Pyle PDMIK1 Dynamic Handheld Microphone
Pyle PDMIK1 Dynamic Handheld Microphone is rated out of 5by 3.
Rated 1 out of 5
from Miswired MicrophonesThe Pyle “Pro” PDMIK1 microphone comes mis-wired with the element across XLR pin one and two, rather than across pin two and three, the industry standard.The factory mis-wire results in an unbalanced operation negating the noise reduction offered by balanced XLR connections. This mis-wire can result in line noise, a popping noise if the switch is used with phantom power on, and a high frequency “whine” when highs are boosted on some consoles.The mic body, being plastic, can’t be wired to pin 1 as is standard to shield the microphone element from RF and line noise.The microphone can be rewired to provide normal balanced operation, unfortunately it lacks a polarity standard, two of the four microphones I purchased were reverse polarity from the others, verified by comparing to a known pin two positive polarity microphone after rewiring.Unfortunately, the 6.5 ft. XLR female to 1/4" male microphone cable lacks a pin 3, so can’t be rewired to a standard unbalanced configuration.If you rewire the mic to standard operation, the cord becomes useless.After fixing the wiring, the microphone is usable, sounding about like what one would expect of an extremely cheap microphone, plenty of handling noise, poor pop filter, rolled off highs and lows, and a peaky midrange.I did not expect much from this microphone, and got even less than expected.
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5
from OK for non-critical applicationsAs others have indicated, the mic is plastic vs a metal body. However it looks good. It should also be used with a pop filter if outside in the wind or if someone is talking close to it. There is one problem with the construction. The ON/OFF switch in the "off" position will cause some boards to oscillate. I suspect that "off" is a short between pins 2/3 to turn off the mic. This can be overcome with a transformer between the mic and board.I purchased 10 for use in TV broadcast in venue where we might risk damaging a more expensive microphone. They work well for interviews and speaking applications. They are OK for karaoke. They are not good for professional music recording, etc.Overall, it's a good mic for applications where you would normally worry about a kid dropping it, or a reporter in a pushing crowd. It would be a real winner if only in a metal body with a transformer/switch which works correctly.
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5
by RTS Audio
from decent sound for the price, plastic bodyThis mic sounds decent for karaoke or basic PA as long as you don't "eat it."I found after receiving it that it is made out of a lightweight all plastic body and not metal as advertised.
Date published: 2012-04-05