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Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Price / Value
95 %
Build Quality
100 %
Sound Quality
90 %
Features
80 %

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Package Contents

In the box, you get the microphone unit, which is attached to the stand. There is also a USB Type C cable for connecting the microphone to your computer via USB.

Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic - Package Contents
Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic – Package Contents

Technical Specs

✅ Microphone-Core: 14 mm Condenser
✅ Polar Pattern: Cardioid
✅ Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20 KHz
✅ Sensitivity: -35dB+/-3dB
✅ Maximum SPL: 110 dB
✅ S/N Ratio: 70 dB
✅ Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz; 16 bit

Price & Value

The Maono Fairy Lite USB Mic retails for around $50 USD or $63 CAD, so it’s a pretty good value when compared to more mainstream options.

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Build Quality

Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic Build Quality
Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic – Front View

I’m extremely impressed by the build quality of the Maono Fairy Lite mic. I noticed the amount of weight it had to it once I took it out of the box. The majority of the mic is an all-metal build, with the adjustment knobs being the only plastic pieces.

 Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic - Angle Adjustment Knob
Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic – Angle Adjustment Knob

The adjustment dials on the right and left sides to tighten the swing angle of the microphone are easy to use. However, be sure not to over-tighten, as it will take some effort to loosen it back.

Maono Fairy Lite USB Mic - Back View
Maono Fairy Lite USB Mic – Back View

The back of the mic has a Type C connector to connect to your computer. The back also has a 3.5 mm audio port for audio monitoring. I found that having the audio monitoring levels between 70 to 80 using the dial offered the best results.

Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic - Rubberized Bottom Base
Maono Fairy Lite AU-902 USB Mic – Rubberized Bottom Base

In addition to its heft, which makes it difficult for it to fall over or shift. It also has a rubberized grip on the bottom, which makes it anti-slip and works well to prevent shifting when it’s placed on a flat surface.

Using The Mic

Using the microphone is really straightforward. The top adjustment knob adjusts the gain levels, and the bottom adjustment knob is for audio monitoring if headphones are plugged into the back of the unit.


When powered, a faint green LED light is shown on the gain level knob. A single press of the knob mutes the microphone and switches the LED to red to let you know that it is muted. Another press unmutes the mic and switches the LED back to green, simple. There are no other settings to adjust.


Once the mic was plugged into my computer, my computer automatically detected the microphone, and it was ready to go.

Sound Samples

The sound samples below are recordings from my PC using the Windows default voice recording program with no editing applied.

Unedited Audio at 100% Gain: https://youtu.be/eNv1ubGj_TI?t=324

Unedited Audio at 75% Gain: https://youtu.be/eNv1ubGj_TI?t=331

Unedited Audio at 50% Gain: https://youtu.be/eNv1ubGj_TI?t=339

Unedited Audio at 100% Gain – Music Recording & Playback: https://youtu.be/eNv1ubGj_TI?t=315

Summing Up

This is a good option for podcasts, live streaming, tutorial videos and similar videos. The price makes it a good choice over other mainstream brands, and the audio quality is good enough for most use cases. The excellent build quality of this mic is also appreciated. It definitely won’t be breaking or cracking like some of the plastic mic units. There are no settings for a low pass or high pass filter, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you need those features.

If there is anything that I missed in the review, or if you have any questions that I did not cover, please leave a comment below.

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Adrian
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Adrian is a tech lover that enjoys helping people make the most of their tech in a simplified way.

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