Tonor BM-700 Microphone Review: Professional Sound for Under $50??

Tonor BM-700 Microphone Review: Professional Sound for Under $50??

What if I told you you could get
professional sound quality for less than 50 bucks? Let’s dive in. Hey everybody Jay Lippman here. Welcome
to yet another video. If you’re new to the channel and you’re into things like
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subscribe to my channel and hit that bell so you can get notified whenever I
upload a new video. Today we’re talking about microphones which I am super
excited about whoo! You guys know me. I love my microphones,
I love sound, so let’s just let’s just dive in. I’ve been on the lookout for a
decent studio microphone for a long time. Now currently when I record in here I’m
using my Rode Videomicro which sits on top of my camera and while that’s a great
microphone the problem is is it’s too far away from my face and it picks up
all the room noise and I get a bunch of echo and it’s just no good. And then for
live-streaming I used my Blue Snowball ICE which again is a great little
microphone but it has a couple little quirks that I’m not too fond of. For
instance the built-in noise reduction does some weird things to my voice that
I’m sure a bunch of other people they can’t really tell but I can tell. I can
tell and I don’t like it. So I’ve been on the lookout for a good studio microphone
and Tonor the company that makes the mic that I’m about to review reached out to
me. They wanted me to do a review on this and I said yes. So in the spirit of full
transparency I did get this for free but that’s not gonna stop me from giving you
an unbiased open honest review. Alright let’s dive in. This is the Tonor BM 700.
It is a condenser mic and it’s probably worth a little bit more than what you’re
going to be paying for it. And how much are you gonna pay for it you ask? Well that
kind of depends. Like I said this is a condenser microphone which means it does
require phantom power. Now there are a few different ways you can get that
phantom power. One way is directly from your camera. This thing will run off of
your camera’s battery so if you want to plug it in and use it that way you can.
Additionally you can use a USB audio interface or some kind of external sound
card. All of those will work. Currently I’m recording this into my camera
directly. It does have a little bit of post-processing on it. I’ll
show you what it sounds like unedited in just a minute. Now if you need that
phantom power if you don’t have something that will provide it already
you can get a kit with this microphone that comes with its own phantom power
supply. I did that, that’s the one that I got but I couldn’t use it and the reason
why I couldn’t use it is because my laptop only has one audio jack and it’s
for headphones. Actually it’s for headphones and microphones but I didn’t
have a splitter. I was gonna have to get an external sound card. I didn’t want to
do that. I did some research. I found out that my Zoom H4N Pro field recorder
can act as a USB audio interface. So I set it up like that and it works like a
charm. Now if I had known all of that I could have gotten away with getting the
kit that doesn’t have this power supply meaning it would have only cost $32. And
either way whichever kit you choose you’re getting a pretty good bang for
your buck. Not only are you getting the microphone you’re also getting a shock
mount you’re getting a magic arm which can clip to your desk it has an XLR
cable fished through it already. It comes with an additional XLR cable
and it comes with an XLR to 3.5 millimeter jack cable. It comes with a
pop filter and the foam ball head thing. I never know what those are called.
Either way you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. You’re getting a good
amount of stuff for your money but but is it worth it for the audio quality
that you’re getting? So I put this thing up against all the other microphones
that I use on a regular basis. I put it up against the internal microphone on my
Canon SL2. I put it up against the Rode Videomicro
and I put it up against the Blue Snowball ICE. So here’s that comparison.
This is the Canon SL2’s onboard microphone. There’s no external
microphone plugged in this is just the natural sound completely unedited This
is the Rode Videomicro plugged into the Canon SL2. Again there is no editing
whatsoever on this audio and this is the toner BM 700 plugged directly into the
Canon SL2. Once again there is absolutely no editing on this audio this
is the natural sound of the microphone. And
this is the sound completely unedited from the Blue Snowball ICE and I don’t
know if you can tell but there’s a little bit of noise reduction built into
the microphone that’s kind of messing with the sound of my voice especially
with the esses. I, that’s the one thing that I really don’t like about this
microphone. And this is the sound completely unedited from the BM 700
running into my computer through the Zoom H4N Pro and this is a little tinny
I know it especially compared to maybe the Rode Videomicro or even the Blue
Snowball ICE but if you can tell there’s no automatic noise reduction and you’re
not getting a lot of the echo from the room that’s one thing that I really love
about this microphone .And to get rid of that tininess I actually downloaded a
virtual audio mixer and here’s what that sounds like.
This is the sound of the BM 700 running through the Zoom H4N Pro into my
computer and through a virtual mixer. If you are interested in the virtual mixer
that I chose it is free to download I will link it below. So all in all I’m
super happy with this microphone I think. It’s got a decent natural sound
especially for the price point and if you just do a little bit of tweaking in
post you can really make it sound great. For less than 50 bucks for $32 without
the power supply $47.99 with the power supply I don’t think you’re gonna get
much better than this. It is a great little microphone especially considering
that you get the shock mount and the magic arm and the XLR cables and all of
that stuff. It would be hard not to recommend this microphone. But let me
know in the comments what do you guys think. Do you think it is worth it?
Remember I am currently recording with this microphone into my camera and all
the post-processing is done so what you’re hearing now is what you would
normally hear from me from now on in this studio do you guys like it
compared with the Vieo micro? Let me know in the comments I really am
interested to hear what you think. In the meantime I’ll go ahead and link this
microphone in the description of this video go ahead give it a try. let me know
what you think really I mean really let me know what you think I want to know if
you guys try this out for yourself if it works for you. Alright guys like
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I’ll be back Wednesday for another livestream using this microphone but
until then thanks for hanging out and I will talk to you later see ya

14 thoughts on “Tonor BM-700 Microphone Review: Professional Sound for Under $50??

  1. Dusty Porter recommended The Blue Yeti, I think it is. This looks like a great alternative. Bookmarking this to my equipment list.

  2. Out of the box the snowball still sounds best to my ears. But a bit of post makes the bm700 really come to life! Great review!

  3. Wow…. sounds great with that editing….. Would love to see you edit it and show what you did… Very cool

  4. Foam ball head thing… 😂 I have no idea either dude. Sounds good to me. Great review man. I have the snowball too and I like it. This is a good bang for your buck for sure though! Do a video showing how you edited in post. 👍🏻

  5. I literally hate my R0DE VideoMic GO… Not a studio mic, I know, but.. 😒 This is timely for me as I rework my sound tech. Great vid.

  6. Great review Jay,

    I bought this kit, however, it has another brand on it. It is always the same guy with another hat 🙂

    Out of the box, it doesn't sound as good as the Blue Snowball.

    It does have a lot of noise on it. To use it properly I need a lot of audio processing, but it does makes the job!

  7. Hello from Uruguay, Jay.
    I'm about to buy this mic for streaming. But I really can't understand.
    I see some videos that the mic sounds horrible, just like a normal one, and in some videos sounds super pro. I really don't understand. Do I need a soundcard or something? They talk about "processing" the audio. What does that means? Thanks you and sorry if I screw it up with my english.

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