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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome) by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 536 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 2.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Portable5.0   above average
Size5.0   above average
Voice4.8   above average
Music4.7   above average
Price4.7   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Guitar4.6   average
Sound4.6   above average
Volume4.6   above average
Design4.4   average
Microphone4.3   above average
Audio4.2   average
Setup4.2   below average
iPad4.2   average
Plug3.9   average
USB3.8   average
Connector3.5   average
Noise3.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The product seemed to have a nice build quality, but the audio quality was not as clear as I had hoped for."
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"I plug my speakers into it because my laptop's audio jack is broken and it works like a charm! "
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"Unfortunately, the sound quality is not up to par for audio narration, so I had to purchase something more expensive - but will work perfectly for projects with the kids or in a situation where sound quality doesn't need to be the absolute best."
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"When i was running JACK in 44.1K the audio was distorted with weird drop outs."
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"Not being well-versed in the field of audio, all I can say about this product is that it is wonderful."
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"When my mic is plugged in, I have to have my headset plugged into the mic as well or audio won't play."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"Awesome ability to pick up clear audio from a great range."
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"I'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO DIFFERENT AUDIO TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERECE."
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Cable

Cable:
"I plug it in with the provided USB port cord, & it stays dead."
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"Mini-USB cable that came with it failed within a month of standard use."
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"At first I thought it was a problem with the cord and then realized it was an issue inside the port, and cannot figure out how it could have become damaged."
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"Tried all three ports, rebooted PC numerous times with same failed response, tried different USB cables (long and short ones with same result and other hardware plugged into same USB ports with no propblem)."
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"But, after reading too many forums, I finally found out that somebody change the usb cable and replace it for another good one and ta da now is working good."
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"It was great, but the point where the cable comes in collapsed and it seems unfixable."
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"It's perfect, other than when you move the cord the left speaker gets really loud, and yes I have tried multiple headphones, it happens to all of them."
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"The included USB cable is also of ample length for easy set-up in a multitude of situations."
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"It feels and looks expensive, its all metal, has a long USB cord and a great carrying case."
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Connector

Connector:
"I plug my speakers into it because my laptop's audio jack is broken and it works like a charm! "
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"The only downside is that your speakers have to be connected to the speaker jack on the microphone for it to work."
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"When i was running JACK in 44.1K the audio was distorted with weird drop outs."
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"I tried this on my wife's iPad and my daughter's too so it would not appear to be the iPad that is the problem (though it could be the camera connector, I suppose."
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"I love the fact that it has a built-in headphone jack with volume control and mute button."
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"My only problem is that I had to drill holes through the leg that covers up the power and micrphone jack so that I am able to fold all of the legs up and use it with my boom extension while having access to plug in headphones and the usb line."
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"As long as the tape keeps the connector at an angle, there is no problem, but it is frustrating very disappointing to have to purchase a whole new microphone to resolve the issue..."
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"I had to muck about with the Jack settings, but that could have easily been Jack's issue and not solely Samson's responsibility."
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Design

Design:
"The Samson technitian quickly told me the unit was defective each of the three times I called; as if the product was designed to fail."
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"I really like the cute design and the hefty feel of this mic - there's only 1 problem, it doesn't work."
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"Disappointing too...I really like the design of the mic and so many people say that it sounds so good."
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"Built well and cool design! "
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"And the design is really cool as well."
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"Love the design and ease of of use! "
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"super sturdy, great look, able to balance on it's own without the need to buy another stand for it, sound is clear with the right program, at least it makes me sound sexy to my ears, super sleek design, with a little blue light that lets you know it's working as it should be, while i haven't actually used the volume dial on the front, the unit itself is great, i'd recommend anyone in search of a good mic to get this."
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"I love just about everything about this microphone from its practical and beautiful design, to its life like sound quality."
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Guitar

