Maono AU-A04 Microphone Kit – Test & Review

By September 18, 2019 General

WHAT’S IN THE VIDEO?

An audio test, unboxing and review of the Maono AU-A04 USB Condenser microphone kit with angle-poise boom arm, shock mount & pop filter.

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This is a reasonably standard budget condenser mic. It’s comparable to others that I’ve tested on the channel. The difference here is that they’re selling this as part of a kit together with a boom arm, shock mount etc. The question is, does this make good value for money or should you buy all the bits separately?

THE GOOD

  • Crisp, clear audio with the usual bright treble on mics of this ilk.
  • At £50, this is exceptionally good value for money.
  • Nice to have everything you need in one convenient kit. It makes a perfect beginners kit or gift to see if this is a hobby they want to pursue.
  • The microphone is metal construction and feels sturdy.
  • This is one of the best looking mics at this price point.
  • The pop filter is basic but works well with minimal loss of top-end.
Maono AU-A04 Mic
The Maono AU-A04 is a great looking mic

THE BAD

  • The boom arm and bracket are just too fragile. You’ll need to take care when moving the mic around. Don’t be rough.
  • I noticed some minor distortion when listening on reference headphones.
  • The shock mount or stand do very little to prevent pickup of noise in the mic.
  • Don’t be sold by the 192kHz specs. It’s totally unneeded and fairly meaningless on a product of this quality. Stick to 48kHz.
  • The USB port is always a point of weakness in my opinion.
  • The stand is shorter than many so it may not reach on a larger desk.
Maono AU-A04 Mic Stand
It’s a shame the boom arm isn’t better quality

ADDITIONAL AUDIO OUTTAKES

Maono AU-A04 USB Port
Standard USB-B port – Possible point of failure?

CONCLUSION

For the money, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re starting out in recording, there is little point investing more until you know for sure this is something you want to pursue. By that point, you will have learned about where you need to invest your money and what type of stand and mic you might want to get next.

I wish Maono had pushed the price up by £10 here or so and included a more sturdy boom arm stand. To me, the fact that this is a kit is such a wonderful selling point. However, it’s let down by accessories that really seem like an afterthought.

That said, a mic is all about how it sounds, and this sounds absolutely fine. Check out the video or the outtakes about to hear exactly how the mic sounds. I think you’ll be impressed. If you don’t need the rest of the gear, you might be able to find a better deal, but as a kit, this is spot on.

ETHICS STATEMENT

NOTE: This product was provided for review, but all opinions are my own. No content is scripted by third parties.

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • If someone from Maono is here, please email us the details. Our team (developer) and I are trying to figure out where to look for microphone support.

  • Andre says:

    Thank you for the post-review about the microphone and 10% Discount code.

  • Patrick says:

    A bigger problem with the stand is that it uses a tensioning system with exposed springs to hold its place. Accidentally tapping a spring sends a loud reverberation right into your mic, even when using the included shock mount. In fact, pretty much any vibrations make their way through the shock mount, which makes me think it’s more for looks than anything else. The two pop filters, on the other hand, work quite well. Since the AU-A04 is very susceptible to “pops” (bursts of air), they’re very necessary accessories. I tended to prefer the gooseneck screen filter rather than the foam windscreen since the foam has a subtle muffling effect, but both were very close. Even though you’re clearly not getting a professional kit at this price, its shortcomings all feel very manageable. The weak stem on the boom arm? Don’t over-tighten it. The spring noise? Don’t touch the springs. The desk scratches? That’s the most egregious issue but is also easily remedied by covering the surface of your desk.I cut a square from an entryway rug and solved the problem for less than $5. The only real thing you might want to upgrade is the shock mount, but since it’s already up on an arm, you’re already getting more isolation than a desk mount might offer. For a new streamer, the MAONO really does give you everything you’ll need to get up and running right out of the box.

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