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Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone

by Zalman
1,165 customer reviews
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  • It has attractive & compact design
  • Localization - English
  • High Sensitivity Headphone Mic
  • 3 Mini Clips for Tidy Arrangement
  • Product Type - Headphone Microphone
  • Localization - English
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Consumer Alert: Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888- CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC’s wireless microphone website at
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Product Description

Size: Microphone

Compact headphone microphone of excellent sound quality, ease of use, and sensitivity. Clip the microphone onto the headphone cable as close to the mouth as possible. Use the mini clips on the microphone cable to latch the microphone cable onto the headphone cable. Insert the microphone jack into the Mic Input of the soundcard/audio input device. Adjust the Mic Input Level in the soundcard’s software/audio input device.

Product Details

Size: Microphone
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00029MTMQ
  • Item model number: ZM-MIC1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,165 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at May 12, 2005

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465 of 474 people found the following review helpful By P. Phan on February 8, 2013
Size: Microphone Verified Purchase
Length: 2:17 Mins
The audio quality is summed up pretty well in the demo. But other than that...

This microphone will NOT clip onto your clothes, like a lavalier. Rather, the clip is something that you simply slide onto another wire. There's also three mini-clips meant for helping it attach to a length of wire and not get tangled, but the mini-clips come off on their own very easily. However, the main clip would never come off unless you deliberately pulled on it.

This mic a very light piece of plastic-- too light to break or crack should you drop it on the floor. The only way to damage this would probably be accidentally stepping on it. I've had this mic for over a year (since 10/2012), and there hasn't been any issues yet.

This may be a pro or con-- the cord is very long, perhaps 10 feet. It could easily get tangled, and the wire itself is fairly thin. The width is analogous to Apple earbuds (standard issue with iPods). They obviously wouldn't rip with regular wear-and-tear, as long as you show them some semblance of care.

Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. I use this mic for gaming (on Skype with friends and in-game VOIP), and it serves its purpose very well. Obviously, there are better mics out there, but for around ten dollars, this is a pretty good deal.

NOTE: All the outside audio came from my computer's speakers. The audio bitrate of the demo was 192kbps. The mic itself was set to 100 loudness and +20 dB boost (from the "Sound" section in the Control Panel).
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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Bench on July 19, 2012
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Good choice for simple voice chat uses. Pair with nice headphones and it gets the job done for gaming. More than adequate for Skype and other voice programs. But not as clear or functional as a gaming microphone for regular gamers. Would fail to meet most standards if you were wanting to do audio recordings for podcasts or youtube videos.

Like many people, I wanted a mic to go with my high quality headphones. My PC headset with built in mic had speakers that were pretty shoddy, so this seemed like a no brainer. Use my high quality music headphones with this mic instead of spending $100 or so on a gaming headset? Yeah!

And it works in that regard to some degree. The mic clips to your headphone cable, so it's mostly out of the way, and not immediately in front of your mouth. This is nice, but also works against the mic. To compensate for this, the mic is omni-directional, so it picks up sound in all directions and is highly sensitive. So most importantly, your voice does come through fairly clear. But it also picks up anything else in the room. Fans, keyboard noises, mouse noises, dogs shuffling by, and whatever else you can think of. Without noise canceling, it's a live line.

Now for things like Skype and Google chats, I wouldn't imagine this to be a problem. If you need a mic for that purpose, look no further. The quality is good for the price, the sound comes through mostly clear, and you'll be understood by your friends. A sound purchase.

For gamers, this means this mic is almost required to be a solely push-to-talk mic. That's not necessarily a bad thing in a larger group, but with just a handful of friends and I, we like to use the voice activated transmitting in Mumble and Vent so we're not forced to press the key constantly.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful By jschristian44 on September 9, 2010
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I got this microphone because of all the good reviews it got. Some people say people can't hear them, etc. This is true until you turn up the mic volume and give it boost. You have to go into your Realtek HD settings for the microphone. Once in there, check all the noise, echo, directional suppression boxes. Then it will ask to calibrate and you have to read some sentences. Put the meter to about 40. Also in the settings there is a mic boost option. I used it all the way to the +30 decibals. Now, the mic works excellent and is a tolerable level and sounds very clear. Make sure you at least check echo suppression if you don't do the others, otherwise you will just hear static. But for the price this mic rocks. Beware the cord is double the length of a twin size bed.
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99 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Han Kim on April 27, 2009
Size: Microphone
I've tried a few different stand alone mics to use with my hd-555, and this one takes the cake. I play Counter-Strike:Source competitively and the previous mics I used left something to be desired in terms of quality in vent and especially in game. Not this mic. As soon as I plugged it in my teammates commented how I no longer sounded like I was in a fish bowl. One thing I was worried about was the fact that the mic is omni-directional, but as long as the environment you're playing in is relatively quiet, the mic quality doesn't suffer.

I'd recommend this mic for any gamer using a sennheiser product that needs a mic attachment.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Aaron J. Willard on September 5, 2009
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When I got into audiophile headphones I knew gaming headsets were out based on the general concensus on the web concerning their performance. That being said I went for the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 and to replace the microphone I was so accustom to on my previous headset, I bought the Zalman clip-on mic.

The mic is extremely light weight, a plus, it can be easily stored and forgotten about during use, it's fairly natural to use. It needs to be forcefully clipped on to a thicker cable (like the one present on the AD700) which is slightly annoying.

The voice pick-up is fine, the DB boost from windows is almost required and you will have to deal with a good amount of feedback. Still, my voice came out fine, and was understandable from everyone I've inquired about it so far.

Overall quality is mediocre, but I suppose you get what you pay for here.

Since I don't know of any other clip on mics, I'm going to say this is a fair purchase for the money
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