Elgato Wave Mic Arm review – Let the swinging stop
A good boom arm is almost as important to content creators as the microphone itself. After all, if the arm doesn’t support the mic, it won’t help your setup in any way. Elgato took this belief to heart with the development and release of the Wave Mic Arm. We’re reviewing with a review unit to see if Elgato has put enough into the Wave Mic Arm to make it the only boom arm content creators need to think about.
To help you with both types of setup, Elgato has released two versions of the mic arm: the standard Wave Mic Arm and the Wave Mic Arm LP (Low Profile). I was able to review the standard version, which is a bit bigger than the LP and different ranges of motion.
From the box to the office
When you open the Wave Mic arm, you’ll find the arm itself, a counterweight, various thread adapters, a riser extension, and an Allen wrench for all of your tightening needs. It’s a fairly straightforward product with extensions that make it the most versatile arm on the market.
Adjustment is as easy as attaching the desk clamp where you want it, then placing the arm in the holder. Depending on your location, the added riser makes it easy for the micro Wave arm to reach the top of your monitor if that’s how you like it. One thing to note is that if you want the arm to come from below, you better go for the LP version. Just a warning.
Specifications of the Elgato Wave pickup arm
|Horizontal span||780 mm / 30.7 inch|
|Vertical reach||750 mm / 29.5 inch|
|Riser extension||150mm / 5.9inch|
|Lower arm length||400 mm / 15.7 inch|
|Upper arm length||400 mm / 15.7 inch|
|Office clamp||up to 60 mm / 2.4 inch|
|Counterweight||260 g / 0.57 lb|
|Mic weight range||250 – 1000 g / 0.55 – 2.2 lb|
Once it’s seated on your desk and your mic is attached, you have the option of using the counterweight. What it does is help keep your mic and arm placement where you want it if the attached mic isn’t heavy enough to do it on its own. For example, using my Blue Yeti X allows me to move the arm anywhere without the weight, and it stays put. However, once I got back to my Wave: 3 mic, that extra weight was needed to keep the spring arm from pulling up.
Finally, there is a hidden cable channel to help with the appearance to make sure you have less visible wires around the mic.
As solid as they come
While I’m certainly impressed, I’m not exactly surprised by the ruggedness of the Elgato Wave Mic Arm. Once installed, it is there. The mic stays where you want it and you feel like a real studio-level arm. I am able to easily adjust the arm up and down or side to side without feeling like it is going to break. The best thing is that it incorporates a spring system rather than a hydraulic system. In my opinion, the spring will always be the best method over others for any type of support with movement.
To add to that, it doesn’t matter how much weight or style of mic you attach to it. It offers 360 ° rotation and won’t move once you place it. This means it stays in place. You will never feel like it might break and drop your dear mic to the floor. Having one less thing to worry about is always a positive.
The Elgato Wave mic arm is as versatile a mic arm as you’ll find it. No matter the location or position required, everything you need for a comfortable experience is ready to go. Setup is a breeze and you’ll be back creating it in no time.
The $ 99 price tag is a bit steep for some, but it compares to other top-tier mic arms available to content creators. It is a high quality arm that will serve any purpose, which includes putting a camera on it instead of a microphone.
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