Guitar:
"At close range when trying to record acoustic guitar it does not pick up as well as the ipads mic either."
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"It records a very natural, full sound from my accoustic guitar and, for me, is the best I've managed while recording picking on the guitar."
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"It worked with my Laptop and Ipad3 perfectly in instant without any S W etc requirement ,We use it for my daughter's acoustic guitar and vocal records, Voice quality is perfect .Don't hesitate to buy it for Ipad usage (garage band etc) and laptop ,It is like high level professional mics, Thanks Amazon , Samson and Aramex."
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"a good studio mic, i mainly used as recording my classic guitar work with my mac, as well as my iPad mini (using light - usb ), if you are using mac"
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"It reproduced both voice and music (live guitar, in this case) very well."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"When using headphones, gives back some really loud annoying feedback every now and then but it's bearable and doesn't show up in recording."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"I love the fact that it has a built-in headphone jack with volume control and mute button."
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"I'm still having some troubles adjusting it to the appropriate settings and for some odd reason it picks up sound from my headphones, but other than that, the sound quality is so good."
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"Perfect for VO or podcasts on the go, especially nice because of the zero-lag headphone monitoring port on the back."
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"It does have some rather nice features though, the headphone volume control on the mic is nice."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I actually really enjoy this mic, though I have a weird setback that I'm not sure everyone has?"
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"I honestly cannot recommend this microphone unless you plan on using it in a soundproof room with no keyboard."
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"Unfortunately, this microphone picks up background noise better than my voice."
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"Great microphone quality over all, i keep getting horrible static feedback when I plug in my Sennheiser HD518's into the microphone jack so I just had to resort to using the PC jack."
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"I really want to give this microphone 5 stars but after just 6 weeks the thing is dead."
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"Really cute USB condenser mic that plugs right into my Mac."
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"Great mic for youtube etc."
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"I keep this mic a good 30 inches from my mouth, and it still picks me up loud and clear!"
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"It's a good starter mic and is made of really good quality materials."
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"Pretty great mic, picks up a lot more than my old mic did."
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Music

Music:
"I was going to use it to record music with but i CANT cause the sound quality is horrible."
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"Amazing mic, great for music and talking."
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"This thing is awesome, I use it all the time and with the help of garageband on my mac, I can make music that sounds so professional and I love it."
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"It's great when you are recording music on your lap top and two people can listen on separate headphones."
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"I love this It has such great pick up for everything :) we made a music CD and it was awesome for being unprofessional."
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"The Samson Meteor didn't ship with any software, which while unnecessary for installation (my Windows 7 and 8 PCs automatically installed it when hooked up via the included USB), but would have been nice to have some music mixing or other similar software bundled with it."
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Noise

Noise:
"Unfortunately, this microphone picks up background noise better than my voice."
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"After reading many reviews, I was worried that this microphone would pick up lots of background noise and sound too thin."
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"I am a little bit disappointed about this mic, because it does not support provide any noise cancellation option."
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"The only downside is that it picks up noise from the desk it's on, so you need to cushion it if you're going to be typing or drawing while using it."
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"Love being able to hear myself speak with noise cancelling studio headphones now that I can plug them into the mic."
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"I tend to put it down to %60 for how loud it can be, but yet you still get some background noise if you want to still keep a good natural feel to your voice recording."
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"The quality is excellent for recording vocals and it cuts out background noise."
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"I have noticed that this mic doesn't weed out background noise as much as my other mics but it still records nicely."
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"It also seems to pick up virtually no background noise, which is fabulous!"
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Plug

Plug:
"Great microphone quality over all, i keep getting horrible static feedback when I plug in my Sennheiser HD518's into the microphone jack so I just had to resort to using the PC jack."
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"I know the port works & I trust the plug, so the meteor mic itself is broken."
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"I plug my speakers into it because my laptop's audio jack is broken and it works like a charm! "
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"Love the mic, I just have one little issue with it, the sound when you plug the earphones in is not that great."
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"Yeah, well, it's 12:42am, I've been trying to install this piece of junk on a Windows 7 computer for nearly an hour (Plug and play!"
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"Really cute USB condenser mic that plugs right into my Mac."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"since they easily plug into my comp via USB."
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"Easy to use, plug n play."
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"Truly plug n play, my iMac recognizes it easily."
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Portable

Portable:
"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"It, too, is quite portable, but is well suited to stay put on your desk as well."
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"It is light portable, and great for anything from gaming to prank calling McDonald's"
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"love how portable and easy it is to use."
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"Fun, portable, shiny microphone."
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Price

