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The mic is a good starter for those using it for podcasting. It is straight forward and easy to use. However, you have to get super close for optimal sound quality. The mic stand is flimsy and does not support the weight of the mic.
The microphone sounds great but has some issues. The first being the stand - it is awkward and doesn't work very well for podcasting. If holding the microphone in your hand or on a tall mic-stand, it's perfectly fine but if you want something to sit on your desk I think the snowball microphone would be a better choice.
My biggest gripe is the USB input on the bottom of the microphone. I've used this microphone at most twice and when I finally took it out of the closet to use it, the USB cord is not providing power to the microphone unless I physically hold it very hard in place while pushing down on the cord. I unscrewed the bottom of the microphone to look at the USB connector in more detail and it seems to be in tact. In summary, the USB connector is very poor.
I decided to purchase an XLR to USB cord in hopes it would fix the issue (since the mic luckily has not only a USB output but also an XLR). However, the XLR does not provide power to the mic so the mic volume is too low to use.
I think my only hope for this mic will be to hook it up via XLR to a pre-amped mixer.
The sound quality from this is good, but it's _extremely_ sensitive to your location and distance. You almost have to have this thing on your lips, which is obnoxious and I wish I had never bought it.
For my purposes, I've found it far too hard to use, and good-quality headset mic works much better because it allows my eyes, head, and neck to move in normal ways. With my cordless headset I can even walk around the room while recording or presenting something and it doesn't degrade the sound quality.
I bought one of these a few months back and liked it so I bought another one recently. I bought one that was $10 cheaper, but wish I hadn't. The problem is not the mics but the accessories. Specifically, the mic clips that come on the little mic stands. They should be identical but are not. When I went to use the mics in their clips on actual mic stands yesterday, the clip that came with the newer mic was incompatible with my mic stand. I would need some sort of size reducer to make it work with a universal mic stand. The other one worked fine. Not sure what that's all about. I'd have given it five stars for the quality of the mics (to my admittedly novice ears) and features and ease of use. However, since I now have to go spend money on a mic clip that was supposed to have come with this mic, I knocked off two stars. I'd return it but I already threw away the box.
This is a nice mic but you have to go right up to it talk atleast a half a inch minimum to get good sound quality. So if you are doing a YouTube show the bottom of your face will be covered by the microphone. They need to make it where it can pick up good sound from a distance.
Okay, so why only 3 stars when this mic worked fantastically until just a little bit ago? Well that's just it. It is not meant to last apparently, because a year later, it needs to be taken apart to stick everything back together again. My son has been using this mic to put sound on his Youtube vids. It has been perfect, until the switch just pushed all the way in. (the glue gave out) It was in the off position, so no gain, everything is super quiet. Looks like we'll be needing to buy a better mic, quality wise. not for the sound as much for the solidity. We need something that isn't going to fall apart or implode after a year of use. I feel lucky because I saw many people had issues with only 30 days of use. That's why I felt compelled to give 3 stars as opposed to 1. If I had done my review 6 months ago, I would have given 5 stars. The sound really was good.
I've been using this mic for a few months, but only via usb. Today, I finally got a preamp and discovered my mic's XLR doesn't work. Pretty bummed, although it's not a terrible mic using usb. It is really really sensitive to plosives even when using screens; I'm looking to get a different mic, but this one is definitely better than the built-in mics that my other pc plug n play items have.