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
Today I will outline the Samson Meteor, and then compare it with the Yeti towards the end. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
Similarities & Differences
Both are USB mics.
Both are good for voice over 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 spaceship 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 latencyheadphone 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.
Sound quality. The Meteor definitely has good sound quality, but does tend to pick up a lot more background noise than the Yeti. The Meteor is clear and articulate, but a tad harsh/bright. The Yeti by contrast is a bit warmer, but still retains that sense of detail.
Well I think it’s pretty obvious which of these you should go with. The Yeti is undoubtedly the best USB microphone on the market, and comes packed with features that you just won’t find in other mics around this price range and below. It’s the perfect solution to nearly any dilemma as far as voice-over, and should last you a long time because it is so durable. It’s also very versatile in handling an array of recording situations. Interested in learning exactly why the Yeti is the best? Check out my in depth and informative:
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.