Best budget microphone ever?

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James Skala

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Samson meteor mic USB. Tailoring the audio using voicemeeter banana. Have my microphone set the PC within smartsdr.
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Paul 2e0ymt

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Hi James. I wouldn't mind picking your brains on this scenario if I may please....I tried and failed on this method. Not sure how to mssg you so perhaps you mightly kindly email me off qrz. 73 Paul 2e0ymt
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Well for under $100 the Shure SM-58 is hard to beat. A Quality mic Made In USA and will last forever. 

Just get the XLR to 1/8"TRS cable, plug in to the radio and have fun.

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Beringer XM8500 at $19.99
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That is a really good answer as I just ordered one given the specifications and the reviews. Thanks.
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My principal mic is a 781, but I discovered a couple of other good values along the way.

Axis CM-3 has been available for quite a while on Ebay...pre-wired connectors are available for multiple brands of radios, about $57.  Highly responsive seller. See the reviews at Eham.
An Ebay keyword search for " BM800 " brings up multiple listings selling under $20 (can also be had on Amazon).  For an informative review see
See also the Eham reviews.
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I make my living as a sound engineer.
A shure sm58 is a great vocal mic.... there on most every concert stage youve seen, I use one on my flex in the shack....get great reports, If you have a good radio voice a beta 57 might be better as its pretty flat.

However.....when I operate from my desk computer which is away from shack in the house I have a $2 computer desk mic I use...... I get nothing but great reports on it.

Bottom line is.... a LOT of people fall for marketing!
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Heil to the microphone!!
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Ken - VE5KC

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I operate most of the time from my laptop or iPad using the built-in microphone and aways get good audio reports. I've also tried dollar store cheapy mics with good results.

In the ham shack I use a Blue Yeti USB desk microphone connected to the computer which also gets great reports.

I have never used my Flex 6500 or 6400 with a mic connected directly to the radio.

73.. Ken - VE5KC
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I'LL second the Behringer 8500.   Use it on a Samson Boom with a foam sock.


Gayle K0FLY
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Pat Eastman

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Great! Makes me feel better about my pending order.
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I use a BM800. Works well!
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Marc Lalonde

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Blue yeti USB mike  ,whit flex no reason to use "analog" mike 

i have it on a desk boom
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I agree, I keep it digital from MIC to RF then analog.
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Dan -- KC4GO

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Shure PG48-LC Vocal Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid

Has been used with my 6500 and now 6600 with great reports. 
What ever Microphone you get you should view Ken Wells NM9P you tube on how to adjust the Equalization of your TX audio. 

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Just got a Logitec wireless headset H800. Chip enough considering the set up. Works great with Voicemeter Potato and a 6400 remote.
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Shure SV-100, bought dirt cheap at a local electronic dealer. 55USD incl. a desk boom (not super Q, but ok) and cable with XLR connector. Needed a bit of tweaking with Flex Eq. Has after been used with my 6700 with great reports.