Best of #CES2016 Samson tech
There was so much going on at CES2016, I’m still not done telling you all about it. One booth that I really got excited about was Samson. Samson started out as an audio company in 1980 working on wireless devices. Wireless microphones and PA systems for presentations.
The first thing that I saw were 4 new high-definition headphones. These aren’t your typical everyday headphones. They offer a noise-isolating, closed-back design with just the right amount of bass extension for hours of fatigue-free listening. Sound quality means little if your headphones aren’t completely comfortable. Soft yet durable lambskin leather ear pads come standard on these new headphones. An adjustable cushioned headband also adds to a comfortable experience when listening on the go or in the studio. Samson’s headphones combine dynamic clarity with a low-end extension ideal for your favorite beats. These headphones don’t trade audio quality for cost or convenience.
I use one of the older models of Samson’s microphones (The CO1U) and I love it, but it might just be time for me upgrade to one of their newer models.
Preferably the newest one called GoMic connect. Its great for Webinars, Online meetings, podcasts, and so much more. The options are unlimited, really. The GoMic connect Featuring Samson’s groundbreaking Focused Pattern Technology™, the Go Mic Connect allows users to adjust the microphones pickup field to focus on a desired sound source. Users can adjust the width of the focused pattern via the included Samson Sound Deck software, which also provides Digital Noise Reduction filters. This makes the microphone ideal for setting priority in large conferences in addition to presenting a great solution for mobile podcasters and creators. The software also comes with speech-to-text dictation software, which is ideal for when you have notes you need on your device.
For maximum compatibility, the Go Mic Connect features an adjustable clip that allows it to be top-mounted on everything from thin laptops to large TV monitors without blocking internal or external web cams.You can take it anywhere and not have to worry about where you’re going to mount it. For VoIP, plugging external speakers into the microphone’s headphone output activates Echo Erase technology to eliminate feedback caused by room ambiance or audio being received.
The Focused Pattern Technology™/Samson Sound Deck software is compatible with Mac and Windows. The Go Mic Connect can also be used as a standard USB microphone for tablets and smart phones. A USB cable and protective pouch are included in the package.
Samson really hit all the right points wither their microphones. They had a full range of USB microphones at a varying range of price points from $29-$89. All with their own individual features, but all still portable and compact. You’ve got one for audio production, podcasts, recording, office work, you name it. It’s great sound at cost effective prices.
After checking out the microphones, I was then introduced to their portable PA systems, perfect for presentations, parties, group classes, events and anywhere you want incredible sound quality. They have battery powered models, starting at $99 going up to $299. The biggest one is the Expedition XP1000 Portable PA .
There are lots of great features on the XP1000, but what really stuck me the most was that It was Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. It also includes three stereo input channels for connecting external devices like MP3 players, keyboards and more. Each channel features Bass and Treble controls, and the first two Mic/Line channels have a selectable compressor to even out levels while preventing overload and distortion. The XP1000 even has a USB Wireless port for use with Samson’s Stage XPD1 USB Digital Wireless Systems (sold separately).
The Expedition XP1000 stands out as a complete portable PA system that is perfect for events. I won’t have to worry about faulty, crackling sound, feedback and wires that cause hassle.
All great tools for the event professional, podcaster, rock star in all of us.