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Samson C02 Vs Behringer C2 Comparison

If you are on a really tight budget but you need a pair of condenser mics to get working as soon as possible, you may consider getting Samson C02 or Behringer C2. These are pairs of compact condenser microphones. These mics are all very small and ultra-lightweight, allowing for not only easy travel and storage but also versatility in placement. Both Samson C02 and Behringer C2 are sold as pairs of stereo mics. They are very affordable, yet they have sufficient qualities that will let you work before upgrading to a higher model. So, between Samson C02 and Behringer C2, which one should you choose?

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Design
Samson C02 and Behringer C2 are very compact and portable, yet they are designed quite distinctively. Samson C02 is marketed as a pair of pencil condenser microphones. Its mics are slender and slim, much like pencils. The color is metallic silver. On the other hand, Behringer C2’s mics are more of minimalized version of regular mics. The mics of Behringer C2 are indeed quite considerably smaller and lighter.

Technical Specs

Samson C02Behringer C2
- Polar Pattern Supercardioid- Polar Pattern Cardioid
- Diaphragm 0.47" (12 mm) - Diaphragm Size 0.63" (16mm)
- Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz- Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
- Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL< 0.5%- Max SPL 140 dB
- Impedance 200 ohms- Output Impedance 75 ohms
- Dynamic Range 112 dB- Signal to Noise Ratio 75dB
- Equivalent Noise Level 22 dB A-Weighted- Self Noise 19dB (A weighted)
- Sensitivity 10 mV/PA- Pads -10 dB
- Operating Current Consumption 3.5 mA- Requires +48V phantom power
- Output Connectors 3-pin XLR - Connector XLR

One crucial difference between Samson C02 and Behringer C2 is the polar pattern. Samson C02 is omnidirectional. It picks up sounds equally from any angle. This characteristic is excellent for capturing a room sound and creating a true stereo image. On the other hand, Behringer C2 is cardioid. Behringer C2 picks up sounds only from the front side while rejecting the rear. Such design is great for music and studio recording, in which case you want to focus on the sounds coming from a single direction while attenuating other noise.

Performance and Output Quality
Unfortunately, however, some users have an issue with Behringer C2’s high self-noise level. The design of Behringer C2’s impedance causes the model to hum. The hum may not be very apparent in live performances, such as in a choir, but is noticeable in a quiet, controlled recording. There are, however, some guides available online about how to tweak the mics to reduce the humming. On the other hand, Samson C02 does not have as much problem. The audio reproduction is largely satisfying, with decent brightness, crisp, and clarity.

Feature
One nifty plus point goes to Behringer C2 for the built-in switchable low-frequency roll-off and input attenuation. It may seem astonishing that such small mics are able to handle sound pressure levels up to 136 dB, or 146 dB with the -10dB pad turned on. Any kind of loud vocalists or overzealous cellists can be handled easily without distortion. Meanwhile, the LF roll-off switch is very handy to reduce infrasonic noise like mic handling noise and breath sound.

Samson C02 comes along with shock-mounted mic clips and a carrying case, while Behringer C2 features custom stand adapters, a stereo mounting bar, a transport case, and windscreens.

Samson C02 Vs Behringer C2

- Cardioid Pickup Pattern
- Gold-plated XLR connectors
- Carry Case & shock-mounted mic clips included
- Sold as stereo pair
- 2 professional true condenser microphones for studio recording and live applications
- Sold as matched pair-perfect for stereophonic recording
- Low-mass diaphragm for ultra-wide frequency response and ultimate sound reproduction
- Cardioid pickup pattern for effective feedback elimination

Conclusion
Behringer C2 is indeed an excellent, feature-packed product. Unfortunately, the humming is a little bit annoying. Nonetheless, Behringer C2 is still a great choice for live performances. For studio recording, Samson C02 may be more convenient.

Samson Go Mic Vs Blue Snowball Comparison

Are you looking for a truly decent and reliable USB condenser microphone? Such equipment is crucial if you are a very busy and mobile person, and your job requires a mic that can be brought along throughout the day. For such case, Samson Go Mic and Blue Snowball are two feasible choices. Both products are heavily popular on the market, each boasting lots of positive reviews from the users. In a prior article, we have ever compared Samson Go Mic to the sibling of Blue Snowball, Blue Yeti, as well. Since Blue Yeti is also a USB condenser mic, don’t forget to take a look at the article as well!

Samson Go Mic Vs Blue Snowball

Design
For sure, both Samson Go Mic and Blue Snowball are very compact, lightweight, and portable. Even so, of course, they are designed quite differently and distinctively. Samson Go Mic is rectangular-shaped and is slim enough to allow you to easily slip it into your pocket or any spare space available in your pocket. It comes with a clip stand that allows you to clip it to a laptop or stand comfortably on a desk.

On the other hand, Blue Snowball, as the name suggests, is shaped like a ball. Thus, it is perhaps quite bulky and not convenient to be put in your pocket. It comes with a detachable foot stand. The foot stand is also foldable for easy and convenient storage and travel.

Technical Specs

Samson Go MicBlue Snowball
-Type: Condenser Microphone- Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient With USB digital output
-Frequency Response 20 - 18000 Hz- Frequency Response: 40 –18 kHz
- 16-bit, 44.1kHz resolution- Sample/word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
- Item Weight: 8 ounces- Item Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Product Dimensions 6 x 1 x 5 inches- Product Dimensions 10.6 x 9.1 x 5.5 inches

Feature
Both models offer multiple polar patterns. Samson Go Mic can be set cardioid or omnidirectional, depending on the task at hand. A cardioid polar pattern will focus capturing sounds coming from the front, while slightly attenuating the sides and significantly attenuating the rear. An omnidirectional polar pattern picks up sounds from all angles. On the other hand, Blue Snowball also has both cardioid mode and omnidirectional mode, but there is a switchable -10dB pre-attenuation pad in the cardioid mode, allowing you to capture loud sounds with more fidelity. Both Samson Go Mic and Blue Snowball are USB-powered. They consume power directly via the USB connection, so they have no battery to recharge.

