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I bought this FiFine because of the great reviews and I'm on a budget. I was looking for a nice USB mic that would be durable and portable for my vagabond lifestyle and while the sound quality is great, it's not exactly wonderful. What do I mean by that? Well ...
... from what I've been able to hear, it has a sound output very near to my own voice. Which is good. Just like the Gatekeeper, I have a lovely singing voice. However, it doesn't sound all that different than when I'm using my JBL E55BT headset. In fact, there's a little something worse than my headset's audio pickup: the FiFine picks up a lot of ambient noises.
A lot. I first tested the audio out in an enclosed room in a busy office. The mic picked up my voice from as far away as I could run the USB cable, even if the output was significantly lower in volume. But whether the mic was 5 feet away or 5 inches away, it picked up the goings on outside my door. It even picked up road traffic from about 40 feet away. And that's not all! It also picked up the rustling of my clothes and my keyboard typing - pretty much everything.
For the rave reviews I was expecting better.
So, I went to the FiFine website and read up on this. Turn the volume knob down on the device. Check. Turned it down to about the 1/3 area. Turn the volume capture down on my computer. Check. Turned it down, as well. I played with a number of settings trying to find the right set-up to capture my voice without capturing everything else as I'm almost never in a soundproofed room or have control over my environment. I finally settled on 1/3 on the FiFine knob and about 1/4 on the computer.
Is this perfect? No. For two reasons: it means I have to have the mic in my face in order to pick up my voice and I don't like things that close to my face unless we're being intimate or I'm eating.
And from perusing the comments and reviews here, I can see this ambient sound issue is par-for-course. But, people with far more experience in vocal recording seem to think it's great, so I don't know if there's something I'm missing or maybe I'm just expecting too much.
On a positive note: I like that it comes with it's own stand and the full metal construction makes me believe it will be durable. Granted, other reviewers indicate that may not be the case. And it worked in my Chomebook. I tried using Audacity via the built-in Linux on my Chromebook, but apparently sound recording via Linux to Audacity is still hit-or-miss and I missed. Through the Chromebook itself, though, there don't seem to be many problems. If you're using a Chromebook and can't get it to work, you might want to check all the USB ports and they're not all the same. At least on my ASUS.
I have tried recording music with this, was decent not perfect.
I use it for my gaming microphone and it's been working great for years. I have also streamed with it and have 0 complaints. Prominent YouTubers (Brandon Herrera in particular comes to mind) use this microphone. I also use it for working remotely and have had 0 complaints of audio quality from my coworkers. Much much better than bluetooth headset earbuds or built in webcam mics.
Only complaint is that they hear the whole room and my keyboard so I end up using push to talk with coworkers (Not a bad thing on the mic, just means it's sensitive)
Very satisfied with this mic. In fact, it is too good for my use-case, I use it for voice-chat in game.
I wouldn't want to say it is overkill, as there really isn't anything negative about having a mic that is overqualified for its purpose, better sound quality is always better. I've placed it next to my monitor, about 3 feet from my mouth, and it picks up my voice perfectly, I can whisper and am still audible to others.
I like the construction of it, it's sturdy and the tri-pod it rests on is stable. It is also visually appealing in the sense that it makes my workstation feel more complete.
some minor feedback, for improvement: 1. I wish there was a mute button, or a slightly easier to turn volume knob (not that there's anything wrong with this one). The tactile experience could be improved a little, but it isn't a real con to the current product. 2. Would prefer some software to accompany it, something to easily test and calibrate the voice. However, currently it is perfectly fine, it's 100% plug and play, nothing you need to do whatsoever. I found myself testing it with Audacity, which is a free app. 3. Personally I would rather have a nicer looking logo or have the logo in a place where it can be hidden from sight.
I am a educator and I'm in the midst of upgrading my tech and I wanted to replace my Fifine. For no particular reason, the sound is the fine its been working great. I went through an EXHAUSTIVE search, watched countless YouTube videos, read so many reviews and spent so much money. The Yeti gave me the blue screen of death, another mic static, another one one day folks could hear me another day barely. Each and every time and I'd end up having to reinstall the Fifine and I'd be heard perfectly. I'm sure they maybe a better mic out there but this one is a keeper!
And I am not throwing it at people. It is a pretty light drop off a table onto a wood floor. It isnt even tile. But this is my 2nd one i have dropped and broken. can someone please recommend one that doesnt break when it falls off a table. This is ridiculous.
Update- On my 3rd one. Never dropped it. and it has broken again. Just recorded 3 hours of lectures only to have students tell me they can barely hear me. Checked it and it is soo quite. Checked lectures I did 3 weeks ago and it was fine. Never dropped the thing. IT IS A LEMON!!! DO NOT BUY!!!!
I bought a famous, expensive microphone last summer and have had a nightmare 8 months. It burned through cables, and was persnickety but worked about half the time.
A friend suggested this little guy and after struggling for HOURS yesterday to get 2 minutes of video recorded with the expensive mic, this did the trick right out of the box. All it has to do to get 5 stars from me is last. I'll get back to you in a few months.
Its an amazing value microphone. The sound quality is fantastic for the pricepoint. I would suggest buying a pop filter alongside this because the microphone is very sensitive to pops and puffs of wind and breath. The volume knob is a bit finicky with no ridges so its a bit slippery. Plus, the absence of a mute button makes it kinda inconvinient when it comes to cutting out interruptions during a voice call or live video or audio stream. Another nit-pick i have would be the weird angle the mic sits alongside the embedded cord making it virtually impossible to get a replacement cord if it hapoens to break. For the price, this is a great buy for a first or replacement microphone. I create videos about video game funny moments, so this mic was a big game changer for my content.