Since RODE took the path to expand its product lineup for streaming, we will discuss our RODE Streamer X Review today.
Streamer X is a pro, top-notch 3-in-1 compact product, integrating a control surface, video capture card, and audio interface. It packs many notable elements, which we will discuss in our RODE Streamer X Review. We will also examine its design, functions, specs, and performance to determine if it is excellent for content creation.
But before that, let us see what is inside the box.
The Streamer X arrived in a red box, which is different from the usual packaging of RODE products.
On top of the box, you will find the company branding and product name with an illustration of the Streamer X. The other sides of the package have additional descriptions about the audio solution. Inside the box, you will find a short instruction guide on how to enhance your streaming experience.
RODE packed the Streamer X with other accessories, which include the following:
Regulatory and Safety Guide
USB Cable (type-C to Type-C)
RODE Streamer X Review – Design and Functionality
Design-wise, Streamer X is colourful, eye-catching, and compact, making it an excellent addition to the setup of creators. Generally, its compact size is a plus, making it perfect if you want a clean and clutter-free space.
For content creators, we know how essential it is to make everything look perfect for viewers. That means even equipment should stay visually appealing.
While writing our RODE Streamer X Review, we learned you can connect line-level and XLR microphones to the product. It is possible thanks to the integrated RODE Revolution preamp that gives you all the necessary power.
On the face of the console are buttons called SMART pads. You can configure these to initiate distinct sounds and actions on your computer. Below the SMART pads are the two bank switching buttons.
You will find the LED indicators on the left portion of the face of the Streamer X. These include the wireless input, headset input, and phantom power.
In addition, you will find two knobs below the LED indicators: the input and headphone rotary encoders. The buttons below are the switches for muting the microphone and the video feed cut.
Rear Panel of the Rode Streamer X
As for the backside, there are two USB-C ports. These allow you to link the Streamer X to two different PCs.
With HDMI connections, you can enjoy impressive 4K30 streaming and seamless 4K60 pass-through capabilities. It works with numerous applications, such as the following:
The Streamer X can capture and stream footage in stunning 4K at 30 FPS or 2K at 60 FPS.
It also captures exceptional video pass-through at up to 4K and 60 FPS or 2K at 120 FPS. Out of the box, the product seamlessly integrates with the suite of software tools from RODE. These include Unify, RODE Connect, and RODE Central.
Finally, the bottom of the Streamer X features a 6.35mm mount. It allows you to attach it to a boom arm/stand.
Key Features of the RODE Streamer X
Our RODE Streamer X Review listed the features of the product. Learn about these to determine if the Streamer X is ideal for your content creation needs.
Optimise Your Stream with Excellent Audio and Video
Never settle for anything less than perfect audio and video quality. Streamer X offers a remarkable video experience, allowing you to capture up to 4K30 video.
It also lets you deliver stunning 4K60 HDR with zero-latency pass-through, ensuring you and your audience enjoy top-tier video quality. Moreover, it boasts the Revolution Preamp, known for its ultra-low-noise and high-gain features. It allows you to capture studio-grade audio without additional boosters or lifters.
You can infuse your voice with rich, professional broadcast sheen with advanced onboard audio processing.
Professional Headset, Microphone, and Wireless Connectivity
With the Streamer X at your disposal, audio devices are at your fingertips for seamless streaming. You can connect an XLR microphone, instrument, headset microphone, or a RODE Series IV wireless transmitter.
Fine-tuning your input and output levels and switching between input sources becomes a breeze thanks to the intuitive control interface. Alternatively, you can use all inputs simultaneously through the provided UNIFY software.
Versatile Video Streaming and Recording
No matter the content you are crafting or your specific setup, Streamer X will elevate your production. It does not matter whether you capture gameplay from a PC/console or link a DSLR for streams/meetings/presentations, etc. Streamer X stands as your ideal solution.
Flexible and Manageable Controls of the RODE Streamer X
The Streamer X provides versatile, real-time control over your video and audio settings. It boasts dedicated controls for mic and headphone levels, accompanied by sizable audio and video mute buttons. Additionally, it integrates four customisable SMART pads, expandable to 64 through bank switching.
You can personalise these pads to activate audio playback, introduce voice FX, and dispatch MIDI messages to your computer. It also lets you initiate any keyboard shortcut with a single tap on a pad.
These features prove exceptionally handy for various tasks, from advancing presentation slides to transitioning scenes within your streaming software.
Simple and Sleek, Offering Everything You Need
One of the things we noticed while testing the product for this RODE Streamer X Review was its build & layout. Although compact and lightweight, it has most functions available in a complicated multi-device setup. Plus, it has simplified controls, making it convenient even for newbies.
You can plug in your headset, XLR microphone, instruments, and other RODE wireless systems out of the box. Also, it allows you to connect your cameras, consoles, and computers and instantly start streaming. This all-in-one audio solution takes your streaming experience to the next level with impressive audio and video.
Intuitive Interface of the RODE Streamer X
The simple and powerful interface of the Streamer X features intuitive, colourful buttons and two colour-coded knobs. This design makes it easy to identify the function of the controls at a glance.
