If you’re looking for a cheap, but good sounding USB microphone for podcasting, Twitch, live streaming, or another need, check out the Tonor Q9. Today, I’ll unbox, then do initial first-testing of the device.
About the Tonor Q9 USB Microphone
This is a condenser mic with a cardioid polar pattern. It’s a side-address microphone, so you will sound muffled if you try to talk from another angle. This USB mic is 16 bit rate, but can handle frequencies from 20Hz to 20 GHz. You can record sample rates of 44.1kHz-48kHz.
On the side is a volume + and – button system. Hold the button down to mute the microphone.
What’s in the Tonor Q9 Box
In this package, you get the microphone, shock mount, scissor arm boom stand (with clamp), and a x pop filter. Connect to PC or Mac with the USB-B cable (also included)
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Connection and Use
I had this microphone up and running within 10 minutes. all parts came together fairly easy. The xpop filter was the most fickle, because it has an adjustable gooseneck that might need to be re-adjusted from time to time.
First Thoughts Review
In the video, I switched between my headset microphone, and the Tonor. Keep in mind, there is no audio adjustment on the Tonor (but I do think I need to re-dial my main microphone). Upon first impressions, I could hear a nice, crisp sound. I also heard the low end as I talked, so overall, first impressions were positive.
What I don’t like about the Tonor Q9
This is actually a problem with many USB microphones with a button system. When you press the buttons, you touch the mic. That could bring on extra pops. It’s best to set the mic, then leave it alone. The pops are minimal (you’ll hear in the video), so for gamers, this will work well.
The package is $54, which the microphone alone is worth it. Add in all the features, and you have a great podcast mic, live streaming microphone, or more.