V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black
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- Professional-grade mic ideal for communication and gaming featuring enhanced voice clarity and background noise reduction
- Detachable for maximum compatibility and usage; flexible ad adjustable for ideal mic positioning
- Built to last with a durable and reinforced cable, 24k gold plated plug and SteelFlex boom arm
- Convenient control clip features an in-line mute switch and rotary volume controls
- Compatible with all smartphones, tablets, PCs, notebooks and gaming consoles via 3.5mm (1/8") plug and headphones with a 3.5mm (1/8") cable input
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Transform your Ordinary Headphones into a Versatile Headset for Communication
Detachable, Flexible, State-of-the-Art Boom Mic
The BoomPro Microphone instantly transforms your headphones into the perfect communication device for gaming, business communication, podcasting and taking calls on the go. Its unique bendable design allows you to position and hold the mic in place wherever it’s most comfortable for you.
Level Up Your Work From Home Setup
BoomPro works universally with all V-MODA over-ear and on-ear headphones as well as many other headphone brands that have a detachable 3.5mm cable. Attach the BoomPro Microphone for crystal clear call quality anywhere. By reducing background noise and enhancing voice clarity, the BoomPro is the easy, lightweight essential for working from home or on the road.
- Crystal clear communication
- Ideal for working from home and gaming
- Flexible arm for microphone positioning
- In-line mute switch and rotary volume controls
Crystal Clear Communication
Enhances your voice clarity and reduces background noise to make sure your colleagues, fellow gamers and podcast audience hear only what you want them to.
Easy Access Controls
The convenient control clip not only secures your BoomPro Microphone in place but it also features in-line mute and rotary volume controls, so you’re always in control of your sound.
Headphone Compatible with all V-MODA Crossfade series and most headphones with a 3.5mm (1/8") input port.
Get to Know V-MODA BoomPro Gaming VOiP Headset Headphone Mic
- Microphone Type: Omni-directional
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38±2dB
- Weight: 30g
- Length: 74.8" (190cm)
- Impedance: 2.2kΩ
- Signal to noise ratio: 58dB
- Maximum input: 100dB
- Standard operating voltage: 2V
- Operating voltage range: 1V – 10V
- Compatibility: Headphone Compatible with all V-MODA Crossfade series and most headphones with a 3.5mm (1/8") input port. Source compatible with all smartphones, tablets, PCs and notebooks via 1/8” (3.5mm) plug and gaming systems with additional kits (sold separately).
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The BoomPro Microphone is the detachable, flexible, and state-of-the-art boom microphone for communication and gaming. It enhances voice clarity and reduces background noise, an essential for gaming and conference calls. It’s built to last with a durable reinforced cable, 24K gold-plated plug and flexible boom arm that’s adjustable to be positioned wherever you like. The control clip has built-in mute and rotary volume controls. Compatible with all smartphones, tablets, PCs, notebooks and gaming consoles via 3. 5mm plug and headphones with a 3. 5mm cable input.
- Sony PlayStation 4
- Sony PlayStation Vita
- Sony PlayStation 3 (needs third party adapter)
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Updated Xbox One Controller w/3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack (no adapter needed)
- Original Xbox One Controller needs official Microsoft headset adapter
- Microsoft Xbox 360 (needs third party adapter)
- Smartphones, tablets, PCs and notebooks via 1/8" (3.5mm) plug
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The 1/8" Y cable that comes with this is terrible. It plugs in very tight, and will never come out. But it feels permanent, once plugged in, and barely comes back out. I felt like I might break the cable trying to remove the 2 little 90 degree plugs from my computer. I would suggest buying a new headset microphone adapter Y cable, for $5 on Amazon that has straight plugs. The cord is nice and braided which feels nice, but it does create a little bit of noise when you brush it against a zipper on a sweater or coat. Not a big deal. The microphone picks up a very slight echo speaking into my custom cubicle style work desk, unless I turn it so the microphone holes are facing up and down, which completely removes any echo. The microphone won't work with my Scarlett preamp designed for large professional microphones.
This V-Moda microphone sounds more clear and accurate than a professional XM8500 stage microphone I recently purchased, which sounds very dense, muffled and muddy in comparison to the V-Moda microphone. After seeing how tiny the V-Moda was, holding it in my hand, I was extremely skeptical that it could reproduce the Human voice properly without seriously distorting the frequency and tone like many other tiny non-powered microphones or cheap headset microphones.
