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Reviews Categories | Microphones for ham radio | YAESU MD 100A8X Dexk-Top Microphone w/Tone Control Help

Reviews Summary for YAESU MD 100A8X Dexk-Top Microphone w/Tone Control
YAESU MD 100A8X  Dexk-Top Microphone w/Tone Control Reviews: 89 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $$125.50 @ R&L Electronics
Description: Yaesu, traets this as their top-of -the-line high end Mic, and as well they should. I have used Heil, Sure ICOM and other various microphones, which are from stand alone to hand mics, not that I'm the expert. But from the time I have incorporated the MD 100, the audio reports have been nothing less than "Excellent", so I'll let nealry 400 QSOs, from the mics use speak for themself! I use one for HF and the other for UHF/VHF with assured audio quality. W8DMC
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SP5MXF Rating: 5/5 Mar 2, 2019 12:34 Send this review to a friend
Very good microphone  Time owned: more than 12 months
I use the MD-100 microphone together with FT-1000MP MARK V, this set transfers the acoustic band from 100 Hz to 2.9 KHz, i.e. the bandwidth of the broadcast is 2.8 KHz, this set definitely stands out in terms of the quality of modulation, I have to compare it with the MXL microphone 770. My correspondents emphasize that I have very good modulation that stands out from other radioamators, I do not have to ask about the quality of modulation, they say it without question, this modulation stands out.

I recommend this microphone, maybe they are better but so far I did not come across it so MD-100 is my favorite.

MW3FLI Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2017 10:59 Send this review to a friend
EXCELLENT  Time owned: more than 12 months
Used this MD-100 with both my FT1000MP and my FTDX3000. Always get brilliant reports from it and it is very well made indeed.
K4TK Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2017 09:14 Send this review to a friend
did a blind test vs. Heil PR781  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well, several fellow Hams talked me into buying a Heil PR781 mic recently. After buying that mic, and putting both the Heil and the Yaesu MD-100 I had owned a few years on boom setups (also with an MFJ mic/rig switch box for making quick comparisons).....I decided to do some extensive on air testing. I had a friend on 40 meters....who was copying me with an S9+20 signal....use his SDR setup to make critical comparisons between the two well as to give me critical feedback on my mic eq settings. At one point, while testing....I was doing "blind" tests...just telling him "this is mic A and this is mic B" he wouldn't know which mic was which. BOTTOM LINE, he thought the MD-100 was the Heil PR781.....because IT SOUNDED BETTER TO HIM. I listened to the audio (he sent me files), and darned if the MD-100 didn't sound every bit as good....if not better...than the Heil PR 781 (with both using the exact same mic eq settings).

I'm not surprised though. Both mics are in a similar cost range. The Yaesu mic was built for their why shouldn't it sound good! Oh, does anyone know....DOES YAESU ACTUALLY BUILD THEIR OWN MICS? I ask, because I found out Bob Heil actually designed the mic eq circuitry for the FT DX 1200 I'm running. IS IT POSSIBLE...that maybe someone else makes Yaesu's mics for in, COULD BOB HEIL be making Yaesu mics for Yaesu?

MD-100....every bit as good as my Heil PR 781!
W3BIG Rating: 5/5 Dec 1, 2017 15:41 Send this review to a friend
Great Desk Mic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is the second MD100 Iíve owned. The first I gave to my brother. I bought the MD100A8X for use with an FT-897D that is my alternate rig. My main transceiver is an FTdx3000 that I use with a Heil headset mic.

The MD100A8X is a fantastic desk mic that has convenient features including a transmit lock button, high frequency emphasis and low pass filters as well as a slow or fast scan control built into a collar on the base of the shaft. If the scan control is turned all the way to the right, it powers off the rig and all the way to the left powers on the transceiver. These features make operating the FT-897D a breeze.

