AntLion ModMic 4.0 Uni-directional

 

The AntLion Audio is a brand owned by GTDevice LLC based in Portland, Oregon, USA. The main product being the modular ModMic 4.0 microphone, available in two versions: Uni-directional and Omni-directional. With the launch of this product, any type of headset can be improved.

 

Official product link:

http://www.modmic.com/collections/frontpage/products/modmic-4-0

Packaging and accessories

The ModMic 4.0 model comes packaged in a black zipped carrying case.
On the front of the cardboard packaging we find printed the logo of the manufacturer while on the front side of the carrying case we have embossed the name of the manufacturer.

 

Accessories

The product comes with the following accessories:
– 1x Manual
– 1x Carrying case
– 2x Base clasps, one top clasp with cap
– 1x Extra 3M pad for re-attachment of base clasp
– 5x Cable clips
– 1x Foam pop filter
– 1x Alcohol wipe
– 1x Velcro strap

Specifications

Jack: 3.5mm plated TRS for use with PCs
Cable: 3.3 meters length, 2.5 mm diameter, coaxial shielding, mute button ~150mm from end of boom (about shirt pocket height)
Boom: 175mm max length, very bendable with internal steel spine
Clasp: 12.7mm (0.5 inch) diameter circle adhesive pad footprint, ~17.5mm total height of attached clasp assembly.
– Xbox One: works fine through controller via a CTIA/TRRS adapter. Will need latest firmware update! (as of 5/22/15)
– Play Station 4: works fine through controller via a CTIA/TRRS adapter. Sounds strange at times if used through mixamp.
– Mac/PS3/Xbox 360 headset jacks with proper adapter (Macs will need a USB adapter)
Microphone capsule:
Pattern: Uni-directional
Sensitivity: -38 ± 3 dB
Response: 100 Hz–10 kHz
SNR: >50+ dB
Impedance: 2.2 KΩ
Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
Max input SPL: 110 dB

 

Features:

The Uni-directional capsule offers better noise-cancelling but does not have as much sensitivity or frequency response as the Omni-directional.
If you’re going to be using your mic in a noisy environment, go with the Uni-directional.

 

Visual inspection

The design of the ModMic 4.0 model is simple and functional.
On the cable of the microphone we find a Mute switch, the microphone comes in a variant without this switch at a lower price.

 

The logo of the manufacturer is engraved in the rotating magnetic stand of the microphone.

 

The cable of the microphone is long enough measuring approximately 3.3 meters in length. Also the microphone uses a 3.5mm gold plated TRS jack.

 

Testing

The mounting of the microphone is simple thanks to the adhesive clamp (also magnetic).
The magnetic base is fixed to the desired headset using the adhesive side, then the microphone fixes in its position on the magnetic side. The adhesive used on the clamp is strong enough to hold in place the base & microphone, removing the clamp is easy, the adhesive does not leave any marks.

 

The body of the microphone is flexible and the magnetic base can be unscrewed and change its position. The sound quality remains exceptional regardless of the voice volume of the user.
The Uni-directional model offers better noise-cancelling while the Omni-directional model offers better frequency response and sensitivity.

 

Final thoughts

The purpose of the AntLion ModMic 4.0 microphone is to replace the existing solutions on the gaming headsets. Although the sound quality is very good, it is dependent on the input device of the microphone.
The build quality is very good, the microphone offering flexibility from a position point of view.

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