The best USB microphone nowadays can begin to rival even some studio-quality mics. They’re skyrocketing in popularity and overall quality and are amazing microphones for quite a few reasons — not only are they easy to use with their simple plug-and-play abilities for PC’s, Macs or Laptops, but they’re also extremely versatile to span across several different ‘uses’ and ‘applications’. We remember first delving into USB mics quite a few years ago (a decade or so we believe) and were skeptical to say the least — a mic you merely stick into a USB port and can immediately begin using and recording or streaming audio? Without an external power source! Unheard of. Let alone being so versatile to stem across uses such as gaming, live calls, streaming, YouTube videos, home studios, and more. How wrong we were, as we sit here writing about them today. Let’s get down to it.
As technology continues to grow, USB-friendly musical instruments are steadily taking the market by storm. One of the first “USB” types of gear was indeed the microphone. Back in the day, we remember buying one of those “stick mics” that hooked up to USB and we were in awe — how easy was it to merely plug-in a mic into a computer, not have to load any drivers and get to recording or playing games with friends? Today we decided to constrain your search to only USB microphones priced at under $100 or lower. Let’s see what we found.
Call us unaware, but this is the first time we’ve seen a wireless microphone that uses USB connectivity (at least worth looking at). One of our favorite brands over at Samson Tech has recently released this, so we wanted to give it a review to see exactly what it was about. The reason they call it ‘stage’ is because it’s a handheld microphone that can operate wirelessly up to 100 meters away. Although that’s awesome for performances, we still love this as a multi-use mic for studios, computers with gaming and pocasts, and more. Let’s analyze the specs of the Samson Stage X1U Microphone.