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Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 102 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 2.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control4.7   above average
Microphone4.6   above average
Sound4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Adapter3.8   average


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Adapter

Adapter:
"Although everything I've written down has been negatives, it seems like a good adapter- but I would not recommend for whispering soft voice, and possibly live streaming if your space is free of background noise."
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"Cord and adapter don't both fit, and the zipper on mine broke within minutes."
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"This adapter sound quality is just not that clear."
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"I started by purchasing Marshall's XLR-USB adapter and found it had a really weak signal that usually needed to be normalized at a MUCH higher volume."
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"I'm using this Shure X2U XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter to connect an Audio-Technica AT2035 to my PC, and it works perfectly."
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"My wife has a beautiful, soft, angelic voice and this Adapter picked up all the details perfectly."
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"The back side is flat with a pad, so we had a different setup ith would be easy to have the adapter on the desk for the control."
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"If you need a good adapter, you cannot get anything better! "
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"If your surroundings does have background noise and you need to talk soft for a specific situation which occurs often, then I would recommend to ditch the idea of an adapter and roll toward the traditional way of audio recordings."
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Control

Control:
"I initially bought the focus rite 2i2 and I had to change my audio settings and could not use my Mac computers audio card I had to change it to use the focus rite 2i2 which was irritating because I lost control of volume up and down from my wireless keyboard as well as the onboard speakers."
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"The mic needs the 48 volts of phantom power, and I appreciate the controls on the X2U - especially the gain control for the mic itself."
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"There have been issues of hiss that others have mentioned - especially in Windows - but it can easily be overcome with a few mouse clicks in the Sound section of your Windows control panel (many blogs on how to easily do this)."
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"It's nice and small, so it's not very noticeable when it's on the mic stand, and easy to adjust controls on it."
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"The controls and button are easy to get to."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Microphone input to a PC for me has always been horrible."
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"(Just remember to use headphones or earbuds for audio monitoring, as you will always have feedback problems with live speakers and an open mic."
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"You can press the phantom power button by mistake and according to some authorities, destroy a very expensive mic by accident."
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"The mic needs the 48 volts of phantom power, and I appreciate the controls on the X2U - especially the gain control for the mic itself."
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"I tried it on an ART ribbon mic via FET HEAD ribbon mic preamp and it sounds amazing."
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"Then I tried it on a Shure SM35 head worn mic with good results."
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"The headphone output is nice to have, especially for me as it enables the unit to act as a USB headset on my PS4 when actually I'm speaking into a nice condenser mic and listening (via an amp) with nice headphones."
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"It's nice and small, so it's not very noticeable when it's on the mic stand, and easy to adjust controls on it."
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Quality

Quality:
"In that state, I did notice that if the mic gain was put all the way up to the limit, background noise would start to infiltrate and the quality would degrade quickly."
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"This adapter sound quality is just not that clear."
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"I would highly recommend the Shure X2U to anybody looking for a CD quality microphone to USB interface."
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"The Shure X2U microphone interface is a high quality solidly built well designed unit."
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"It does the job, and the build quality is excellent."
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"Make sure you are using good quality XLR cable as well as the USB cable that comes with the device, this will ensure you have the best quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"Note that when you plug into the mic in jack on a laptop, the sound is not nearly as good as when you use this to go into USB."
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"If you are like me there is nothing more annoying than watching a video with crappy sound!"
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"This adapter sound quality is just not that clear."
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"This device bypasses my sound card and has very minimal latency and very clean and clear sound."
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"I tried it on an ART ribbon mic via FET HEAD ribbon mic preamp and it sounds amazing."
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"There have been issues of hiss that others have mentioned - especially in Windows - but it can easily be overcome with a few mouse clicks in the Sound section of your Windows control panel (many blogs on how to easily do this)."
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"With gain set at 8, the sound picked up in Windows is crystal clear with no distortion."
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Volume

Volume:
"The built-in headphone amp is clear, clean, and has plenty of volume without any delay; great for voiceover work."
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"I initially bought the focus rite 2i2 and I had to change my audio settings and could not use my Mac computers audio card I had to change it to use the focus rite 2i2 which was irritating because I lost control of volume up and down from my wireless keyboard as well as the onboard speakers."
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"The recommended settings are:Set Windows recoding volume for the Shure X2U to 5 from 100."
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"This will reduce gain within Windows and allow the Shure to manage its own gain and volume as it is the best at doing so."
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"I initially bought the focus rite 2i2 and I had to change my audio settings and could not use my Mac computers audio card I had to change it to use the focus rite 2i2 which was irritating because I lost control of volume up and down from my wireless keyboard as well as the onboard speakers."
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"Has everything you could want to control the mic gain, headphone volume as well as adjusting the monitor volume."
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