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Large Diaphragm Condenser USB Microphone
Enjoy the convenience and clarity of direct digital recording using this Large Diaphragm Condenser USB Microphone from Monoprice!
This condenser microphone uses a 6-micron gold sputtered diaphragm with a 22mm capsule. It features a standard cardioid polar pattern and a 16-bit, 44.1kHz/48kHz audio resolution for superior recording clarity.
The mic is USB powered and is plug 'n play for both Windows and Mac OS X. It comes with a desk stand, weighs 1 lb, and measures 2.36" x 6.00" (60 x 152 mm).
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PROS: Audio Quality is fantastic, and it really shines at removing pretty much all background noise
CONS: The included stand is meh, but if you're just using this for a podcast, or if you travel and have to bring this with you, its ok.
PROS: Good sound quality.
CONS: (To be discovered).
PROS: Plug and play, good sound, good quality, USB provides phantom power, comes with a little stand to go right on your desk.
CONS: Doesn't come with shock mount
PROS: Great pickup without distortion.
I've even had people ask what mic I use online.
Recommend ordering a boom type mic stand also.
PROS: This was found to a high quality microphone for a computer world.
CONS: No shock mount
I got this one on the off chance that a professional level microphone would do a better job. Long story short, problem solved. It picks up my voice clearly and transmits it loudly.
The only problem I had is that it was so tall it was blocking my screen. I fixed this by installing the microphone upside down on it's stand.
It might be overkill but it was cheaper than another couple of microphones that just didn't do what I needed..
PROS: Ultra clear voice, good volume for VOIP programs
CONS: Large for what I'm doing but easily solvable
PROS: Great for recording your own narration for PowerPoint or Brainshark.
CONS: None because my expectations were met!
1) There were no reviews on it
2) The internet warns that USB condenser microphones have poor sound quality.
I was pleasantly surprised with this microphone. If you are looking for quality sound for pod-casting, live-streaming, or video creation, this microphone will do it. Don't believe the people who say you NEED a $300 XLR condenser microphone with a $200 XLR/USB interface. This thing is plenty good for $99.
My three minor gripes (Not even worth knocking a point off):
-The case is cheap (But does it's job, what can you expect for $99)
-Minor blemishes in the paint of the unit itself (Not very noticeable, plus you're not buying this thing to display)
-Stand could be a bit taller. It's about 6" from base to bottom of microphone unit (It is definitely sturdy though, and does what it is designed to do. More serious users may opt to purchase a boom arm and shock mount, as I intend to do).
Check out my YouTube review for a visual review, and for sound quality samples: http://youtu.be/8-uR_hnvpNg
PROS: +Great sound quality
+Comes with long (15 ft?) USB cable
+Comes with case (albeit a cheap one)
+Comes with a stand (albeit a short desktop one)
CONS: -Minor blemishes in paint
-Doesn't come with a shock mount (the XLR version does)
If what you need is an affordable and superb sound quality mic for desktop use such as VOIP, this is perfect. If you aren't going to use it as a desktop mic, the stand would be wasted, but imo, it absolutely is still a good buy even if you don't want the stand.
PROS: Superb build quality, good clarity, and unbeatable price.
Plug and play!
So convenient and portable with everything inside the microphone
Very nice desktop stand, very weighted and extremely easy to adjust and lock microphone in any direction
15 foot long nice gold-plated USB cable.
CONS: If the desktop stand is not what you want to use then you waste a bit of money on it. Its quite high quality and sturdy and probably added some to the cost.
PROS: -Feels durable
-Great for podcasts
-Great for talking to friends when gaming online
-Mic stand is actually helpful
CONS: -Depending on what program you use there are Times where my mouth needs to be really close to the Mic in order to be here, and there are times where I don't