Price:
"Its not the best mic out there but for the price its pretty solid."
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"Unfortunately i haven't come across a mic in this price range that can do this."
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"If you want to be a book narrator or record vocals for a hit song, you'll need to spend a lot more money unfortunately (and get a recording studio).OVERALL: I like the design a lot and am pretty impressed with the recording."
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"Gotta say - I listen to my studio recordings (just voice recordings - not singing or instruments) and...it's hard to justify spending the extra money."
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"Combination of quality and price is hard to beat."
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"For the price, this mic is great for streaming and podcasts."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"Better than BLU YETI mic in my opinion ... half the size & price of the YETI ....... clear voice and can be accessed from up to 5' away and still offers superior quality ... be mounted to a mic stand (not included)."
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"Great mic for a great price."
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"This is the best sounding microphone for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Great microphone quality over all, i keep getting horrible static feedback when I plug in my Sennheiser HD518's into the microphone jack so I just had to resort to using the PC jack."
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"The product seemed to have a nice build quality, but the audio quality was not as clear as I had hoped for."
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"Unfortunately, the sound quality is not up to par for audio narration, so I had to purchase something more expensive - but will work perfectly for projects with the kids or in a situation where sound quality doesn't need to be the absolute best."
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"Despite what problems I have with how this microphone stands, its sound quality and physical build in other areas makes it worth keeping for me."
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"Now it only will turn yellow amber, and sound quality has degraded."
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"Quality is excellent, looks great, and easy to tune."
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"It's a good starter mic and is made of really good quality materials."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"For now, here is a quick summary of my thoughts on this mic:Pros:* Versatile - easy to set up on your desk with the foldable legs and a threaded mount for mic stands or tripods, but also very portable* Compact - much smaller than Blue's Snowball mic* Great build quality - mostly metal, not plastic - very solid!"
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"Great sound quality, looks great, has very impressive directional pickup."
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Setup

Setup:
"I've had this product for a while noe, and I still use it, the mic has had no lags, it's an easy setup, I use it for my ps4."
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"Great clarity with no hiss and easy setup even on my iPad (with a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter)."
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"Size-wise it's perfect for my desktop PC setup."
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"(Warning some of the non-apple camera adapters won't work for this purpose so best to get the actual Apple adapter if you have to buy one for that purpose)Setup on my Mac was as easy as plugin gong the mic and changing the input in the sound properties."
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"I do recommend following the PC setup to achieve the best quality of recording."
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"Easy setup."
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"Setup is SUPER fast and easy and the quality is amazing."
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Size

Size:
"Better than BLU YETI mic in my opinion ... half the size & price of the YETI ....... clear voice and can be accessed from up to 5' away and still offers superior quality ... be mounted to a mic stand (not included)."
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"Design-wise, it's a beautiful microphone, with legs that fold up and make it about the size of a goose egg, easy to transport in the bag that it came with."
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"It's extremely small and comes with a small sack that fits the microphone perfectly."
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"Terrific mic ... small enough to fit easily on my desk and performs beautifully"
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"Very clear voice recordings from a small device that is relatively cheap too!"
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Sound

Sound:
"Not only does it look fantastic, it's low profile, the sound is excellent, and I love the headphone jack for the mic monitoring."
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"Unfortunately, the sound quality is not up to par for audio narration, so I had to purchase something more expensive - but will work perfectly for projects with the kids or in a situation where sound quality doesn't need to be the absolute best."
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"The only downfall a caveat if any, is that it is not a microphone that will pick up sound in all directions."
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"Despite what problems I have with how this microphone stands, its sound quality and physical build in other areas makes it worth keeping for me."
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"I'm coming from a Blue Yeti (which I found to be impressive) and I find the sound of this mic just as if not more pleasing to my ear."
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"I am having some continuing problems with the recorded sound fading in & out - not sure if it's the microphone or the software but it is a problem."
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"My voice sounds a lot clearer, as well."
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"Great sound quality, looks great, has very impressive directional pickup."
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"This is the best sounding microphone for the money."
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"Amazing sound, easy to use and super simple to set up."
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"Sounds good."
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USB

