Review: Sennheiser Clip Mic Digital
Firstly, a huge thank you to Sennheiser for sending me a ClipMic Digital to review.
In this age of YouTube it is so great to see that audio podcasts are still very popular and increasing in number. It was estimated that out of all the audio listened to in 2014 in America 2% came from Podcasts. With large proportions of podcast recording being made out of a studio setting many people are turning to mobile devices to record their audio.
Introducing the Sennheiser ClipMic Digital clip-on microphone.
- Designed for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
- 30 - 20,000 Hz
- Omnidirectional pickup
- 96 kHz sampling
- 24 Bit
In the box:
- ClipMic digital microphone
- Metal wind screen (which is washable)
- Carrying pouch
- 1.6m cable
- Connection and power: Lightning connector
The microphone features a Sennheiser ME 2 capsule connected via the Apogee PureDigital module. The module carries out pre-amp and analogue to digital conversion. The headphone / microphone port is not used on the phone and is available for headphones.
The package is really well designed and holds all the components securely in place.
Putting together the ClipMic is very simple and the whole assembly feels very secure and solid.
There are two apps available frog Apogee and both provide a different function:
The Apogee Maestro control app gives software control over the microphone and includes: preamp, rumble reducer, hiss reducer and overload eliminator. There is also control over input monitoring.
My first test recording recorded with the MetaRecorder app. This app both provides a clean interface for recording but also lets you save additional metadata for use in Final Cut Pro which I really look forward to trying out). The app has dropbox support for sharing files easily.
This file has been converted from a .wav to .mp3 in Audacity.
I am extremely impressed with the first audio recording made using the ClipMic Digital and the MetaRecorder App. I was stood by the bust A45 in Birmingham at rush hour on a windy afternoon. The audio pickup of my speech is very clear and whilst their is traffic noise in the background it does not dominate the recording. The recording was also made during windy conditions which has been effectively screened out.
Sennheiser Momentum Headphones - Review Part II
In August 2012 I became an official YouReview reviewer for Sennheiser after winning a Facebook competition. I eagerly awaited my first review product which came in January 2013. The wait was worth it as the Momentum Headphones I was sent to review are stunning.
My first review and unboxing video are here
The official Sennheiser page is here
After using these amazing headphones almost daily for the last 5 months in a range of applications here are my findings.
In the home
These headphones are extremely comfortable for daily wear when listening to music sat or working around the home. The Circumaural design feels very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Weighing in at only 190g they feel incredibly light for their size. I found that even after wearing for several hours the contact pressure of 2.8N didn’t cause discomfort.
In the car
The Momentum headphones are perfect for long car journeys. They are extremely comfortable (see above) and the design of the circumaural capsules makes it a closed design reducing very effectively background noise. Having worn them on several hot days (yes they do exist) the breathable material of the headband didn’t leave me feeling sweaty!
On a train
I took them recently for a moderately long train journey from Birmingham to Manchester. I was initially concerned that the large size of the carrying case would be cumbersome for the rest of the day. I was pleasantly surprised, the hard carry case fitted well into the bottom of a rucksack and whilst it definitely did take up space it didn’t feel bulky or heavy.
As a part-time Performing Arts Technician having a decent pair of headphones to wear for extended periods of time has been a struggle to find. I have been really impressed with the Momentums as they provide excellent sound quality with very realistic, crisp and bright audio. Combined with the ambient noise cancelling and comfort these have become my tech headphones of choice.
iPhone and Mac compatibility
The inline remote with microphone is an excellent addition to the Momentum headphones. The iOS and OSX compatibility works well and I have been very impressed with the quality of phone calls. The ability to play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume, accept, reject and access Siri from the smart remote is a real bonus.
Overall these are an excellent pair of headphones and whilst some may flinch at a price tag of £250 this is excellent value for money and I believe will last a very long time. After 5 months of daily use mine still look pristine.
In summary, if you are only going to buy one pair of headphones for work or for pleasure I would recommend these 100%