Product Type: Philips Microphone
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the tale of a a cheap microphone.
Member Name: JJJJ
Date: 14/06/11, updated on 15/06/11 (120 review reads)
Advantages: It's actually quite robust even though it feels cheap
Disadvantages: Sound quality is very average
Design & Appearance
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In terms of its design - well, you can really tell that the Philips Universal is a cheap model. Pricier mics usually feature an all-metal construction, and have a certain weightiness about them which reeks of quality. However, the Philips model is rather lightweight with a body made entirely from plastic. The on / off switch which sits towards the top of the body feels pretty tacky, and can accidentally be knocked into the wrong position with not much effort. The microphone looks pretty cheap too with a glossy black finish and a single line of red trim towards the top - If you're interested in seeing the device for yourselves (due to dooyoo's lack of a picture), it can be viewed via the following link - http://tinyurl.com/68ptawg
Price, Sound Quality, and Extras
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In terms of its cost the mic is reasonably priced and can be picked up online for £6.99, placing it firmly in the realms of a budget model. Sound-wise, the Philips Universal is acceptable - I would even go as far as saying that it's better than expected for the price. With a lack of dynamic range, it's nowhere near as good as Shure's budget models however, and falls short in terms of delicacy of sound reproduction. That said, I actually used the Philips as a back-up mic in the band for a number of years, and I can certainly say that whatever it lacks in tone it makes up for in reliability.
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Overall, the Philips Universal Microphone isn't a high quality product by any means, but it's suitable for karaoke, or as an effects mic for a computer or camcorder. Where it does get top marks is in its durability, and even though it looks cheap with its plastic shell, the overall construction is tough, and it will survive the occasional knock. For the price, the device offers the consumer very good value for money - although it's really not good enough for live music performances.
Summary: Entry level microphone