Audio reports of the MD100A8X are always very good with superb communication quality.
W8CQL Rating: 5/5 Feb 9, 2017 12:49 Send this review to a friend
Great Mic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
As with the previous reviewer I have tried many mics from most of the major manufacturers ranging in price from 99 to 500 dollars This mic works and sounds as good as any without the need for special cables and external processing. I am using this with a FTDX 3000 and I really like it. Adding external audio processing may lead to RF on the signal plus it adds extra components to the system. I'm happy with the results and the simplicity of using this mic. It suits my voice and audio reports are always good and that is what counts.
G4MJA Rating: 5/5 Jan 29, 2017 10:06 Send this review to a friend
EXCELLENT MIC  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My Son presented me with this mic today. I have tried the various settings & prefer either flat or thru, there is little difference, the audio quality is excellent both ways. High emphasis works really well also for those DX contacts. I am using this with a Yaesu FTdx1200. I have owned many mics in my 31 yrs on HF including Heil, Shure, Electrovoice, Kenwood & many high end studio mics & this is as good as the most expensive ones I have owned & at a fraction of the price. Quality of construction is very good, the mic is heavy enough that it doesn't move around the desk when operating.So far I couldn't be happier.
K6BRN Rating: 5/5 Nov 30, 2016 17:19 Send this review to a friend
Great general purpose mic!  Time owned: more than 12 months
The Yaesu MD-100A8X microphone is a good quality desk mic whose output level, frequency response, connectors and controls are tailored to modern Yaesu radios.

On the FT-3000, -1200, and FT-991 it sounds pretty good (by my own experience) without any equalizer engaged. The mic also has separate settings on the underside for high frequency emphasis and low-frequency cut selections, along with a defeat switch. The mic is good for rag-chewing when the defeat switch is engaged and suitably shrill and annoying for DX work when both #2 low-cut and high emphasis are selected. Very convenient!

At the base of the mic pedestal is a 2-way horizontal sliding switch artfully sculpted in. This allows up/down frequency or channel selection, or scanning start/stop and direction, with many Yaesu radios.

There is NO battery in this microphone, unlike the slightly similar Kenwood MC-60A.

Yaesu currently uses two different types of mic connectors: 1. An 8-pin plug-in/screw locking connector (FTDX-9000, 5000, 3000, 1200, etc) and 2. an RJ-45 type (looks like an Ethernet plug) connector. This microphone is compatible with both due to a clever cable/jack arrangement on the back of the mic. Very Nice!

The mic base has a momentary TX switch and a TX lock switch on top, suitably easy to use, though the lock switch can be hit a little too easily, as its on the unprotected edge of the base. The mic barrel itself ALSO has a locking TX switch built in.

The one flaw with this microphone, as with many other desk mics for Amateur Radio, is that the pedestal shaft is WAY too short, forcing most users to hunch over to speak into it. Yes, the mic mount swivels up and down, and back and forth, but it's reach is just too short for me (6', average build).

It IS possible to dismount the mic from the pedestal and use it with another desk stand or boom and Yaesu points this out in their instructions. However, you may need a new cable. Broadcast/musician mic stands/booms for desks are readily available online or at Guitar Centers - you will need a Shure-type clip in microphone mount rather than a typical XLR screw-in mount, BTW.

Overall, I'd give this workhorse a 4.5. It's well and thoughtfully built, except for the short, fixed length pedestal shaft.

N7KJ Rating: 5/5 May 4, 2016 14:39 Send this review to a friend
great microphone  Time owned: more than 12 months
Some people buy a Chevy and then complain it not a Mercedes. Go figure.....

The MD-100A8X is a super microphone for any and all Yaesu transceivers, and many other brands as well. It is as good as the older version, the MD1. It just looks different. Know and accept what you buy, and don't complain afterwards. Your voice is your own problem. Please don't blame the product for your shortcomings. Thank you!

As they say, grow up, will you!?
K4NBC Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2016 18:19 Send this review to a friend
Goo enough to yo use with ft-857d  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Well picked up a used one in good shape, can't wait yo tri it out. Some good and baddy reviews but but to me, give. Irt try and check with other users that already know the good audio settings
SM2FYZ Rating: 5/5 Oct 10, 2015 14:30 Send this review to a friend
Premium class together with FT-991  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
ordered this mic new as a replacement at home for the standard supplied mic with FT-991. Very good reports on speach qulity if you know how to adjust the EQ settings for your rig. New rigs is not as in "old days", they have so many more settings.

I recommend this microphone for the FT-991 at any home setup.

73 de SM2FYZ (Ulf)
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