Blue yeti nano surprises with its superior quality. Here is the Blue Yeti Nano Review. For what purposes can Blue yeti nano, which has the highest sound quality, be used?
Podcasts, YouTube videos, and other online productions have become more and more professional over the years. At the beginning of the digital age, bumbling valuable videos had to be made on the Internet. Today, even personal hobby states have switched to modern content that is optimized in all possible ways. Of course, no one is satisfied with recording the perception of their own laptop microphones these days – the war was not uncommon. If you take a closer look at the YouTube landscape, you will find a lot of posts on professional recording equipment and refrain from the fact that some microphones dominate.
What these microphones have in common is not just their professional quality. They also share an exorbitant price. Also, they offer a barely manageable range of functions, which is nice in the professional field, but hardly manageable for hobby users alone.
Blue, with the “Yeti”, also sold very heavily on the market, had time ahead of its time, and with the “Yeti Nano *” a half, pegged version of the certain recording device. This means a model that is not only cheap but also easy to use and very important in everyday life.
We gave it a detailed test and checked whether it could hold up, it was done. The following are the results of this test.
Design and processing
First of all, it is noticeable that the “Yeti Nano” is small. Anyone who knows the larger model will still be surprised – apart from the size, at first glance, there are hardly any differences. Blue also uses high-quality materials and first-class workmanship for the smaller Yeti. The USB microphone is supported by a metal stand with angle adjustment. In the test, this proves to be well adjustable and robust – it carries the microphone without any problems and ensures that it can be aligned without difficulty.
As already mentioned, Blue is optically based on what it claims to be the best-selling microphone from its own company. So it looks quite classic and subtle. The microphone has a central control that is illuminated with a small LED ring. In our opinion, this optical feature goes well with the overall appearance of the microphone. The USB cable is attached to the bottom of the microphone. This looks absolutely inconspicuous and disappears directly into the microphone holder – so there are no problems here.
The microphone is available in the colors “Shadow Gray”, “Vivid Blue”, “Red Onyx” and “Cubano Gold”.
Overall, the well-made microphone looks very high quality. So Blue seems to attach importance to implementing the usual quality in this small and comparatively cheap model. There are no points of criticism regarding the design or the workmanship.
The recording quality is probably the most important evaluation criterion. After all, a microphone should above all produce recordings of acceptable quality – if this point is not given, it will not serve its purpose. Anyone who knows the larger Yeti products should approach this new microphone with quite high expectations. The following lines clarify whether the expectations can be met.
First of all, it can be stated that the “Yeti Nano” offers two different recording modes. In addition to the cardioid characteristic mode, there is also an omnidirectional mode. The cardioid polar pattern is particularly suitable for formats in which there is only one speaker. Anyone recording a podcast or singing, playing game streaming, or using voiceover applications should therefore use this recording mode. In omnidirectional mode, all sound sources in the vicinity of the microphone are recorded. This mode is therefore particularly suitable for conference calls with several people present or podcast interviews with several people. Both recording modes work very well in the test. In the cardioid mode, only the sounds coming from the front of the microphone are actually picked up, while in the omnidirectional mode sounds are picked up from all directions. The user can be very satisfied with these two modes. The microphone supports 24-bit recordings. These should ensure a professional production value.
We can see in the test that the sound quality is extremely good. It exceeds the expectations that are commonly placed on an inexpensive recording device. In this way, professional recordings can actually be made that more than meet today’s standards.
It is particularly positive that there are no disturbing noises caused by speaking. There is no need to take a special position when speaking: For example, it is not necessary to speak into the microphone from above. This avoids the noise that often arises. This freedom about the speaking position and thus also the freedom from speech-related interference is achieved through the very well functioning cardioid mode of the microphone.
So we’re more than just satisfied with the recording quality. Here, too, the “Yeti Nano” from Blue shows no weaknesses.
Size, functionality, and usability
As already mentioned at the beginning, the “Yeti Nano” is comparatively small. In the test, of course, we not only examined how big it is but also what advantages and disadvantages result from it. For example, we have found that its small size makes it very suitable for the normal workspace of a hobby video producer. It takes up significantly less space than the large Yeti version and can be placed quickly. Also, it is suitable for travel. So if you want to record an interview at an event, for example, you can take your Yeti nano microphone with you without major space problems.
At this point, however, the first major disadvantage of the tested device must be addressed: In contrast to the Yeti, it does not offer a bidirectional mode. This mode is sorely missed, especially in interviews with only one other person. The user of the “Yeti Nano” then has to use the omnidirectional mode, which not only captures noises from two but from four directions – and thus picks up all kinds of interfering noises that would be avoided in the bidirectional mode. The bidirectional mode could also be used particularly well on the go, since two-person interview situations often occur here, in which the usually high noise level should be suppressed. This is where the “Yeti Nano” weakens and is not the best choice. A stereo mode that is available in the normal Yeti microphone is also missing here.
The “Yeti Nano” offers a latency-free headphone output. In fact, the sound transmitted here proves to be free of interference and, above all, delay, which is a big plus.
Settings options / app
As already mentioned, all settings can be made on a controller that is located directly on the microphone. Also, however, it is possible to make all settings in the Sherpa Companion app, also developed by Blue, which is included in the scope of delivery.
Ultimately, this app proves to be of little use. She let us install a firmware update, but after that, the microphone was no longer installed by the app. Normally, all important settings should be made here.
Conclusion on the Blue Yeti Nano
The recommended retail price for the recording device is 120 euros (currently: € 119.99 *). For this price, the user receives a device that is not only made of high quality but also offers everything a hobby video producer needs. With the “Yeti Nano” from Blue, podcasters, musicians and game streamers have the opportunity to record their content in professional quality. In our test, the microphone showed itself to be very strong, especially in terms of recording quality. Also, there is the handiness of the model and the simple operation via a controller and an app. So it’s definitely worth the price. Only the lack of the bidirectional mode could be negative in some situations.