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Kenwood MC 85 Deluxe Microphone Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.1/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: A unidirectional electret condenser desk mic
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OZ9ABC Rating: 4/5 Nov 23, 2001 06:38 Send this review to a friend
Great Mic after mods  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have an Kenwood MC-85 but it was very RF-sensitive when i touch the microphone neck especially when the micgain was in the upper level.
I removed the bottomplate of the MC85 and:

1. Connected a wire from the bottom of the mic Goose neck and directly to the microphonecable shield that comes from the Tranceiver and enters the MC85.

2. Connect the shield that comes from the tranceiver to the bottomplate of the MC85.

3.I dismounted the screw that connects the metal housing of the MC85 to the PCB and connected instead the Shield that comes from the Tranceiver and enters the MC85 to the shield from the microphone wire the comes out of the gooseneck.

I have not any problems with my MC85 anymore and is a very happy owner.
VK2CJC Rating: 2/5 Mar 5, 2001 21:28 Send this review to a friend
buy an MC60  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am in complete agreement with John CT2HME.
I too sold my MC85 cheap to by a MC60.
The MC85 will work fine with some rigs, but not others. My TS450 was border line.
Great mic when its working, but it has a design fault.
CT2HME Rating: 4/5 Oct 2, 2000 19:34 Send this review to a friend
Good mike but RF sensitive...  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had one for 2 years.
Sold it and bought a MC-60A.
The good stuff about this mike:

- Sounds "ok", but a mc60 will sound *much* better on a Kenwood rig.
- You can hook up 3 diferent rigs to the same mike
- Easy to adjust the mic level
- The meter on the mike is beautifull and it works very well
- The mike is well finished

Now for the bad stuff:

- This mike *hates* rf. Place near 200W or more and you'll have some rf into your transmission. There is a mod out there for that. I think I have it here on paper but I never did it to mine so I don't know if it works. If you want to try the mod send me an e-mail.
- The compressor does not work at all. It's there but I tried it with different radios and it never worked properly. A few other mc-85 users have experienced the same problem.
- The goose neck is a bit fragile

If you have a Kenwood rig then I advise you to spend your money on the mc60, not on this one.

John, CT2HME
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