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Reviews Summary for Kenwood MC-50 Microphone
Kenwood MC-50 Microphone Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $120.00
Description: Kenwood MC-50 Desk Microphone
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W7VO Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2008 17:50 Send this review to a friend
Over 30 years of use...  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have two MC-50s, one on my TS-820S and one on my TS-120S. I bought the first one new in 1979, and it is still working like new! What more can you say?
I have one recommendation, though. The mic seems to have better audio punch if you can put a cardboard tube around the element, just leaving the end exposed. I have used an old TP roll for this, combined with some black tape.
KC0ZZH Rating: 5/5 Aug 4, 2008 09:16 Send this review to a friend
Great vintage mic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Been using a MC-50 on my TS-130S for some time now and I have no complaints about it whatsoever. Always gets great audio reports and was constructed very well. I recommend to anyone!
K4DTC Rating: 5/5 Oct 14, 2007 08:48 Send this review to a friend
Very good audio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this mic used many years ago, and used it with a TS830S. I bought a TS940SAT a year ago and just got an 8 pin to 4 pin adapter for it. With both rigs, I have always gotten good reports on my audio. Getting through pile ups has not been a problem either. I have never had a moments trouble with it, and intend to keep it for good. You can't go wrong with this mic.
KG0WX Rating: 5/5 Apr 17, 2007 03:36 Send this review to a friend
Nice microphone  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is one sweet mic! I found mine at a local candy store for a bargain ($50). I've seen these on eBay going for over $100 - I even spotted one that was NOS in the original box fetch $185.

Yes, it's that good.

I like the fact that you can change impedance by flipping the cable connector over. The MC-60 did improve on this by using a switch but IMHO it's just fine in the MC-50 because once you find the right impedance you don't need to change it unless you change radios.

One note - my main cable (going to the radio) was a 4 conductor NON SHEILDED and this caused a him in my audio. I had a spare cable with a sheilded mic audio line and a second sheild around the whole bundle of wires. I grounded both and the hum went away.

The reason I mention this is the fact that the original cable looked like a factory job so you might want to inspect your cable if you have problems with RF or hum in your audio.

WY4J Rating: 5/5 Feb 18, 2007 20:09 Send this review to a friend
None Better!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this fine microphone since I first purchased my TS-830S in 1982. All audio reports have always been very positive. Right now I'm looking for an MC60 to complement a TS-430S I just picked up from an estate sale.
W7DDD Rating: 5/5 Oct 15, 2006 11:29 Send this review to a friend
Fine mic  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've been running one bought second hand on eBay for several years with my TS-830S. Never a problem, solidly built, great reports. What else can be added?
NT9M Rating: 5/5 Aug 1, 2006 03:46 Send this review to a friend
It's a winner  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The reputation for great Kenwood audio is no myth. I mated an MC-50 to a TS-600 operating on 6 meters and I've regularly received unsolicited compliments on the quality of my audio. They usually go something like this, " sounding audio I've heard...". An A/B comparison to a Kenwood hand mic showed a definite improvement in transmitted audio using the MC-50. I picked up my MC-50, which was in great condition, at a swapmeet. They can regularly be found for about $50.00 here in the midwest.
K2NCC Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2006 15:15 Send this review to a friend
Solid as a rock  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had this workhorse for over a year, and in spite of it's age and wear, still sounds great. Enough parts around to fix it and still less than 50 bucks just about anywhere. Good mic for old rigs, but can be modified. If you find one cheap enuff, get it.
VK4JAM Rating: 5/5 Jul 12, 2005 15:59 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Mike  Time owned: more than 12 months
The MC-50 Microphone has been my primary microphone for over 25 years. I bought it second hand and have used it on several radios (Kenwood and Yaesu). It is currently used on with a Yaesu FT-757 GXII with excellent audio reports being recieved. I also have a Yaesu MD-1, but the I'm told the audio from the MC-50 is far superior.
WO8USA Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2005 16:46 Send this review to a friend
Great mic for TS520  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned a MC-50 for years. It was a great match to the Kenwood TS-520 series and others as well.
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