Blue Compass Broadcast Boom Arm Review

Today we're looking at the brand new Broadcast Boom Arm from Blue Microphones, the Blue Compass. 

If you are interested in this microphone, it will set you back $100 on Amazon

What's In the Box

  1. Microphone Boom Arm
  2. Desktop Base Mount
  3. 5/8" to 3/8" Adapter
  4. Documentation

What's In the Box

  1. Horizontal Reach: 32-inches
  2. Maximum Weight: 2.4lbs

Performance / Features

The build quality of this boom arm is excellent. The majority of the build is aluminum with the exception of the joints/thumb screws. There is a cable raceway with clips that runs the length of the boom arm and helps keep your cable hidden away. Another great features of the boom is the fact that the desk mount sits flush against your desk, so nothing protrudes past the edge of your desk space. Lastly, the springs of this boom arm are all internal to avoid any unintentional bumps of springs, allowing for quieter operation.

Once you have the boom arm set ideally, you are able to tighten the thumbscrews at the seperate points to lock the boom arm in place. If you do want to move the boom arm with ease after you've set it you will need to loosen these joints again.

There's not much to say about the overall performance of this boom. It does exactly what it's supposed to do. It holds your microphone. The movement is quiet. And it looks great. 

Pros

  • Sturdy build quality
  • Hidden cable raceway
  • Great horizontal reach
  • Quiet movement
  • Holds up to 2.4 lbs of microphone
  • It looks rad on camera

Cons

  • The joints and thumb screws are plastic
  • If you have this placed on the side of your desk AND you use the SM7b so that you need to rotate the mic more than 30-degrees, you will have issues since the SM7b's cable placement is impeded by the boom arms joint. 

Conclusion

If you are looking for an alternative to the Rode PSA1, or Heil PL2t, then this boom arm may be the perfect option for you. It's at the exact same price point of $100, but it stands apart from these other boom arms because of it's appearance. It is more likely to be confused with the high price tag Yellowtec Mika boom arms than it is to be confused with the PSA1 or PL2t. 

So when it comes to deciding on the broadcast boom arm for you, it depends on your desire for the appearance of these three booms. If you have any additional questions about this microphone, leave them on the youtube video, and I will try to reply ASAP. 

Buy it on Amazon
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UK: http://amzn.to/2GgfNFJ
CA: http://amzn.to/2Ft7pp3