’s very professional sounding and picks up a lot of detail. Lack of features and occasional headphone jack issue hold it back a little from being a perfect mic.
Similarities & Differences
Both have zero-latency headphone jacks.
Both are extremely durable with little to no plastic found. Do note that the NT USB’s stand is plastic, while the Yeti’s is made of metal.
Both can be mounted on separate stands.
The Blue Yeti comes with a mute button while the NT USB does not.
The Blue Yeti has the gain feature while the NT USB does not.
The Blue Yeti does not have the monitoring feature (mentioned in Stu’s notepad), while the NT USB does.
The NT USB only has the cardioid pattern option, while the Yeti has 4 different polar patterns.
The Blue Yeti is extremely heavy, so it’s hard to attach a boom arm. The NT USB is not quite as heavy as the Yeti.
The Yeti is also GIGANTIC. The pictures make it look like a standard-looking mic, but rest assured this beast resembles a spaceship when you get up close and personal.
The highs and lows of the NT USB seem to be a little crisper/clearer than the Yeti.
The Yeti is more affordable than the NT USB.
The Yeti’s mic stand is significantly more solid than the one that comes with the NT USB.
The Yeti does not come with an included pop filter while the NT USB does. Fortunately, you can purchase a foam windscreen which is just as effective.
Like the fella in the video pointed out, these mics have a very similar sound and there’s not much in the way of differences. As far as features, they are very different.
My recommendation is the Blue Yeti because of the solid stand, better/more features, and a better build. It’s just more versatile. Couple that with its more affordable price and you’ve got a winning combination. You’ve also got plenty of colors to choose from!
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