First Looks at the 3.0

We've been busy testing this first batch of 3.0s and we've made a two short videos showing the features and differences of the 2.0 vs. 3.0. 

One quick thing, the only mic for sale right now is the 2.0. We will add the 3.0 to the products when it's ready to sell.

The two mics are different; one is not necessarily "better" than the other. The qualities of each mic may be desired differently depending on your situation.

2.0 3.0
Microphone type    Omni-directional Uni-/Noise-cancelling
Bendable part Internal steel spine External brass tubing
Boom Flexibility Very bendable, forgiving Stiffer, will kink if bent too sharply   
Modular*  No. Yes. Can swap at coaxial plug
Sensitivity  High, -26db Medium, -47db
Sound Quality Full, rich sound Quieter, but still very good :)
Noise Canceling Poor if mic is turned up too high    Very Good
Impedance 2.2 KΩ 2.2 KΩ
Fr. Response 30 Hz–17.5 kHz 20 Hz–20 kHz

*Meaning that the mic can use different cables and booms

So, for example, one could argue that the sound is better on the 2.0 but that would change depending on how much noise you're expecting to have in the background.

If all goes well with beta testing then we'll start to test out offering omni-directional mics in the 3.0 body, mute cabling, x-box/short cabling, formable/moldable cabling for 2-cable management (more on that later).

When will we have the 3.0 up for sale? We're saying 2-4 weeks (mid-Feb) while we get some testing done. We may open up pre-ordering sooner than that.

If I order a 2.0 now, when will I get it? We should be in stock today and should have mics shipping as soon as they're purchased this week. We could possibly see a few-day delay after this week while we continue to build up stock but 2.0 shortages should be a thing of the past now.

What's the pricing going to be? We're thinking the 3.0 will need to be around the lower 40 USD range. We may get the 2.0 price to come down a bit if we make good progress with the 2.0 manufacturer...

Here are the videos:

Lastly, we prefer not to do our own reviews of the mic's quality- we think disinterested/unbiased 3rd parties would be best at giving the most trustworthy reviews. We'll share such press when we can.

Jimmy & AA 


Jimmy said on January 28, 2013:

@aethyal – The tube will need more care in its handling but we found that its advantages were worth it: better aesthetically, better with insertion into the clasp, better protection of internal wires, stiffer for better action of the clasp. It’s also better for using a polar tip like the uni, where it needs to remain pointed in a particular direction. Thx for the feeback-
@Nameless/Jak/Ian – Thanks! Will get them ready soon…
@Evshrug- Cult legend? I like the sound of that. Yeah, we get our fair industry share of mic shorts and solder dislocations but we’re quick to replace if that happens. I think you’ll be best off waiting for the 3.0 and its reviews to come out. Shouldn’t be long.

Ian J said on January 27, 2013:

I want one of them 3.0’s! go, go, go! get em ready for sale!!!

Evshrug said on January 24, 2013:

Well well, so I’ve discovered the cult legend Antlion Modmics.

The Unidirectional mic sounds really nice… I’d like to buy one for my friend who always has a party or something going on in the background (and a box fan in the summer), and who always sounds like he’s shouting into his Turtle Beach headset. He has to keep the mic pretty far from his mouth to control volume, obviously that doesn’t help clarity, and annoyingly I hear the audio from the headphone more than half the time too.
I have the opposite problem. I talk in a quiet, somewhat low speaking voice because if the demon that sleeps across the hall hears me… Well, my friends on Xbox Live can hear THAT just fine. Maybe when I’m free, the v3 will be right for me, but for now I’m happy AntLion offers a more sensitive option for the short-term.

I wonder if I shouldn’t just hold out for the V3 though? The biggest problem I’ve had with mics is the cable shorting out, the modular design seems really appealing, though I expect that I’ll mostly have to speak in a quiet voice…
Jak said on January 24, 2013:

The 3.0 is looking pretty impressive. Keep up the videos they really do show the difference.

I’m still waiting on my 2.0. I can’t wait to try it out, hopefully tomorrow. I wonder how it is going to sound attached to my open HD595s. I’ve seen a few videos of people who have the same headphones and they don’t seem to have an issue with background noise ect.

Anyway I will definitely be grabbing a 3.0. I just couldn’t wait for release :)

Nameless said on January 23, 2013:

I’m liking how the 3.0 revision is shaping up, and also how honest you are about the changes going on between 2.0 and 3.0. Far too few companies provide that level of detail on what changes between products. (Especially companies that make networking equipment like routers and NICs, changing up chipsets all the time and still using the same model number with a little revision number tacked on…)

Anyway, here’s hoping the 3.0 production run goes smoothly! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of those…my current cheap desk mic’s about due for a replacement.

aethyal said on January 22, 2013:

I’m curious to know why you guys went away from the steel spine and now use the copper tube. It seems that the copper tube will be much more fragile

I love the new modular design, really handy for those of us that tend to run over cables with our desk chairs!

Jimmy said on January 22, 2013:

@Bloodroses – Yes- we’ve started the work on the cable choices. Hopefully it’ll be something like 3m, 1m, braided/cloth, and mute options to start. Permutations of those will likely be desired, too.

Jimmy said on January 22, 2013:

@Fred – So far we haven’t had any issues with it “snapping” but it will require a little more care about it not getting stepped on or really roughly handled etc..
@ShD – The 3.0 is better at the open headphone noise reduction than the 2.0- it shouldn’t be a problem. As for the fit for you? Hard to say. We’ll get up more data about the 3.0 within the coming days/weeks that may help you.
@Larry – Unlikely. We’re shipping mute samples between manufacturers this week, but those dates are iffy. :/
@Glenn – Yes yes, the FDA got back to us saying we didn’t have clearance to advertise /sell that so I had to change it back to noise (har har, thanks).
@Daniel – We should have a decent stock when we start selling them. We may have a few little delays due to lead times on parts but nothing like what we went through with the 2.0. When the 3.0 goes on sale, I think we’ll be able to fill most orders within that week (may unknowns in that statement, but I think it’s a safe bet).

BloodRoses said on January 21, 2013:

Looks good, I had to mod my first gen mic with double windscreens. Reduction of ambient noise is going to be great! Biggest complaint with first gen has got to be the cable which has been stripping since I’ve received it. My biggest wish was going to be removable cable that’s heavy duty braided/coiled. Not sure about everyone else but I’d be willing to pay a premium for quality cabling. I’d really like if you offered a selection of cables =) Keep up the great work!

Jakob said on January 21, 2013:

Thanks for the comparison Jimmy!
Much appreciated.

CapnCrunch said on January 21, 2013:

Cannot wait to order the 3.0! I’ll be one of the first in line.

Daniel said on January 21, 2013:

Hi Folks!
Any idea if the 3.0 will be good available right from the sale startup?
2.0 was a “bit” delayed due to problems and resulting in a biiig backorder line…

Any idea? Would help me to decide on buying 2.0 now (should be enough in stock?) or waiting for 3.0…


Glenn said on January 21, 2013:

What is “Nose” canceling? I’d like to keep my nose :P

Right under Sound Quality on your chart, I’m pretty sure that’s a spelling error.

gamalost said on January 21, 2013:

Looks great! Thanks for posting video. Can’t wait to pre-order :)

Larry S. said on January 20, 2013:

2.1 still expected between February 10th and February 14th?

ShD said on January 20, 2013:

does the omni-directional version pick up any sound from an open headphone? besides my computer thats pretty much the only thing making noises when gaming ;).

so, which version would be a better fit for me?

Fred said on January 20, 2013:

Looks nice, I do wish the 3.0 had more durable tubing. It seems like it could snap if pushed too far.

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