Since last spring most of us have discovered Zoom or other video streaming services. Those using it often find that while a built in camera on a notebook gives perfectly acceptable video sometimes the supplied pin hole microphone is not up to the standard required especially if the call is not just a meeting of friends but something more important then perhaps this offering from Shure can help.
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The Shure MV5C microphone is round at 6cm across and comes with a stand that can raise it by up to 8cm from your desk. This can be set to adjust the get the perfect angle.
As with most microphones the last thing you normally want to hear is yourself but there are occasions you might want to do so and so it has a mode where when you plug a set of headphones or earbuds into it you can.
The connection to your PC or Notebook is by USB and there is a small 12x9.5cm eight sided well laid out Quick Start Guide that explains everything.
I tested this both with and without hearing your own voice, certainly with the latter I would recommend only using headphones as the sound outlet.
On the rear of the unit slightly recessed are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone socket.
By the side of this recessed ‘D’ area are two buttons Mode and Mute both are well explained. Towards the top of the unit is a slightly recessed rotary volume control.
The top of the unit has three LEDs and these are also well explained in the Quick Start Guide.
Connecting to a PC is explained but wait for a few seconds and the volume control in the tray will change from whatever your normal source is to Shure MV5C.
Another area where good clear sound is vital is with speech processing and there is a specific mode for this purpose and this indeed works well.
These days few have the luxury of having someone to type your documents as even quite senior managers have to do it themselves. So a good way is to dictate to yourself via a clear sound signal and then very few alterations will be required.
Also in the box is a second lead for those who only have USB ‘C’ to connect to. This second lead is Micro USB to USB ‘C’.
So while this is not cheap at over £100 it will save time for anyone who needs extra clear sound quality to shine through whether it be on their own PC for software to transcribe their voice to text or a conference call where clarity is vital. You can see more about the Shure MV5C a video on the second link below.
At the time of publication the Shure MV5C Home Office Microphone is available from Amazon for £104.90 including free delivery.
Additional information can be found on the Shure web site.