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Reviews Summary for Kenwood MC-60A
Kenwood MC-60A Reviews: 54 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $145.00
Description: Desktop Deluxe Microphone
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SP5MXF Rating: 4/5 Mar 2, 2019 23:14 Send this review to a friend
Good microphone  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought a TS-940S with a home made microphone, I did not like it so I decided to buy a good and original Kenwood microphone. I bought the MC-60A, the audio reports get very good and I'm happy with this choice, together with the TS-940S they are a beautiful pair, an old and good set.

N2MDV Rating: 3/5 Nov 6, 2017 11:36 Send this review to a friend
Decent mic, but over rated, over priced.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Bought one 2nd hand. It worked very well on my TS-711A 2M multi-mode rig. However, even though this mic does sound good, with good audio reports, I certainly wouldn't pay full price new for what Kenwood wants for it. There are certainly better choices out there for lower price. Still, if you see one for around $20.00 used and not abused, then it's a good deal. The only adjustment for this mic is Preamp ON / OFF, no output level POT. Still, a usable feature.
SWLCHRIS Rating: 5/5 Aug 3, 2017 15:55 Send this review to a friend
Good upgrade   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a Kenwood TS430S and I was using the stock hand mic MC43s. My audio was fair but nothing to get excited at. I got this mic the other day and once hooked up to radio and testing at medium power on a empty frequency I had a ham in Wisconsin answer my call. I was surprised to say the least, but continued the QSO. Closer friends on the bands report good audio and stands out better than the stock hand mic. All of this testing and usage is without the preamp on. I haven't even put batteries in it yet to try the preamp. That's my next test. Overall works great and looks great next to the 430S.
WD5ACP Rating: 4/5 Mar 19, 2017 09:16 Send this review to a friend
Update to my review  Time owned: more than 12 months
I continue to get great audio reports using this mic with my TS-590 (processor ON, and with a flat Tx Eq)

I found that I still had occasional RF getting into the mic even After I modified the mic to reduce RF issues when I QRO'd with my SB-200. Even if you use the bypass switch on the base to bypass the preamp, it's still susceptible to RF.

The final fix was simply to electrically BYPASS the preamp board (I wasn't using it anyway) - Open up the base and relocate the audio out from the mic element directly to the mic plug.

An alternative is simply plug the microphone directly into the rig without going through the base - works fine (the on-off switch on the mic keys the rig) but the buttons on the base of course aren't used.

So - very good mic, just bypass the preamp board if you're getting RF into it.
WA6PBJ Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2016 21:16 Send this review to a friend
use it right and it works well  Time owned: more than 12 months
Learn to use it right. May need an isolation transformer (possible rf sensitive....dah...its a condenser powered mic!!)
WB7VTY Rating: 0/5 Apr 8, 2016 19:29 Send this review to a friend
Waste of money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have always liked kenwood stuff so when I bought my TS590SG, which I love, I also picked up a MC60. I had MC50s before and they were great. I assumed the 60 was just an upgrade of the 50. Not so. Totally different. The 60 has a preamp built into the base and requires batteries. Right out of the box I was getting horrible audio reports and it sounded terrible on the TX monitor no matter what I did. The hand mic that came with the 590SG sounded way better. All the horror stories about RF in this mic are true. I refuse to repair a brand new mic that cost over a hundred bucks. Kenwood scores a zero on this one because its a well known issue that has gotten no attention from Kenwood. I should have googled it before buying it instead of assuming. HRO took it back with no fuss and I exchanged it for an MC90 which works beautifully. If you want a kenwood mic, the MC90 is not cheap but its the way to go. No batteries, no preamp, no RF issues, outstanding sound. The MC60 is a complete waste of money and doesn't live up to the Kenwood name. I wouldn't take one if it was free.
KD2EMQ Rating: 1/5 Mar 14, 2016 12:32 Send this review to a friend
worse mike I ever owned  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
In the last few years I have purchased a Icom-7000 radio and a Icom SM-30 mike,They worked great together. I also purchased a Yaesu FTDX-3000 radio and a Yaesu MD-100 mike. They also worked great together. My latest purchase was a Kenwood TS-590SG radio and a Kenwood MC60A mike, what a train wreck that was! The mike wouldn't work at all with the radio. Thank god the good people at H.R.O.replaced it at no cost to me. However, the replacement mike worked no better than the original. After a lot of research, which I should have done before I purchased the mike,I found that this mike has had problems since 2001, or at least that is the first report of this I found.I can't help but wonder why Kenwood hasn't corrected this problem.However, upon further research, I found a repair solution that corrected most of the problem, which I won't get into here. When I buy a top of the line mike, I don't expect to have to rebuild it in order to get it to work and if I could find a repair solution for this problem, why can't Kenwood?
KJ4KBC Rating: 5/5 Mar 1, 2016 07:54 Send this review to a friend
Great Mic! RFI easy to solve!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have three of these! They work well with everything I have, even my Boat anchors! This is the way I cured all of my RF issue's. The pre-amp off-on switch needs to be isolated from the base along with the circuit board. The microphone cord shield wire should not be attached to the base either. Attach it to the Microphone ground instead. That's it! No RF beads, no fancy capacitor jobs and no extra resistors. Try it! a no cost solution. 73's
G0LUH Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2014 04:41 Send this review to a friend
Must Have  Time owned: more than 12 months
On my second one, regret selling first some years ago agree with rf issue, burnt my lips a few times, excellent choice, mind you I do have a Shure 444D as well
HA7WX Rating: 4/5 Aug 18, 2014 11:46 Send this review to a friend
4.5 because prone to RFI  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this microphone for a while and this mike is a great mike once you have cured its RFI issues. If your antenna is close enough to your rigs you are likely to experience RFI. This can be cured with wire straps inside the mike. I have used it on my Kenwoods (850SAT and 950SDX) and it had a great sound (unsollicited reports), you know, the typical outstanding SSB quality Kenwood is so famous for.
If you're on a budget and have to choose between a MC-80 or a the MC-60A i think the 60A is a better choice as the price gap between them on the used market is not so big.
So all in all, i can recommend it if you don't want to spend too much $$ on a microphone to use your Kenwood or your Alinco rig. I give it a 4.5 rating.
Also, K8CPA gave 1 in his review to the MC-80 which is unfair, and yes this is a very good mike for its price. He is just disappointed he could not solve his RFI problems because of his ground loops...
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