AntLion Audio ModMic Detachable Boom Microphone Review


Can’t find a headset/mic combination you like?  Do you have a favorite pair of headphones but no mic?  Wouldn’t it be great to just add a microphone to your own headphones anytime you like?  You may remember my own attempts at using a hot glue gun to attach a microphone to my own comfy headphones…  Fortunately, the AntLion Audio ModMic detachable boom microphone solves this problem.

Oh, THAT'S an antlion

Made in Oregon!

Specs:

  • Jack: 3.5mm
  • 
Pattern: Omnidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -26 ± 3 dB
  • Response: 30 Hz–17.5 kHz ± 3 dB
  • SNR: 58+ dB
  • Impedance: 2.2 KΩ
  • Operating Voltage: 1 to 10V
  • Max current at 2.0V: 500 µA
  • Max input SPL: 110 dB
  • Boom Length: ~5 inches (~12.7 cm, stock), ~6 inches (~15.2 cm, maximum length)
  • Clasp Height: 0.5 inches (1.27 cm, attached), 0.2 inches (0.5 cm, detached)
  • Microphone Weight (mic and clasp): 4 grams (0.14 ounces)
  • Total Weight (mic, clasp, and cable): 20 grams (0.71 ounces)

The mic came packed in a cardboard tube with two stick-on magnets called NeoClasps and an alcohol wipe.  Notice how the microphone cord is wrapped in a handy hook and loop strap.

The NeoClasp magnets have a peel-off adhesive on one side, and a four-pronged “tooth” system that lets you adjust the mic angle.  If you unscrew the cap, you can adjust the length of the mic boom.

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Closeup of the NeoClasp magnet

Length adjustment

To attach, simply attach the adhesive NeoClasp magnet to your favorite headphones.  You’ll need a flat surface, since the magnet itself is flat.  In my case, my Sennheiser PX100-II folding headphones don’t have a flat surface, so I cut a tiny piece of double-stick foam tape to do the trick.

Favorite headphones + boom mic = goodness

How does it sound?  Sounds great!  I called up my brothers-in-law, who I usually use to try this sort of stuff out with, and they could not tell I was using something that was essentially completely custom.  Voices sounded almost booming, as if the mic was too close.  The 6mm electret capsule condenser microphone at the end of a 5″ long boom is flexible, so you can move it closer or further away from your mouth.  The cable is a VERY generous 11.5 feet long to reach the back of your computer.

If there’s one thing I would improve on is the design of the magnet “teeth”.  Because there are four teeth, you can only rotate the mic at 90 degree increments.  Perhaps 8 or 16 teeth would have allowed a more usable coarse adjustment for mic-to-mouth alignment, while the bendy bit works for fine tuning.

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Now I have no excuse for NOT having my favorite pair of headphones to use for that next Skype session or fragfest!

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Product Information

Price:$32.95
Manufacturer:AntLion Audio
Requirements:
  • 3.5mm microphone jack
Pros:
  • Use your favorite headphones
  • Detach when not in use
  • Made in USA
Cons:
  • Adhesive base only works with perfectly flat surface
4 comments… add one
  • Chris Bursing December 23, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Great review… I’ve been looking for a stereo headset with high quality sound and high quality noise rejection on the mic (I assume that means a boom mic) for use with my iPhone and can’t find one. I’ve tried the Ume, and while the mic was great, the incoming sound wasn’t great. Any suggestions?

  • Andy Chen December 23, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I also tried the UmeVoice “the Boom” on my own headphones.

    http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/05/04/plantronics-audio-476-dsp-usb-headset-review/

    It’s not easy, that’s for sure.

  • Chris Bursing December 23, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Which sounds better and has better mic quality: your homemade headset with the Ume or the plantronics?

    Is it possible to somehow adapt gaming headsets for cellphone use?

  • Andy Chen December 23, 2011, 6:09 pm

    They’re all pretty good. TheBoom is unmatched for background noise reduction, however.

    I’m not sure how you could adapt gaming headsets to a cell phone. You’d need a special adapter to combine the microphone and headphone audio. However, I suppose a bluetooth-based gaming headset would also work with a cell phone. I haven’t tried it.

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