Blue Yeti X Honest Review (After Using It For 3 Months)

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In the 21st century, when you go out questioning the teenagers and the young generation about their choice of career, you are sure to find some of them wanting to be either YouTubers or streamers or podcasters. These things have gained a lot of fame among the young generation, and two out each ten people in the world have a dream to become any of the three above. And to be frank, these jobs are not bad either!

So, if you are among those who want to become a You Tube or Twitch streamer, what all do you need for a start? The things you will need are a good gaming smart phone or PC, a face cam, some nice lighting, and yes, a good microphone. Because I do not personally feel that streaming is something to be looked upon without the streamer’s voice. So it does not matter if you possess a good face cam or not, but it surely matters if you have a good microphone.

And when it comes to microphones and when you ask the experts, many of them will recommend the Blue Company. Blue is one of the top manufacturers of microphones and the Yeti series of Blue is one you can really rely on. And in the year 2019, Blue presented before us its new product, the Yeti X – a bigger and badder microphone.

So here is the review of the one of the best USB microphone – Blue Yeti X after some rigorous usage of 3 months –

PROS

  • Enhanced quality of sound
  • Various useful pickup patterns like stereo and cardiod
  • DSP free
  • On-mic LED Live metering and controlling
  • Included recording software

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CONS

  • High price as compared to the regular Yeti
  • Big size
  • The sound made by the buttons are picked up by the mic
  • Not-so-good LED lighting in low light conditions

WHO SHOULD BUY

  • The ones who do not have any Blue Yeti microphones!
  • The ones who want a handy and on-the-go microphone
  • The ones who are satisfied with less advanced gears.

DESIGN

The Yeti X comes as a four-capsule condenser mic in black and silver design and has a sturdy desktop stand included. The mic can be swiveled to be set at an upward direction when in the included stand. It can also be removed and used in a standard mic stand, but you have to buy an adapter externally for connection.

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Like other regular microphones, the top is covered in mesh metallic grille (the color depends on the model you buy) and behind it is present the four 14mm capsule mic array. Below the grille is the multi-functional knob which controls the volume and gain of the voice with LEDs highlighting each level. The knob can also be used as a controller for the computer audio and the audio you hear in your microphones. And you have to set these externally.

The lower panel houses the two connection ports – the micro USB connection port with the included USB cable and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Yeti X also comes with a recording software known as BlueVoice that requires either Logitech’s G Hub or Blue’s official Sherpa software in order to operate.

Yeti X requires Windows 7, 8.1or 10 and Mac OS 10.10 or higher in terms of compatibility factor.

WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THE YETI X?

There are numerous reasons to make you buy the Yeti X if you are in to streaming or podcasts. So here are some reasons why you should buy it –

1. Controls and lighting

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The Yeti X features some really easy controls which are simple to operate. And the basic and probably the only one controller is the knob and it used to control almost everything. It can be pressed like a button to mute or unmute a being played and long pressing it will cycle the modes for you. The mic sensitivity, volume of the headphones and the computer and the blend of the audios are the various modes which can be controlled by the knob.

Coming to the LEDs, there are a lot of multicolor LEDs just like you will find in the gaming hardware. Once you have Logitech’s G Hub software, you can control the lighting virtually for all conditions like the mic settings and the show modes. It can especially be used by streamers to make some really nice background effects.

You can find only one demerit when it comes to the lighting. Some lights look a bit too harsh in low light conditions. So if you choose the lights accordingly, you are good to go.

2. Advanced audio processing and controls

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Yeti X comes with some amazing audio processing systems, if you want them. And of course if you want them, you need to have Logitech’s G Hub installed. Yeti X comes with an in built software named the Blue VO!CE (do not be shocked, the name is just what you are reading!). The Blue VO!CE contains various audio processing effects which you can manually configure through the G Hub.

Do not think that these are those filters which you get on Instagram when you take a selfie! These are legit tools which can tune the audio sound and quality for a better input. May be you can also get those underwater bubbling sounds if you really want them!

The Blue VO!CE has the following features –

  • Voice Equalizer
  • Noise Reduction (not Cancellation though!)
  • Audio Limiter
  • Audio Compressor
  • Audio Expander
  • High pass audio filter

3. Other features

There are many other features which make the Yeti X an ideal choice for the streamers or podcasters. Let us start with the four capsule condenser system. With the Yeti having three condensing capsules, the Yeti X has four of them to enhance and modify the sound and audio. You may not feel the difference among the two capsule systems, but it surely filters out much of the background noises.

