Samson Meteor Mic – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 8 July 2011
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As more and more people strive to create high-quality podcasts and other audio output, the typical microphone found in inexpensive headsets simply doesn’t do the trick nor does it provide the appropriate level of audio quality.

The Samson Meteor Mic is a good looking, high-quality studio microphone that connects to your computer via USB. In appearance, it looks like it’s straight out of a 1950s radio or TV studio.

Setup, well there is no setup. There are no drivers to install and it works instantly on Windows, OS X, and iOS devices. I was up and running on my ThinkPad X301 in just a few seconds.

You can use this to create podcasts as well as with services such as Skype. It has a built-in stereo 1/8-inch headphone jack that provides no-latency monitoring, a built-in windscreen, and a nicely-integrated mute button/volume control with a built-in three-color LED that shows power (blue), mute (amber), and input signal clipping (red).

A built-in tripod unfolds for desktop use but the mic also has a standard 5/8” thread mount so you can attach it to a microphone stand.

The mic itself uses a one-inch (25 mm) diaphragm with a unidirectional cardioid polar pattern (so named because the sensitivity pattern is heart-shaped) that did an excellent job of picking up my voice without any background noise whatsoever.

The mic itself is only 1.92 x 3.9 inches (49 x 100 mm) and weighs only 9.3 ounces (263 g), making it suitable for travel as well (it comes with a soft pouch for this purpose).

I used the Meteor Mic to record audio for the book trailer for Overload! How Too Much Information is Hazardous To Your Organization, my book that’s coming out on May 31. Quality was excellent using the Windows 7 Sound Recorder app.

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