There are people who own great headphones that don't have a built-in microphone. Others have excellent gaming headsets, but their built-in microphones just broke. What can you do in such a situation? The answer is to look for a good headset microphone that can attach to any type of headphones. If you can find a wireless one, that's even better. That's exactly what Antlion Audio aims to offer with its ModMic Wireless microphone. We received it for testing, and we've used it thoroughly for the last couple of days. Read this review and see whether it is a good option for you:
Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless: Who is it good for?
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone is an excellent choice if:
- You want a high-quality microphone that can attach to any headphones
- You hate cables and want a wireless microphone
- You don't mind paying a premium price for an excellent microphone
Pros and cons
After testing the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless, here are the things we like most about it:
- It's a wireless microphone that works with any headset
- It delivers top-notch audio quality
- Supports two types of sound pick-up patterns: unidirectional and omnidirectional
- Easy to set up on any headphones, and the build quality is good
- It's a plug and play device that requires just a USB port, and it doesn't need any special software
- Its buttons (Mute and Mode switch) are easy to find and use
On the other side:
- It's pricey, and many people might not be able to afford it
- Not compatible with Xbox One gaming consoles
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless is a premium wireless headset microphone that offers high-quality sound. It's well designed and delivers everything it promises, and we like it quite a lot. We recommend it to anyone who can afford its price and especially to those of you who own excellent headphones that don't have built-in microphones.
Unboxing the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone arrives inside a small rectangular package made of matte cardboard. On its front, it features a photograph of the microphone and a few details about the device.
The back of the box is filled with details about the microphone's features and buttons, and also with information regarding its compatibility with various platforms. Then, inside the box, you find a hardened pouch.
Open the zipper and you will find everything nicely tucked inside: the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone with its foam pop filter, a USB receiver, two USB cables (one for charging and one extension cable), a series of stickers and an additional magnetic holder, alcohol cleaning pad, the quick start guide, and user manual.
Unboxing the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone is a pleasant experience, worthy of a premium device. Now let's see what it looks like and what specs and features it offers:
Design and hardware specifications
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone has a special way of attaching to your headphones using a magnetic clasp. First, you fasten a sticky neodymium magnet to one of the headphone's earcups, and then you simply join the microphone with it. It's a convenient and universal method that works quite well.
The microphone's base - the one that attaches magnetically - is quite large, but doesn't look bad at all. On its outside, there's a button that you can tap to mute it, as well as three different LEDs. Each of them lights up in a distinct color: blue is for letting you know that the mike is on, yellow indicates that the microphone is charging, and red means that you've muted the microphone.
The same colors are also shown on the USB receiver. Speaking of which: it uses USB 2.0 and Bluetooth aptX, and lets you use the microphone on a range of up to 10 meters (32 feet).
The microphone and its USB wireless receiver are capable of delivering full DVD quality sound. The Bluetooth aptX codec supports data transfer speeds with a latency of only 34ms, which translates to up to 5 times faster speeds than regular Bluetooth.
The microphone's sampling rate is 48 kHz / 16-bit, like in full DVD quality, and its frequency response range is similar to wired microphones: 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Furthermore, it's also capable of working in two different modes: omni-directional (best for recording or streaming) and unidirectional (best for removing unwanted noise around you). Note, however, that in unidirectional mode, the frequency response range is somewhat narrower: 100 Hz to 10 kHz. To transition from one mode to the other, you have a dedicated switch on the mike, near its boom.
Since this is a wireless microphone, battery life is important also. The good news is that the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless comes with a well-balanced battery that's capable of keeping it on for more than 12 hours on a full charge. Even more, the battery can be charged while in use (via a micro USB to USB-A cable), so you're not going to be bugged by unwanted interruptions.
Finally, you should know that the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone is compatible with any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, as well as with PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. However, it doesn't work with Xbox One or other devices, such as smartphones or tablets.
If you want to check all the official specs of this product, visit its official webpage: Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless.
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless looks nice, and its features and specs will appeal to anyone who's looking for a high-quality microphone. Does it work as well as its specs suggest? Let's find out:
Using the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone
Mounting the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone on one of my headphones was much easier than I thought. In about 10 seconds, I had already mounted the sticky pad on the headphone ear cup, and then the microphone's mounting base simply attached to it magnetically. It's a neat way of joining this microphone with any headphones, and the best part is that you can easily take it off whenever you want.
Using the button on the exterior side of the microphone's base is straightforward. It's easy to identify without having to look for it, and you can't miss it, as it's the only button there. Just tap, and the mike is muted, so no one in your online meeting chat can hear your children screaming behind your desk. 🙂 Another beneficial option for such situations is the other button available on the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless. It's found near the mike boom, and you can use it to switch the microphone's mode to either unidirectional or omnidirectional. When there are unwanted noises around you, enable the unidirectional sound picking pattern so that the microphone focuses on your voice only.
To test the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone, I've used it in a couple of voice chat sessions, as well as in the popular League of Legends online game. I've asked people how well they can hear me, and everyone said great, so I'll take their word for it. However, to give you a better idea of what the microphone sounds like, here's a recording I've made with it:
The Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless is an excellent microphone that I've found to be much better than most built-in headset microphones. I like how easy it is to set up and how well it works, and I bet that you will too.
What's your opinion about the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone?
Now you've got a better idea of what the Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless microphone has to offer. Do you like it? Would you buy one, or do you already have it on your headphones? Share your thoughts about it or ask any questions you might have in the comments section below.