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4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive cosmetics and good sound but not necessarily the best fit, January 26, 2012
This review is from: Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome) (Electronics)
Perhaps more than anything else, it was the introduction and subsequent success of the Zoom H2 personal digital recorder that led to an explosion of interest among home audiophiles, who suddenly found themselves equipped to make quasi-professional-level recordings with their computers plus a minimum of user-friendly equipment at reasonable prices. The price of the Samson Meteor USB mic, a fairly recent entry, has come down to the point of being fairly valued (initially, I was seeing it going for prices above the better-sounding Blue Yeti mic). It's an attractive (some would say "cute") little mic with its quaint "retro" design and deceptively fold-up, portable size. I say "deceptive" because, due to the non-adjustable mic stand, it can be more than a little challenging to find space for it on a desktop, next to a computer, and squarely in front of the narrator's mouth.

Bearing in mind the above reservation along with the actual quality of the recorded sound (it's good, but nowhere close to studio-quality), it would seem to make the most sense for those seeking "high fidelity" audio to spend the extra 20% for a Blue Yeti or an Audio Technica AT2020 USB (as tempting as the lower price of the non-USB version of the AT2020 is, be sure to try it out with a pre-amp supplying phantom power before going that route. I've known a couple of individuals who ordered the AT2020 condenser mic, only to discover that it was useless with a computer, even with the addition of a Snake Light cable).

If your primary considerations are convenience and portability, the Samson Go mic sounds almost as good as the Meteor and is unmatched in size, convenience and portability. (It scored higher than the Blue Mikey and Blue Snowflake in my auditions.) I'm tempted to say it's the perfect laptop mic, clipping to the top cover more securely than the Snowflake, whereas the Yeti is ideal for desktop use, producing rich-sounding recordings rivaling those of a professional studio's Shure SM7B mics.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2012 7:14:59 AM PST
Chris says:
Most reviews I've seen (and audio samples I've heard) point toward the Meteor Mic sounding superior to the Blue Yeti. One of the Blue Yeti's major advantages is the ability to choose from four different sound patterns (great for group recordings, for example). However, if you need something for solo vocals or podcasting and know you'll only need the cardioid pattern, I would take the Meteor Mic's 25mm capsule any day of the week over the Yeti's much much smaller 14mm capsules. The price premium for the Yeti has nothing to do with better sound quality. You're paying for more flexibility. The Meteor Mic has a flatter response curve vs the Yeti's at the cardioid setting and will better suit those with deep voices as the larger capsule provides better low frequency response.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2013 2:09:25 AM PDT
art&science says:
A bigger capsule with more bass response isn't necessarily better than a smaller capsule with less bass response. The Meteor does generate some complaints of muddiness in recording more complex and nuanced sounds. A capsule can lose definition if it's underpowered for its size.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 1:42:08 AM PST
A Customer says:
You mentioned the Zoom digital recorder. So how does the sound quality of the Meteor Mic compare to the Zoom H4n? Thanks!

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 6:05:33 PM PST
It should be noted that if the frequency chart on Samson's website is at all accurate, the Meteor should not have any "boom" whatsoever. Boom is caused by a spike anywhere inside the 20 - 400 Hz region (arguably up to 500 Hz), and the Meteor's chart shows a smooth dip from 0 dB at 1kHz to -4 dB at 20Hz. There should be boom, but maybe too much brightness. I mitigate this with a DAW.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2015 10:00:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2015 10:02:57 AM PST
Giuseppe C. says:
I've got that Zoom model as well as a Sony and Tascam portable. All 3 compare favorably with the Meteor, esp. the hi-end Sony (PCM-D50), in the mid to hi registers. But if I'm recording a show for radio broadcast (or a podcast), I don't want to go through the extra step of recording to SD card and transferring that to computer. There's some loss in the transaction, which detracts from studio quality sound, with rich bass and bigger-than-life, up-close realism. (But be sure to use a pop filter.)
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