Well, the V-Moda BoomPro is not an ordinary cheap microphone. It was engineered by real sound engineers, because it blocks background sound better than my $100 studio microphone, and sounds almost as clear. The V-Moda is more a bass and mid range microphone, picking up the lows very well, without picking up the really low lows that cause distortion and muddiness. It seems to have just the right frequency response for picking up the Human voice. It does not pick up the ultra low rumbling frequencies or the ultra high shrill background noises. Somehow, the itty-bitty tiny little microphone that is nearly invisible, it records big booming sound, and reproduces my speaking voice with clarity and authority.
The V-Moda is worth every penny, because it is as good as advertised.
Observations and Technical Breakdown:
The V-Moda doesn't reproduce the Human voice accurately. None of the microphones I've ever used sound totally natural. Microphones convert your voice into an electronic signal, so there will always be some kind of coloration of the tone of your voice, music recorded in the background, etc. The V-Moda is a little bit heavy in the low mid range area, and a little light in the high end frequency spectrum. It's designed intentionally this way to prevent background noise and to prevent shrill unnecessary high pitched sounds from being picked up by the microphone. I am perfectly happy with the sound tone of the V-Moda for Skype calls and phone calls, as it's nearly perfect. Using default settings, the V-Moda sounds more clear and less muddy than my Behringer XM8500 microphone, which was pretty shocking considering the size difference. I've heard many small microphones that sound so muffled and terrible that they are mostly useless .The V-Moda sounds very similar to my inexpensive studio microphone, an AKG P120 condenser microphone, which uses 48 volts and a preamp, a Scarlett 2i2 2nd generation.
For video voice over work, the V-Moda is too mid-bass heavy for my taste. Surprisingly the V-Moda microphone seems to automatically block out frequencies below 100hz, preventing any heavy bass noises from ruining the sound. But if you want your voice to sound absolutely natural, you'll need to do some editing in a sound editor or use some kind of an equalizer. This is for people who are using this to make professional recordings. Now, again I was skeptical that this microphone could be good enough to make a professional recording. But indeed it can. You will need to do a little editing. I'll tell you how I was able to do it.
First, you'll need a new computer sound card. Unless you you have a really good internal sound card in your computer, or a professional recording studio, you might get too much line noise from the cheap internal microphone port on your laptop or computer. Every computer is different. However, my laptop and my PC computer both have a lot of line noise when I use a microphone on the factory microphone input jack. I tried using the V-Moda on a Sound Blaster Audigy sound card and there was absolutely no audible line noise or hissing. This is called signal to noise ratio. Add-on sound cards that you purchase separately may be better than the internal sound card, so if you get line noise, I would recommend either buying a Sound Blaster Audigy (Open your computer and check for open PCI & PCI express slots). They make PCI or PCI Express sound cards. Or you can get a USB sound card. I found a really good PCI sound card that also doubles as a professional headphone amplifier. It's called the ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card. You can get it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AVdJQm
This ASUS DG sound card is designed for headsets, it has a very high signal strength so it doesn't have any line noise, and it has a built in amplifier to power expensive headphones. People report a noticeable improvement using this sound card with headphones. The ASUS DG sound card actually has an adjustable output for different types of headphones, so it can work with cheap headphones or professional 600 ohm headphones which usually require an expensive external headphone amplifier. You can configure it for different headphone OHM ratings. I've never seen this feature on any other sound cards, especially internal factory sound cards.
Back to the V-Moda microphone. What makes a good microphone good is it's ability to maintain the information being recorded. If you lose certain frequencies or distort the voice too much, you cannot use sound editing to fix the sound. No amount of editing can fix a bad microphone, because the sound is lost before it gets recorded. The V-Moda handles sound editing extremely well. Again, I was shocked. It's not as good as my AKG P120, but it's close enough after editing, that no normal person would ever notice a difference. The V-Moda does cut off a lot of the high frequencies and it does boost some of the low-mids, naturally, due to its design. You won't be able to magically recreate the missing high frequency sounds, but for voice recordings, that's perfectly fine and even desired in most situations. High frequency sounds are rarely desired in voice recordings, and the most popular radio broadcast microphones today have a sound tone that is very similar to this V-Moda microphone, with muted treble.
The V-Moda does't have an absolutely accurate sound tone, it sounds a little bit amplified in the mid bass area, but with some sound equalizer adjustments in a sound editor program, you can make the tone sound more natural, just by reducing some of the mid bass. If you just get a free program like Audacity, then you can record your voice, then edit the sound using the built in equalizer to get the exact sound you want. I am convinced that the V-Moda records with enough quality that you can safely edit the sound recording without losing a significant amount of the audio integrity.
