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Reviews Summary for Behringer Ultravoice XM8500
Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 Reviews: 20 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $24,99
Description: Dynamic Cardioid Microphone
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W9ATB Rating: 5/5 Oct 4, 2017 20:13 Send this review to a friend
Great Value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the mic based on the EHam reviews. I am using it on the FTDX3000 and have gotten many unsolicited reports on the good audio. Outstanding value for $20.
W6LBV Rating: 5/5 Jul 10, 2017 19:49 Send this review to a friend
A Bear of a Microphone  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Recently I added $20 to a Web order for other supplies to get the XM8500 for my microphone collection. When it arrived I ran it through my standardized “direct to digital” recording tests (see other reviews) to record my own voice and then to compare the Behringer results under controlled conditions with the other mikes in the collection.

No need to waste words here. The XM8500 does a very competent job of reproducing voices. Yes, there are differences in the recordings between the $20 Behringer and $400 professional microphones. But the differences are small and they won’t be very noticeable on ham voice transmissions, which inherently have limited audio bandwidth. And the differences can be made even smaller with the use of transmitter speech processing, which can be either pre-built into a modern rig or run as an outboard hardware or software package.

Need to record a high quality audition file for the aspiring opera soprano next door? The 8500 probably will not be your first choice in mikes. Need to get on the ham air for basic SSB contesting or rag-chewing? The 8500 well fills that assignment.

The 8500 is not the only competent $20 dynamic cartridge hand/desk mike available today. There are now several brands from which to choose, and $20 is becoming a new “price point” for general-use speech microphones. We hams aren’t limited any longer to the expensive (and high profit!) radio-OEMs' custom mike products or Heil’s overpriced super boffo “hype-tacular” offerings. The XM-8500 will remain as a part of my permanent microphone collection and it will get its share of air time. It does this job well and it doesn’t drain the treasury!
WD5FUN Rating: 5/5 Jul 10, 2017 05:54 Send this review to a friend
Amazing what 20 bucks will buy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought it because of great reviews. Well, the reviews are right. It is of solid construction, and it performs the same as my Heil PR-781. I switched back and forth with both my TS-590s and my Icom IC-7300 and no one could tell the difference. $20 vs $180.
N6BIZ Rating: 5/5 May 13, 2017 18:59 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
$20 shipped to ur home
U can't beat that
AND great reports too with the w2ihy gear
Try one
SQ5TSS Rating: 5/5 May 1, 2017 05:23 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have been using the mx8500 on the IC-7600 and they sound GREAT. unreal mic. Great audio and reports. Can't beat a great mic like this.
W8FDX Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2017 04:50 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: more than 12 months
Better than any Heil and less than 25 bucks
AB4D Rating: 5/5 Dec 17, 2016 21:28 Send this review to a friend
Super Microphone Value  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Recently, a friend was looking for a studio type microphone to use in his station. I had read the favorable reviews here, and suggested that he should try the Behringer Ultravoice XM8500. I rationalized, Behringer is a well known company with a good reputation, and it was only $20, what did he have to lose?

Right out of the box, the microphone provided excellent results, on both his vintage Kenwood TS-830S, and a new Kenwood TS-2000. Once I heard his over the air, I decided I wanted to try one too.

Previously, I had been using an Electrovoice RE-27 professional microphone for many years. Similar to my friend's experience, I also received favorable reports when using the XM8500. The addition of a W2IHY EQplus, I had also used with the RE-27, made the XM8500 sound that much better.

So far, I haven't found a reason to go back to using the more expensive Electrovoice microphone. Friends that I have known for years, that I ragchew with on 75 meters, tell me the XM8500 seems to sound better with my voice, than when using the RE-27.

IMO, the XM8500 has proven itself to be a great microphone, and an excellent value for the price. The microphone comes packaged in a nice protective hard shell case. In addition to the microphone, it includes a standard thread microphone clip/holder. I believe, it would be difficult to find another microphone that performs as well, at this price point.

73, Jim AB4D
W5WAA Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2016 06:55 Send this review to a friend
Works well with Flex 1500  Time owned: more than 12 months
Been using this with my Flex 1500 about 4 years. The only mic I have ever owned that I frequently get compliments on. Most people won't believe that the mic cost only $20.
YV3EDO Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2016 07:34 Send this review to a friend
Great!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this mic via Amazon, only US$20, adapted it to Yaesu MD-1 base and rewire 8 pin connector to Kenwood.
Used in my TS-50 and TS-480 with terrific and unsolicited reports!!!!
Even better than my MC-60
I bet that XM-8500 is a really bargain!!
AJ2I Rating: 5/5 Dec 14, 2015 16:05 Send this review to a friend
Awesome Performance!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I am constantly getting unsolicited compliments about my audio and this mic is one of the reasons! An amazing value and packs a punch
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