Review: Logitech's new Blue Sona XLR mic offers slick appearances and even better audio

Review: Logitech's new Blue Sona XLR mic offers slick appearances and even better audio ...

Yesterday, Logitech announced several new features to its platform for content professionals as well. One of them was a brand-new XLR microphone, which was later released with one of the most elegant designs on the market. Today, were taking a hands-on look at what to expect from the package and considering how Logitech maintains the premium pricing.

Logitech Blue Sona hands-on review

Logitech gets a fun day in a relatively minimal packaging. For the better or worse, the company isnt pushing you down with tons of extra accessories and primarily includes the essentials. There''s the Blue Sona itself, which is also nestled in the orange cardboard interior, but there are only two other main inclusions.

The 5/8 mounting point in the adjustable stand over is then adjusted to a standard 3/8 mount that boom arms and stands utilize. Finally, youll see one of the swappable windscreen covers in a vibrant red colorway.

One of the first things about the new Logitech Blue Sona that I noticed is how expensive the entire build is. It was certainly not skimping out on premium materials, and the second you pick up the microphone, you''ll see how solid of a build youre gets. Both the main body and the built-in adjustable mount are made of a durable metal that has a unique appearance.

The Logitech Blue Sona is absolutely fantastic. Its performance is quite different from your typical XLR or otherwise, thanks to a squared-off form-factor that integrates the adjustable arm right into the side. It does not only control the accessory, but also sends the audio signal back to the required audio interface you will need to bring to the table.

The removable windscreen on the back is far from perfect. Featuring a metal cylinder underneath that protects the actual microphone components, Logitech might have just rounded out the design right there, but ultimately completes it with the foam windscreen. Fortunately, Logitech also has a second one in a bright red for enhancing the look.

The microphone is mounted on a removable magnetic panel that shows only two controls. Logitech really is keeping things simple and clean for the entire setup, giving users the ability to adjust the bass cut and the appearance of the audio mix. This is intended to be paired with an external XLR.

With the new Blue Sona, Logitech has a quite robust recording capabilities. Everything comes centered around its ClearAmp Active Preamp, which ensures that the microphone can be powered from a standard audio interface and without the need of an external booster.

The dual-diaphragm capsule construction allows the microphone to capture both smooth low ends and plenty of detail while also preventing ambient noise from your surroundings. However, as I returned to my apartment and noticed previous recordings with my old system, the design was particularly beneficial to your voice and not all of the small imperfections that other microphones may and will pick up.

I purchased an audio interface that allowed me to power the accessory and send all of its audio pickup to my Mac. I ended up receiving a more entry-level Focusrite model, which has apparently been beneficial so far.

Many content creators expect a $349 discount for a microphone, but Logitech has a lot to offer. If it wasn''t already at least a few clear after the praise interwoven above, I''m extremely pleased with the time spent using the microphone so far. I am not quite an audio expert, but can easily appreciate the excellent build and even more balanced recording capabilities.

I can thus recommend the new Logitech microphone for anyone who already have an audio interface in their setup. Those who are willing to buy the Blue Sona for $349 will be disappointed. However, if you like me and want to start from scratch and start with the software, it is a less risky purchase.

Logitech eventually delivers a microphone that is almost certainly worth the money on its own, but you should instead go with a USB-powered interface to start first. The Shure MV7 USB Ive been using is a great solution that is a bit more on the high-end side with an XLR input, but also the option of simply using microUSB to start before someday making the switch to a dedicated audio interface.

This latter feature is my most powerful critique of the new Logitech Blue Sona. It sounded quite impressive considering that adding in a microUSB port might have pushed less skilled streamers and podcasters to adopt the new version. However, would novices be paying for a $349 microphone to begin with? I can''t fault Logitech all too much for putting an end to the concept.