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MXL AC404 USB Conference Microphone by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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MXL AC404 USB Conference Microphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 234 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 0.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Voice4.7   above average
Range4.6   above average
Quality4.5   average
Skype4.5   above average
Sound4.5   above average
Microphone4.2   above average
Noise3.9   average
Audio3.7   below average
USB3.3   below average
Cable3.0   below average
Speaker2.9   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Had problem with my computer audio sync but finally works great with this mic! "
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"And I've not heard a single complaint about the quality of the audio coming through the mic."
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"But after awhile, I realised that headphone mics never produced accurate audio."
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"I tried a few different configurations with the audio connector but, could not work around the problem."
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"Pros: *** Great for audio video conferencing ***- Sturdy construction, you can probably kill someone with it, if you hit them hard enough- Great sound- Automatically detected in Windows 7- Long USB cord and foam bottom (stays put on the desk)- Headphone jack for real-time monitoring- Great price- Hardware self-adjusts to the audio levelCons: not so clear after 15-20 Feet"
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"Had problem with my computer audio sync but finally works great with this mic! "
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"These have been completely plug-n-play so far with excellent audio pickup range and quality."
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"We have one in a 20x30ft room and even near one corner on the speaker stand it picks up audio from the far corner of the room fairly easily if it's faced in that direction."
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"We typically face it down the path most presenters walk and that helps eliminate noise from the local audience while giving the remote viewers clear audio of the presenter."
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"Great for Skype or any other audio conferencing needs."
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Cable

Cable:
"It turned out that they had no more in inventory since the cable has been a problem on so many deliveries."
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"Only downsides: A bad USB cable that came with the Mic and a USB port in the mic itself that seems a bit loose, and makes me wonder about longevity."
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"After some experimentation I found out that the USB cable that shipped with the microphone was the problem."
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"I did have a problem when I received this because the USB cable in the box was faulty."
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"I rated this as a 4 instead of a 5 due to the faulty USB cable."
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"I do have to dock a star though: I'm not sure if it's the supplied cable's fault or the connector on the unit, but the mini-USB cable pretty easily falls out of the back of the mic."
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"USB cable is detachable from the actual unit (which can be handy), and is quite long - which is a nice touch in the age of too-short cables from manufacturers."
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"The USB cord is a standard (but now deprecated) USB Mini-B and can be easily replaced with a longer or shorter cord as needed (up to USB specifications)."
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"Might have to move the mic around if a room is beyond the 20x20 ft size but could easily just move the the computer if the mic cord was not large enough."
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"It worked great after we replaced the defective USB cable that came with the microphone."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"We were getting complaints about the sound quality of our older stick mic that came with the speaker package."
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"0 problems encountered with 3 microphones purchased and in use for nearly a year."
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"If I had one criticism, it is that the mic is almost too clear: It will pickup any background noise (like ceiling vents) extremely well."
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"And I've not heard a single complaint about the quality of the audio coming through the mic."
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"The only downside to the mic is that it is so sensitive that it picks up ambient noise so if someone in the audience makes a quiet, off the record comment, it is often picked up even though spoken softly."
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"We frequently use Skype, but had problems hearing groups over a laptop mic."
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"The mic works great and picks up my voice from 15 feet away."
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"No echo cancellation; mic performed perfectly until teleconference participant chimed in."
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"This microphone has proven to be very good in conference room situations."
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"I honestly wasn't expecting this mic to work so well."
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"Microphone records at good quality."
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Noise

Noise:
"It is sensitive, so it's probably not the best choice where there is a lot of ambient background noise."
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"The only downside to the mic is that it is so sensitive that it picks up ambient noise so if someone in the audience makes a quiet, off the record comment, it is often picked up even though spoken softly."
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"Even in a silent room in the dead of night, there was audible white noise."
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"However, I was disappointed with the somewhat high noise floor."
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"If you are using this in an environment with background noise, it will pickup that background noise very, very well."
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"Picks up sound really well with noise cancelling."
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"If you have an environment with background noise, it may work too well."
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"Picks up voices from across the room and quiet or high-pitched voices and handles the noisy, echo-chamber meeting room very well."
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Plug

Plug:
"What wasn't clear for me from the instructions that you HAVE to plug in a speaker, the computer's own won't operate if you have this mike plugged in - but this was easy fix."
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"The remaining challenge is to find the right speaker to plug to it, which we haven't find yet."
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"It has a good response to the voice and is really plug and play."
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"The quality of the recording was good, but I wanted to be able to plug in ear phones and listen through the enhanced digital and I couldn't get that to work at all."
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"It's plug and play and the headphone jack is a great bonus."
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"It's a great sounding high quality unit, plug and play."
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"One nitpick is that the USB port on the back of the microphone does not grip the USB plug very well."
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Quality

Quality:
"We were getting complaints about the sound quality of our older stick mic that came with the speaker package."
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"And I've not heard a single complaint about the quality of the audio coming through the mic."
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"I thought the sound quality would be much better but was highly disappointed."
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"Unfortunately most PC mics seemed to range from $2 to $20 and the quality is as low as the price."
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"Really satisfied with the quality."
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"Microphone records at good quality."
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"This is great for high quality skype chats."
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"Picks up sound great; now the only limiting factor for us is the quality of our Internet connection."
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"These have been completely plug-n-play so far with excellent audio pickup range and quality."
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Range

