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Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Your voice will ring out in joyous song when you get this Dynamic Vocal Microphone from Monoprice!
This dynamic mic is designed specifically for live stage vocal applications. It features a unidirectional cardioid pickup pattern and includes a foam pop-filter inside the capsule. It has a 50Hz to 15KHz frequency response, a nominal -52dB sensitivity, and a 130dB SPL. It employs a Zinc Alloy shell, gold plated XLR pins for smooth corrosion-free connections, a smooth & stable on/off switch, and an anti-roll guard band. The mic measures 7.5" x 2".
- Foam pop-filter included in capsule
- Anti-roll guard band
- Gold plated XLR pins
- 50Hz ~ 15KHz frequency response
- >130dB sound pressure level (SPL)
- 600 ohms ±10% output impedance
- 52dB ±3dB sensitivity (0dB=1V/Pa @1KHz)
- Zinc alloy metal shell
- Low noise design
- Measures 7.5" x 2"
- Microphone Type: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid (Unidirectional)
- Gold-plated XLR connection
- Foam pop-filter inside the capsule
- Frequency response: 50Hz-15kHz
- Sensitivity: -52dB±3dB（0dB=1V/Pa at 1KHz）
- Output Impedance: 600Ω±10%
- SPL>130 dB
- Zinc alloy metal shell
- Height x Width: 7.5in x 2in (190mm x 50mm)
Questions and Answers
PROS: with nearing 40 years in sound engineering/design, it was exciting to hear a dynamic mic that captured more of a full freq spectrum. enjoy minimal eq, solid construction, lockable switch, super price point, and superb articulation! great for "b" and "c" level stages.
CONS: xlr missed wired from factory. that's why the phantom power popping. simple fix with minimum, solder skills. remove xlr connector. red wire (only) should be on pin 2 (positive), black wire (only) on pin 3, and wire bridge from pin 3 to screw connector tab. now it's in phase too!
The microphone is well-built, and I had no objection to the way things were assembled or soldering once the unit was open. It is a simple construction consisting of a microphone capsule connected in parallel with a reed switch. This type of switch is activated by magnetic field in this case, a magnet is placed inside the plastic switch cover which you slide back and forth. When the switch is in the "on" position, the switch opens, and the signal from the capsule flows unimpeded out to the XLR connector. When the switch is in the "off" position, the switch closes and effectively creates a short-circuit between the XLR pins, grounding the output signal.
The problem with my unit was that the reed switch was broken it was stuck in the closed position regardless of magnet/switch position. I tried activating the switch using rare earth magnets, which have a very strong magnetic field, but even with these the switch was stuck. Since I don't really need a switch on this microphone and was going to screw the switch in the "on" position anyway down the line, I opted to remove the switch from the circuit. Afterwards, the microphone worked perfectly well.
(The way the circuit is built, one could easily remove the reed switch from the circuit by simply clipping the leads around the switch itself. In my case, I had already fully disassembled the microphone and opted to replace the wiring altogether I removed the PCB and original wiring but left the plastic switch cover in place, screwed into the "on" position. It looks unmodified and operates as expected.)
Would have given this a 10 but feel like this issue could easily have been caught in QA, unless of course the switch somehow broke during shipping. As mentioned above, I'm sure the RMA process would have sorted this out with a new unit just fine the decision to forgo RMA and risk damaging the unit was mine, and it cannot be ascribed to failure on Monoprice's part to provide customer support.
PROS: Feels very sturdy. Assembly quality is very good, especially considering the price. Sound is great for vocals and loud sources.
CONS: Mine was DOA due to a faulty switch, but I haven't heard of this happening to anybody else. Also, can be a bit harsh in the highs, which it seems to readily pick up - but considering the price, I can't really fault the unit for this, since the rest of the range is quite good.
CONS: The switch shorts all three pins together. This is one of those "what were they thinking!" situations. They put extra effort in to do it wrong! The switch should only short 2 and 3 together. Shorting anything to pin 1 is a great way to blow your speakers, or ears, if you happen to have phantom power on to the mic.
It has a great weight and feel, so I'd guess it will hold up just fine on the road. It doesn't come with a clip or cable, but for this price - who cares. Absolutely fantastic. Buy and enjoy!!
PROS: Amazing price. Great response. Nice feel/construction.
CONS: No mic clip.
PROS: Good quality mics at value prices
Rugged and easy to use
I A/B'd them against my Shure 57 & 58. The Monoprice mic had more robust, clean bottom end, and crisper high end. Way more output ! Don't think twice about these mics, buy one , or two or........
PROS: Price, & sound.
PROS: Solid construction, weighty. Much better than you would expect from a $10 dollar mic. Locking on/off switch comes in handy. Feels like a quality microphone. You can spend more and get less.
CONS: A little too tight of a pick-up pattern. You must be right up on the mic to get full response. Although sometimes that is a plus in a noisy environment. A little oversized in girth,fits too tightly in some mic clips.
PROS: Price, sound quality and on/off switch.
CONS: None, even the mentioned on/off noise was of little concern. Yes it's there, no it's not loud or distracting, particularly if on/off is used infrequently as in a concert setting.
We immediately noticed a buzzing sound when connected and quickly figured out it was just the mics when they were on. No other mic, dynamic or condenser, we have does this. After digging through the reviews, I found that a few mentioned similar EMI noise issues and bad wiring at the connector.
When I took the connector off, I found that it was wired to be an unbalanced. Red was wired to pin 3, black to pin 2, and the screw tab, pin 1 and pin 2 were wired together. As pin 1 is ground, this meant one of the signals was connected to ground and therefore not a balanced connection. Pin 2 is positive signal, so the polarity was inverted and out of phase.
Conclusion: These are significant mistakes in production and occur to several people so it is likely there were all designed wrong. Most people may just have short cable lengths and not notice. But that is no excuse for bad design.
PROS: When used in short cable lengths so the wiring defect is not apparent, the vocal quality was clean and crisp. I would expect this to be the normal quality if it was wired right.
CONS: Longer cable lengths made this mic into a ground hum receiver and caused more buzz sound than the sound it could pick up.