Blue Yeti Nano Premium Usb Microphone Review
When you are looking for a USB microphone, the first name that’ll appear while searching via the Google is Blue. ‘’ lighten the load with this little Yeti Nano-beast. Made for the wild, it is affordable, aesthetically pleasing and travel-worthy’’. The Blue brand is a famous brand that has produced varieties of famous plug-and-play USB microphones such as the legendary Snowball and Yeti models. The Blue brand is recognized by the Amazon and B&H as best sellers and their growth and popularity through the years has greatly motivated a latest model – the Yeti Nano. The Yeti Nano features podcasts, YouTube productions, Game streaming, Skype/VoIP including voice over work in mind. The Yeti Nano is basically a reduced version of the Blue Yeti just as the name sounds, so do not allow the name to confuse you. But meanwhile let’s go through the Yeti Nano before we start contrasting between models.
The Yeti Nano comes in categories of different colors such as Shadow Grey, Clear Blue, Red Onyx and Cubano Gold. One of the many reasons why this microphones are very popular is because they are plug and play microphones and they are well-suited for Mac OS and Windows. With an addition of a table stand, this microphone weighs about 1.39Ib (63kg), its height is about 211mm ( 8.31 high) and its diameter is about 109mm. The Nano yeti features dual blue proprietary 14mm condenser capsules favoring sample rates of about 24-bit/48kHz. The front of the microphone should be facing you while recording, not the top or the back. If you are an active YouTube user, you should thoroughly check the side facing you while recording or else you might get insulted because of it via your comment section.
There is a headphone volume dial that serves as a mic mute button at the front of the microphone. A green light shows that the microphone is active while a red light shows that the microphone is muted. There is a button at the back that enables you to select between the Cardioid and Ominidirectional (record pickup patterns). Cardioid records the particular person using the microphone while the Ominidirectional records a group of people or environment. There is a headphone port of about 3.5mm, a USB port and a mount at the base of the microphone. It features a 3/8’’ to 5/8’’ adapter that enables the Yeti Nano to be installed on a microphone stand or Blue’s Radius III suspension mount and Compass boom arm.
MICROPHONE AND PERFORMANCE
- Power Required/Consumption: 5 V 150 mA
- Sample Rate: 48 KHz
- Bit Rate: 24 bit
- Capsules: 2 Blue-proprietary 14 mm condenser capsules
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Omnidirectional
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
- Sensitivity: 4.5 mV/Pa (1 KHz)
- Max SPL: 120 dB (THD: 0.5% 1KHz)
- Dimensions (mic w/stand): L: 4.29” (10.9 cm) W: 3.78” (9.6 cm) H: 8.31” (21.1 cm)
- Weight: 1.39 lb (0.63 kg)
- Impedance: >16 ohms
- Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
- THD: 0.009%
- Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 KHz
- Signal to Noise: 100 dB
- Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, 10, or Mac OS (10.10 or higher)
- USB Compatibility: 1.1/2.0/3.0
YETI NANO VS . YETI
Why would anyone prefer the Yeti Nano instead of the Yeti itself?, well, I will give you the answer. The answer is simply in the size!!. The Yeti is 0.37kg (0.81Ib) heftier than the Nano. One of the reasons why most people prefer the Nano is because, the Nano gives you more free space on your table, desks and also it is very easy to carry while traveling.
The Yeti features two additional polar patterns and an extra condenser microphone capsule. At the back, it has a convenient Gain adjustment knob where as in order to change/adjust the gain on the Nano, you’ll have to install the free Blue Sherpa companion app which also operate firmware updates. All this are the features that the Yeti has over the Nano due to its larger size. But nevertheless, you can get both at almost the same price. If you are looking for a less-costlier microphone, I think you should check out the cheaper Snowball models or if you have enough money you can as well get the Blue Yeti pro which has an XLR plug.
Blue brand has made some accessories available in the market. Even though the Yeti has a padded desk stand, it takes in much noise from a mouse and keyboard and hence you can get the Blue’s compatible Compass Boom Arm and Radius III suspension and moreover this will help create more space on your table or desk. So, if you have some extra money to spare, you can check out this accessories and get the one that suits you.