If you’re into gaming, running a youtube channel, streaming, or recording at all, you know that a quality microphone makes all the difference when it comes to making high-quality content. Finding a microphone that’s affordable and well-made can sometimes be a challenge, but we think the TONOR TC-777 microphone bridges the gap between cost-effective setups and professional equipment.
We were thrilled to receive this piece for testing. The packaging is a high-quality box with a matte finish and a full-sized picture of the microphone on the front. It feels incredibly expensive and thoughtful. Needless to say, our tester was excited to open it up and get started!
The microphone comes as a plug-and-play setup that is nestled in a custom foam insulator inside its packaging. The microphone is a matte blue color that feels well-made and comes with all instructions and cables necessary to get started right away. The microphone comes with a USB 2.0 data port that makes it compatible with Macs, PCs, and the PS4, but please note that it’s not compatible with phones, Ipads, or Xbox.
What’s in the Box?:
- Microphone (with cord attached)
- Foam insulation for microphone input end
- Foldable tripod
- Shock-mount set up
- Pop filter
- All instructions and manual
- A service card
TONOR TC-777 USB Microphone Features
It’s worth noting that there are no necessary modifications to be made to your desk or recording surface with this mic. The feet on the mic tripod have rubber tips to keep it from sliding. There are no extra mounts or brackets needed to start using this product. That feature in combination with its pop filter and shock mount is a unique combination in its price range. This is another feature that makes it stand out from the crowd. All that said, you can attach it to a boom stand for great customization if you so choose to.
One of our favorite features for this microphone is the pop filter that comes with the product and its shock mount system that helps minimize unnecessary noise pick up. It’s also made with a cardioid pickup pattern that means it’ll pick up the speaker’s voice and naturally mute out some of the background noise.
The pop filter is about five inches in diameter and made from a cotton-jersey blend fabric and a plastic hoop. It comes with a clip that’s easy to attach to the microphone on an adjustable arm. The pop filter makes it easier to edit out plosives and other sharp sounds from audio tracks. We did find the first pop filter adjustment a little tricky to get just right but once you find a comfortable position for the pop filter it stays in place very well. The construction feels solid and sturdy and the fabric that makes the filter feels soft and high-quality.
TONOR TC-777 USB Microphone Setup and Performance
Our team found that the setup was really simple. You open the three legs that the mic has and set it on a stable foundation like a desk or table. Then you’d plug in the USB and you’re off to the races. There’s no driver to install or extra maintenance items. Installation took our team less than three minutes from opening the package and getting the microphone plugged in and ready to go. We used Audacity to record several hours of audio content and we found the recordings to be clear and consistent.
We tested this microphone in a quiet, sound-proofed room. Recordings with multiple other microphones—like a typical podcast setup—should be spot checked before lengthy recordings. This mic holds its own as far as recording quality but always be sure to check any other microphones used in the same area before recording full-length sessions.
If we had to make any changes, we’d recommend adjustable leg lengths to customize user experience, but the current leg lengths aren’t so restrictive that they’re uncomfortable. The microphone sits roughly eight inches from the table top as it is. It would be nice, but not necessary, to raise or lower the microphone.
We found it easy to unplug this microphone and take it with us on the go. The legs fold in to make a streamlined shape that’s easy to carry from one room to another if necessary or to store in a bag or box for longer trips. The packaging that the microphone comes in acts as a great storage container with its custom-cut foam insulator and high-quality packaging.
Overall, we’re incredibly impressed with this microphone and would recommend it as a great entry mic for gamers and content creators who want a clean audio recording experience. At $40 on Amazon, this microphone would make a great birthday or Christmas present for someone who wants to get into professional gamer streaming, content creation, or other endeavors where professional-sounding audio recordings are needed. Or, it could just be a really great investment into a starter recording setup for yourself!
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