The V-Moda sounds slightly muted, slightly muffled, and slightly boosted in the lower-mid bass region. But it appears to be perfectly tailored to picking up the Human voice, and blocking out things happening in the background. It's obviously a very carefully engineered microphone, and is shockingly good for the price. Unlike other microphones which sound wretched and painful to the ears, this V-Moda microphone has a very smooth, very warm sound tone, that is very clear. I am so happy to know that engineers actually engineered this microphone, unlike 99% of the other microphones out there in this price range which appear to be random accidents, and have no ability to recreate the Human voice.
You'll need sound editing to remove some of the mid-bass in order to make this microphone record more accurately, but with some sound editing, I think you can make this microphone sound good enough that you won't need to ever buy a more expensive professional grade microphone. I would consider this a professional microphone for home users and hobbyists. If you need something better than this, than I would suggest getting a dynamic microphone like the Shure SM57 with an extra heavy duty gray foam wind sock, a Shure SM7, or an AKG D5. Then you'll need a preamp like a Scarlett 2i2 USB, and a 15 foot XLR microphone cable. If you need super fine sensitivty and detail, then purchase a 48 volt powered condenser microphone like the AKG P120, and a microphone stand with a boom arm on it, then you can hear a pin drop, literally.
You'll want to buy a Sound Blaster Audigy or the ASUS DG sound card if you are using a PC computer, if you hear too much white noise in the background in your recordings. Start first by turning down the gain, and looking for updated drivers for your factory sound card.
I received my Asus Xonar DG sound card for my 5 year old motherboard with a PCI slot on Windows 7. The sound card microphone input jack used with the V-Moda BoomPro is absolutely crystal clear, without a trace of any line noise or white noise. This V-Moda microphone sounds even better now, more natural sounding, and even more clear. I am shocked at how much better a $30 sound card can make the microphone sound. If you are having sound issues or having too much line noise, or not enough gain, try getting a new sound card.
V-Moda vs. Golden Age Project D2 microphone. I bought a new dynamic professional microphone and tested it against the V-Moda yesterday. The Golden Age Project D2 sounds much worse than then V-Moda BoomPro. The same for the XM8500, which sounds much worse, but better than the D2. Again, I am so surprised. The D2 microphone was $150, but it sounds like you are speaking into a plastic bucket, compared to the natural clarity of the V-Moda. The V-Moda so far, sounds better than 2 other non-powered microphones I've tried which are far more expensive. The ASUS sound card is not perfect, it has caused my computer to lock up a few times with a blue screen, if I try to use my Scarlett Focusrite at the same time, to record multiple devices at the same time. It also takes a moment to begin recording when you engage the sound card, because it has to charge up the capacitors. The Asus sound card software allows you to do realtime "EQ" adjustment of your microphone input, and it sounds excellent, with an improvement in the high frequency response of the Vmoda mic, which, for the price of the sound card ($30) is truly amazing. With the treble turned up, the Vmoda sounds even more clear and crisp.
Conclusion: Get a new computer sound card, and don't worry about buying a professional condenser or studio microphone. Get the V-Moda.
Besides that odd manufacturing defect, the rest of the product works flawlessly. The mic isn't going to get an award for noise cancellation but it isn't super-sensitive to background noise either. Voice quality is definitely good enough for gaming/discord, and the mic is adjustable so you can put it where you want around your face to avoid breathing on it. It's a lot cheaper than a ModMic and it's easier to use - this is just ONE cable that you plug into your headphone, then unplug when you're done, as opposed to having a separate mic with its own separate cable and separate attachment. So that's very handy, and it allows me to easily turn my headphones into a full-on gaming headset!
Mpow Ground Loop Noise Isolator on Amazon. This will solve you buzzing noise but be warned that you will need to turn up your amp since this will take away some of the power in the line.
Top international reviews
The beauty of the BoomPro mic is that they can be used with any pair of headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means you can convert your favourite headphones into a gaming headset. This makes much more sense to me as most gaming headsets are either too big, are bad for listening to music, or just too expensive. With the BoomPro you can get the best of both worlds.
The microphone quality is very good. It is more than good enough for playing games with friends or live streaming. I use my V Moda headphones when working at my computer and then simply take out the regular audio cable and insert the boom pro when I am playing games.
