Hardware Review: Antlion ModMic
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Most of us have a headset that we use for listening to video games, mostly at times when using speakers isn’t readily available (like if your significant other or kids are sleeping). Also those headsets come with a microphone, which most users will use to communicate with their team members using some sort of voice chat software. Of course this is all circumstantial depending on everyone’s situation. Maybe you use a stand-alone microphone for Skyping with loved ones who are far away, and this saves you the cost of a long distance telephone call, or you do a lot of web-based conference calls for work. Whatever the case may be, if you need a microphone, how do you decide which is best? Most of us want the best quality for the least amount of money, and this is always an important factor used to determine a good product for the masses.
Enter Antlion. Antlion came up with the idea of creating a modular microphone that can be added to any pair of headphones. While not a unique idea, it is a well implemented one. Let me explain.
Headphones are designed for only 1 thing; to allow the user to listen to audio, whether that be music, an audio book, a movie or TV show, or voice. They were designed to be worn for extended periods of time, and because of that, they are very comfortable. Headsets are multi-use devices. They have a headphone part, and a microphone part. Generally they are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. They can offer good sound quality for the user, as well as offer a microphone for voice communication. Because of the dual purpose functionality of them, they don’t really excel at any one particular task. Now most audiophiles (people who love music) will have an excellent pair of headphones in their possession. Now what if you could use those, and still be able to communicate in your favorite team based came using the voice communication software? You could do exactly this with a stand-based microphone, but most of them are either very expensive, or pick up to much background noise from the room, or vibration from the desk surface (like from typing). The best solution is to use a boom microphone that sits close to your mouth, like the ones you find on most headsets.
The Antlion ModMic allows for just this. Antlion designed a attachable/detachable boom microphone to allow users to use their good pair of headphones with a mic, and also be able to remove the mic when they don’t need to use it.
Lets take a look a closer look at the ModMic
- Precision cardioid capsule delivers superior voice capture while reducing unwanted background noise
- In-line mute switch instantly silences your mic
- Easily attach or remove the microphone thanks to a novel, patented design
- Adjustable boom gives you flexibility to best position the mic for performance and comfort
- Ideal for multi-player gaming, VOIP calls, or any noisy environment
- A 3.3 meter coaxially-shielded copper cable with clips easily attaches to computer or console
- Standard 3.5mm jack for immediate plug & play on a PC; available adapters for Mac and console use
- Includes carrying case & extra clasps
- Each ModMic comes with 2 base clasps, allowing you to use your ModMic on 2 different locations or to keep one as a spare should you ever need a replacement. The Antlion Cable Clips (included) ensure proper wire management from top to bottom. ModMic 4 even comes with a hard shell carrying case, perfect for bringing your ModMic on the road.
The materials used in the manufacturing of the ModMic are of the highest quality. The ModMic feels sturdy enough to stand up to lot of use, but still slim and portable enough to stow away in its carry case to take on the road. The magnetic base has a strong magnet, and holds the ModMic easily secured in place, while if you do happen to snag the cable, it will break away from your headphones easily.
- One ModMic with mute button
- Two base clasps, one top clasp with cap
- One extra 3M pad for re-attachment of base clasp.
- One foam pop filter
- Alcohol wipe
- 5 cable clips
- Carrying case
Each Antlion ModMic is individually packaged in its own carry case, and you can tell that care and pride is packaged along with it. Antlion does their own manufacturing, packaging and distribution and you can tell by the product that they care about each order.
- Jack: 3.5mm plated TRS for use with PCs, Xbox One: works fine through controller via a CTIA/TRRS adapter. Will need latest firmware update! (as of 5/22/15)
- Play Station 4: works fine through controller via a CTIA/TRRS adapter. Sounds strange at times if used through mixamp.
- Mac/PS3/Xbox 360 headset jacks with proper adapter (Macs will need a USB adapter)
- Cable: 3.3 meters length, 2.5 mm diameter, coaxial shielding, mute button ~150mm from end of boom (about shirt pocket height)
- Boom: 175mm max length, very bendable with internal steel spine
- Clasp: 12.7mm (0.5 inch) diameter circle adhesive pad footprint, ~17.5mm total height of attached clasp assembly.
- Pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 ± 3 dB
- Response: 100 Hz–10 kHz
- SNR: >50+ dB
- Impedance: 2.2 KΩ
- Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
- Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
- Max input SPL: 110 dB
Now Having just reviewed the HyperX Cloud Stinger headset, I felt thiswas a great opportunity to compare the Antlion Modmic with the HyperX Cloud Stinger mic. In order for me to accurately hear the results of the test, I used my hand-held Panasonic (model) digital recorder, which has a external mic input on it. I repeated the same small phrase 3 times, which will allow for repeat-ability of the audio recorded. While this isn’t the most technical test, the results were quite surprising. You can give them a listen below
HyperX Cloud Stinger Mic
Now I could have compared the Antlion ModMic to my Blue Yeti, but I felt it best to run the comparison between boom mics to give a more accurate representation of how it works. As you can hear, the Antlion ModMic gave me exceptional results in clarity when compared to the Cloud Stinger. To me, this just goes to show you that when you focus on 1 thing, you end up doing it well.
The Antlion ModMic is an excellent mic for gamers on their headphones, but it can also be used as a desktop mic, having to only secure the magnetic mount to your desk or monitor. I would highly recommend the Antlion ModMic to anyone, as the only downside to using it is the extra cord, but this is very minor as Antlion has taken cord management into consideration with their cable clips (additional ones can be purchased from their website).