Over the last few years, the microphone market has really expanded dramatically, and it takes a few minutes to be able to find dozens of devices potentially suitable for your purposes, with improvements and price changes here and there given by the huge offer currently present. In the amount of products available there are also some gems of large companies, which often manage to focus on the details necessary for certain types of users in order to reduce the final price and make their devices much more competitive. This is the case of AverMedia , which while always managing to offer products with an undisputed high quality, often manages to be rather aggressive also on the price side, as is the case for example for the newAverMedia Live Streamer MIC 330 , which we want to tell you about in depth in this review .
Quality and design
The device in question is presented as imaginable in a box that reflects its quality, and by extracting it you immediately realize how the materials used are really of the highest level, and the general resistance can be the envy of much less economical items. Inside the AverMedia Live Streamer MIC 330 package we are talking about in this review (you can buy it through this link ) we find an XLR cable , an interchangeable color ring , the threaded adapter from 5/8 “to 3/8 ” And the inevitable guide to discover all the details of the device on the fly.
The device is basically presented with a predominant black color, and as a detail that is nothing short of interesting it has a red circle in the final part that recalls the main color of the company. However, considering that this may not suit all environments, the behemoth has decided to include a black ring as well, to provide the whole with a slightly more understated design. If we talked about the XLR cable it is because the AverMedia Live Streamer MIC 330 , considering the high quality it wants to offer, does not rely on the classic 3.5 mm jacks or USB ports, and instead requires the use of a card external audio or a compatible motherboard in order to be connected to the computer and used.
Obviously, it is good to take this into account before proceeding with the purchase, considering that the gadget could affect the price. The same happens for the auction, which unfortunately was not included by the company, but is necessary for assembly. For the rest, it is possible to improve performance with additional devices such as anti-pop and anti-vibrations, but the device is immediately usable and fully functional.
Compromises for a competitive price
Despite having to do with a device that is not exactly cheap, since this is available for about € 100 at the time of writing this review of the AverMedia Live Streamer MIC 330 , it should be specified that it is not a condenser microphone, but of a dynamic one . This has the positive side of the possibility of specifically capturing the nearby voice, which in fact makes it sensible precisely for its main use, streaming and recording, whether it is generic live or podcasts.
The voice of the recorder is therefore put in the first place, with excellent results, but it must be said that some specific uses could be difficult to associate with the device in question, such as for example the capture of musical instruments. Furthermore, there is not even an external anti-pop in the box , as the company has opted for an internal solution, perhaps in order to save on the budget, perhaps for the design. This does not actually perform an egregious task for situations outside the norm, even if the performance of the device is still excellent for spaces that are not perfectly soundproofed and optimized, and an external support can really change the quality of the recorded audio.
The fact that it is a dynamic device should obviously not be taken as a defect, the more considered based on its uses, and precisely this factor could make it perfect for the needs of some specific users, although this actually classifies it as less versatile . . The audio recording, although not crystal clear and in some cases requiring post-production work, managed to surprise us positively, given the care that AverMedia has paid not only to the general quality and resistance of the product, but also to its features.