Fifine USB Lapel Lavalier Microphone Review

Fifine USB Lapel Lavalier Microphone Review

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Takeaway: Serviceable lapel mic, good isolation, but sensitive and may distort at close range.

You'll receive the microphone and a brief instruction manual. The microphone is permanently attached to the USB dongle which is like a large thumb drive measuring 2.5"L x 1"W x 3/8"H. The wire on the mic is about 6.5' long and the mic comes with a replaceable foam wind screen. On the USB dongle there's also a headphone out port so you can plug in a set of headphones.

The Boya lapel mic that I use regularly is a line-in microphone that plugs into a 1/8" input jack. The main difference between the two is that the plug-in mic depends on the computer's sound card to process the audio, whereas the USB mic has processing hardware in the dongle that acts as its own sound card. That means that no matter what computer I'm using, the USB mic should, theoretically, produce consistent output.

This microphone has a cardioid pickup pattern where my line-in mic is omnidirectional. Comparatively, the Fifine mic sounds a bit more focused but also somewhat boxed-in while the omni mic audio is rounder, but picks up more background noise and has lower volume output levels which require me to increase the gain in post processing. The high sensitivity of the Fifine mic means that I either have to use the mic farther away from my face or speak at a lower volume so that I don't get any distortion or "crackling" in the audio. But since the audio output is already at a decent decibel level, I don't need to do as much post-processing editing.

Overall, the Fifine mic performed pretty well. It produces louder and more precise sound from the same distance as my plug-in omni mic, but I found that voices may sound a bit more constrained/constricted and generally the mic needs to be used at a farther distance or speakers should talk at a lesser volume.

Buy it at Amazon: Fifine USB Lapel Lavalier Microphone [Affiliate Link]

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