You probably have a favourite streamer, likelihood is you’ve got seen Rode’s PSA1 hanging out within the nook of the body. Or maybe you are that streamer? Rode’s increase arm has develop into a go-to for YouTubers, Twitch channels and podcasters alike. As helpful because the PSA1 is, it is not so good for lighter cameras and microphones — not less than not with out some DIY changes.
Enter the PSA1+ ($129). Unveiled at present, it is a revised model of the ever-present mic arm that may deal with units as gentle as 94g / 3.3oz. That may not sound like a lot, however the unique wanted much more weight to maintain its stability, successfully ruling out any microphone or digicam beneath 700g / 24.7 oz. That excludes most webcams, all GoPros (which may now work as webcams) and a bevy of different extra reasonably priced mics. Certain, you may tighten the screws or meddle with counterweights, however that is not at all times splendid or assured to work.
Functionally, the PSA1+ feels quite a bit nearer to one thing like Blue’s Compass which holds itself in place even with out weight because of a mix of hand-tightened friction hinges and its inner spring mechanism. Blue’s providing could be higher for lighter microphones and cameras however it would not regulate its place as precisely or easily because the PSA1 (though its cable administration is healthier).
The prolonged system assist on the PSA1+ is not the one new function. Rode claims the brand new arm is totally silent so you will not undergo errant squeaks or spring noises throughout your stream or recording. The corporate additionally states that a part of that is because of a revised spring design together with the jazzy new neoprene cowl (that kinda makes the PSA1+ appear to be it is headed to the gymnasium). The duvet makes for a extra interesting design over the unique’s normal “desk lamp” aesthetic although. That mentioned, there’s some fairly robust branding printed on the aspect that’ll probably catch your eye throughout movies. Sadly it would not look like you are able to do a lot about that because the neoprene seems to be bodily linked to the cable clips.
These clips are a superb factor although. As talked about, cable administration, which was purposeful however not fairly on the PSA1 (basically it was velcro cable ties) now makes use of neater, sturdier plastic clasps which ought to be extra reassuring. Now not less than both your USB or XLR lead will principally be out of sight.
The PSA1+ goes on sale tomorrow for $129.
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