Neewer NW-800 Review: Is it worth it?
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Whenever I come across a cheap condenser microphone, I instantly become excited.
This is because condenser microphones are awesome when it comes to recording vocals and instruments for your home studio.
So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the Neewer NW 800 condenser microphone, going at a very cheap rate
I was very curious to see what this particular microphone can do, the design, the performance and the pros and cons
So in this article, I will be bringing to you everything I observed and learnt while testing out this bad boy.
What’s in the box?
When you purchase the Neewer NW 800 microphone, here is what you get
- A microphone
- A sturdy and stable shock mount
- A 5’8 to 3’8 microphone stand adaptor
- A pop filter
- A ball type anti wind foam cap
- An XLR to 3.5MM cable
- Documentations and manual showing specifications and stats
The Design/ Build Quality
The build quality on this thing is awesome
It has a metal body, a metal grille and it feels kind of sturdy and stable
But one thing you need to be aware of is that it is a delicate microphone just like any condenser mic out there.
It has a black matte finish and the grille mesh has finer holes in it which will hopefully keep out more popping and breath issues
The shock mount is well built and sturdy which helps reduce vibrations and external background noises
The pop filter is of high quality and helps you deal with sibilance and breath issues
The connecting cable is of normal grade and quality with nothing too special to it
- Set that includes: one (1) NW-800 professional condenser microphone, one (1) mic shock mount, one (1) anti-wind foam cap (ball-type), and one (1) black mic power cable
- Microphone: with full electronic circuit control, compatible with 5 V power, bass reduction switch, cardioid output, wide dynamic range, low noise, 11 oz/ 316 g, metal body, black
- Power cable: 2.5 meters long
- Item weight: 1.5 lbs
- Product dimensions: 12.1 in x 7.4 in x 3.6 in
This particular microphone is a cardioid as well as an omni directional condenser microphone which means that you get to hear different levels of audio as you spin the microphone around.
One big benefit of buying a Neewer NW-800 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Microphone is it comes in a set – which means that you get to also have a shock mount, anti-wind foam cap, and a power cable along with the condenser microphone.
This is a cost effective purchase because you do not need to buy additional and separate accessories for your microphone and spend more money for them.
For just a little over twenty-one ($ 21) dollars, you get yourself a handy condenser microphone set.
As for the Neewer NW-800 Professional Studio Broadcasting & Recording Microphone, the product has a bass reduction switch (-10 dB) that works with non-linearity audio input – which translates to the reduction of surrounding noises being recorded by the mic.
To eliminate sound distortions – like harmonic and crossover distortions – the Neewer NW-800 utilizes a precision electronic circuit.
Aside from that, the entire Neewer NW-800 is designed to create a low noise output and to be highly sensitive to its wide dynamic range and good cardioid pickup output.
The Neewer NW-800 black metallic microphone is also built to be sturdy and durable for a long service life and, at the same time, the design is made fashionable to please the eye.
In addition, the whole Neewer NW-800 only weighs 316 g so it is not too heavy to carry around for a long period of time.
It is nice to note that the Neewer NW-800 also comes with an anti-wind foam cap (ball type) that works in two (2) ways – to protect and to enhance.
The accessory helps lengthen the service lifetime of the Neewer NW-800 mic because it keeps the mic clean.
It also works to enhance the audio output quality of the Neewer NW-800 as it reduces the pick-up of annoying popping, windy, and breathy sounds that usually ruin what could have been a perfect recording.
The accompanying shock mount isolates the Neewer NW-800 Microphone from the possible interference of both floor and mic stand noise and other physical vibrations that the mic may detect and absorb when placed directly on a surface.
Finally, the power cable that comes with the set is long enough – approximately 2.5 m or 8.2 ft – to afford a wide berth for the Neewer NW-800 to be plugged into or connected to a power source.
The length of the power cable is especially advantageous in places where the power outlet is far from reach.
- It sounds pretty good at this price point
- It is well built and very sturdy
- It is ideal for someone just starting out and on a budget
- This microphone cannot be used with mobile phones, tablets or a Mac
- It requires voltage to function properly (preferable 3V to 5V)
The Neewer NW 800 condenser microphone sounds really great when recording vocals and instruments
It is ideal for someone who is just starting out, looking for something cheap and want to start testing out recording with a condenser microphone.
You can use this microphone to get started and test the waters before you move on to something more expensive like the Audio Technica AT4060