Bumblebee II Cardioid USB Condenser Microphone Review

Neat Microphones Bumblebee II is designed to be an affordable USB-style microphone built for audio recording, streaming, podcasting, and gaming alike. A medium-size diaphragm microphone with a built-in mounting system for a desk or a boom arm setting. The Bumblebee II features full-range 24 bit/96 kHz audio, a Cardioid polar pattern microphone, USB C output connector, and a zero-latency high fidelity monitoring headphone amp priced at $99.99.

I was a bit shocked at how small the microphone was when I pulled out of its giant box. Its box must be about 5 times bigger than the microphone itself. Inside you will find a completely refined version of the original Bumblebee. It looks absolutely nothing like its predecessor. Now featuring a sleek all-black case seamlessly attached to a metal Y frame which is then connected to a desktop mount. Bottom line if you are serious about streaming or recoding get a boom, a desktop mount will never eliminate the keyboard stroke bass sound. Bumblebee II’s metal Y frame does disconnect from the desktop mount allowing you to mount it to a boom arm easily. It does feature some non-intelligent lighting around the button on its front side, but no RGB lighting system. It’s a clean design I like the directions Neat is headed with their new microphone products.

Neat created the Bumblebee II to be an easy-to-use style microphone. Its USB Type C to Type-A cable easily allows you to plug and play it with any windows-based PC or laptop on the market. This really comes in handy for voice conferencing, content creators, streamers, podcasters, gamers, vocalists, musicians, and voiceover artists. You will get a ton of work productivity along with your broadcast usage. Its 24 bit/96 kHz digital audio output gives the microphone excellent clarity. A single internally shock-mounted, medium-sized 25mm condenser capsule does give it excellent depth. When it comes to getting that radio voice sound analog will always be king but I was impressed with the sound the Bumblebee II had to offer. You can also monitor your playback with its zero-latency high fidelity monitoring headphone amp that can be controlled for simultaneous monitoring of source and playback. Neat has really put together a great sound quality package at this affordable $99.99 price point.

There is absolutely a ton of value when it comes to the versatility the Bumblebee II has to offer. Its size makes it easy to carry around in a backpack for use on the road and for other daily work tasks. I do however think it’s priced a bit high, I would like to see this product at around $69.99. I really like this product for an entry-level content creator who is wanting to push their audio quality up to a professional level.

Specifications:

Transducer Type: Permanently polarized 25mm condenser capsule, internally shock mounted

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Sample Rate: 96 kHz

Bit Depth: 24 bit

Sensitivity: 16.0 mV/Pa at 1 kHz (1 Pa = 94 dB SPL)

Maximum SPL: 128 dB SPL (0.5% THD)

S/N Ratio: 80 dB-A (IEC 651)

Noise Level: 14 dB-A (IEC 651)

Dynamic Range: 114 dB (@2.5k ohms)

Power Requirement: 3.3 V – 5 V

Product Weight: 0.88 lbs. (0.4 kg)

Product Dimensions: 8″ x 5″

Connectivity: USB

Summary
Neat Microphones Bumblebee II is designed to be an affordable USB-style microphone built for audio recording, streaming, podcasting, and gaming alike. A medium-size diaphragm microphone with a built-in mounting system for a desk or a boom arm setting. The Bumblebee II features full-range 24 bit/96 kHz audio, a Cardioid polar pattern microphone, USB C output connector, and a zero-latency high fidelity monitoring headphone amp priced at $99.99.
Good
  • Very easy to use
  • Can mount to a boom
  • Versatility
Bad
  • No RGB lighting
  • Useless desk mount
  • Priced a bit high
7.4
Good
Design - 6
Quality - 8
Performance - 8
Audio - 8
Price - 7
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