Saramonic has long been a respected member of the audio community, with a wide variety of professional audio equipment, including intercoms, mixers, headphones and several wireless microphone kits. Among those kits is one that is a revolutionary kid for content creators with its special functionality and customization. That kit is the Saramonic BlinkMe B2.
In the box for the Saramonic Blinkeme B2, in addition to the dual transmitters and receiver, you’ll find a huge amount of accessories. You get a large case, in which you’ll find the transmitters/receiver all nested together, as well as a phone holder complete with a cold shoe mount. You get four magnetic discs, two magnetic clips and a magnetic cold shoe adapter that, in combination, create countless ways to mount your transmitters or receiver to yourself or whatever you want. Also in the box, you’ll find two furry windshields, a TRRS to TRRS cable, a USB-C to USB-A Cable and screen protectors for each of the devices.
To mount the Saramonic BlinkMe B2, you take the transmitter or receiver to fix one of the magnetic options to any individual pieces. The receiver will connect magnetically to the cold shoe adapter and mount safely on a camera or the provided phone holder. The transmitters can connect to one of the clips to attach to your shirt, but if you don’t have a good place to clip your mic, you can use two magnetic discs (one on the transmitter, one on the inside of your shirt) to put it wherever you want.
The 2.4GHz Saramonic BlinkMe B2 is a creative solution to a wireless microphone system in that it all charges together with the use of a single USB-C cable to charge it without the use of a charging case. The dual transmitter system all connects together like the Voltron of content creation. The transmitters charge by being connected to the receiver, while the receiver is the only part of the kit that needs to be plugged in.
“The 2.4GHz Saramonic BlinkMe B2 is a creative solution to a wireless microphone system …”
However, I think the one thing Saramonic missed the mark on was its oversized case. Granted, they give you so much stuff that it has to go somewhere but to compress the entire package that is the Saramonic BlinkMe B2 and then put it in a container that is easily twice the size of any wireless mic kit’s case (including ones in the Saramonic Blink Line of microphones) seems like a misstep.
The entire setup fits in the palm of your hand. I would have made a small case to house the kit on its own. In a perfect world, I’d include a small pocket to stuff the smaller accessories or a separate small bag to house the accessories. Like so many kits before, it has proven compact storage is always best.
One thing I will say is that I thought, at first glance, that they made a huge mistake with were the screens, but boy, was I wrong once I researched it. The screens are bright, brilliant TFT displays containing a lot of information, but I immediately thought that it would be such a distraction to have that on your chest while you were on camera.
In addition, the screen had the Saramonic logo on it as well. As someone who would rather avoid flashing brand logos on my content, I’ve criticized many companies for sticking us with their logo front and centre on the transmitters. The difference, however, is that those other transmitters can be tucked away while a lavalier is plugged into them, but that is not something that is available on the BlinkeMe B2.
But Saramonic’s solution to this problem is customization. It doesn’t have to be their brand on their chest. It can be yours. Through their Saramonic App, the Saramonic BlinkMe B2 can have their screens customized to be a number of different preset screens or literally any other image you want. I uploaded the CGM logo and my own YouTube Channel Logo to the transmitters, so it became like my own little press badge.
From there, you can decide what other information stays on the screen. You can monitor levels, gain settings, battery life, and more. But, if you choose, you can have nothing but the image you choose displayed, making the Saramonic BlinkMe B2 arguably the best aesthetic wireless transmitter solution.
In addition to the screens, you can customize every button on the transmitter to do whatever you want it to do. The buttons can have three functions: single, double, and long. One button can activate noise reduction, turn on recording and mute the microphone.
But how does the BlinkMe B2 actually sound? It has a lot of competition out there and it’s going to have to sound pretty good to get its foot in the door. In a controlled environment, it sounded great. The audio was crisp. I wanted to test it in a more harsh environment, though. I took the Saramonic BlinkMe B2 with me to my wife’s triathlon, where wind, crowds and a loudspeaker should have been the death of my audio, but with Noise Reduction turned on, it was all but gone from my audio, the only thing left being my voice.
The Saramonic BlinkMe B2 comes in at $249.99 USD, considerably cheaper than some of the bigger names in the space. The App customizability, excellent audio quality and overload of accessories make this a fantastic, entry-level price for a piece of gear that feels anything but entry-level. The mic’s creative solutions give new functions to a marketplace that needed a little innovation to push forward a new generation of wireless microphone kits.