The new Samson Q9U microphone should be a beast for streamers and podcasters

Samson Q9U
Samson Q9U (Image credit: Samson)

Samson Q9U

Source: Samson (Image credit: Source: Samson)

What you need to know

  • The Q9U is a new XLR microphone announced at CES 2020.
  • Samson also included USB connectivity for ease of use.
  • Set to go on sale in Q2 2020.

Samson is a well-respected name in audio and is starting off the year with a bang with the announcement at CES 2020 of the Q9U. This new microphone is targeted at folks such as streamers and podcasters and combines high-end hardware with ease of use.

Set to launch in Q2 2020 for $200, the Q9U features an XLR output to connect it to any standard preamp, mixer, or audio interface, but also a USB connection for ease of use, perhaps on the road with a laptop. It includes a USB-C connection and a 24bit/96kHz analog to digital converter to make your digital recordings sound their best.

Also of note on the Q9U is the internal shock mount, which makes it a great desk-mounted microphone as well as on a boom arm, with built-in protection against bumps. You'll also get a built-in windshield and pop filter as well as a zero-latency headphone output to monitor how you sound.

The Q9U has a cardioid pickup pattern and Samson says its got excellent sound isolation and minimization of background noise, which let's face it, everyone buying a good microphone will be pleased to hear.

I've had a Samson G-Track Pro for a couple of years and it's been a very strong microphone if a little unwieldy thanks to its size. I've got high hopes for the Q9U when it launches later this year.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.