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Antlion Audio ModMic 5 Review

Rating: 8.5.

A lot of gamers now use dedicated gaming headsets to communicate with friends while playing. However, many audiophiles are simply not happy with the audio quality of a typical gaming headset, and would rather use a pair of headphones. That solution, however, means gamers still need a mic – and that is where Antlion Audio’s ModMic 5 comes in. Designed to attach to any pair of headphones, the ModMic 5 is essentially a stand-alone mic which should offer high-quality audio transmission.

Thanks to the Antlion Audio ModMic 5, gamers should now be able to use any set of headphones they desire, while still being able to communicate effectively with teammates or friends. It does cost £67.99 here in the UK, though – which is actually more than some gaming headsets cost in total. Still, if you are considering the ModMic 5, you likely already have an expensive pair of headphones anyway, so the extra cost probably won’t be an issue. In this review we go over how the ModMic 5 works in practice and offer an analysis of the audio quality of the mic itself.

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Specification

General:

  • Jack: 3.5mm plated TRS for use with PCs
  • Head unit: Microphone boom + 20mm of cable to male TRS 3.5mm tip. Single-conductor coaxially shielded.
  • Cable: 2.5mm diameter rubberized TPE jacket, kevlar reinforced, coaxially shielded. One 1m dual-conductor coaxially shielded. One 2m dual-conductor coaxially shielded.
  • Mute switch: 3.5mm male/female ends. Low ESR tantalum capacitor in mute circuit. Length: ~8mm
  • Clasps: Plated Neodymium N45 strength magnets

Microphone Capsule Specs: Uni-directional pattern

  • Sensitivity: -38 ± 3 dB
  • Response: 100 Hz–10 kHz
  • SNR: >50+ dB
  • Impedance: 2.2 KO
  • Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
  • Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
  • Max input SPL: 110 dB

Microphone Capsule Specs: Omni-directional pattern

  • Sensitivity: -26 ± 3 dB
  • Response: 30 Hz–17.5 kHz
  • SNR: 58+ dB
  • Impedance: 2.2 KO
  • Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
  • Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
  • Max input SPL: 110 dB

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