Rode only dabbled in headphones last year, but it’s now ready to unveil its first headset — and this time it’s targeting gamers as well as creatives.
The NTH-100M retains the NTH-100’s familiar design but adds a detachable condenser microphone.
It’s too soon to tell whether the hardware is true “broadcast-grade,” as Rode claims, but the company’s reputation for mics bodes well if you want high-quality audio when chatting with teammates or hosting a live stream.
If you already have the headphones, you can purchase the boom mic separately (as the NTH-Mic).
Otherwise, the design will look familiar. The 40mm dynamic drivers, according to Rode, are designed for accurate frequency response with minimal distortion. If you want a neutral sound for editing podcasts and videos, consider the NTH-100M.
Although you won’t get noise cancellation or Bluetooth, the headset will be surprisingly comfortable. When we tested the NTH-100, we found the cooling gel and other design elements to be useful for long listening sessions.
The NTH-100M will cost $189, which is $50 more than the headphones on which it is based. If you already own the NTH-100, you can get the NTH-Mic for $69.
This means that if you were holding out and could use the microphone, the combo deal represents a $20 savings. You could also buy the base 100 for listening and upgrading when you’re ready to create content.
The NTH-100M is also a one-of-a-kind Rode product. While it does not fall under the company’s Rode X gaming brand, it is clearly aimed at gamers and Twitch streamers as well as musicians and podcasters.
In that sense, it bridges the gap between consumer and creative in a way that even the headphones couldn’t.
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