TONOR TC-777 USB Dynamic Microphone Review

  1. About the Tonor TC-777 USB Microphone...
  2. Microphone Testing and Conclusion
  3. Online Purchase Links

Disclosure: The TC-777 USB Condenser microphone is sent by TONOR.

The Tonor TC-777 and the state of USB microphones…

The Tonor TC-777 is an inexpensive USB dynamic microphone and therefore, you can’t help but wonder how good or bad can it be? With a budget of 40$, this is one of the mics that some would consider for video conferencing & voice chat through different platforms, in-game chatting and maybe for streaming.

Dynamic microphones are usually preferable over condenser microphones for such applications. There’s nothing more to add about the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, apart from information that provided on the internet. Samson makes dynamic microphones in variable price segments, starting with the Go Mic and also the Q2U USB/ XLR mic that I use. Blue Microphones has the snowball. Audio-Technica has AT2100 and the newer AT2100X. Many of these are in different price segments, but well under 100$. This microphone is sub $50. So it helps to show what you can get for this cost. Obviously, you need the best possible recording quality.

Packaging and Contents

The Tonor TC-777 microphone is packed in a box with the basic specifications on the right. The tripod with the shock mount is pre-installed on the microphone.

OoOoOo... colourful manualIt is rare to see manufacturing using any colour apart from black for their instruction manuals. The book is an instruction manual in eight languages with 8 pages each. The second is a service card for two years. Most provide a one-year warranty.

Specifications

Specifications
Polar PatternCardioidS/N Ratio56dB
Frequency Response100Hz- 16KzSample Rate44.1KHz- 48KHz
Sensitivity-38dB±3dBWork VoltageUSB 5V DC
OutputUSB Type B to Type ABit Rate16 Bit
Maximum SPL≥110dbOutput Impedance680Ω
Package Include
ItemQuantityParameter Details
Microphone1Size: 15cm*4.5cm
Cable: 1.5m
Foldable Mic Tripod1Maximum Height: 23cm (Mic Included)
Mini Shock Mount1Size: 5.7cm *5.2cm
Pop Filter1Diameter: 10cm
Service Card1
Manual1

I am not sure why the specs say USB Type-B to A with one of the ends is permanently attached to the microphone. The polar pattern is not put up with its website. For single person usage, you’ll need a cardioid microphone.

Microphone Design

The casing of the Tonor TC-777 USB microphone is plastic with a fixed metal grill. While some would prefer to have a metal body, it is better to have a shock mount with a pop filter. It is hardly surprising for a microphone costing under $50.

Speaking of keeping the cost down…

The length of the USB cable from the connector is a bit under 1.50 meters. I would have liked to see a detachable USB cable seeing that it is a norm for most peripherals. Even with the Cardioid polar pattern, both sides of the microphone have grills. This microphone does look nice and not tacky. Eventually, somebody would do that to mics.

In the end, with this costing, we should look at how the recording/ broadcasting quality it provides to a person.

Stand Support

The tripod is pretty standard that’s usually bundled with my USB microphones, with an exception being the shock mount with gooseneck for the pop filter. Tonor did provide a mic foam. The pop filter uses layers in it, but its 4-inch diameter. The legs are metal with a reasonably big rubber base. The mount does give you a 90-degree pivot to adjust your mic as per your convenience.

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