Researching and investing in audio products is one of the greatest hurdles for amateur podcasters and streamers. But Samson is offering an affordable, low-effort entry point to the world of high-quality audio with its. With excellent noise rejection and options for USB-C or XLR connections, the Q9U is one of the best entry-level mics available today.
Here’s What We Like
- Great sound quality
- Doesn’t pick up much background noise
- USB-C and XLR connectivity
- Built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring
And What We Don’t
- Mute button feels cheap, hard to tell when it’s active
- The internal pneumatic shock mount doesn’t do its job
- Doesn’t come with software to control the mic
- Doesn’t come with a desktop mic stand or mic bag
Just to be clear, the Samson Q9U isn’t the cheapest microphone of its kind. But it’s a better entry-level option than many other mics because of its wide feature set and noise rejection. The Q9U sounds good in an untreated room, saving you the trouble of buying acoustic panels, and its optional XLR connection ensures that you can continue using the Q9U if you ever buy an audio interface.
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rocks, it works over USB-C and XLR, and because it’s a dynamic microphone, it doesn’t pick up much background noise in untreated rooms.
Over a USB connection, the Q9U is totally plug-and-play. It doesn’t require any extra drivers or software, which is mostly a good thing, though I wish Samson at least offered some kind of software to control the mic and apply global EQ (so you don’t have to set up EQ in each of your recording or broadcasting apps). But hey, you aren’t stuck using USB! The Samson Q9U’s XLR jack provides a lot of room for growth, saving you the trouble of buying a new mic if you decide to get an audio interface.
Samson filled the backside of this mic with all kinds of switches and ports, including a hardware mute switch, a mid-boost setting, a low-cut setting, and a headphone jack for live audio monitoring. For those who want to hear themselves and their computer’s audio output in real-time without setting up complicated software, the headphone jack is a very nice addition to this mic.
Speaking of audio monitoring, you’ll be surprised the first time you hear yourself talking through the Q9U, because it’s very good at ignoring background noise. There isn’t any crazy software at play here, it’s just that the Q9U is a dynamic mic, a type of microphone that’s often better suited for untreated or noisy environments than condenser mics like theor .
With its cardioid (or heart-shaped) polar pattern, the Q9U only picks up noise directly in front of its capsule. If high-quality audio is your goal but you’re in a noisy or untreated room, then a dynamic mic like the Q9U might be a better option for you than a condenser mic. That’s not to say that everyone should use a dynamic mic—condensers like the Blue Yeti can sit at a more comfortable distance than the Q9U and still pick up consistent-sounding audio, so they may be a better option for remote workers or livestreamers who don’t want a mic hovering in front of their face all the time.
The Q9U also comes with some accessories to help seal the deal. There are the USB-A and USB-C cables, of course, but there’s also a windscreen. The Q9U already has an internal screen to keep your plosives from sounding explosive, but the external screen can help if you’re speaking loud, singing, or just love the Peter Piper tongue twister. Unfortunately, this mic doesn’t come with a desktop stand, so you’ll have to(or go for ).