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Behringer XM8500 XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone Great For Live Recording!

Friday, May 20, 2016

If you are into vocal sound and instrument recording has become one of my hobbies as of late so I wanted to test out for myself the difference between a condenser microphone and a dynamic microphone. The Yeti condenser microphone by +BlueMicrophones I reviewed not long ago was really impressive and I can see why the Yeti mic is such a popular microphone among people who do voice work.
I am curious to see though, how much difference in sound recording quality a regular dynamic microphone produces so I am testing out the Behringer UltraVoice XM8500, which is a dynamic cardioid microphone that features a 3 pin XLR connection (unlike the Yeti, which is a USB mic).
The Behringer XM8500 mic does not require phantom power or any voltage to work so it plugs straight into any audio device with XLR connections such as a mixer, public address system, camcorder or vocal effects processor like Perform-V by +TC-Helicon 
The Behringer XM8500 mic has integrated in the microphone head a pop noise filter and windshield, and inside the sturdy carrying box with protective foam, you also get a microphone clip and 5/8" to 3/8" stand adapter.
As mentioned earlier, the Behringer XM8500 dynamic microphone uses a XLR connection but you can also plug it into a PC or laptop with an adapter.
The Behringer XM8500 mic works great plugged in my ASUS G751J laptop which I connected via a female XLR to USB cable and female XLR to 3.5 mm stereo jack. To plug the Behringer XM8500 to a guitar amp, you will need a female XLR to male 1/4" cable adapter.
The Verdict
The Behringer XM8500 is a really nice and clear sounding microphone that gives more expensive mics a run for their money! The XM8500 has superb quality build, weighty metal body and metal grill ball head. Being a dynamic cardioid microphone, the XM8500 dynamic mic is easy to use and does not pick up background noise. You don't have to be super sensitive or careful with it so you won't need a shock mount stand.
The XM8500 produces a frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz, and the pop filter works well at minimizing breath and pop noises. The mic has a sturdy metal construction which gives plenty of confidence that the XM8500 mic will be a durable long-lasting microphone that is also perfect for VOIP/computer use. Check out the Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone

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