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BM-800 Professional Studio Condenser Microphone Review
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BM-800 Professional Studio Condenser Microphone Review

by 2015/09/13
Overview
Price

$15.96

Product Name

BM-800 Professional Studio Condenser Microphone

Positives

Sounds Great
Affordable
Durable Construction
Shock Mount Included
Wind Screen Included
4 colors options: Black, White, Pink, and Blue

Negatives

May require phantom power depending on one's power source
May require additional cables if phantom power is needed
Poorly written owner's manual

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Bottom Line

The BM- 800 is an excellent budget microphone for most recording applications.

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Recording gear in the age of the home studio has become more affordable than ever. But with this affordability, it’s become nearly impossible to navigate the endless labyrinth of options. Without being an expert, picking out the right microphone can eat up your entire afternoon. Hopefully, this review can make that aggravating process a little easier.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive and versatile microphone with a wide range of applications, look no further. Priced as low as $16, the BM-800 is about the greatest value one can find for a decent condenser mic. As a condenser mic, you’ll find that the BM-800 can capture more detail and room ambience at lower volumes than any dynamic mic. With that in mind, the BM-800 would be a solid choice for recording acoustics instruments, vocal performances, and even podcasts. If you’re trying to run your own professional studio, you’ll probably want to keep saving up. But for the average musician, video blogger, or podcaster this mic will definitely get the job done.

BM-800 Build & Features

bm-800 white studio condenser mic

For a low-budget microphone, the BM-800 is built surprisingly well. It’s got a Zinc alloy housing and a gold-plated Steel mesh net to provide sturdy protection for its diaphragm and internal components. Unless you’re actually trying to damage it, it’s going to hold up well through regular wear and tear. It also comes with a solid shock-proof mount to keep the mic secure and unwanted rattling to a minimum. Since it’s a uni-directional condenser you’ll have to remember to keep the side marked “BM-800” facing your desired audio source. Another great feature is its removable foam cap to help shield the mic from wind interference, noisy air conditioning, and spit from those extra impassioned performances. Having purchased quite a few microphones, I’m impressed they’ve included this invaluable feature—most manufacturers don’t.

Most important of all, be aware this is a Phantom Powered microphone. While some versions of this mic require batteries to function, this version needs phantom power. The BM-800 is sold under several brand names. Depending on the brand you choose, you can get a battery powered model or a phantom powered model. To avoid potential confusion, be sure to pay close attention to the specifications while shopping.

blue bm-800 condenser mic on shock mount

That being said, the phantom powered model is going to yield better sound quality and more reliable functionality. Condenser microphones are desirable because they have a wide dynamic range and wide frequency response capable of picking up crisp details. In part, this is because condenser microphones are phantom powered. Powered by 48 volts, many phantom powered microphones are simply more powerful than passive dynamic microphones. Naturally, a mic powered by 48v is going to be more powerful than one powered by a 9v battery, many AA batteries, or a  5v USB charger. Thus, you can be assured that the BM-800 will be a considerable upgrade from the vast majority of USB and battery powered microphones.

With your BM-800 you’ll also receive a female XLR to 3.5mm stereo cable. To ensure optimum performance, be sure that your mixer, audio interface, or computer are able to provide enough power for the microphone via the 3.5mm connection. When using laptops and desktops, some users have reported low volume recordings. However, I’ve also seen users sufficiently power the microphone with the provided cable using phantom power as low as 14v.

Bm-800 studio condensor mic with xlr

 

Conclusion

For all intents and purposes, this mic is a real steal. While it’s by no means the greatest condenser microphone, it’s going to meet or exceed the expectations of the average user. If you’re not committed to the to idea of studio quality and the potential extra cost of a power supply, the battery powered version may be the better option. In any case, the BM-800 is an exceptional microphone for anyone on a budget. If you mind the details while shopping, it’s going to deliver. Check out Gearbest.com for the best deals on these microphones that are available in a variety of different colors Black, Blue, Pink and White!

“You can't even come close to beating this microphone for the price!”


“ABSOLUTELY REQUIRES PHANTOM POWER.”


“…for the cost, this thing sounds great!”


“ Does need phantom power but power supplies are inexpensive.”


  • Type: Wired
  • Polar Pattern: Uni-directional
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 45dB±1dB
  • S/N: 60dB
  • Compatibility: Linux, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows 98SE, Mac OS, Windows ME
  • Application: Radio Broadcasting Studio, Karaoke, Voice Recording etc.
  • Product Weight: 0.350 kg
  • Package Weight: 0.440 kg
  • Product Size (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.0 x 16.0 cm / 1.97 x 1.97 x 6.29 inches
  • Package Size (L x W x H): 15.0 x 10.0 x 4.0 cm / 5.90 x 3.93 x 1.57 inches
  • Package Contents: 1 x BM-800 Condenser Sound Recording Microphone, 1 x Plastic Shock Mount Kit, 1 x Anti-wind Foam Cap, 1 x Audio Connect Cable, 1 x English Manual

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About The Author
Dlukacs
Daniel Lukacs is a musician, a sound technician, and freelance writer with a passion for music, film, and philosophy. While he currently specializes in product reviews, album reviews, film reviews, and guitar blogs, he is eager to expand his creative talents to other writing styles and areas of interest.
  • Kyle
    2015/12/26 at 9:40 pm
    Positives

    This microphone is ridiculously good for the price. It's as good as some of my expensive condenser microphones. Try using it in a studio environment... You'll be shocked at how good it is.

    Negatives

    If you're a newbie when it comes to condenser microphones, then the lack of instructions / paperwork it comes with won't help you. The "BM-800" on the mic is the front!

    Rating
    Sound Quality80%
    Appearance90%
    Worth it?100%
    Ease of Use90%
    Features100%

    Seriously, for the price and sound quality you can’t complain.

  • Mike Urso
    2016/12/23 at 3:17 am
    Positives

    Excellent audio quality, Unidirectional happens to be a big plus. Very quiet

    Negatives

    Very sensitive microphone, almost too sensitive, Foam screen almost a must

    Rating
    Sound Quality95%
    Appearance95%
    Worth it?100%
    Ease of Use95%
    Features100%

    Use this mic in amateur radio, along side a venerable SM-58. The 58 has been great for years, but this mic just adds a bit of clarity with excellent highs.

  • 2017/03/04 at 9:56 pm
    Positives

    Great microphone for the price. I wasn't expecting a lot, but was pleasantly surprised. Before buying I did my research and knew it would take phantom power. I bought a Behringer UMC22 audio interface for $40 on Amazon and it works great. Also running Linux and no problems there. Works great with Audacity for my podcast. Definitely worth it as a starter mic. Sounds great, almost too sensitive.It probably costs less than $5 to manufacture the mic, but the sound quality is excellent when used with the proper equipment.

    Negatives

    Microphone came with plastic shock mount. Some BM800 kits come with a metal shock mount which I would have preferred. Do your homework. All in all, you won't be disappointed until there's bad built quality. Part of the mic was a little loose on the grill but it hasn't made a difference and you can't hear it in recording.

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    Sound Quality85%
    Appearance90%
    Worth it?100%
    Ease of Use90%
    Features83%

    Great mic for the price.

  • crosspie
    2017/04/29 at 1:26 am

    for people who’s interested in buying this microphone! http://www.gearbest.com/speakers/pp_193554.html?vip=1244375

  • Yurri Tech
    2017/05/23 at 9:18 am

    I definitly recomond you this microphone you can view my unboxing and the quality sound at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7dR8-0jesg

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