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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone Review

The Gadgeteer
9 April 2012
  • Excerpt: Most computers and mobile devices have built-in microphones now, and they are fine for phone calls and video calls.  They fall short when you need a higher-quality audio for podcasting or recording music.  There are a variety of microphones on the market, from cheap stalk microphones to studio-quality mics costing hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.
  • Pros: Much higher-quality recordings than built-in mic on MBP or iPad, Doesn't require external power source, Small enough to take with you, Works with standard microphone mounts, May be shallow to say, but it's beautiful!
  • Cons: Short, so you may need to find a way to elevate it or you'll have to hunch over it for voice recordings
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Late night to go

Gear Patrol
19 November 2011
  • Excerpt: Whether you’ve got aspirations of becoming the next Conan or just want more clarity over Skype, the Meteor Mic ($99) offers chrome-swathed old school mic looks with modern-day connectivity and features. The mic packs a 1/8″ headphone output for latency-free monitoring, mute switch, driver-free operation, and USB connectivity to your computer or mobile device.
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Overall 10

Samson Meteor Mic

14 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Samson’s new premium quality, compact, retro-stylish USB microphone is outstanding. No software installation is necessary. Set your System Preferences Sound Input to use the Meteor, adjust your input volume level, and start recording, singing, talking, or playing music with professional results. It’s that easy, and that good.
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Overall 7

Samson Meteor Mic

PC Magazine
11 October 2011
  • Conclusion: Solid voice quality and a compact build make the Samson USB Meteor Mic a good choice for a portable podcast/Skype microphone, but it's not the best choice for music recording.
  • Pros: Great voice quality. Attractive design. Portable. Can connect to the iPad for use with Garage Band.
  • Cons: Not-quite-as-great musical recording quality. Unidirectional mic makes portability less useful. Fold-out stand gets in the way when mounting the mic on a larger stand.
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Overall 6

Meteor Mic's small size a mixed blessing

19 September 2011
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Samson’s $99 Meteor Mic couldn’t be much cuter. This retro, shiny, capsule-shaped USB microphone easily fits into a large pocket, bag, or purse. It records 16-bit 44.1/48kHz audio, includes a 3mm headphone port on the back, a volume dial for that headphone port on the front, a convenient Mute button, an LED that indicates gain peaks, power, and mute; a tripod mount on the bottom; and three rubber-tipped legs that fold out from the side. More?
  • Pros: Works with iPad, Mute switch, Good sounding microphone
  • Cons: Mute switch makes a noise when engaged, So short it makes it difficult to position
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Overall 9

Samson Meteor Mic

Trusted Reviews
20 October 2011
  • Summary: A portable USB microphone... Oh and possibly the most beautiful thing we've ever seen!
  • Pros: Easy plug and play setup, Stylish and portable, Great audio quality
  • Cons: Not as high sampling rate as some, No gain control or analogue output
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Overall 10

Samson Meteor Mic

24 September 2011
  • Excerpt: One of the iPad’s great strengths is its ability to be used as a recording device – but it’s not just for musicians who use it for instruments and vocals. Among its many other uses are recording podcasts, presentations, interviews and voice memos, and chatting via FaceTime and Skype.
  • Pros: Inexpensive; amazing audio and build quality for the price
  • Cons: None
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