Check out my video review for more information as to what you get in the box and how the mic sounds :)
Plug and play setup
Overall OK Quality
Great Noise Cancellation
Control clip too close to mic and feels cheap quality
I have bought these for my Sony WH-1000XM2 since the build-in mic by Sony is terrible and has poor (close to none) noise cancelling. The setup is great - just plug and you are ready-to-go. The noise cancelling is great and I had no problems even when speaking with lots of background noise around me (feedback I had from the other side was there could not hear any background noise at all).
Here comes to the problem though - the 3.5mm cable that plugs directly to the headset is loose meaning I constantly lose the stereo sound (I only hear the left headphone echoing). What's even worse it that the cable disconnects completely from time to time unless I am not 100% static and not moving my head at all and when it does unplug my headphones goes OFF (automatic function by Sony), meaning I still hear some sound, however I cannot use any of my active noise cancelling headphones functions unless I force the plug back-in and turn them on. It seems the 3.5mm cable is just too thick for most of the headphones on the market and just cannot stay firmly connected (see comparison with the original Sony WH-1000XM2 3.5mm cable)
I loved my new Sony's and ended up researching how I could use its mic when playing games, I discovered this wasn't really practical.
I then asked reddit for a solution, and was recommended this product.
This is the perfect solution, audio is crisp and clear and everything works as expected.
A tip for buyers would be to look up how to play back the mic output through your headphones through windows sound controller.
The mic is extremely clear. Not too trebbly, and has good lowend and depth to it. The only downside is it can pickup more background noise than I'd have wished for. It also doesn't come with a boom pop filter.
The mute switch and volume slider is nice and works well. The cable is great quality, a braided black cable which is fairly thin and unobtrusive. Don't let that put you off, it feels that it will last the test of time.
I had to use the provided splitter for it to work on my PC so be cautious. It wouldn't work on the my PC IO with the single 3.5mm jack. I put the splitter into 1 mic input and 1 audio input on my internal soundcard to work.
Sound quality to the headphones is completely unaffected which is a huge plus.
All in all a great and clever little device
I was rather surprised to find that this will not work with only V-Moda products but any headphones that have a standard 3.5mm jack (there might be exceptions, but I don't know), as the mic aspect is only in the cable. That's excellent news for future purchases of headphones and my recommendations of headsets for other people.
Mic quality has been reported to me as being exceptionally clear. It's a mic so don't expect to sound like you're in the same room as another player and, obviously, it will depend on the quality of their headset as well but the first description was that I sounded like I was talking on a phone with good clarity. It's a mic - there are variables galore but positive feedback all round.
The cable itself is pretty decent. The cable has a standard 3.5mm jack that works with Apple products, 3DS systems and the like. There's a separate adapter for plugging into the PC. I'm not sure about the in-line controls but I'm going to leave it out of pros vs cons because I can't make up my mind; there's nothing that I can put my finger on that is "bad", let's put it that way.
The boom mic, astoundingly, feels solid and flimsy at the same time. It's extremely easy to bend the mic (cable? Pole? I don't know the term) but at the same time it doesn't feel like it's going to break any time soon. I can only assume that it's that well-made.
If I had one niggle about the cable it's the inability to vary the length; it's too long for where I have it plugged in and I can see that other people would have a similar issue if they plug this into the front of their PC, for example. I can't call it a negative per se, however, as it's a cable length. Some people may need it to be longer.
One negative I do have is that the PC adapter could have had a clearer way to illustrate which is the mic and which is audio. There is a symbol on the side of the jacks with headphones on one and an arrow on the other but I would have preferred coloured bands (do they have a term?) on the jacks, rather than them both being black.
Not much else can be said, really. It's a cable that works with the headphones and the mic is clear.
The best headphones for audio often don't have an inline mic (or only support the built-in mic when in wireless handsfree mode, which disables high-fidelity audio codecs). This product solves that and gives you a nice sensitive, clear boom mic. Yes you're stuck with a wire, but that's a small price to pay for audio and noise cancelling that beats any gaming headset.
The sound is pretty good. Not astounding but better than the vast majority. Sennheiser booms may have the edge on sound quality, but it's marginal. It's a very robust little boom, too, despite deceptive flexibility.
Two gripes, though. Firstly, the cable is *so* darn long. It gets caught in everything. Yes, you might be sitting some distance from your computer when gaming, but what if you're walking around making voice notes on an iPhone or pocket recorder? It's a real pain.
