Jlab’s Talk Series is a range of microphones, of which the Talk Pro is the top-of-the-line. Coming in at around $150, it has the price tag of a flagship model.
That being said, this isn’t the kind of microphone you’d buy if you’re a weekender. This is a mic for a serious content creator or gamer. Furthermore, after you examine the features and capabilities of this mic, the $150 price will begin to raise serious eyebrows.
The Talk Pro features selectable polar patterns and plug-and-play usability. Reviews of this mic are good and well. So, I decided to take it for a few test runs. If you’ve been looking at the same ads, let this JLab Talk Pro USB microphone Review serve as a guide to help you make a decision.
Design and Build
The unboxing and revealing of the microphone exude an atmosphere of “High-Tech.” Much more so than many competitors who sit at the same price range.
When you lift the Talk Pro out of the sponge mold, you are not disappointed with how it feels. The metal chassis and grill around the top are not one piece. However, they give the impression of being one piece, and this testifies to good build quality.
The weight is the kind you want for a professional-grade piece of audio equipment. It’s reassuring, a peace-of-mind kind of weight.
Features and Functionality
When you move the microphone in the mount, the action is nice and smooth. Also, there is little to no noise. The tripod stand has silicone feet, and adjustment to different heights is easy and simple.
One of the most appealing and eye-catching features of the Talk Pro is the LED level display. It gives you a real-time readout of the value as the knob is turned. The bars on the LED screen will be red or blue, depending on whether you’re turning the Gain or Volume control.
The logo on the front also serves as the touch control for switching between the four different pick-up patterns. Finally, there is a Mute button that turns red or green when the mute is activated/deactivated.
Everything in its right place…
On the bottom of the microphone, there is a socket for the power cable, along with a 3.5mm jack to plug in some headphones or small external monitors. Likewise, there is a ⅝” thread for directly mounting the microphone.
Overall, the design of the Talk Pro is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally intuitive. The lights and indicators are very well-designed. There is no confusion as to whether it’s on, whether muting is activated or not, or which polar pattern is currently in use.
Finally, the LED screen is unique and functional. It helps you keep track of the respective levels and therefore speeds up gain-staging as well. Everything about this mic says it’s a high-quality USB microphone.
Sound Quality and Polar Patterns
The Talk Pro features a three condenser design. As a result, it can offer four different polar patterns, which are selected using the logo touch control on the front. Furthermore, the Talk Pro can record and stream in 24-bit/192kHz quality. At this price range, that is fantastic. Meaning this is one of the best USB microphones for live streaming you can buy.
One quirk to take note of. If you press the mute button while a monitoring device is plugged in, it will stop transmitting audio to your output device. However, you will still hear your voice on the monitoring device.
This mode produces a natural sound. It’s great for one or two-person situations. True, using a USB mic to record music at a professional level is not yet a reality. That said, this microphone is more than capable of making demos with an acoustic instrument and vocals.
This mode is good for one person or single source situations. It is usually favored for voice-overs, gaming, streaming, and ASMR.
In this mode, you’ll be recording in a 360-degree arc right around the mic. This mode is great for multiple people or all-around source situations. For example, group interviews, discussions, business calls, or group vocal recordings.
This mode performed surprisingly well. And I could easily distinguish the noise of the fan from the computer’s box, which was located behind the monitor. This mode is great for two-person interviews, duets, streaming, and voice-overs.
Overall, the quality of the Talk pro is comparable to the best performing USB microphones out there. But, yes, I agree $150 seems like a lot for a USB Microphone. However, if you’re looking for one of the most versatile USB microphones, or you’re new to the world of mics, this will suit all your needs. And, it will more than pay for itself if looked after.
JLab Talk PRO USB Microphone – Pros and Cons
- Good sound quality.
- Very easy to use.
- Good build quality.
- Great warranty and customer service.
- Four polar patterns.
- LED display.
- Monitoring quirks.
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JLab Talk PRO USB Microphone Review – Conclusion
All in all, the JLab Talk Pro USB has got to be one of the best built and easy-to-use USB microphones you can buy. Yes, it may be one of the more expensive ones on the market. But, there is not a single aspect of this mic that makes you feel like the money was not well spent.
Great build quality combined with a beautiful, unique design and ease of use makes this mic worthy of being a brand’s flagship. The Final Score is 8 out of 10.
Until next time, make yourself heard.