The sizeable SMART pads have different colours, allowing you to trigger sounds and vocal FX. Plus, the arrow buttons allow switching through audio banks. The two dedicated front panel buttons are for directly activating/deactivating audio and video content.
Compact Footprint with Huge Potential
Although it has a minuscule form factor, the Streamer X offers unparalleled streaming potential. Its size makes it easy to transport and helps save desk space.
This all-in-one solution is compact, attractive, and efficient, making it excellent in home studios and live public settings.
The Streamer X supports Variable Refresh Rate or VRR to ensure seamless gaming without screen tearing or lags. Plus, it has two USB-C connections, allowing you to integrate it conveniently with dual PC setups.
Compatibility with RODE Software Applications
The Streamer X is compatible with RODE Central, allowing you to configure advanced features to maximise its features. You can also update the product’s firmware via the app to maintain seamless operation.
Aside from RODE Central, Streamer X works with RODE UNIFY. It offers comprehensive controls for mixing audio when streaming, podcasting, and creating content.
Audio Output Connectors: 3.5 TRRS Headset Jack (I/O), 6.35mm Headphone Jack Input Dynamic Range: 113dB
Preamp Noise: -131.5dBV (A-weighted)
Headphone Output Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Range of Microphone Inputs: 20Hz-20kHz
Microphone Input Impedance: 4KΩ
Instrument Input Impedance: 1MΩ
Headphone Output Power: 125mW per channel
Preamplifier Gain Range: 0-76dB
Internal Storage: 2GB (SMART Pads)
Power Requirements via USB: 5V @ 3A
Digital and Mechanical Specs
USB Interface: USB 3.1 Type-C and USB 2.0 Type-C
Bit Depth: 24-bit
Sampling Rate (kHz): 48kHz
Processing: APHEX, RØDE Voice FX
Minimum System Requirements: macOS 10.15, Windows 10 Version 1803, Windows 11 or later versions
Dimensions: 144 x 122 x 51mm (L x W x H)
Hands-on with the RODE Streamer X
We tested the product for podcasts and content creation to see how well it would work. But before that, our RODE Streamer X Review will discuss the RODE Central and UNIFY apps. The former is essential for updating the Streamer X firmware and tweaking various settings, while the latter is for mixing.
RODE Central App
When using Streamer X, you must download the RODE Central application. Launching the app will likely prompt you to update the firmware, which finishes quickly. Thanks to its user-friendliness, we had the Streamer X up and running after several minutes.
One of the best things about RODE Central is its straightforward interface. All you need to do is ensure you have the appropriate input on the Streamer X to customise all the options on RODE Central.
The RODE Central app is a virtual RODE Caster Pro 2 with comprehensive settings. All the available options will allow you to enhance the audio of your content and podcasts to make it more engaging.
Aside from RODE Central, Streamer X integrates with RODE UNIFY. It is another software that works as an audio mixing solution for live streaming. UNIFY has a user-friendly interface and works perfectly with YouTube, Twitch, plus other streaming platforms.
This intuitive mixer allows you to find the optimal sound with professional processing. Also, you can create independent mixes, record multi-channel audio, or directly output to OBS.
Performance of the RODE Streamer X
We did not have to go through many steps: plug the cable, install its software, voila! The product is easy to use, plus its audio quality is top-notch. Additionally, Streamer X is perfect for capturing sounds on cameras for general recording/podcasts.
While testing it for our RODE Streamer X Review, we saw how perfect it was for ZOOM and similar applications.
One of the standout benefits is the absence of delays between the video and audio. Hence, Streamer X is the perfect tool for streamers and content creators to complete the job. Since this product combines both devices, we did not need a separate audio interface or video capture card.
This product worked efficiently and significantly improved our workflow. The Streamer X was ready for recording when we connected our XLR microphone and headphones.
Like every other RODE product we used, it delivered top-notch audio. We used different high-quality XLR microphones, and the Streamer X only enhanced their sound.
The Streamer X is the ultimate dream for streamers, podcasters, and content creators. Thanks to its versatile connectivity options and compatibility with multiple platforms, it works for streaming any content.
RODE Streamer X Review Summary
The Streamer X is another impressive product under the streaming devices series from RODE. Its audio and intuitive controls make it a game-changer for content creation, streaming, and podcasting. We also love its colourful design and simplified layout were some of the things we loved about this product.
As expected of RODE, this product impressed us with its efficiency and excellent performance. When we tested it for our RODE Streamer X Review, it significantly enhanced our audio recordings.
RODE created another superior innovation by combining an audio interface and video capture card in a single compact package. It is an excellent product to upgrade your live streaming experience with broadcast-quality audio and video. It has all the essential features, including convenient controls and audio input for mic and line-level sources.
What makes the Streamer X better is its onboard APHEX audio processing that delivers pristine audio quality. Aside from that, its wireless receiver technology allows connecting RODE Series IV wireless transmitters and microphones. You can have a more enjoyable streaming experience if you have these products.
We highly recommend the Streamer X, especially if you transition from USB microphones to an XLR setup. It is a comprehensive solution that is excellent for audio and video content. This all-in-one design can simplify your setup while saving space and keeping it clutter-free by reducing the cables.