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Samson q2u

Brand

Samson

Type

Dynamic

Connection

XLR & USB

Endorsements

23 hosts
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Why buy the Samson Q2U?

A very popular mic amongst podcasters and vocalists, the Samson Q2U delivers a great quality sound with dual connectivity options at a very low price. Here are our top three reasons to buy:
  • Connectivity — It’s strange to find a mic that caters for both USB and XLR connectivity, but the Samson Q2U is one of them. What this means for hosts is technical flexibility, with the option to plug-and-play into your laptop or desktop, or devise a more elaborate setup with a mixer or interface.
  • Sound quality — Podcast hosts laud the Q2U for how well it sounds. No doubt due to it having a dynamic element rather than a condenser element, you’ll be shocked at how well the mic makes your voice sound, particularly when it comes at such a low price point.
  • Price — Any mic that costs less than $100 and has a reputation as strong as the Q2U deserves high praise and careful consideration from those looking to buy their first or next podcasting mic. If you’re looking to invest in a mic that delivers a seriously strong performance return on the investment, look no further.

The Q2U is the perfect starter mic for any aspiring podcaster--as it comes with all the accessories needed to get up and running. And with both USB and XLR connectivity, you can simply plug-and-play via USB with no need for additional audio hardware, but still utilize the mic in more pro setups when needed. The mic sounds great for its price point. It has a very neutral tone with little embellishment--making it a breeze to EQ in post. The included accessories are very "entry-level", but they get the job done. All-in-all there is no better "bang for the buck" option than the Samson Q2U for the aspiring podcaster on a budget.

John Murray, host of Saturday Night Live (SNL) Afterparty

Under the hood

  • Patterns: Cardioid
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 in (19.1 x 5.6 cm)
  • Weight: 0.7 pound (317.5 grams)
  • Consumption: 5V DC USB Power
  • Bit Rate: 16bit
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15 kHz
  • Max SPL: 148 dB SPL
  • Sample Rate: 44.1/48kHz
  • Sensitivity: -54 dBV/Pa