Joby Wavo Pod: Specifications
Porter: USB-C, 3.5 mm connector
Directional patterns: Cardioid, omnidirectional
Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 9.4 inches
Weight: 1.58 pounds (with attachment)
This is one of Joby’s (pronounced Joe-bee) latest ventures in the microphone world. It is perhaps better known for its selection of flexible stands such as the Joby GripTight One GP Stand & Mount in our best iPhone stand guide.
The new Joby Wavo Pod expands the range with a move into the world of streaming microphones, and is a well-rounded microphone aimed at beginners who stream. It has some interesting tricks up its sleeve, but be sure to note what your requirements really are if you are considering this microphone.
Podcasting is something Joby says that the Wavo microphone is also good at, but a new microphone that is both friendly for beginners and universally flexible in both streaming and podcasting tasks? I do not think so. The Joby Wavo Pod definitely sells very well, but we rarely find a microphone under $ 100 that is really a Swiss Army knife.
Read this full Joby Wavo Pod Review to find out if the skill set is right for your needs.
Joby Wavo Pod Review: Price and Availability
- Attractive price
- Black and red colorway may not appeal to everyone
The Joby Wavo Pod is priced at $ 99 and is available on the official Joby website (opens in new tab)Best buy (opens in new tab) and Amazon (opens in new tab). It is only available in black and comes with a red pop filter.
Joby Wavo Pod: Accessories
- Pop filter included
- 2x USB cables
Wavo Pod comes with a red ‘pop’ filter in metal and a stand that feels nicely weighted, but at the same time not the most robust. It is also worth mentioning that some of the stand’s pillow-like pillows fell off when Jobyen was unpacked from the box. This was not too much of a problem, but having this happen right out of the box makes me question the build quality of the overall product.
USB-C-to-USB-C cable and a USB-C-to-USB-A cable are included, making it convenient to use on the go with phones and tablets, as well as on laptops and desktops, and is easy to set up and use pretty much right away.
Joby Wavo Pod Review: Design
- Versatile connection
- Chunky design
Joby obviously wants to stick to the brand’s well-known black and red color choices, and here the main part of the microphone is a nice matte black, while the included pop filter accessory is bright red. Whether this is right for your power setup depends on the look and feel you want on the camera, and the color combination can either give a stylish look or stick out like a sore thumb.
With a height of around 9.5 inches, the Wavo Pod reaches a comfortable height to be level with my mouth on the included stand on my desk, but this will of course depend on the height of the table or desk it is placed on. For best mobility, you may prefer to adapt it to a desk arm. Despite its rather thick dimensions and weight of 1.58 pounds, it works fine on my setup, but this may be something to consider for your own setup.
The stand itself has two connection holes to enable Joby accessories and accessories, giving an extra degree of flexibility for any new streamer or podcaster.
Joby Wavo Pod Review: Features
- Selectable cardioid and omni-directional pickup patterns
- Microphone amplification and headphone level control
- Some minor usability issues
Wavo Pod has several welcome features on the microphone itself, and you can select cardioid or omnidirectional patterns via a small button on the front, under the main function dial. The main control with blue outer ring provides adjustment of microphone gain, as well as control of the output level of a pair of headphones connected to the 3.5 mm jack socket at the bottom of the microphone. To switch between these two modes, users simply press the main control. And finally, a single short press completely dampens the microphone input.
As useful as some of these features are, when I pressed the mute button, I found that it made a clicking sound, which was a bit annoying during recording. Also, the dial is blurry. There is no mark or indentation on the disc itself to indicate what position it is set to, and can be turned continuously without ever stopping, making it a bit inconvenient.
Joby Wavo Pod Review: Sound Quality
By comparison, I tested the Joby Wavo Pod against two cheaper USB microphones: the Razer Seiren Mini ($ 50) and the Neewer NW-800 (around $ 22).
In general, Joby’s audio output was ok. The features draw closer to the price suggestion, instead of the cheaper models mentioned above.
In terms of performance, however, I felt that Joby was out performing by Razer at half the price. The sound of the Wavo Pod is very much in the forefront of the soundscape and does not seem to capture low frequencies anywhere near as good as the Razer, and Joby’s output has the sound that is characteristic of walky-talky. This may be acceptable for streaming, but for voiceover work or any accompanying music, the Joby Wavo Pod does not sound like the best microphone for the job.
For podcasting, things do not work so well either. Joby advertises the disposable microphone where the microphone sits between two people thanks to its omni-directional pickup pattern. This is rarely a good idea – since for this podcasting situation the best idea is to use two separate microphones – and Joby does not work very well here either. During my tests, it picked up much more than the two people who spoke, which was not satisfactory if you consider that you could get two of the mentioned microphones I chose for comparison for less or the same price and get better results.
The cardioide mode is definitely the more useful of the two pickup patterns, and far better at picking everything up right in front of the microphone without being affected by ambient noise in the room or conversations outside the microphone. The difference makes the Wavo Pod a streaming setup with more professional sound.
Unfortunately, the metal pop filter that came with it does not provide any value. This mesh-like grille attaches to the front of the microphone, and during my tests I really could not hear any difference in the sound performance of the microphone. I regularly use a pop filter for voiceover recording, but the Joby accessory did not prevent pop or sibilant sounds from getting through and entering the recording.
Joby Wavo Pod Review: Dom
At almost $ 100, it’s hard to recommend the Joby microphone as a model for beginners. There are many better services out there with the same type of features for less than Joby asks for.
If I had to recommend the Wavo Pod, it would be for budding streamers where it performed best in my testing. But if you are a podcaster or a voiceover person, I recommend looking at such as Rode PodMic or Blue Yeti microphones. Both are priced at $ 99 and are some of the best podcast microphones in our buying guide.