The Neewer NW-700 Review
In this article, I’ll review the Neewer NW-700 Condenser Microphone. This is currently one of the top-selling mics on Amazon, so I thought I’d take a chance to share my thoughts and see how it stacks up against some more professional microphones. So at first let’s see some facts about this mic.
|Weight of microphone||316 g / 0.70 lbs|
|Connection||XLR connector (3.5 mm on other side)|
|Requires extra power source||48 V Phantom Power|
|Load Impedance||≥1000 Ω|
|Equivalent Noise Level||16 dBA|
|Signal / Noise Ratio||78 dB|
|Electrical Current||3 mA|
|Voltage||1.5 V Battery|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz – 16 kHz|
|Output Impedance||150 Ω ± 30 % (at 1 kHz)|
|Sensitivity||-38 dB ± 2 dB (0 dB = 1 V / Pa at 1 kHz)|
The Neewer NW-700 specification
- Weight of microphone: 316 g / 0.70 lbs
- Connection: 3.5 mm
- XLR connector
- Pattern modes: Cardioid
- Compatibility: Windows
- Requires extra power source (48V Phantom Power)
- Load Impedance: ≥1000 Ω
- Equivalent Noise Level: 16dBA
- Max.SPL: 132dB
- Signal / Noise Ratio: 78dB,
- Electrical Current: 3mA
- Voltage: 1.5V Battery
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-16kHz
- Output Impedance: 150Ω±30%(at 1kHz)
- Sensitivity: -38dB ± 2dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz)
The set includes
- Neewer NW-700 condenser microphone
- Adjustable Suspension Scissor Arm Stand
- Table clamp mount
- Metal shock mount
- Pop filter
- Ball-type Anti-wind Foam Cap
- 3.5 mm Male to XLR Female cable 2
- The Condenser Microphone only works with the device that could provide enough power (Voltage Required:5V) for it. When connected with a desktop computer, the Microphone could be used alone; When connected with a laptop computer, please connect the laptop to an electrical outlet, or use a 48V phantom power to get enough power if the sound is not clear and high enough.
- Sound Card, 48V Phantom Power, 1/4″ to XLR Cable & XLR to XLR Cable are needed to purchase additionally; If you want the better sound effect, a sound card should be used; Please use an extra 48V phantom power adapter to connect it (phantom power adapter is not included)
- The microphone can not be used with mobile phones and tablet computers. Note: It cannot work with Mac.
- When recording, please put the microphone away from the amplifier to prevent recording noise due to the amplifier.
I tested the Neewer NW-700 and want to share with you my experience. The first thing you’ll see is the owner’s manual which shows you how to assemble the desk clamp also comes with a really nice pop filter with very solid quality. The shock mount that will hold the microphone shields it from sound from any bumps on the mic stand or rumble from passing cars. The microphone itself sounds pretty solid I mean especially for I think I got it for about 35 bucks you know the price goes up and down on Amazon but that’s about the price point for this thing right now.
I’ve got it just mounted on a standard boom stand it takes a little bit of time to assemble but it’s pretty convenient. So to assemble the desktop stand you’re gonna start by placing the clamp on the desk and tightening it on so that that main hole faces upwards because that is where the main boom arm will be inserted. Once the boom arm is ready to go you’ll see this tiny little piece at the end of the boom up that’s where the microphone is actually gonna screw onto you’re gonna need the microphone adapter, which is included. I like to place this onto the boom arm first, I even pull this piece out so I can really get a handle on it and then screw that piece into the shock mount rather than trying to twist the shock mount around on top of the boom arm. I find this a lot easier safer for the microphone.
If you’ve already put the microphone in there you can just insert that back into the stand and tighten the knob. Now if you haven’t placed the microphone into the shock mount itself you’re gonna want to do that at this point: you’re gonna squeeze two clamps in the front opening up space inside to insert the microphone, and you’re gonna want to make sure that the anywhere logo is facing you.
So, one thing to note about this microphone, it is a condenser microphone. Condenser microphones are special in that they require what’s called phantom power which is an extra 48 volts of electricity that actually powers the microphone. As opposed to dynamic mics which you can just plug into anything and go condensers require a little extra power now this is supplied by just about every audio interface on the market.
If you’re plugging directly into your computer sound card or into a camera this microphone will not put out any sound unless you first run it through a phantom power supply. And what that do? It just provides the 48 volts that your interface would have provided and then passes the audio through to whatever you’re plugging into your computer your camera and so on. So just like any condenser mic, this mic is pretty versatile. It’s great for vocals speaking voice, you could put this on acoustic guitar, strings. It’s useful in just about any application in the studio you wouldn’t necessarily want to use this life as condenser mics can be pretty prone to feedback. They are great for overhead drums as well. It’s pretty versatile. It fits all these sound sources really well but the drum recording isn’t going to be perfect because you would traditionally use a multiple microphone setup but for using one mic it’s not too bad.
My only complaints with this microphone so far seem to be a little bit more sensitive to volume compared with some of my professional mics. It tends to clip a little bit sooner than some of those other mics when at the same gain level so maybe you throw a pad in front of this or you set your gain a little bit lower for this mic. I’ve also noticed the noise floor is just a little bit higher than some of the more professional mics I’ve used, which is not a surprise given you know that this thing is being manufactured for such a low price. So keep that in mind when you’re recording.
This mic is a fantastic value for the cost especially with the included boom arm which like I said just feels really solid. You know even compared to some of the more expensive boom arms. So, if you’re looking for a microphone in the under $50 range and want to get a nice you know desktop boom stand in the process this is your best bet on amazon right now. If you’re looking for something a little bit higher-end than this and you want to step up into the hundred dollar range for microphones I can personally recommend Audio Technica and MXL.
So, I can personally recommend the Neewer NV-700. It is without a doubt one of, if not the best budget external cardioid microphones on the market right now. I feel confident in saying that it will easily meet the microphone needs of most of our readers looking for a mic in this price range and can make a solid addition to your audio recording accessories.
The Neewer has NW-700 managed to earn an excellent reputation while growing an absolutely massive core customer base for itself since its release. Many of these people who have to purchase the NW-700 have also chosen to publish their own independent review of the microphone to share their experiences. If you still haven’t made your mind up about the NW-700 then skimming over a few of those reviews for a minute or two is well worth it and shows how good the microphone actually is.