Samson Meteorite USB Microphone | A Podcasting Review
These two USB mics have a lot in common. With their retro chrome grille appearance, they are pretty unique – neither would look out of place in the Fallout video game universe.
So, what's the difference between the Meteor and the Meteorite?
The most obvious factors are the build and appearance. The Meteorite is a little ball that sits snugly in a magnetic holder, whereas the Meteor is a one-piece device with legs fixed to its body.
Essentially, the Meteorite is smaller and lighter microphone.
So, is the Samson Meteorite the ideal podcasting microphone for you? Let's find out.
The size of the microphone immediately makes it a decent option if you're more of a ‘mobile podcaster'.
If you take your laptop out on location to record, or do a lot of travelling, the Meteorite certainly isn't going to cause any weight or space issues in your bag.
As I've mentioned already, in terms of looks there's nothing else like it. Combined with how small and unobtrusive it is, this could make it a great option for someone who also does video as well as audio recording.
The Meteorite has a cardioid polar pattern, meaning it is designed to record one person, and not two or more people at the same time.
Although the Meteorite's size and weight make it ideal for portability and travel, it doesn't actually come with a dedicated carry case.
It has a pretty short USB cable, which can limit your recording options, especially if you have a standing desk for your computer.
There's no headphone port on the mic for live monitoring of your recordings, and no analogue gain control either.
At the time of writing, the Meteorite can be bought new on Amazon for £38, or $40.
This sound sample was recorded into Audacity in semi sound-treated conditions. No post-processing has been applied.
There were a few occasions where I popped the mic. Because there is no headphone port on the Meteorite, I was unable to monitor my recording in real time, and so I didn't notice this until afterwards.
Though the Samson Meteorite‘s small size and simplicity will make it attractive to some, others may see its lack of features and controls as a negative.
It would certainly be a decent little starter mic for someone who wants to remain portable, and perhaps record a bit of video too.
That said, there isn't much of a price difference between the Meteorite and the Meteor, which gives you a little more flexibility.
Before you make a decision, though, there are a few other USB mic options available out there. Check out our USB Microphone Roundup for reviews, sound samples, photos, and prices.