EPOS B20 Streaming Microphone Review

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅02-06-21
Closer Look

The B20 is formed of two parallel aluminium cylinders articulated at a point two-thirds down the wider of the two. The smaller serves as the mounting stalk by attaching the supplied circular base or to a 3/8ths inch threaded microphone stand. The larger of the two cylinders is the microphone body itself.

One side of the microphone body features the Gain and Pick-up Pattern controls. Each is relatively stiff and will remain in place when the mic is inverted, nudged or shaken. The oval section surrounding these dials has a slight ridge to it, on which is printed the relevant control iconography.

The other side, the ‘front’ side as described by EPOS into which you speak when in cardoid mode, has both a volume button for headphone output and the dedicated microphone mute button. Just above the mute button is an indicator LED strip that is a dim white when the microphone is active, and uniform red when muted.

Moving to the underside, the base of the microphone incorporates a USB-C port for connecting to PC/console and a headphone out port. Product certification information is also printed here.

The upper section of the microphone is perforated, acting as an integrated pop-shield through which sound ingresses. At the very top is the EPOS logo.

One potential snag for the round ‘doughnut’ base and its accompanying screw is storage, particularly for the latter, when not in use. There’s no section to attach it to or safely stow it away, meaning it could easily get lost.

Fitted into its stand, the B20 is a professional-looking compact microphone that doesn’t distract from an overall setup. The stand itself has a small hollowed out section under which cables can be threaded, and both stand and microphone stalk are keyed so they only fit together in a fixed orientation.

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