If you are a Youtuber or musician, or you partake in podcasts, you’ll know how important audio quality is. As such, purchasing the right device can be a challenging experience. Do you go all-out and break the bank to buy the best money can get, or do you try to cut some corners and make it a little more affordable? Whatever your choice, you may be left disappointed. However, I don’t think that would be the case if you pick up the Shure MV7X microphone. This simple dynamic device is simple to set up, easy to use and has a single XLR output. Yet, does this lack of complexity compete against some of its high-end competitors?
Well, I think it does! Though it isn’t the cheapest of devices on the market, it is a phenomenal piece of kit. With crystal-clear voice recordings and a filter that wipes out unwanted sounds and harsh popping, it does exactly what you want and expect from a decent mic. What’s more, it looks amazing and can be fitted to a boom arm or a compatible stand. Accordingly, it’s a straightforward-to-use piece of equipment that’ll impress from the off.
What’s in the box of the Shure MV7X?
- The microphone is housed in a sturdy cardboard box with a decorative outer sleeve. Immediately, you can tell it was a high-end product, and I couldn’t wait to open the box.
- The Shure MV7X comes wrapped to prevent damage. On top of this, it is snuggly secured in its packaging and that helps it further still. The device has no buttons, one XLR output port on the bottom, and a replaceable mic grille. Alongside this, there is a yoke mount that can be attached to a 5/8-inch or 3/8-inch threaded mount. This can be adjusted and tightened with ease thanks to the side knobs.
- 3/8-inch Euro threaded adapter. Use this adapter to connect the microphone to your desired stand or boom arm.
When looking at your next microphone, you want it to record your audio perfectly without unwanted sounds. Fortunately, the Shure MV7X does just that. Because of its voice isolation technology, it delivers pitch-perfect recordings. Furthermore, the replaceable mic grille cuts out unwanted room noises, hisses, and those unfortunate pops from “hard” pronounced sounds. Consequently, what you get is that rich “radio” voice that everyone yearns for.
Thanks to the dynamic design, this microphone does not require phantom power. This is excellent if you want to simplify your setup and reduce unwanted cabling. This is further enhanced thanks to the simple XLR cable arrangement. However, this does have its setbacks. Unfortunately, Shure does not provide you with this cable, so this will add to your expense. What’s more, you’ll need an audio interface to record when using your PC or laptop. Alongside this, with such a simple design, you’ll have to adjust your gain and other settings using a digital audio workstation. Now, this isn’t a problem if you are familiar with the technology, but inexperienced artists or influencers/creators may not find it so intuitive.
A perfect musician’s tool.
With podcasting and gaming elements to one side, the Shure MV7X makes for a perfect musicians tool. Because of its dynamic qualities, it handles loud and aggressive noises incredibly well, and distortion is kept to a minimum. However, though, you’ll need to return to your aforementioned DAW to adjust your settings to get the best out of it.
For softer and quieter noises, you would typically consider a condenser microphone. Yet, this dynamic microphone does a great job of highlighting these fine and often missed sounds. Subsequently, the Shure MV7X is a great tool if you are recording acoustic instruments. Therefore, if you are a musician who uses many instruments, this versatile microphone will capture your audio perfectly.
Is the Shure MV7X worth it?
Priced at £179.99, this isn’t the most inexpensive microphone on the market. However, you do get an extremely good device for your money. With a replaceable mic grille, the ability to attach it to a tripod or boom arm, and its lack of buttons make it an attractive prospect. What’s more, its sound quality is incredible. It can be used for a vast selection of instruments without issue, and it requires no additional power supply.
Alongside this, the voice recording element has to be one of the best I’ve ever experienced! The lack of background noise, distortion, and annoying harsh sounds was brilliant. Compared with either the ROCCAT Torch or the Ampligame A8 microphone, the sound recording is out of this world. Though, those microphones are easier to set up and will be more attractive to inexperienced creators or musicians.
If you want a professional microphone that looks amazing, feels great and is built to last, then the Shure MV7X has to be seriously considered. Yes, the lack of onboard controls and buttons can be a little frustrating, but this is a minor thing. After all, most people have a laptop or PC nearby whenever they are recording. Accordingly, the few minor elements are far outweighed by the positives, and I can easily recommend you buy it here!
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