BM-800 Condenser Microphone Review

BM-800 Condenser Microphone Review

BM-800 Condenser Microphone Review

When it comes to buying a new mic, the number of inexpensive condenser microphones that you can pick up is borderline overwhelming. And we’re not talking terrible quality, either; these are very usable microphones. One mic in particular that has made a name for itself in this price range is the BM-800. Actually, it’s made a number of names for itself, but more on that at the end. This is my BM-800 condenser microphone review.

Why the BM-800?

You might be wondering why, after mentioning the fact that there are lots of available options, I chose this mic to review. Let me state up front, this choice is not my personal endorsement of the BM-800 as the best option. There are a number of great inexpensive mics available for a number of different purposes, something you can get a bit more information about here. The reason I chose this mic to review here is because it’s the one I’ve owned the longest. Twice, actually, since I own two of them. Is this the best mic out there? Absolutely not. Is it the best in this price range? Debatable. Should you get one? Read on and decide for yourself.

BM-800 Condenser Microphone Review

Now, I’ll be honest, when it comes to the BM-800 and other condenser microphones in the same price range, there’s not a whole lot to choose. If you’re trying decide between a BM-800 and, say, a Newwer NW-1500, you can probably just pick the one you like the look of most. When compared more expensive condenser microphones, however, there tends to be a noticeable differences in the low end. The overall range isn’t as good, of course, but as most of the energy is in the low end, it’s most noticeable there.

There is also less heft to the BM-800 over, say, a Rode NTA1, which costs around five times as much. However the BM-800 doesn’t feel fragile. And, while I haven’t had any dramatic accidents with mine, they have undergone plenty of knocking and banging about and both still work fine.

Like most decent condenser mics, you will need phantom power to run the BM-800, which means additional equipment if you don’t already have some means of powering the mic. To give you some idea of what this means, you’ll be looking at at least the cost of the BM-800 again to get an inexpensive mic pre-amp.

Is It Worth It?

Absolutely. For less than the price of a couple of movie tickets, the BM-800 is definitely worth the price of admission. The better question is do you need it? To answer that you first need to consider your situation. If you already own a $100 microphone, the chances are you’re not going to gain anything by switching to a BM-800. That being said, if you’re looking for something to add to your existing setup—a second mic for you guitar cab, for example—this mic will definitely bring a new quality to the sound.

If, however, you’ve been getting by with a headset mic, or a laptop’s built in microphone, then this is an upgrade orders of magnitude better than what you’re using. But again, factor in the phantom power supply needed to use the mic before deciding it’s worth it to you.

Why no Brand Name?

I mentioned the naming at the top of the post. It seems the BM-800 is licensed by a number of different companies. I myself own two BTSKY BM-800 condenser microphones, however there are identical microphones bearing the same BM-800 model name from companies such as Excelvan and Floureon to name a few. Still, the underlying hardware is the same, so this BM-800 condenser microphone review applies to the microphone regardless of whose name is on it.

And that brings us to the end of my BM-800 condenser microphone review. If you’ve been moved to get one yourself, you can pick one up from Amazon. But if not, there are plenty more options in the ridiculously inexpensive condenser mic market!

[All Pictures: John Bullock]

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