One technology company, among many others, has managed to innovate during the pandemic. On the contrary, the pandemic has proven to be a driving force for Logitech as it propelled the company into serving a whole new market of hybrid creators who need professional-grade devices that are easy to use and easy on the eyes.
Logitech’s latest products for creators are the stunning new Logitech Blue Sona dynamic XLR microphone and Litra Beam, an ingenious light source designed for live streamers and home workers who want to look their best when streaming or attending meetings.
The new Logitech Blue Sona is a breakthrough product for Logitech’s Blue microphone division. In my opinion, this high-end active dynamic microphone with its professional XLR connector is a potential rival to Shure’s iconic SM7B microphone, which seems to be the go-to choice for almost every podcaster, especially those filming their podcast.
The Blue Sona is a reimagining of a traditional broadcast microphone. Its sleek, modern design with beautifully rounded corner spokes is a standout device, especially its hanging yoke on the side, which gives the Blue Sona a contemporary feel. Blue Sona is unusual in that although it is a dynamic microphone, it requires 24 or 48V phantom power from an audio interface to function properly, much like a condenser microphone.
Phantom power is used to drive Blue Sona’s ClearAmp technology. This technology means the microphone does not need a Cloud Lifter or other gain amplifier and provides +25dB gain boost. It’s refreshing to be able to use a mic without having to set the gain all the way up. The extra gain results in a superbly low noise floor and a beautifully rich tone ideal for broadcasting.
As well as being an easy-to-drive microphone, Logitech has provided Bass Cut and Presence Boost switches in the microphone body behind an ingenious magnetic cover featuring the Logi logo. As a result, there is no doubt that Logitech is slowly shifting from Blue to the Logi brand.
Other advanced features of the Logitech Blue Sona include a dual-diaphragm capsule and supercardioid polar pattern for precision front-end addressing performance. This polar pickup pattern brings vocals into focus while suppressing unwanted vibration, keyboard clicks, and general background noise. Plus, the capsule is so well insulated that there’s no need for a shock mount.
Logitech has included a black windshield and an orange version in the Logitech for Creators color, which makes the microphone look great on camera. Blue Sona is available in Off-White or Graphite finish. The contemporary and modern design is beautiful and unlike almost any other microphone on the market.
Positioning the Blue Sona is easy as it comes with a 290 degree side swivel offering plenty of placement possibilities. The Blue Sona attaches snugly to Logitech’s Compass boom arm and the XLR socket is mounted on the microphone body, creating a much cleaner effect on screen than the Shure SM7B. If I had any criticism, I would have liked to see the XLR socket positioned so that a right angle XLR cable aligns vertically rather than 90 degrees.
According to Soren Pedersen, Senior Product Manager for Logitech For Creators, “Blue Sona was built specifically for creators. From its built-in preamp to its sleek camera-ready design, Blue Sona is unlike any other XLR mic on the market.
Verdict: The Logitech for Creators Blue Sona dynamic microphone is probably the best Blue microphone yet. Rich, deep sound, easy gain levels, and low background noise make it an ideal microphone for voiceovers, live streaming, and broadcast. I think it’s a worthy competitor to the Shure SM7B and well worth a look if you want a different look but with the same superb audio quality and dynamic microphone properties. Highly recommended.
Litra Beam Premium Streaming Desk Key Light
The new Litra Beam desk lamp is launched alongside the Blue Sona microphone. This innovative lamp follows Logitech’s Litra Glow which launched in early 2022. The Litra Beam is a three-way adjustable desk mount with height, tilt and swivel functions, providing flexibility of positioning without end so the user can shape and direct the light with precision. .
Because it’s a physically long light source – rather than the more usual ring design – the Logitech Litra Beam covers a large area and can create mood and tone by placing and adjusting one or more Litra Beams in a studio setup for a range of professional lighting techniques.
Creators can adjust their lighting using the buttons on the back of the Litra Beam. The buttons offer quick access to five brightness levels and five color temperature levels (warm candlelight to cool blue) and stepless, stepless adjustment across the entire range, from 2700K to 6500K. It’s also possible to have even more control over the light by using the Logitech G HUB desktop app, which allows for further tweaks.
“Digital content is becoming more and more like cinema,” says Arnaud Perret-Gentil, senior global product manager for Logitech For Creators. “We designed Litra Beam to do more than just provide balanced LED light, but to allow streamers and desktop creators to shape and direct that light to control the mood and expression of their content.”
Streamers and creators can fine-tune their lighting using the buttons on the back of the Litra Beam. These allow quick access to five brightness settings and five color temperature settings (warm candlelight to cool blue) and stepless, stepless adjustment across the entire range, from 2700K to 6500K.
For even more control and convenience, Logitech also offers the Logitech G HUB desktop app, allowing even more brightness flexibility using percentage values and color temperature in Kelvins. The software can control one or more Litra Beams by storing and recalling lighting presets.
Litra Beam uses Logitech’s exclusive TrueSoft technology, which delivers full-spectrum LED light without any flicker and with cinematic color accuracy. TrueSoft delivers beautifully natural color balance on all skin tones. I noticed that, for once, my face didn’t look like a tomato on screen, so I’m going to have one.
Litra Beam’s frameless diffuser radiates light widely, eliminating harsh shadows, and it’s certified safe for all-day streaming, having passed strict UL testing guidelines. The Litra Beam LEDs can be powered by almost any computer with a USB-A port or by being plugged into a USB charger.
There is clever cable management built into the Litra Beam and despite the length of the light source, the compact foot plate keeps the lamp perfectly stable. However, since there are three tripod threads on the light, it is possible to mount the Litra Beam to almost any stand.
Verdict: The Litra Beam lamp is a versatile lighting solution for live streamers, podcasters or for participating in video meetings. The control buttons on the back of the light source are easy to find and use. The light quality is superb in terms of flicker-freeness and color accuracy. This high quality light source is a great alternative to a hard ring light. The fact that it can be operated and controlled with Logitech’s G HUB software means live streamers can set up a variety of lighting effects with multiple Litra units, all of which can be controlled with the click of a mouse using presets stored in G HUB.
Price and availability: Logitech’s Blue Sona active dynamic microphone is available now and costs $349.99 / £349.99 / €349, while the Litra Beam will sell for $99.99 / £119 / €119 and is also available from 21 September.
More information: www.logitech.com
Sona Blue Logitech
- Transducer Type: Dynamic.
- Polar pattern: Supercardioid.
- Frequency response: 40Hz – 18kHz.
- Sensitivity: 20.97mV/Pa at 1kHz.
- THD+N: 0.06% at 1kHz, 94dBSPL.
- Signal to noise ratio: 69.9dB A-wt.
- Max SPL: 129dB SPL at 1% THD, 138dB SPL at 5% THD.
- Power requirements: +48V or +24V phantom power.
- Dimensions: 185 x 165 x 67mm.
- Weight: 615g.
Logitech Litra Beam
- Color temperature range: 2700K – 6500K (Kelvin).
- Output: 320 lumens max.
- Color rendering index: CRI 93 with a high R9 value for skin tones.
- Lens: precision optical lens.
- Diffuser: Frameless.
- Compatible with Logitech G HUB software.
- Desktop Mount: Three 1⁄4-20 mounting points.
- Extendable arm: 37 to 61.5 cm.
- Size: 400x30x30mm.