USB:
"I plug it in with the provided USB port cord, & it stays dead."
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"Other Note: I ordered a used model from a seller called The_Disc_Connection and they failed to include a usb so I had to go out of my way to buy one before I could use the microphone but that's the fault of the seller, not the product."
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"Great clarity with no hiss and easy setup even on my iPad (with a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter)."
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"The fact that it's a USB connection worried me some though."
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"There are also reviews of the mini USB port simply failing, which will result in the same error."
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"There are plenty of trustworthy reviews here, so I'll just make note of a common problem with the USB version of this mic as a warning."
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"Really cute USB condenser mic that plugs right into my Mac."
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"But, after reading too many forums, I finally found out that somebody change the usb cable and replace it for another good one and ta da now is working good."
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"since they easily plug into my comp via USB."
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"Good little USB mic, great price, very easy to use and I like that it folds up."
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"Again this is my first amazing USB digital Mike and I am stuck."
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Voice

Voice:
"As you can see, there are very few errors using this microphone and the built in Voice recognition software."
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"Gotta say - I listen to my studio recordings (just voice recordings - not singing or instruments) and...it's hard to justify spending the extra money."
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"My voice sounds a lot clearer, as well."
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"Better than BLU YETI mic in my opinion ... half the size & price of the YETI ....... clear voice and can be accessed from up to 5' away and still offers superior quality ... be mounted to a mic stand (not included)."
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"Was perfect for recording voices for a training module."
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"Great voice quality for the price, and I love the metal build."
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"The audio (for my purposes) is excellent; I've sang into it and talked into it, and the sound is beautiful (despite my voice)."
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Volume

Volume:
"The only thing that could be complained about is the volume knob feels like plastic, but it's looks just fine."
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"* Fantastic audio quality for the price* Audio out (i. e. headphone jack) for live monitoring along with physical volume dial* Mute button - great for conference calls & webinars* Attractive* Plug & play - simply plug into your USB port on a Mac or PC - no drivers or software install neededCons:* Heavy - not really a negative, but if you want something even more portable, check out the Samson GoMicHighly recommended."
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"It has crystal clear sound, started working immediately after plugging it in, and the adjustable volume is a really nice feature."
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"I love the fact that it has a built-in headphone jack with volume control and mute button."
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"Adjusting the volume and muting the microphone is extremely easy."
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"super sturdy, great look, able to balance on it's own without the need to buy another stand for it, sound is clear with the right program, at least it makes me sound sexy to my ears, super sleek design, with a little blue light that lets you know it's working as it should be, while i haven't actually used the volume dial on the front, the unit itself is great, i'd recommend anyone in search of a good mic to get this."
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Windows

Windows:
"I was disappointed since I plugged in Windows 10 and were not recognized."
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"Was expecting great things from this microphone and was disappointed when it didn't work on my windows 8 computer using 3.0 USB port."
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"It failed to work with my OEM Windows 7 Home Premium PC and my Macbook Pro."
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"Yeah, well, it's 12:42am, I've been trying to install this piece of junk on a Windows 7 computer for nearly an hour (Plug and play!"
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"After the release of windows 8 as well as new iterations of OS X for Mac, the product no longer works because the drivers are outdated."
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"I use both Linux and Windows, and the mic was incredibly easy to set up on both systems."
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"It works flawlessly with all of the software I have tried it with on Windows 8.1 and sounds amazing!"
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"If windows update puts out a driver, it can easily break the microphone."
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"Also, if you play with the windows mac settings of micro - you can get an amazing effect."
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iPad

iPad:
"Great clarity with no hiss and easy setup even on my iPad (with a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter)."
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"I tried this on my wife's iPad and my daughter's too so it would not appear to be the iPad that is the problem (though it could be the camera connector, I suppose."
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"Tried it on my iPad and it didn't do well."
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"The sound is great - much, much better than the ipad's own microphone."
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"I am really enjoying my Samson Meteor recorder, which I use with my iPad 2."
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"I am often on Paranormal shows, and while on location, this works great with my iPad."
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"There is no latency whatsoever and it worked perfectly on my Mac and ipad."
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"It worked with my Laptop and Ipad3 perfectly in instant without any S W etc requirement ,We use it for my daughter's acoustic guitar and vocal records, Voice quality is perfect .Don't hesitate to buy it for Ipad usage (garage band etc) and laptop ,It is like high level professional mics, Thanks Amazon , Samson and Aramex."
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