"I don't understand the mixed reviews on this product."
I don't understand the bad reviews. The sound is as good as the AKG bug that I was using previously. I tried the g30 line6 against this, and kept this one. The g30 sounds just fine, but I like having a bug. The main thing is that you have to tweak it to get it to sound right (see below). Once I set it up with these tweaks, it sounded fine. A/b'd it with a cable. There is a bit of loss of treble -- only noticable, if you are really listening for it. Unnoticable, if you are not.
It has everything I was looking for -- a bug going into a receiver that I can mount on my pedal board. Nice and tidy.
Ease of Use:
Easy to use. If you max out the level on the receiver, it will be noisy. Somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 up is where it should sit. At this level, it is not any noiser than a cable. You may need to adjust the squelch on the back of the receiver when you power the transmitter off, if it is noisy. Easy to do with a small screw driver.
For being plastic, it is built well. Here again, I don't understand what people are complaining about. It is built better than the AKG I was using, in terms of the solidness of the bug and receiver. The plastic on the Samson is harder than the G30 Line6.
High value for me. My AKG bug bit the dust. I wanted a bug and small receiver, not a body pack transmitter and rack receiver. I hope they come out with this in digital. It would be nice if it were metal, but as mentioned, the plastic is far harder than the one on my AKG and the G30 Line6.
I am completely satisfied. Glad I took a chance and ordered it. I was hesitant with some of the negative reviews. It works perfectly fine.