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Reviews Categories | Microphones for ham radio | MFJ-295K Help

Reviews Summary for MFJ-295K
MFJ-295K Reviews: 3 Average rating: 2.0/5 MSRP: $17
Description: Mini speaker / microphone for Kenwood
Product is in production.
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VO1AU Rating: 4/5 Jan 29, 2013 17:23 Send this review to a friend
Good value for money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this mic and an MFJ-296K to use with my Chinese-made Quensheng TG-UV2 2m/70cm HT. I intended the MFJ-296K as the principal one, and the 295 as a back-up.

The MFJ-295K microphone produces excellent audio. It is identical to the 296.

The speaker has excellent fidelity. Voices sound quite natureal with the 295, whereas the 296 has very poor fidelity. The sound is very tinny, with no bass at all. It is much poorer than the 295.

The MFJ-295 is much more pelasant to use than the 296, even though the 295 has no volume control.
KA3NXN Rating: 0/5 Sep 23, 2011 17:15 Send this review to a friend
Typical MFJ Garbage  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Only one month old and it quit working. Small micro switch used for TTP apparently can only handle being used less than 100 times. Tried for hours to get through to mfj and all I got was a busy tone. Mazing when quitting time came in MS than the phone would just ring and ring with no answer. Horrific customer service. No answer to emails either.
K7RFW Rating: 2/5 Aug 1, 2008 11:15 Send this review to a friend
OK for light duty  Time owned: more than 12 months
Works fine, but only lasts about 1-6 months. I had four of these, and MFJ did swap the first three out as requested, but at only $17 each, paying the shipping to send them back gets a bit steep so I bought a different one (MFJ-296K, same problem though).

The only issue, and the one I marked it as a 2 (would have done 2.5) is the fact that there is no strain relief at the connector. This leads to the wires breaking at or just inside the connector.

The picture shows a strain relief that attaches to the antenna, but the antenna is on the wrong side of the radio, and besides, Kenwood uses SMA connectors, and those are not all that strong.

If it were not for that one issue I would rate the MFJ at a 4-5, since all four of these microphones I had worked fine, just a bit shorter cord than what I would have liked. Audio from the speaker part seemed as good as from the radio speaker.

Have a Kenwood on order, see if that lasts any longer.

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