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Yeti X also has an upgraded audio system, an upgraded 24-bit system as compared to 16-bit of Yeti. How is this upgrade useful? The 24-bit audio system amplifies the audio quality, giving it more depth, just like the color depth you get when you click pictures through a camera of better megapixels. While the 16-bit microphone works well for streamers and podcasters, the 24-bit helps those who do regular voiceovers, record music or add sound effects (like beat boxers).

The one problem that most users report is that Blue has not still upgraded from the USB port connection system. Most of the people favor the Type-C connection, so they want an upgrade in the microphone too. But it depends on you if you are bothered by the connection anyway!…

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Does Upgrading To Internal Blu-ray Drives Worth it?

The question is quite debatable as most people don’t really feel that they need it way too much. That leads them to question this thought of getting a Blu-ray disk really worth it? Or I will be just wasting my money on some new upgrade.

While we on that let’s just first know what is the Blu-ray drives?

Well in simple words you can say it’s an advanced version of DVD like DVD was an advanced version or successor of the CD player. That’s is how the Blu-ray is the successor of your DVD driver, while ago the computers were installed with CD drivers. Then I got replaced by a better version of the DVD driver that gave you better quality and storage. Then nowadays it’s getting replaced by our Blu-ray drivers, as it’s better in video quality, audio quality, in performance-based.

When we had the DVD disk before we didn’t have the option of getting too much space to store large and many 720p or higher quality videos. But with Best Internal Blu-ray disk you can store a vast variety and large numbers of high definition videos and with better sound quality.

Just like we had that in DVD players that CD can be read in the DVD drivers but you can not read a DVD on a CD driver. The same thing is with Blu-ray while here also you can read DVDs on the Blu-ray drivers but you cannot read a Blu-ray disk on a DVD driver. So getting a Blu-ray driver will really worth it in just this point only.

Let’s see some of the advantages of Blu-ray and compare them with DVDs.

Storage

The first thing that people need is storage, and when it comes to storage the Blu-ray and DVD not even close to the same level. Blu-ray disk give you minimum of 25gb of storage in one disk and can get up to 27gb

Well, If its a double layer or dual layer disk it can hold up to 50 GB of data.

While seeing on DVDs, it’s one disk that can hold up to 4.7gb data and not too much. Even if you use a double layer or dual layer disk it will only hold the data of 8.5 to 8.7gb which still not even close to the data of a single disk of Blu-ray. So this clear advantage of having a Blu-ray tell you that Blu-ray can hold more high definition video and high-quality audio.

Quality

The second advantage over the DVDs you can say it’s quality. Blu-ray like we talked about having lots of space in it gives you the option of saving lots of files and great quality files. So it will not be bad or wrong to say the quality of Blu-ray disk will be better and good as it will store higher quality videos and audios.

While talking about DVDs they give you just storage of 4.7gb which is not really that gray and just because of that it cannot store that much data and also cannot stop good quality video and audio. So clearly in quality to Blu-ray is ahead and far better than your standard DVD player or DVD disk.

Content

Let’s compare the content, so content is basically extra things that you get in your disk like Behind the scene, overlaying of voice, and commentaries, etc. Blu-ray disk because of having lots of storage can provide you with a great option of getting those in your disk. You might often see all of those if you are using a Blu-ray device or a Blu-ray disk.

While talking about your DVDs disk they lack basic storage which is enough only for actual video and not for this extra content. Some DVDs may give you these but when they are different DVD only. You can find this extra content of that video on different DVDs but not on the same. So clearly even in the content, you might want to upgrade to your Blu-ray driver.

3D

The option of watching 3D movies and videos is a really must-have option for drivers. As talking about Blu-ray all 3D movies are getting in Blu-ray format only.

While the other hand DVDs are getting a few 3D movies in the past, but it won’t now as I told you, everyone is switching to Blu-ray and that’s is why the 3D format will be there only in Blu-ray from now on. So if you want to enjoy 3D in the future or now too you might as well as upgrade your driver to a Blu-ray driver.…

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