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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone

B&H # SAMTR Mfr # SAMTR
You Pay: $64.99
Product Highlights
  • USB Plug-&-Play Connection
  • Ideally suited for Apple iPad
  • Integrated Tripod Stand
  • Stylish Finish
  • Large 25mm Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 1/8" Headphone Output
  • Headphone Level Control

The Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone is stylish and features a large 25mm diaphragm element. The microphone is built with an integrated folding tripod base making it an easy microphone to transport and set up. The Meteor is USB powered, and requires no drivers for use with your Windows or Mac OS recording applications. Plug a pair of headphones into the 1/8" headphone input, adjust the headphone level and enjoy latency-free monitoring. The Meteor is an ideal choice for recording, podcasts and communication applications.

Large (25mm) diaphragm condenser for rich audio recording
Cardioid pickup pattern
Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz
CD quality, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
Fold-back leg design provides optimal mic positioning
Durable chrome-plated body
Plugs directly into any computer with a USB input, no drivers required
Compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstation software
Stereo 1/8-inch headphone jack for no latency monitoring
Headphone volume control with microphone mute switch
Includes USB cable and carry pouch
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Capsule 1" (25 mm) condenser capsule
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Headphone Output: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sample Rate 44.1/48 kHz
16-bit
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 96 dBA
THD 0.01% unloaded, 0.04% @ 32Ω
Maximum Input Sound Level 120 dB
Output Connectors USB
1/8" (3.5 mm) headphone output
Headphone Impedance 16Ω
Power Requirements USB bus-powered, 5V 70 mA (idle), 100 mA (peak)
Dimensions 1.92 x 3.9" (49 x 100 mm)
Weight 0.57 lb (263 g)
Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SamsonMeteor Mic USB Studio Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Compact (7)
    • Durable (6)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (8)
      • Home studio (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Meteor Mic for Podcasting

      I used the Meteor Mic to record a podcast. The sound quality was excellent, with rich tones and consistent volume. I had previously used a headset with a boom mic and the results...Read complete review

      I used the Meteor Mic to record a podcast. The sound quality was excellent, with rich tones and consistent volume. I had previously used a headset with a boom mic and the results were not great. The Meteor Mic is a significant improvement, even though it's quite reasonably priced.

      If anything, it was a little too sensitive, so I had to isolate it from my desktop to avoid it picking up my mouse clicks.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not a Good Match for iPad!

      Despite selling this bundled with iPad USB adapters it is NOT a good fit. While it will function with an iPad/iPhone there is NO control over the mic's initial gain / A-D stage. ...Read complete review

      Despite selling this bundled with iPad USB adapters it is NOT a good fit. While it will function with an iPad/iPhone there is NO control over the mic's initial gain / A-D stage. It will input a signal with it's gain at full ... so if you are close to the mic or recording a loud sound, the signal will distort in the mic itself. Even if you wind down an App's record level you just end up with a lower amplitude clipped signal.The manual is clear that the only way to reduce the level of the mic into the AD converter is via USB from a connected computer ( eg Apple's Sound Control Panel ). iPad/ iiPhone *cannot* do this. Maybe Samson should release an App to do it?The Apogee MiC is better ( and more expensive ) option. It has a physical gain control ( no headphone out though).The Meteor works great connected to an actual computer. NIce sound good headphone output... zero latency monitoring.

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      4.0

      Nice sounding mic for vocals

      By Songsmith1

      from Nashville, Tennessee

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

      This is a mono mic, which not everyone understands. It improves the sound of my vocals, but it does clip if you're not careful, and there is no on-mic input adjustment.

      The design and build quality are superb.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By CompuAjax

      from Oshawa, ON

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

          The best quality. Dynamic is amazing because the condancer mic gets even sound from other rooms. This is the best I could have.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not a Good Match for iPad!

          By Lee

          from CT

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

            Despite selling this bundled with iPad USB adapters it is NOT a good fit. While it will function with an iPad/iPhone there is NO control over the mic's initial gain / A-D stage. It will input a signal with it's gain at full ... so if you are close to the mic or recording a loud sound, the signal will distort in the mic itself. Even if you wind down an App's record level you just end up with a lower amplitude clipped signal.The manual is clear that the only way to reduce the level of the mic into the AD converter is via USB from a connected computer ( eg Apple's Sound Control Panel ). iPad/ iiPhone *cannot* do this. Maybe Samson should release an App to do it?The Apogee MiC is better ( and more expensive ) option. It has a physical gain control ( no headphone out though).The Meteor works great connected to an actual computer. NIce sound good headphone output... zero latency monitoring.

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            4.0

            Great product

            By music lover

            from Canada

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

              This is a great product. I love it. It has a clear sound, volume control, and it can plug into your computer. It's great. It picks sounds up really easily. If you're looking for an affordable microphone for recording, buy this microphone.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Mic

              By Dr. Slideshow

              from NJ

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                Looks great. The mic is well made. Sound quality seems to be good.

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                4.0

                Amazing quiet and warmth for price

                By danieldavis101

                from Wheeling, WV

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                  We use this product for University lectures for online courses. Normally, for mics of this price point, you would receive a lot of background noice, plosives, etc. This had none of those, but had a richness and warmth that I haven' heard from this type of computer mic.

                  Highly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Wow! Great Mic for the Ipad

                  By Oboe Guy

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                    I have used it for several performances and it has always delivered. I recorded a choir concert in a large church with 6 musicians. It did a great job on solos, the choir, percussion and a string bass.
                    We were even able to make a CD that sounded very respectable.
                    If you want to use it on the Ipad, you need the Mac camera adapter.
                    I bought one and gave it to a musician friend for her birthday.

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                    4.0

                    Great Mic on a budget

                    By Stacia

                    from Virginia

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                      This mic is fabulous. It looks cool and performs well, especially for the price. It's sensitive enough to pick up a normal voice, from a few inches away (6-8) without a lot of ambient noise.
                      It's perfect for podcasts or voiceovers.
                      All I did was plug it into my computer and the drivers installed automatically. Unplug it to hear the playback.
                      Great purchase, I look forward to lots of use!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Better than I thought it would be!

                      By The Mayberry Deputy

                      from Bristol, VA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                        I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of sound this usb microphone delivers. I do voiceovers on occassion and rehearse lines fo presentations regularly. I needed a mike that would offer a true sound without distortion and this one does it very well.

                        I really don't have a negative comment about this product.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Meteor Mic for Podcasting

                        By Dave

                        from Kelowna, BC, Canada

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Rich tonal quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone:

                          I used the Meteor Mic to record a podcast. The sound quality was excellent, with rich tones and consistent volume. I had previously used a headset with a boom mic and the results were not great. The Meteor Mic is a significant improvement, even though it's quite reasonably priced.

                          If anything, it was a little too sensitive, so I had to isolate it from my desktop to avoid it picking up my mouse clicks.

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