USB Microphones seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Since the success of high-end models by one or two manufacturers, a flurry of mics promising all-in-one solutions for audio content creation and streaming have flooded the market.
Movo’s UM700 USB microphone doesn’t look like it should cost around $80, but remarkably it does. The UM700 promises high build quality with versatile microphone capabilities. And in doing so will become your one-stop solution for recording, content creation, and streaming.
Is it possible for a sub $100 microphone to fulfill the needs of a modern streamer? At the same time, make its more expensive rivals rethink their fancy lights and high prices? Well, I decided to take the UM700 around the block a few times to find out in my in-depth Movo UM700 USB Microphone Review.
Design and Build
Starting with the options, the UM700 comes in three different colors. Although, the pricing and included items differ depending on which color you choose:
- Standard Black – Around $80 (connects via Micro-USB, includes a microphone stand, pop filter, and micro USB to USB-A cable).
- White – Around $80 (connects via USB-C, includes microphone stand, pop filter, and USB-A to USB-C cable).
- Silver – around $100 (connects via Micro-USB, includes microphone stand, pop filter, Micro-USB to Lightning cable, Micro-USB to USB-A cable, and a Micro-USB to USB-C cable).
The UM700 has a typical cylindrical design, which is ideal for microphones with multiple polar patterns. The shell and frame of the microphone are made from steel, making for a robust and solid feeling microphone.
Easy to use and set up
The dials on the front and back have a smooth action. They don’t feel like they will loosen over time. You’ll find a ⅝ thread for mounting the microphone directly on the bottom.
The stand can be easily detached using plastic thumbscrews. Just like the mic, the stand is sturdy and made of good-quality steel. It also has the added benefit of being quite stylish.
Overall, the design and build quality of the UM700 is far above average. And, the fact that there’s more than one color available is a nice bonus in the sub $100 range.
Controls and Functionality
Located on the front of the mic are the volume control and a mute button with an LED indicator. This helps to avoid confusion as to whether the mute function is activated or not. On the back, you’ll find a gain control knob and a pattern selector. There is an auxiliary jack at the bottom of the mic to plug in a monitoring device (headphones or monitors).
The UM700 offers four cardioid patterns for different situations. Let’s look at each one in more detail.
The stereo mode on the Talk Pro produces a natural sound which is what you want since it mimics the way sound travels through the air. This mode is great for one or two-person situations where you want to introduce an element of Left and Right placement into your content.
Using an affordable USB mic to record music is perhaps not in the works yet for professionals. However, this is a great USB microphone for making demos with an acoustic guitar and/or vocals.
This mode is best used for one person or a single source situations. Usually, it is favored for voiceovers, gaming, streaming, as well as ASMR.
This mode allows you to record in a 360-degree arc around the mic. This is great for multiple people or source situations like group interviews, discussions, business calls, group vocal recordings, or for recording ambient noises.
This mode is the best option for two-person interviews, duets, and some voiceovers.
In all four modes, either being used alone or with a DAW, the UM700’s sound quality was excellent, especially considering its price range. It’s fair to say it’s one of the best sounding cheap USB microphones you can buy.
Starting with vocal quality, right across the spectrum in all the different polar configurations, vocals sound natural and full. Tested with and without the pop filter, the UM700 does a great job of minimizing plosive sounds.
Directionality and range
The UM700 performs as advertised and does so surprisingly well considering its price. There are USB mics that go for well over $120. They may look better, but the UM700 can match their audio quality for sure.
The UM700 will record at 16bit/48khz and has a frequency response of 20Hz – 20kHz. Other mics currently available will give a higher quality recording, but will cost you a fair bit more, and to be honest, the difference is hardly noticeable unless you are listening back on very high-quality studio monitors or audiophile standard headphones.
Movo UM700 USB Microphone – Pros and Cons
- Good build quality.
- Excellent sound quality for the price.
- Easy to use.
- Three colors to choose from.
- Aux port for monitoring.
- Only a Micro-USB connection on two colors.
- No companion software.
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Movo UM700 USB Microphone Review – Conclusion
For around $80, you will be hard-pressed to find a better choice if you’re looking for one of the most versatile USB microphones. The UM700 is well built, easy to set up and use, and most importantly, will deliver the sound quality you can be proud to put your name and voice to.
If only they could make the jump to USB-C. However, even without it, this has got to be the best budget USB microphone out there. The final score is 8 out of 10.
Until next time, make yourself heard.