Sound Quality
Both Samson Go Mic and Blue Snowball both record in 16-bit/44.1-kHz resolution. Even though a lot of people initially thought that Blue Snowball has better audio quality due to the slightly higher price, this is not always the case. Putting the two models to real tests, Samson Go Mic has proven to deliver better sounds than Blue Snowball. The sounds are clearer, more accurate, more articulate. Apparently, the issue with Blue Snowball is due to the shorter frequency response range. Blue Snowball only has a frequency response range of 40 Hz – 18 kHz. The bass seems to slightly muddle the mids and highs. On the other hand, Samson Go Mic has a frequency response range of 20 Hz – 18 kHz. The bass is more solid and does not get muddled with mids and highs as much.

Samson Go Mic vs Blue Snowball

- Portable USB condenser microphone
- Plug and Play Mac and PC compatible, no drivers required
- Custom compact design that clips to a laptop or sits on a desk
- Perfect for recording music, podcasting and field recording
- Ideal for voice recognition software, iChat, VoIP and web casting
- Custom condenser capsule offers crystal clear audio for Skype, Messages and FaceTime
- Record vocals, create podcasts, and add narration to your home movies
- Add crystal clear audio to recordings for YouTube
- Easy plug and play directly to your Mac or PC-no drivers to install
- Ships with desktop stand and USB cable

Conclusion
Even though Blue Snowball has a -10dB pre-attenuation pad, the other aspects are not as good as Samson Go Mic. For the most convenient design and the best recording quality, Samson Go Mic is the way to go.

Samson Meteor Vs Blue Yeti Comparison

Are you confused in choosing between Samson Meteor and Blue Yeti? Both of them are USB plug-and-play microphones that are both very popular on the market. Blue Yeti is a mic that is praised by many because of its versatile performance. On the other hand, Samson Meteor is often referred as the go-to choice for many people because of the superior output quality. Another thing to note, Samson Meteor is quite more affordable than Blue Yeti. Which is the microphone that you should purchase?

Samson Meteor Vs Blue Yeti

General Design
Both mics are very compact, lightweight, and portable. You can easily bring them along whenever and wherever. Samson Meteor comes with three foldable legs, which can be very handy for storage and placement. Blue Yeti has a slightly taller physicality, but the mic can be folded down as well to save some space. Both models have several on-board controls and features. Each of them has each own indicator light and a headphone output for direct monitoring, complete with a dedicated volume control knob. Both Samson Meteor and Blue Yeti are plug-and-play USB microphones, so you don’t need to perform any annoying installation process on different devices. (Take a look: Razer Seiren Vs Blue Yeti)

Technical Specs

Samson MeteorBlue Yeti
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution- Bit Rate: 16bit
- Large, 25mm diaphragm USB studio condenser microphone- The ultimate professional USB microphone
- Stereo 1/8" headphone jack for no latency monitoring- 3.5-millimeter headphone jack

Polar Pattern
However, Samson Meteor has a cardioid polar pattern, which means that it captures sounds the best from the front while attenuating the sides and rear. Such configuration is the most common in most mics, allowing you to focus on a single direction of the audio source. Hence, Samson Meteor can be viable for speech and music recording, podcasting, and broadcasting. On the other hand, Blue Yeti boasts about having a tri-capsule array and multiple polar patterns, making it ready to serve for wider purposes. You can set Blue Yeti to be cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, or stereo, allowing the mic to handle interviews and field recordings with ease.

Output Quality
We have seen that Blue yet is designed for superior versatility and flexibility. However, if we now come to talk about output quality, Samson Meteor is the superior one between the two. Each of the two models has a frequency response range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz. They both also record in 16-bit. Blue Yeti has a 48 kHz sample rate, while Samson Meteor allows the user to select for 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz.

Comparing the sonic characteristics of the two products, Samson Meteor is easily the one that can sound correctly right after plugging the mic in. It reproduces sounds more accurately, with a more natural and realistic frequency response. It is especially less prone to ambient noise. On the contrary, Blue Yeti may need your effort in settings and adjustments because Blue Yeti is very sensitive to ambient noise. The tones can also be a little bit too bright, so you may want to add some EQ.

Samson Meteor Vs Blue Yeti

- Stereo 1/8" headphone jack for no latency monitoring.
- Large, 25mm diaphragm USB studio condenser microphone.
- Works with iPad using Apple's Lightning USB Camera Adapter or Camera Connection Kit (30-pin).
- Gain control, mute button, zero-latency headphone output. Requires a minimum of 64 MB of RAM
- Perfect for vocals, musical instruments, podcasting, voiceovers, interviews, field recordings, conference calls
- Plug 'n play - Mac OS X (10.4.11 or higher) and PC (Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP). Bit Rate: 16bit

Conclusion
If you are fine with a cardioid polar pattern, or you usually only record sounds coming from a single direction, then you should pick Samson Meteor. The audio quality is quite noticeably better. And, due to the lower price, it is the best bang for the bucks. You may choose Blue Yeti only if you don’t mind the extra sensitivity and brightness for the sake of the multiple polar patterns.