Do you love to play online games? Do you Skype a lot? Do you receive calls hands free? Then, you may feel the need to upgrade your headset microphone. People who use the microphones built in laptops for video calling may know that the sound quality is terrible. Most of it is due to the fan noise or the hard disk motor noise. Skype and other programs have noise cancellation mechanisms that make up for it up to a certain extent, but the voice clarity is long gone.
Many of us don’t care about the microphone much just for gaming or chatting, but if you are planning to use a microphone for these uses, you should think about the microphone too.
The first thing that you will notice about a BoomPro is its uninteresting and dull packaging. If anyone is unaware of the brand, he is likely to ignore the microphone and walk away seeing the package. But the package doesn’t depict the quality that the microphone delivers and that too just for $30. A microphone upgrade with just $30 seems quite reasonable.
The microphone build seemed to be quite sturdy to me. The mic rests at the end of a flexible steel extension arm. There are arrow-shaped holes on both sides of the covers of the mic for the sound waves to enter. The holes on both sides are so that you can connect it on any sides of the headset. The steel arm is attached to the rest of the wire just at the base of the 3.5 mm connector which will be plugged into the base of the headset. The wires seem to be durable enough, long and tangle proof. I have used the microphone a bit rough, but it seemed to lose no strength. I don’t know about its long term performance, but hope it would not lose its durability soon.
The BoomPro has a 3.5 mm connecting jack, which means it is compatible with a wide range of headphones. You can bet that if your headphone supports 3.5 mm jack, it is most likely to support BoomPro. It features an in-line volume control and a mute button that can turn off the microphone input. Although the mute button cuts the audio input, it leaves behind a click sound, which is possible to be removed during audio editing. But it would have been nice if there was a damping in the mute button that would have prevented the clicking sound from being recorded at the first place. This is not a problem at all for video chatting or gaming, though.
A breakout cable is also provided with the mic in the package, which widens the compatibility range a little more. This way it even supports those devices which have separate ports for mic in and audio out.V-MODA has separate converters that give additional support for Xbox 360, which can be bought separately if required.
There is no spit guard or windsock in the microphone. Although the first one is a preference, the latter is a requirement to reduce essing and breathing noises. The cable is 79 inches long, which is quite long enough for normal usage.
The call quality for Skype is excellent as it doesn’t have much noise that Skype has to reduce, thus retaining the actual audio quality. Obviously, you cannot compare it with the performance of a condenser microphone, but as a headphone mic, it does its job quite great. The input gain is high enough when the mic is brought close to the mouth. You have to reduce the gain manually from the computer so that the input doesn’t get clipped. This isn’t that much noticeable while in calls, but the input is hot enough while recording.
Another problem associated with most microphones is cable thump. This isn’t much of a problem below the in-line controls and is quite satisfactory, but is comparatively higher above the controls. It reduces your freedom to move along while talking. Again, this isn’t a problem exclusively for BoomPro. It is associated with almost every microphone, cheap or expensive.
- It boasts a very durable design
- Consists of a tangle-proof wire leading to a very user-friendly execution.
- Offers good sound quality
- The most useful advantage is the compatibility. It is compatible with most headphones
- Very usable and more than enough input gain
- It is a value for money piece, very inexpensive
- Long cable length leading to extreme usability and practicality.
- It boasts a very uninteresting packaging which leads to a big turn off.
- There is a peculiar and a bit annoying click sound when switching on the mute button
- There is no windsock to reduce essing
- Cable thumping above in-line controls
- High input gain can sometimes lead to clipping which is annoying.
Once the cable thumping, input gain adjustment and click sound on the mute button are taken care of, the sound quality is what left to judge. At just $30 no one can expect such a good sound quality with this much durability.V-MODA has always been a step ahead in in-line microphones. I would positively recommend it to everyone for gaming, chatting and for podcasts.
It may not be the best microphone in the world, but it definitely is the best in $30. What more can you expect in this range from a microphone? Even if you have any expectations, it would definitely fulfil them with a whole heart. Another advantage you get is, if you ever change your headphone, BoomPro is most likely to be compatible with your new headphone, if it has a 3.5 mm microphone connector jack.
To know how it sounds, try one for yourself. After all, you are the best judge of your likings. I can just point out the pros and cons, but it is you to decide if it is of importance to you.