BM800 Microphone and Icom SM-50 Comparison – Recorded Audio
I am on either the Icom 7610 or Icom 7300 daily and I spend a lot of time on SSB. A while back I got an Icom SM-50 off of e-Bay for a low price. It does happen occasionally, hi hi. I compared it to my BM800. The BM800 Microphone ($20) really does sound good. You won’t be disappointed. Lots of Hams ask how the BM800 is connected to the Icom radios. I use a Y cable that came off E-Bay (HS-01C), a foot switch and a Samson mic boom.
BM800 Microphone and Cables
The BM800 Microphone comes with a XLR to 3.5mm cable.
To connect to my Icom radios I have used this Y Cable I got off of E-bay (HS-01C). It’s in my camper with the 7300 right now.
I use this foot switch. Be sure to get the correct plug for whatever Y cable you are using.
Currently, in the ham shack with the Icom 7610, I am using a Heil AD-1-iC cable. I like this one, but it does require a small stereo female jack to mono plug adapter for the microphone input. Not a big deal.
No need for phantom power. This mic gets power from the Icom radio. I have it on a Samson mic boom.
This microphone works great using VOX.
I got this one pretty cheap off of E-bay, but I was prepared to buy it eventually at full price. It’s a nice desktop microphone and well built. It seems bigger in person than in the pictures I’ve seen. I like this sturdy microphone.
The lock comes in handy and I can tell a difference between low and low cut. Listen below.
Audio Recordings of BM800 and Icom SM-50
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These audio recordings were saved from a SDR receiver in Utah. There are many variables, including band conditions. So many mic settings to choose from.
Note: SM-50 can be used with mic bias on or off. I have it on.
BM800 Microphone – Comp 3, Bass -2, Treble +4, TBW, Wide 200-2900 Hz.
Icom SM-50 – Comp 3, Bass -2, Treble +4, TBW, Wide 200-2900 Hz., Low Cut Enabled.
Icom SM-50 – Comp 3, Bass -2, Treble +4, TBW, Wide 200-2900 Hz., Low Cut Disabled.
What do you think? Which microphone sounds better? Post your thoughts below in the comment section.
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