Epos has been busy designing and releasing quality business and gaming headphones, headsets, and earbuds building on its long legacy and heritage of audio engineering.
However, last month saw its first foray into the microphone market with the release of the B20, a studio-capable microphone with a robust stem that can be mounted to an arm or sit within a stand on your desk.
The microphone includes an audio-in jack so you can monitor voices in real-time. The first time I used this - and in fact, still to this day - I found it stunningly clear. Every noise around me was crisp and sharp, so much so I felt like I had super hearing powers. The microphone picked up the smallest noise in my environment. I could hear my children talking, the hum of the air conditioner, as if it was all by my side.
The microphone is shockingly clear. It won't help whether you have a face for radio or not, but it sure will make every word you say be preserved in perfect, sharp, precise, audio clarity.
The microphone connects to your computer by USB and, curiously, Windows set it up as both an output device as well as an input device. The free companion Epos Gaming Suite software allows you to fine-tune the microphone’s settings, as well as download firmware updates. However, I found the software would only let me do this if I set the microphone as my default output device within Windows. It would not show in the software for tuning without this, even if it were my default microphone. I reached out to Epos support in case I was doing something weird but the support representative told me I wasn’t, this was normal and expected behaviour. My guess is Epos will adjust this in time but for now, reflects the company’s emergence in microphones. Actually, until recently, the microphone was listed on their website under gaming headsets, but now there is a new streaming microphone category and the B20 sits nicely there.
The other thing to note is the Gaming Suite software gives you great fine control over the settings. For example, the B20 has a gain dial that you can manually adjust, but I found a stark difference in how well I could tune it within the software. It was well worth doing this, and then saving the settings for preservation and later re-loading.
The microphone also has a four pickup pattern dial to help you collect sound for best results based on where the microphone is positioned relative to you and any other speakers.
Ultimately, the B20 is a tremendous microphone and if you are making your own streams, podcasts, videos, broadcasts, training materials, presentations ….. or whatever else then this is a high-quality device that will serve you well for a long, long time.