New Toys: Monoprice Dark Matter Sentry Streaming Microphone

The Monoprice Dark Matter streaming mic is a complete USB stereo interface and electret condenser microphone with four switchable polar patterns. I tried cardioid, bi-directional (figure-of-8), stereo and omnidirectional pickup patterns just by switching the Mode button on the top of the mic.

The all-metal Sentry stands tall on my desktop in its adjustable tripod stand, but it will also mount on any standard mic stand if needed. It looks great with both the playback volume and mic gain controls located right on the front of the mic for instant access. This immediate access is especially important for lap top users and gamers. It comes with a USB-C cable that plugs into the bottom of the mic and there is another button to change the colored ambient LEDs to match your other gear or just shut the colors off.

I liked using Sentry for Zoom calls and the front/back or bi-directional mode is very handy when sitting across from someone in my studio. I placed the mic on my desktop equidistant between us and we were both heard well on the call. The cardioid mode is great when it is just me talking and the omni mode is wonderful for crowds all around the mic! There is plenty of volume to drive any headphones—I use a pair of Audeze Euclid In-Ear buds or you could connect a powered speaker instead.

The Dark Matter Sentry Streaming Microphone from Monoprice works with either Macs or PCs, has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, sample rate is up to 96kHz (depending on the connected computer) and sells for $99 MSRP with a 1-year warranty.