Neat Microphones unveiled its first truly new microphone since Turtle Beach bought the company in January, and this is not what you would expect. The normal, neat Neat unveiled the Skyline, a USB condenser microphone reminiscent of skyscrapers as an “elegant” design, but honestly quite generic. It looks a little too much like everyday office audio conferencing hardware, a beard trimmer or (if you feel generous) a pen in an inkwell. It is definitely far from the whimsical widgets and bees you have come to know so far from Neat.
The functionality is at least solid. The Skyline is built for video conferencing and podcasts, and the 24-bit 96kHz audio should be a major upgrade over your laptop’s built-in microphone. The large, illuminated mute button should also be very handy if you need to get away from a Zoom chat.
The biggest advantage of the Skyline is the price of $ 70. It possibly offers a higher quality output than the 48kHz Blue Yeti Nano in a more affordable package. With that said, looks may matter – you may want to pay more for the Yeti (or AKG’s new Ara) if you’re a live streamer, or are otherwise as concerned about form as function.
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