But secondly, and even more of a pain when compounded with that cable is what's hung off it - the most unnecessarily massive (in both senses) clip. It has a mute button and a volume button, which are useful, but no switching/pausing/transport back to the source device or anything else useful, so why so big?? It swings that long cable out into practically *everything*. I've had the headphones ripped off my head passing through doorways where the cable's swung around the handle; I've got caught on trees and street furniture; I've even become attached to a supermarket shopper's coat.
It mystifies me; V-Moda are all about design, and this product could be perfect - the easy best of a thin field of competitors - if it weren't for the dumb cable. It would make much more sense if they actually had the courage of their convictions and went fully modular: male jack plug above and female below so you can attach the boom mic in line to the cable you need, just as you can with the headphones themselves.
Anyway, I'd give these 3 stars if the overall quality weren't so good, and if there were much in the way of real competition to it. The price is about right. So think of this as a three and a half star review...
Which is better, V-Moda or ModMic? Well, as a user of both, it really is just about splitting hairs.
The ModMic offers a plethora accessories that I didn't know I needed until I saw them, but that you do pay for, an additional £20 in fact.
That aside, that really is the only difference, and if there is any difference in sound quality, it really is negligible.
Personally, I use the V-Moda with the Sony Wh-1000xm3 Headphones, and I must say, it's the best headset I have ever owned, in my opinion.
I bought this with gaming in mind and friends complained via Teamspeak that the mic sounded dull and picked up background noise from my speakers louder than my actual voice!
I may re-purchase to give it another go but I have seen that others received a faulty product so have lost faith in the brand already... if I re-buy I will revise my review depending on results.
Great Mic for speaking on discord or other VoIP programmes.
Turns your headphones into a better headset than your current gaming ones.
Clarity is amazing.
Volume is amazing.
Ease of setup.
I received a faulty product when first ordered, but amazon were quick to replace it. The problem is that it was picking up my speaker sound and also giving me a lot of static. The volume was so low that discord was having difficulties picking it up even with mic boost at +20dB. It was really frustrating because it was hard to determine whether it was a faulty mic or just bad setting in windows so I had to spend 2 days messing with my computer before concluding it was the mic. I'm glad I did figure it out and now the replacement sounds great!
So for those of you reading this:
If you hear static and the recording volume is low, chances are you have a faulty product and you should ask for a replacement. Make sure you do some tests with an external sound card to see if the low volume problem persists and it still picks up your headphone sound (basically streaming what you hear) before making a replacement order though.
Hope this is helpful!
The only thing I would say is it can pick up sound every now and then in the background but if your using it on the computer I would edit the voice settings first so that it reduces the background noise.
There was originally some static, however this was resolved by disabling the AMD HDMI Audio drivers. Not all issues are hardware!
You will need a pair of headphones with a 3.5mm port, myself using the V-MODA M100 Crossfades however they will work with other brands too. I highly recommend this solution over the popular Mod Mic - less cables, higher quality. All I simply do is plug the top into my headphones, then plug the 4-pin jack into the included splitter (for computer use, phones and tablets would support a all in one 4-pin) to plug in the headphone and microphone ports of my computer.
Originally having the microphone to the side was a tad bit annoying while not-gaming. You can turn the microphone around to not be in your vision, or simply switch out the cable, else you'll get used to it quickly and forget it's there. The arm holding the microphone stays in place and doesn't feel flimsy. Having the microphone itself detachable would make this product absolutely perfect.
The reason for 4 stars is that unlike other V-MODA products, the materials used aren't super-high quality, although they do the job. If you've owned a pair of V-MODA headphones, you know the quality of the cables. While this is decent, it isn't as good. Likewise the box with volume control/mute works but feels lower-cost than the rest of the product. I don't fear this breaking, only that it could be made from a nicer material. However, this is acceptable as it keeps the cost of the high-quality microphone down, although it wouldn't break the bank.
I was getting output sounds played back through the microphone.
I've had compatibility issues with the product and 2 different sound cards (bought a new one specifically for the problems with the microphone thinking it was that). When the issue didn't resolve I got in contact with V-moda who told me the microphone isn't compatible with either of my sounds cards and that they won't be offering me a refund.
I don't think this shows signs of good customer service as no where on there product info does it specify that the product isn't compatible with certain sounds cards, therefore in my mind it is there responsibility to refund the product.
Mic sound quality is very good and the boom arm can be bent into almost any shape. Cable length is decent at just over 2.2 metres (including y-adapter)