Top positive review
Compared to Yeti
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
I've had this mic for a while now, testing all aspects I could think of. I've tried it for talking (like pod casts or vlogging styles), I've used it to record singing vocals, and have tried it in the online gaming world. This mic has done very well in all aspects.
I've since gotten a Blue Yeti mic to test against this one. Both mics sound great, and each has it's own signature. Let's compare the two.
More crisp highs. It actually sounds like it has a larger dynamic range. Picks up everything! This is both good and bad. It's great because when singing you can hear every little fluctuation and voice crack. That very point can also be a bad thing when looking for a more compressed sound, however, I can just compress the audio in my editing software when needed.
This mic has a warm sound with fairly aggressive compression when comparing to the Yeti. The highs are more muffled. You still have highs and it definitely sounds better than my Blue Snowball mic, but compared to the Yeti, it is definitely more compressed. Now, on some songs, I actually prefer the compression, like when singing Hello from Lionell Richie. However, when singing "Better than I used to be" by Tim McGraw, I prefer the sound of the Yeti.
For talking, this mic sounds great and the recorded audio is easy to listen to.
The only flaw I've found is if singing loudly the sound breaks up easier than the yeti. This is remedied by sitting about 4feet away from the mic when loud, but it's just a thing. There is also a gain control knob that can be adjusted, however, if turned down too much you loose most of the detail in the voice.
Both mics are very similar and if you dont have all that money to buy the Yeti, but still want a good sounding mic, this is an excellent alternative.
I currently have this mic connected to my son's gaming computer and he loves it. He likes being able to plug his headphones into the mic itself and being able to adjust the headset volume from the microphone.
The front of this mic is an updated design, so the youtube videos that say you can't tell what the volume setting is set to are no longer relevant. That was from the older style mic. This mic has a LCD screen that shows the volume level, gain level, and input setting the microphone is set to. The mic also uses control knobs instead of buttons.
There are 4 settings,
Pick up sound from front of mic only
Pick up sound from front and back only
Pick up sound from all directions
Pick up sound in stereo, both sides
For most applications, the front only setting is used, but it's good to have other options so the mic can be used for several different applications including conference calls or interviews.
I definitely recommend this mic as it sounds great and is at an affordable price point.