Audio and Video

Teardown: Blue Snowball iCE Microphone

19 December 2018
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Benchmarking.

The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Snowball iCE from Blue Microphones: device stand. Source: IHS MarkitSnowball iCE from Blue Microphones: device stand. Source: IHS Markit

Summary points:

  • USB microphone with stand
  • Use of heavy metal throughout for solid feel
  • C-Media mudio SoC
  • Analog 14 mm microphone

Target market: Computer accessories

Release date: Unknown, but online review dated as early as July 2016

Pricing and availability: $49.99 MSRP, worldwide

Total manufacturing cost: $15.32 (including direct materials and manufacturing)

Snowball iCE from Blue Microphones: main enclosure. Source: IHS MarkitSnowball iCE from Blue Microphones: main enclosure. Source: IHS Markit

Major components:

  • Device stand connect, die-cast metal, chromed - (Qty: 1)
  • Device stand body, injection molded plastic, w/ insert-molded threaded metal stand - (Qty: 1)
  • Device stand leg, machined metal, painted - (Qty: 3)
  • Enclosure, main, rear, injection molded plastic, painted - (Qty: 1)
  • Enclosure, main, front, injection molded plastic, painted - (Qty: 1)
  • Microphone element, electret condenser, with 2 discrete insulated wires, 1 2-position pin header connector, heat shrink tubings - Manufacturer: Transound Electronics Company Ltd. - (Qty: 1)
  • Audio SoC, single chip, USB 2.0 full speed, 1-channel mono ADC, 8 GPIOs, I2C interface - Manufacturer: C-Media Electronics Inc. - MPN: CM6327A - (Qty: 1)
  • USB cable, Type A to Type B, 5 ft, w/ cable tie - (Qty: 1)
  • USB jack housing, die-cast metal, plated - (Qty: 1)
  • Main PCB mounting plate, stamped / formed metal, machined - (Qty: 1)

Snowball iCE from Blue Microphones: main PCB (top). Source: IHS MarkitSnowball iCE from Blue Microphones: main PCB (top). Source: IHS Markit



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