Range:
"Unfortunately most PC mics seemed to range from $2 to $20 and the quality is as low as the price."
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"Great range."
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"These have been completely plug-n-play so far with excellent audio pickup range and quality."
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"It can pick up voices from across the room and the range is great."
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"Extremely sensitive and with good sound detail range."
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"excellent reception in a group of 18, and a good quality range of about 25 feet"
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Skype

Skype:
"We frequently use Skype, but had problems hearing groups over a laptop mic."
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"Absolutely zero echo feedback (Skype may have some influence here -although echo has been a problem in previous experiences)."
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"I also used it for a skype convo with a friend and he said it was loud and clear."
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"Works very well for Skype and dictation."
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"This is great for high quality skype chats."
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"I was hoping that I could hook this up to my HTPC for crystal clear Skype calls and for that fun Windows 10 Cortana voice action."
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"Great for Skype calls in a conference room setting"
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Sound

Sound:
"We were getting complaints about the sound quality of our older stick mic that came with the speaker package."
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"The only problem I've encountered is that there is what sounds like a clicking sound whenever the microphone picks up any other sound."
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"We purchased one of these microphones for our problem area and now the sound is crystal clear."
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"I thought the sound quality would be much better but was highly disappointed."
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"the mic is just not able to pick up sound clearly when the acustics in the room is already poor, as is the case for most big lecture halls."
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"I used it for a teleconference, tested the mike from about 5 meters (15 feet give or take), it picked up sound crisp and clear."
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"Captures sound well."
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"Its amazing how precise the voice sounds over this thing, even when sitting a few feet away."
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"Picks up sound great; now the only limiting factor for us is the quality of our Internet connection."
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"I have often been asked what mic I am using because the sound is so clear, and it does such a good job of only picking up the sound from the 180 degrees in front of the mic."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"What wasn't clear for me from the instructions that you HAVE to plug in a speaker, the computer's own won't operate if you have this mike plugged in - but this was easy fix."
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"Having this mic sitting on my desk about 18 inches in front of my computer's speakers I could almost guarantee that it would be a problem."
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"So for now we use a laptop speakers but it does not very well."
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"The remaining challenge is to find the right speaker to plug to it, which we haven't find yet."
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"Anyone remote would often complain the mic on the speaker phone was not loud enough and they couldn't hear everything being said, especially with low-talkers and people that like to sit away from the table."
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"That means that if you place it well in front of your speakers, you will get minimal echo."
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"The nice thing about this USB microphone that not all competitors have, is that via a 3.5 mm jack, it plugs into my iPhone and can be used with speakerphone mode, to pick up the voices of everybody at the table, making my phone pick up voices all around the room much more effectively than the in-phone speaker alone."
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"Since the mic is picking up the board and participant voices via the speaker system, I may be able to actually move the mic to the very back of the room since location should not matter if the overhead speakers are all working okay."
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"Best thing is connecting speakers through the build in headphone jack."
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"I thought the unit had a speaker for playback as well but it appears you have to hook one up to the 3.5mm jack to get it to function this way."
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USB

USB:
"Seems to have USB problems."
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"Only downsides: A bad USB cable that came with the Mic and a USB port in the mic itself that seems a bit loose, and makes me wonder about longevity."
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"I had tried the Audio-Technica ATR-4697 Boundry Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone, which is not a USB device, but the flimsy plastic on the battery door broke immediately and it never did work."
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"We did have problems with the mini USB side that connects to the mic due to the looseness of the fit with our first mic."
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"After some experimentation I found out that the USB cable that shipped with the microphone was the problem."
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"I did have a problem when I received this because the USB cable in the box was faulty."
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"Wow, I'm very happy with this USB microphone."
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"The USB cord is a standard (but now deprecated) USB Mini-B and can be easily replaced with a longer or shorter cord as needed (up to USB specifications)."
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"It works well connected via USB to the computer for use with conference and meeting apps."
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"The nice thing about this USB microphone that not all competitors have, is that via a 3.5 mm jack, it plugs into my iPhone and can be used with speakerphone mode, to pick up the voices of everybody at the table, making my phone pick up voices all around the room much more effectively than the in-phone speaker alone."
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"Great USB mic."
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Voice

Voice:
"It does a great job of picking up loud voices, but the softest voices in a small 15' x 15' room are still missing from the recording."
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"However, I was absolutely shocked when I did my first call and the people on the other end were not only impressed with how clear my voice sounded, but with the fact that there was no echo whatsoever."
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"The mic works great and picks up my voice from 15 feet away."
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"Works with the web cams and picks up voice easily to be heard clearly."
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"Its amazing how precise the voice sounds over this thing, even when sitting a few feet away."
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"I was hoping that I could hook this up to my HTPC for crystal clear Skype calls and for that fun Windows 10 Cortana voice action."
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"However, for large rooms you can pick up voices easily 20 feet away and they sound very clear."
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