The Maono PD200X is a dynamic podcast microphone and offers both USB and XLR connectivity at an accessible price point. It simplifies recording by seamlessly plugging into desktops or laptops using the 8.2ft USB cable. For studio podcasting, its XLR analog output connects effortlessly to professional interfaces, mixers, or portable PA systems.
Its built-in dynamic mic capsule adeptly captures a broad range of tones, from deep lows to delicate highs, delivering crisp mid-tones. Boasting an ultra-wide frequency response of 40Hz-16KHz, it ensures a clear and pristine sound. The cardioid polar pattern effectively blocks unwanted background noise during recordings and streams.
The PD200X features a convenient 2-in-1 smart knob for mic gain and headphone volume adjustment. Its one-click mute key, accompanied by an LED indicator, allows instant muting. Plus, the 3.5mm headphone jack enables real-time monitoring for precise recording.
With the Maono Link software, users can personalize their microphone tones and control RGB lighting in 9 different colors. Additionally, it supports EQ, limiter, and compressor adjustments in USB mode.
Adding to its appeal for gamers, this microphone offers dynamic multi-color gradients and 8 static solid-color effects, elevating the gaming ambiance during streams. Users can easily switch between colors and toggle the RGB feature via a button located at the microphone’s base.
- XLR and USB connectivity
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Industry-standard capsule design
- Maono Link software
- Digital Signal Processing
- Customisable with 9 RGB lights
- 2-in-1 smart knob that adjusts mic gain & headphone volume
- One-click mute key with an LED indicator
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Packaging & Design
The packaging comes in a solid cardboard box with the mic and accessories well protected. Inside, you’ll find:
- Maono PD200X Microphone
- Shock Mount
- 2.5m USB-C to USB-A/C Cable
- 5/8” to 3/8” Adapter
- User Manual
The microphone itself is sleek in a matte, all-white color. Featuring a removable foam pop filter and boasting an impressively lightweight design. Constructed mostly from metal, its build quality is commendable, with only a small portion made of plastic—understandable as it’s swappable.
Sporting a mute button, a satisfyingly tactile volume knob, a lighting button for RGB adjustments, and a 3.5mm jack input for voice monitoring, the mic is available in white or black color options.
Included is a convenient shock mount, but the placement of the 2-in-1 smart knob near the shock mount can be slightly problematic due to its clicky nature, potentially causing interference during recordings. For optimal setup, a mic stand or boom arm is recommended.
The built-in LED provides operational status, even in low-light gaming scenarios. The one-key mute function proves invaluable for seamless muting while streaming or podcasting. The sizable gain control allows for mic gain adjustments during use.
Switching to gaming microphone mode activates dynamic multi-color gradients and 8 static solid-color effects, enhancing the gaming environment and augmenting streaming aesthetics.
Features & Performance
The PD200X utilizes a cardioid polar pickup pattern, requiring direct speaking into its top section. With a sample rate of 24-bit/48kHz and a frequency response ranging from approximately 40Hz to 16kHz, it ensures precise audio capture.
Its premium dynamic mic capsule works well in capturing a wide range of tones—from deep lows to delicate highs and crisp mid-tones. Featuring an ultra-wide frequency response of 40Hz-16kHz, this microphone delivers exceptionally clear and clean audio, reproducing voices with natural clarity. Ample gain is available to strengthen the signal effectively.
The microphone’s sound quality is natural and transparent, performing outstandingly in both USB and XLR modes. It proves ideal for live Twitch streams and YouTube video recordings alike, offering consistent excellence in performance.
Additionally, the PD200X seamlessly integrates with the Maono Link software, providing users with comprehensive adjustments and fine-tuning capabilities for an enhanced audio experience.
The PD200X is compatible with Maono Link, offering options to personalize microphone tones, toggle RGB lighting in 9 different colors, and access EQ, limiter, and compressor adjustments in USB mode. However, Maono Link lacks a recording function, meaning you will need to use an additional software like Audacity for recording purposes.
The Maono PD200X microphone strikes a balance between affordability and performance, offering both analog and digital use. With excellent sound quality in USB-C and XLR modes, it effectively filters background noise by adjusting input volume. Its sleek design and quality make it a versatile fit for any gaming setup.
The Maono PD200X promises seamless podcasting and streaming experiences. However, it requires additional software for recording despite its intuitive features.