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Reviews Categories | Microphones | ICOM SM-50 Help

Reviews Summary for ICOM SM-50
ICOM SM-50 Reviews: 21 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $$$$ SHOP AROUND

This NEW high performance base microphone

FOR IC-7800/7700/7600/7200/756PROIII/7400/910.
FOR IC-706/703/7000 WITH OPC-589 Adapter
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CR7000 Rating: 5/5 Oct 7, 2012 14:21 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased the SM-50 to use with my IC-7600

I got a report from a very well respected audio guru, he commented that the audio was superb, and even analysed the frequency response and confirming it was doing everything spot on, commenting that the mic is a perfect match to the radio, hitting all the sweet spots.

I even had a recording played back to me, and i was stunned by the audio quality.

Whilst having this qso, we had seven stations call in to compliment my audio, and a few 7600 owners saying "you must tell me the audio settings to make it sound that good". Much to their suprise i replied, its all default settings.

I can only make the clunking sound from the ptt when i try and do it deliberatly by pressing it down hard, in normal use it just does not happen.

A super mic with excellent audio, what more would i want ?

Its a 5 from me !
G0UBX Rating: 3/5 Nov 10, 2011 23:45 Send this review to a friend
Good Audio but poor PTT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I brought one of these to use with my IC-7600. I personally think that the audio level is too high and the adjustment pot on the bottom too course. It was difficult to reduce the level to avoid the clonk when the PTT is pressed as suggested in other reviews. This clonk is a mechanical noise transmitted through the body of the microphone to the insert which is not insulated from the body of the microphone.

Half pressing the button stopped the clonk but means that you must stay very still or the PTT button moves about and this noise is then added to your audio.

This was my first Base Microphone, maybe I am being over critical but in the end I returned it to the shop and got my money back.
W9JH Rating: 5/5 Aug 8, 2011 17:35 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Audio Reports  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The SM-50 is very nice in several ways. I use this with an ICOM 7600. First the audio reports are outstanding…unsolicited comments like; ”your audio could not be better”!

I like the long flexible goose-neck which allows you to adjust the mic to a comfortable position on the desk.

Some reviewers have mentioned a ‘clunking’ sound in the transmitted audio when using the push-to-talk. That can occur if the built-in mic gain is set too high. Just crank back the amplified gain on the bottom of the mic and use your rig mic gain and you won’t have that problem.

This is one of the best desk mics out there...very well built.

Jack W9JH
KC2ZUL Rating: 4/5 Jul 6, 2011 12:50 Send this review to a friend
Good Quality, Overhyped perhaps?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Purchased new at HRO, the unit looks great and feels great as well. For my IC-7000, I had to buy the adapter cable, ($35 ouch, cheaper on Ebay).

Whenever I do tests with someone, they really can't tell the difference between the Icom handheld or the SM-50.

Was hoping to see a lot more difference, but the main reason I purchased it was to get something on the desk and to stop using the handheld. Mission accomplished. But this is not the super pro sound you might expect or hope for. Other than that it is a nice mike, albeit, expensive for what it is.
KH6DC Rating: 5/5 Sep 16, 2010 00:43 Send this review to a friend
Great Mic  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Own this SM-50 for 4 months and love it. My firends say my audio is crisper and less background noise meaning my son's tv with Clifford the Big red Dog and Curious George on PBS being re-broadcast in our QSOs. I sold the Sm-20 which picked up everything, even the telephone ringing which is 30 feet away in another room. Set the mic gain to 0 and it still picked it up. Looked at Heil, Audio Technica, etc. but went back and bought the Icom.
W3UT Rating: 5/5 Mar 28, 2010 14:14 Send this review to a friend
New Icom Microphone  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am using the SM-50 with a 756PROIII and am pleased with it. Nice crisp sounding audio. I previously used an SM-20 which I sold. Overall, I like the SM-50 better than the SM-20. The microphone base is large, bigger than the model SM-8. The finish and quality are excellent.The adjustable goose neck on the SM-50 feels more natural on the desk than the SM-20. The SM-50 is a dynamic microphone vs the electret microphone in the SM-20. The SM-50 has lower output but plenty of drive for the newer Icom rigs. Comparing the sound of the two microphones, they sound quite similar. The SM-50 seems to be less sensitive in picking up background noises than the SM-20. The SM-50 feels like a redesigned SM-20 with a gooseneck. Overall it's an improvement, and I am happy with my purchase.
PA3GPP Rating: 5/5 Jan 23, 2010 06:30 Send this review to a friend
very good mic for icom rigs!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Hello everyone,i use this mic next to the HEIL PR 781,i like the sound much more better than the HEIL PR 781,it's more crisp full audio spectrum and a perfect fit to the ICOM rigs(7700&7000)the pr 781 is less sensetive,but not for RFI!!!that it will pick it up even after decoupling!!the sm 50 is loud and gives NO RFI signals to the trx,although some people likes the coffee dark sound of the pr 781,whitch the sm 50 doesn't have that very deep sounding sound.
Anyway,ICOM makes a good fit with the SM 50 ,try it on a ic 7000 you won't be dissappointed!.
HB9CVE Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2009 13:09 Send this review to a friend
I like it  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I am running the SM-50 together with my radio ICOM 7700. The sound is perfect and I am getting just compliments from hams.I still have my old SM-20, but I prefering the SM-50. The "swan neck" is longer and so I feel more confortable in place of my SM20. Best 73 HB9CVE Andy
W6VA Rating: 4/5 Nov 14, 2009 21:59 Send this review to a friend
SM-8 Successor  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Very close to the SM-8 although bigger and more expensive. Has Low Cut filter which seems to improve the audio, up/down freq switch and mic gain control on bottom. A little larger and heavier than I would prefer but well made. I've had very good audio reports when used with my IC-7600. I wish they would put coiled cords on the desk mic's like they do on the hand mic's, makes for a cleaner installation. For value if you can find a clean SM-8 you'll save about 50% but the SM-50 is a worthy albeit pricier successor. Rated it a 4 due to larger size and larger price.
DO8WA Rating: 3/5 Aug 21, 2009 03:54 Send this review to a friend
fair  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
in our daily ragchew we have 2 stations already with IC-7700 and SM-50. Both have a very noticeable "Flop" or "glock" noise when pressing the PTT. It doesnt come up when relaesing the PTT and of course not in VOX mode.
One tried to fix it with a piece of rubber between the housing and the PTT but it didnt help.
The tone of the Mic is OK, like Heil GM5.
Price in Europe is around €250,-

The decision is up to you - I would´nt!
73, Alexander
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