This time we take a look at an external microphone that comes from Sennheiser itself, namely their Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set. The set is because we got the output, which includes a boom arm (microphone arm), which can be mounted on the table.
Before we dive into the test itself, we need to have a look at the specifications of the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set
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About the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set
The Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set is a microphone that comes with the microphone, a long cable and a microphone arm in the package. It is a plug and play microphone that requires no software and is equipped with USB-C to ensure a strong and stable connection. It allows you to set many things directly on the microphone, which complements well that no software is needed to operate it.
With this edition we get a little extra. Because together with the microphone itself, we also have the microphone arm, a USB-C to USB-C cable of three meters, and some manuals.
The Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone is of a medium size, compared to other microphones that have passed by for testing. It is in matte black. On the front we have the Sennheiser logo, together with some screw buttons, to be able to adjust, gain, volume in the headset and monitoring. We also have a button to be able to mute and unmute the microphone.
On the back, the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone has an input for USB-C to be able to connect the computer, as well as an input for a jack if you want to have your headset connected directly to the microphone, in order to use monitoring. Of course, this requires you to use a headset with a jack plug.
The included cable is USB-C to USB-C. The cable has a good length of three meters and can easily be mounted on a microphone arm and still reach the computer even if it is under the table.
As previously mentioned, there is no need for software. It can be both good and bad, but since the microphone has been made so simple, it is only a matter of setting it up, also ensuring that your computer chooses it as the default microphone. The necessary can be set on the microphone itself in the form of gain, volume in the headset and, as previously mentioned, monitoring. I have set the gain on the microphone to 100%, as I experienced during the first sound recording that the voice was far too low at 50%.
I was able to find the Profile Streaming Set with a price tag of 220$, which is on the high end, but we also get a top quality microphone with a boom arm. If you are only looking for the microphone alone, because you may have a microphone arm, or do not want to use that part, the microphone can be obtained for 140$.
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We have come to the end of the test on the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set. I personally thought the microphone had a nice design, it is stylish and neutral at the same time. It has a lot of functions built into the microphone itself, without it being necessary for them to make a microphone in a large size to create space for it all. This also means that the microphone can easily stay "hidden" even if it is between you and the screen.
Since it does not use software, it is easy and quick to set up. This also means that most people should be able to start using it without much knowledge of the settings. Afterwards, the fun starts with having to be able to find the right setting on the microphone itself to get the best sound.
However, it is not completely free, and this is clearly seen with a price of almost 140$ for the microphone alone, and close to 220$ if you choose the set. It also does, I might have expected even more from the sound quality when it also comes from Sennheiser, where for me it should have sat right in the closet. Even with the combination of gain, noise and the sound level of the voice. The microphone has been about 20 cm from the mouth during the test, and when the gain was at about 50%, it sounded like I was sitting at the other end of the room talking. It is of course something that can be fine-tuned, and it could also easily be that 78% had been the golden mean.
Personally, some software would have helped a lot to be able to fine-tune to hit the right fit to sort out the noise, as well as keep a clear and distinct voice in the microphone.
I therefore end the test of the Sennheiser Profile USB Microphone Streaming Set by giving a score of 8 out of 10. Sennheiser has made a good product and they have the right direction. However, I lack the small details for me to be completely impressed and blown away.