If you create any kind of content on the internet or you have an interest in music, you know how important a good microphone is. TONOR is known for having excellent microphones, and I was excited to try this one out. I’ve been streaming on our Twitch channel lately and having a good microphone is key. Overall, the TONOR microphone has been impressive considering it’s not as expensive as some of the other professional microphones out there. We’ll dive into the details of this microphone and how to use it, but just know you won’t be disappointed with this microphone. I have used it with a Mac and my Acer gaming laptop, and both work perfectly.
Note: In order to use this microphone, you’ll have to have an external source of power, such as a 48V phantom power. It also cannot be used with mobile phones or tablet computers.
Opening and using the TONOR microphone
The box comes with:
- Shock mount
- Adjustable suspension scissor arm stand
- Table mount clamp
- Pop filter
- 3.5mm XLR cable
- XLR male to female cable
- Sound card (the USB port)
- Instruction manual
The TONOR microphone is simple to set up and pretty intuitive to put together. There’s very little assembly required, you simply need to put some parts together. If you’ve never set one up before, there are some instructions included to guide you through the process. It probably took a total of two minutes to put it together and get it ready to use.
When you attach it to a desk, the clamp is incredibly secure so you don’t need to worry about it moving all over the place just to make some adjustments. Right off the bat I noticed that the stand stays in place wherever you put it, which is a hard to find feature in most stands. I’ve used other microphones from brands that will constantly keep moving or the screws don’t hold it in place and it keeps moving while you’re using it.
You’ll need to know your computer and how to use it to adjust it for the levels you need. The instruction manual is a little old so you’ll have to adjust it accordingly to your system and needs.
Sound quality on the TONOR microphone
While this microphone is not studio quality, for anyone just starting out streaming, creating YouTube content, podcasting, etc., this is more than the base level of what you’d need in a microphone. You will need to go into your computer settings to give the sound a boost if you use the USB settings.
You’ll want to talk into the side of the microphone with the TONOR logo if you want louder sounds.
Of course, if you move the microphone around, the sound is going to vibrate through it and into the microphone. The shock mount helps prevent a lot of the vibration, but it doesn’t remove it completely. Keep that in mind if you move your microphone often while you stream, film, or record.
Here’s a test of the microphone without the pop filter and without the windscreen:
Here’s a test of the microphone with the windscreen:
Here’s a test of the microphone with the pop filter:
Sound card and phantom power option
This microphone comes with a sound card, which essentially allows you to plug it into your computer and use it in the USB slot. If your computer doesn’t have an audio input slot, you’ll need this to make it work. The sound card has a headphone and microphone 3.5mm inputs, so you can use both in the same USB port.
Depending on how much power and adjustments you need, you might need an advanced phantom power option, but if you’re just getting started, a basic one will do.
Build of the TONOR BM-700 microphone
The build on this microphone is impressive. The microphone is made out of all metal and the stand is holding up, even after a few weeks of use and moving it all over.
The microphone is made out of metal and I was surprised at the overall build of this set. It’s high quality for the price point and is worth it for new and intermediate creators.
Overall review: 9/10
Sound quality: 8/10
Shock mount: 10/10
Ease of software/technical use: 7/10
- Connection options: USB, XLR Connector, 3.5 mm Jack
- Power Source: Corded Electric
- 180 degree adjustable stand
- Pop filter and windscreen included
- Phantom or professional sound card needed (not included)
- Metal shock mount
- 1.8m XLR cable