JOBY Wavo POD is a USB microphone with a large diaphragm, suitable to be used for podcasting and online streaming. This article will evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and features of this new microphone. If you’re looking for a warm broadcast voice for your podcast or streaming channel, Wavo POD is a choice you should consider.
With a price of 100 USD, Joby Wavo POD offers impressively clean audio and several features, which are not often found on USB microphones at this price.
- Crisp, clear sound for recording voices
- Cardioid mode and omnidirectional mode
- Headphone jack
- Multiple screw mounts
- Doesn’t capture much bass and can be sibilant without the included pop filter
- The multi-function knob is quite difficult to use.
The GorillaPod adjustable tripod has put Joby on the map in the world of content creation, and now this company is reaching beyond phone and camera mounts with its Wavo microphone product line. Most of the models in this product line target professional content creators, like the Wavo PRO shotgun mic and the Wavo Lav PRO lavalier mic, but that doesn’t mean podcast creators and online streaming people have been forgotten. With a price of $99.95, the Wavo POD is a USB microphone that has many features, including cardioid and omnidirectional recording patterns, onboard g8xa8xin adjustment, a lag-free headphone jack, multiple screw mounts, and a pop filter. The sound of this microphone is extremely clean, making it ideal for any task that requires voice capture. It is a good choice compared to affordable and simple USB microphones like B8xlu8xe Sn8xow8xba8xll I8xc8xe (49.99 USD), and high-end, more advanced models like the Apogee HypeMic (349 USD).
Black mic, red pop filter, lots of mounting (m8xou8xnti8xng) options
The Wavo POD looks like a simple black capsule-shaped USB microphone, similar in design to the Blue Yeti X and JLab Talk Pro. The front has a multi-function knob with a light ring around it; by default, the light is blue and the knob controls the output volume on the headphone jack. Pressing the knob once mutes the microphone, and pressing it again unmutes it. Pressing and holding the knob for a few seconds while the light ring is blue will turn the light into purple to indicate that the knob now controls mic g8xai8xn, not volume. It isn’t as convenient as separate g8xa8xin knob and volume knob, but it’s nice that both functions are available.
A button below the knob switches the mic between cardioid and omnidirectional patterns. The blue LEDs show which mode is currently active. The bottom end of the microphone has a USB-C port for connecting to a computer (both USB-C-to-USB-C and USB-C-to-USB-A cables are included), a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 5/8-inch universal mount. The mount is a plastic adapter that can unscrew from the mic to reveal a 3/8-inch universal mount, and a 1/4-inch universal mount can be found by unscrewing the metal base from the stand where the mic is mounted on. That’s the full gamut of standard mounts, and it’s impressive to see so many mounting options on a microphone with a price of 100 USD.
Speaking of the stand, the Wavo POD is mounted to a U-shaped support on a flat, circular metal base by two thumbscrew knobs. Quarter-inch screw holes below the mounting points on the support let you attach mounts for additional devices, like a Goril8xlaPo8xd A8xr8xm K8xit for holding a phone. The screw mounts are metal, but both the support and the body of the microphone itself are plastic and feel solid, as premium as metal-bodied microphones.
A bright red pop filter on the Wavo POD is the most visually distinct element. This filter is installed on the microphone, mounted by a third thumbscrew knob on the back and a three-point ring that wraps around the metal grille on the top. The filter itself is an approximately three-inch-square curved and perforated metal plate that floats about an inch in front of the microphone.
Crisp, clean voice recording
The Wavo POD is a condenser microphone with cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns. It supports 24-bit, 48kHz voice recording, with a sensitivity of -36dB and g8xa8xin adjustment between 0 and 42dB.
Test recordings through this microphone sounded clean and crisp, with strong frequency response from the mids to the highs. It didn’t capture much low-end from my voice, but my words came through very clearly. The pop filter remove any unpleasant lip smacking sound.
This balance clearly makes the Wave POD a microphone best suited for voice recording, so you should probably look for another product if you want to capture music. However, for podcasting, online streaming, or any other voice work, Joby Wavo POD works extremely well. This microphone can be used for a single user or multiple people thanks to the cardioid and omnidirectional patterns, and while it doesn’t have bidirectional or stereo recording modes like the Blue Yeti X or JLab Talk Pro, those settings aren’t quite as necessary for voice recording.
Affordable price, flexible voice recording microphone for content creators
Wavo POD is Joby’s first USB microphone for podcast creators and online streaming, and it’s a good product. With a price of only 100 USD, this microphone has two recording patterns, a pop filter, volume adjustment and g8xai8xn adjustment, a headphone jack, and support for many mounting requirements. This microphone doesn’t capture much bass and its knob for adjusting volume/g8xa8xin is a bit difficult to use, but it’s still an excellent value considering its features and voice recording quality. If you’re looking for a microphone to record clear audio for less money, the B8xlu8xe Sn8xow8xba8xll I8xc8xe remains a good option, with a price of only 50 USD, although its controls and 44.1kHz/16-bit recording quality are not as good as the Wavo POD. Meanwhile, for more professional applications, Apogee HypeMic provides 96kHz/24-bit recording and a built-in analog compressor, but it costs a lot more – its price is 350 USD.