Desktop Microphone recommendation

Discussion in 'Microphones, Speakers & Audio Processing' started by KD2NOM, May 26, 2018.

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  1. KD2NOM

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    I am looking for a desktop microphone that can be used on my Yaesu FT-450D. My criteria are:

    - affordable (between $100-$150)
    - compatible (I would like one that has the modular plug for my radio, but would consider using a converter)
    - adjustable tone
    - free standing with a base / does not require a boom

    I'm very interested in recommendations from folks who have or have used the microphone on an FT-450D.

    Best regards,

  2. K1SZO

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    I use a BM-800 condenser mic. It sounds really good for only being $20. For around $40 you can get it with the the suspension boom.

    There are lots of YouTube videos comparing them with much higher priced mics.
  3. KD2NOM

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    Wow - those are really inexpensive! How did you wire it to you radio - did you buy a converter or solder it yourself?
  4. WD0BCT

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    I have used the Yaesu MD-100 with an FT-450D, FT-891, FTDX-3000 and even an FT-817.
    Works for me and did not break the bank.
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  5. K1SZO

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    Whoops, I missed the FT-450D portion of your question. I do own an FT-450D, (great little radio) but I haven't actually hooked it up to the FT-450D as I have a new main rig that didn't require modding.

    A quick Google about converting this mic for radio use pulled up this page. Though that really depends on your comfort level in modding the device. It likely would be easier to just purchase a mic made for radio.
  6. G0GSR

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    From what the OP has asked for, I don't think that the BM-800 would be suitable. I am not keen on the fact that he has cut the HF response -6dB at just 3kHz.
    For a radio with a limited audio equaliser (Like the 450), its the worst thing that you could do.
    Whatever you do with the FT-450, its going to have an excessively restricted audio bandwidth by design and any decent microphone is not going to fix this.
  7. KB2WVO

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    i run a md100 on my 450 also.. it works fine... tho i have never heard myself.. asked a few to record but u know how that goes.. lol

    but i wouldnt over think this .. the 450D isnt one of them high end 10 slider eq radios.. its basic..
    and if u get another yaesu. it will work with it... but not the 2900 mobile.. diff plug..

    lil hint... 2 wires and a old dash mounted style horn button makes great foot switch.. using the md100..
  8. KE0EYJ

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    The 450D can sound very good.

    I recorded this op. Here's how he sounded with his 450D and MD100, as it came out of my FT950.

    He ran the compression too high, but the MD100 sounded pretty darned good, otherwise:

  9. K5WY

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    My suggestion on a desk mic? Get a headset. Seriously. Or, if you really don't want to use a headset get a mic on a boom, so you can position the mic next to your lips.

    I hear guys on the air all the time with desk mics. You can't miss it; they have the gain turned up so high that you can hear the dog scratching at the back door and the TV in the next room so that they can talk into a mic three feet from their face.

    It's true a Heil Proset is going to run you $200 or so, but a lot of hams use gamer headsets for a lot less. I just bought a set of Koss SB45's and gave them to my club. IIRC they were under $30 on Amazon.
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  10. KE0EYJ

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    I like headsets... but I will caution that it's important to run the volume very low.

    Listening to ham static can be very hard on hearing. We tend to get used to, and turn the volume up far higher that it should be, for long periods of time.
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