Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Wireless Microphones for Computer,FIFINE USB Wireless Microphone System for PC & Mac,Headset UHF Wireless System with USB Receiver,Transmitter,Headset and Clip Lavalier Lapel Mic.(K031B)
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Had to buy this in a hurry so that I could use it for Yoga classes on line. It proved very good and easy to arrange on the computer. The transmitting pack is not heavy, and the talking quality is easily understood by those who listen. I would recommend it for those doing Yoga or Qi Gong as I do.
I am only using the microphone with the clip and attach to my tie. The sound quality is good for recording myself while teaching. The USB plug and play works great. I can move around the classroom and keep connected.
I am going to go over all of the pros and cons of this microphone and telling you whether or not I think you should get this microphone
OVERALL BUILD: First let's start off with the build of this microphone. there are three parts to this microphone; the USB receiver, the transmitter, and the mic itself. The mic's cable itself is about 40 inches long and is connected to the transmitter using what seems like a mini 3pin XLR input. the transmitter itself is about 4 by 2 and a half inches and is just a single body that has the power button, frequency button, antenna and a clip. the transmitter is powered by 2 AA batteries the USB receiver looks basically like a normal USB stick except it has a headphone jack on it. overall I like the design of the K031 and think that it is very simple and makes it look just like any other more expensive lavalier microphone. if I had to make any complaint on the design, it would be that the mic can only be used when you're near a computer, which shouldn't be too much of a problem.
SOUND QUALITY: Now let's move on to the important part the sound quality. the audio that I've been recording this video with is actually coming straight from the Fifine mic. I actually really like the audio quality of this microphone. compared to my camera mic and my other lav mic that I have, the Boya by-m1, I think that this mic pretty easily beats them out.
THOUGHTS: So overall I really was impressed with this mic. for a 40$ wireless Lavalier Mic, I think that this is definitely worth the price.
I'm a classroom instructor and bought this mic and transmitter for recording lectures. With such an affordable price, it did an admirable job for about 9 months. Plug and play functionality on both Windows and Linux (Mint) systems.
Some critical observations during that time... - Its microphone had to be pointed straight up (toward my mouth) when clipped on; when the lapel clip slipped and the mic angled 45 degrees, audio volume was noticeably decreased. Not a huge deal, though. - It goes through AA batteries *very* quickly. I got some rechargeables to use and they last maybe 2.5 to 3 hours. The "battery indicator" on the transmitter is pretty worthless; goes from 3/3 bars to dead very quickly. - If I'm having an exchange in class with another person, their voice is almost completely absent. The rule for this mic seems to be "near or nothing."
Its longevity is an issue, though. Its become unreliable after about 9 months of use. Audio cuts out, distortion enters, and even significant dead segments have started occurring on my recordings. It hasn't suffered any major drops/blows or anything, so its durability seems suspect. I tried a new mic extension and the issue persisted, so the problem seems to be with the transmitter.
Overall, $40 for 9 months isn't bad, I guess, but I was hoping to get more life out of the device. I'm going to switch over to using a boundary mic for recording lectures since it won't have the potential transmission issues and will hopefully pick up other voices in the room more successfully.
1.) It was easy to use. 2.) The price point makes it a good value 3.) The sound quality is acceptable for what I use it for.
General Info from my experience: I have been using this microphone to film educational lectures. My voice is typically quiet and this mic, clipped to my collar, records loud and clear. It's great at picking up my voice and doesn't seem to pick up ambient noises such as fans and air conditioners enough to consider turning them off. I am only ever 5-10 foot away from the receiver part that connects to my PC via a USB port so I can't comment on the receiver's range beyond 10 feet. I've never experienced lag or cutouts. I've recorded about 10 hours worth of content so far and the battery meter (divided into thirds) displays two-thirds power remaining. (Batteries were included.) The cord from the transmitter to the microphone is approximately three and a half feet long. The longest continual recording I've made has been two hours and the unit does seem to heat up a bit during extended use.
Troubleshooting Tip: The only negative issue I've experienced was rectified by pulling the receiver out of the USB port and then reinserting it without restarting the computer. If you experience sound "interference" in a recording, then try the trick above. It's only happened once and my computer could be to blame, as it experienced an unexpected shutdown.
Initial reaction: The microphone was delivered in attractive packaging with a user's manual and the individual components are inserted into the foam cutouts. So A for effort on the manufacturer's part there. The microphone worked great on my windows 10 machine. I just plugged it in and it was ready to record. Very user-friendly.
Conclusions from my experience: If you are a teacher on a budget (redundant right?) and considering to teach in an online format or making videos to flip your classroom, then this might be a good option for you.
I REALLY like this thing. It sounds good and, for the price, it shouldn't exist. But it does.
I do notice that the wireless struggles to maintain a connection unless the receiver and wireless transmitter have direct line of sight. So for instance, if I put the transmitter in my back pocket, or hide the USB receiver behind my external monitor, the audio comes out choppy. Since I have a USB hub sitting on my desk, this hasn't been a deal breaker at all.
For the price, this thing sounds amazing and gives you true wireless. I use it to record videos on my webcam and send them to clients and post on social media. It's great for that!
This company has quality costumer service! This is an updated review. After posting my review of this product (which is down below), I was contacted by the company and felt like they were very generous in their actions with me. They are in the process of making a new microphone that is better suited to my needs, and I will most definitely be buying from them when that time comes!
I was hopeful after reading some reviews, but those people must have been very still in their usage of the product. The sound quality is perfect when using the headset, but if the battery pack antenna is bent or touched at all, the sounds cuts out. The clip mic picks up a lot of fabric rustling even with very minimal movement which makes it throw away. If anything gets in between the battery pack and the receiver (including your own body) the sound cuts out. I was hoping to use this for my workout/yoga videos but so far all footage is flawed because of the mic cutting in and out. Maybe better for someone who wants to use this for zero body movement videos. Would work great for a blogger/ video diary.
Half of my recordings were plagued by 20-60 second audio cut outs, static, or other interference. *Repeat words from another client also experienced by me after buying* I wish I had noticed this by looking at the few 1 stars. They are there for a reason. Read the one star reviews. Lesson learned.
I was horrified listening back to it what a lousy job it did. I cringe to listen to the 30 hour job I did for a client all the way through. For a short project on a good day, you may not notice any issues, but for longer projects, you cannot trust that there would be no cut-outs or static.
* Static * Cut outs * Muffled sounds * Spent 5 hours on a project yesterday trying to use this mic. A sad waste of time and effort. I cannot use it. It is riddled with so many random bits of static and cut outs. I have a different pro-lapel mic but it needs a USB interface. I thought I was saving time but it was plain dumb to trust this product. I read reviews but I did not see any warning about this. I would certainly not have risked it.
Do yourself a favor and vet thoroughly before buying. I should have done a better job but USB mics are hard to find.
I really think some computer activity may mess with this product and that may be what is happening with the cut-outs. Nonetheless my return window just passed incidentally yesterday. Let this be a warning to other more fortunate ones.