The Danish audio professionals from EPOS have introduced the B20, a new wired streaming microphone. The device is aimed primarily at ambitious gamers, streamers and content creators and positions itself in the hotly contested price segment up to 200 euros.
Plug-and-play microphone in a sleek design
With the EPOS B20*, the Danes once again underscore their ambitions in the premium audio segment. With the help of the 2.9-meter USB-C to USB-A cable, the recording device can be connected to a PC, laptop, Mac or PlayStation console within seconds and is ready for use.
Visually, the makers rely on a simple design with high-quality workmanship: The case of the B20, which weighs around 530 grams, is made of aluminum and impresses with elegant details such as an LED status display.
The scope of delivery also includes a table stand that is fastened with a screw. Alternatively, the microphone can be conveniently attached to an articulated arm thanks to a thread size of 3/8 inch. However, the manufacturer does not include a pop shield or filter, as is usually the case in this price segment.
Many adjustment options
Especially in terms of audio quality, the B20 aims to impress. Three microphone capsules are said to provide excellent sound in the condenser microphone, while background noise is reliably minimized.
Fine adjustments are made via four controls, which are responsible for volume, gain, mute and four polar patterns. The choice of cardioid, stereo, figure-eight (bidirectional) and omnidirectional modes is intended to cover virtually all recording scenarios.
In addition, the sound experience can be further customized in the specially developed EPOS Gaming Suite software. Different equalizers, amplifications or sound effects can be selected here. It is also possible to choose between 7.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo.
Thanks to a recording option in 48 kHz/24-bit, the microphone should provide a voluminous and clear voice reproduction in broadcast quality.
Price and Availability
The B20 streaming microphone is available now for 199.00 euros*. This is also perhaps the biggest problem with the EPOS mic, as equivalent alternatives are already available at a much lower price.