Before we dive into the test itself, we need to have a look at the specifications of the Maono PD200X + AMC2 NEO
Specifications Maono PD200X
Specifications AMC2 NEO
About the Maono PD200X
The Maono PD200X is a combined XLR/USB-C microphone that uses a Kardioid pattern. is a USB external microphone that uses a cardioid pattern. It has a sampling rate of 24bit/48kHz.
If we unpack everything, it can quickly look a bit sparse. We have a thread, USB-C to USB-C/A cable and manual.
The PD200X comes in both black and white, where I received the black one for testing. The size itself is fine between other microphones I have had for testing, and would say it is very "normal" in size. On the page we have the text Maono standing in white text.
On the side we have two buttons, the first button is for muting the microphone, where the second can be used to control the volume of the headset or the gain of the microphone.
At the bottom, we have an entrance for a headset, if you want to run it through the microphone. Next to it, there is input for USB-C as well as XLR. As well as, we also have a button for RGB, which makes it possible to change the RGB or turn it off.
Before we move on to the test, let's take a quick look at the AMC2 NEO. AMC2 NEO is a sound mixer which is used to create your own professional studio. Among other things, it can be used together with your phone, to deliver music, for your stream and with integrated noise cancellation.
AMC2 NEO has a built-in battery, which gives you the option of taking it with you on the go if you use it with a laptop or your phone, among other things.
With the AMC2 NEO, in addition to the mixer, you get a USB-C cable, audio cable with jack plug and a manual.
When AMC2 NEO is used, no software needs to be used, and it all goes through Windows, in terms of getting it to recognize AMC2 NEO, as an audio format. However, this was no problem at any time.
After watching some of Maono's videos, on the product, and reading the manual, it should be possible to connect the AMC2 NEO with one USB-C plug, from the mixer to the computer. However, I have experienced during the test that it uses the battery, and therefore I ended up having two plugs connected, one to provide power and one to connect to the computer.
Since the PD200X is a dynamic microphone, there is also no need to activate 48V on the mixer, where condenser microphones require it to be activated.
I was able to find the Maono PD200X with a price tag of $79.99 on their own website.
If you want to buy both PD200X and AMC2 NEO, they have a price of $139.99.
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We have come to the end of testing the PD200X with the AMC2 NEO. The setup itself is easy to do, and especially with the connection of the AMC2 NEO, it becomes even easier. Because this is also where you have the opportunity to adjust a lot of things on the microphone, and it becomes the control where software or other devices become irrelevant.
The microphone itself has the necessary buttons mounted, so even if you choose to use it without XLR, you will not lose the necessary features.
With the DM30 I experienced gain did not make much difference. Even with the AMC2 NEO connected, I felt the same problem with the PD200X. I have to have the microphone very close to me in order to get a good and full sound from it, where I have often experienced with other microphones that a little distance is better.
It can of course have its advantages, as it also helps to isolate the sound, and there is not too much background noise when you speak into the microphone.
Conversely, it also requires a lot of setup in terms of getting the microphone positioned correctly in front of you, without it being in the way of the screen, but still so that it gets close enough to you to pick up your voice in the best possible way.
If we look at the price, the PD200X standalone, and as a bundle with AMC2 NEO, are incredibly good prices. They compare well with alternatives, and this is undoubtedly what makes Maono incredibly interesting, because you get a lot for your money.
I end the test with a score of 9 out of 10. It's definitely an upgrade from the DM30, and even if you pay a bit more, you also get more quality for the money. A microphone that gives you more options in terms of being able to be used as USB-C, but also XLR if you want a more professional setup.