Fifine Wireless Lapel Microphone Review

Fifine Wireless Lapel Microphone Review

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Takeaway: Works ok as a wireless PA mic, a bit too quiet for recording, mono only.

The mic kit comes with a transmitter, lapel mic with 3.5' long wire and 3-pin mini XLR plug (mono), a receiver with 1/4" microphone jack, a pair of AA batteries, a pair of AAA batteries, and an instruction manual. The transmitter unit is pretty basic. It's made of plastic and has a wire belt clip on the back, a mini XLR input for the mic, and power button on the top by the antenna. On front is an LCD screen that shows the transmitting frequency and a door that swings open for loading the two AA batteries. The microphone simply plugs into the port on the top and it has a metal alligator shirt clip. The receiver plugs into your sound system via the 1/4" jack but you can use an adapter to use it with 1/8" Aux-in/mic ports (not included). On the side of the transmitter is the on/off switch and a 2.25" antenna for increasing the reception. On the opposite side is the door for the battery bay for loading the two AAA batteries.

The unit is basically plug and play. Turn on the receiver and transmitter and they will pair automatically. When paired the light on the receiver turns from flashing red to green. The LCD screen on the transmitter displays the frequency as well as remaining battery life. The channel range is 672.5 to 684.5 in 0.5 MHz increments. There are 25 channels on this mic to help you avoid interference with other equipment on mics, and it remembers the last channel you set it to when you switch it off and on again. The LCD dims after 3 minutes to save power and flashes when the unit has low battery.

The lapel mic is directional and should be clipped with the top of the wind screen pointing up towards your mouth. However, even from this short distance of about 6 inches, the pickup from the mic isn't quite strong enough and the audio is fairly quiet. The mic sounds better and is much louder when it's right in front of your mouth, but that's not how it's designed to be used. I was able to use the mic plugged into a portable speaker and it sounded fine, but after I got more than 20 feet away the sound started to audibly fade. I must be one of the lucky ones that got a mic that doesn't pop or crackle as I haven't noticed any static noise when using the mic so far.

Sound-wise the ranges are a bit condensed lending a "boxy" sound quality. Without any post editing, the Fifine mic is much quieter than the Yeti mic that I normally use for recording and doesn't have as good audio quality. Also it only records in mono, and is therefore not suitable for much of my recording needs. However, I would use it as a PA system wireless mic for events and parties or perhaps hook it up to my camera for some B-roll video footage.

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