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MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit

B&H # MXFR355K Mfr # FR-355K
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Product Highlights
  • Includes Omnidirectional Lavalier
  • Includes Cardioid Lavalier

The MXL FR-355K Lavalier Kit is a pair of lavalier microphones, one with a cardioid and one with an omnidirectional polar pattern. It is intended to provide the user with options for interviews, instrument capturing, presentations and other applications.

The cardioid pattern microphone yields a generous pickup area while maintaining adequate feedback and noise rejection at the off-axis section of the capsule. The omnidirectional polar pattern microphone provides a uniform frequency response at the direct and off-axis sections of the capsule, and is noted to reject clothing, contact and handling noise more efficiently.

The lavalier pair of mics both require phantom power, feature XLR output connectors and include a windscreen and clothing clip. The modestly priced kit is an ideal solution for in studio interviews, instrument capturing and more.

Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
The lavalier mic with the omnidirectional polar pattern provides a uniform frequency response at the direct and off-axis sections of the capsule, and is noted to reject clothing, contact and handling noise more efficiently.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The lavalier mic with the cardioid pattern yields a generous pickup area while maintaining adequate feedback and noise rejection at the off-axis section of the capsule.
Transducer Back Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional and Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz - 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level 120dB
Power Requirements 48V +/- 4V
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) Microphone: 1.18 x 0.5"
Cable Length: 6' (1.82m)
Weight 2.4 oz (68g)
MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit
  • 2 x Windscreens
  • 2 x Microphone Clips
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    MXLFR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit
     
    3.9

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (39)
    • Easy to use (37)
    • Compact (29)
    • Lightweight (28)
    • Versatile (18)

    Cons

    • Not durable (6)
    • Limited functions (3)
    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (26)
    • Professional recording (22)
    • Home studio (18)
    • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Interviews (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (39), Novice (8), Tech savvy (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worth every penny

    I am very impressed with this product. The Price vs. Quality is very good. I am quite impressed with the sound quality. Only thing that worries me, is the quality of the...Read complete review

    I am very impressed with this product. The Price vs. Quality is very good. I am quite impressed with the sound quality. Only thing that worries me, is the quality of the wiring, seems a bit thin, but so far so good. Only other thing is that for lav mics, these are very big.

    But overall, this kit is a great buy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    My low expectations still were not met

    I purchased 2 of these kits, and despite the fact that one of the omni mics arrived defective, here is what I think. I was going to use these kits for legal deposition...Read complete review

    I purchased 2 of these kits, and despite the fact that one of the omni mics arrived defective, here is what I think. I was going to use these kits for legal deposition video work and just needed to stay in budget for my audio setup so I bought a nicer Shure mic for the deponent and these 2 Marshall kits for the attorneys, and since they came with 2 mics per kit, I would also have backups. I had heard that there were a few issues with these but the pricepoint was too attractive to pass up, and reviewers generally seemed to like them for what they were. I'll cut to the chase. There was considerably more noise to these than to the Shure I purchased, however the sound was acceptable. The complaint that the XLR connector is tight plugging it into anything is absolutely true. It is incredibly tight and always feels like your forcing it, so you can never quite tell if it is lined up properly to start with. Besides the fact that one of them didn't work, my biggest reason for sending both kits back was that they were extremely flimsy, and I would have been shocked if I would have gotten 6 months worth of work out of those. The biggest concern is where the wire enters the metal condenser cartridge. It is a very small gauged wire into a heavy piece of metal and it feels like there is nothing holding the two together besides the solder at the wire connection inside the cartridge. If you spun it around a few times like a lasso, I swear that thing would fly right off and put out somebody's eye. Despite the pricepoint, my expectations, low as they were, were not met. I won't be buying a mic from this company again.

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    4.0

    Worth the price and convenience.

    By Laythrom

    from NE Ohio

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Works Efficiently

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Small Jobs

    Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

    I picked these up for video presentation and tutorial projects and have used them with the Tascam DR40 field recorder. My biggest complaints are the mic clips and the plug ends; the mic clips do not hold as well as I would like and the area where the wire enters the XLR connector could definitely be improved. It feels as if I could easily yank the wire out of the connector almost every time I handle them. As far as sound quality goes, I have no complaints at this time.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    4.0

    Great Little Mikes

    By Doug

    from West Bend, WI

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

      These mikes are really great. I clipped one each to an actresses feet because I wanted the sound of her walking on the snow and the audio is just amazing. Exactly the feel I was looking for my video.

      Like many reviewers of these items mentioned before, I too am concerned about the cabling to the XLR connector. But with the rice and the performance, I'm more than willing to tip-toe around that.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      3.0

      Inexpensive, really tight connector

      By Heritage Mark

      from Plantation, FL

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

            I needed a second Lav for occasional dual interviews. Sound quality, less low end frequency than my Sennheiser (which doesn't have much low end either-i would assume most don't).I usually use a patch cable but was doing some run-around interviews and plugged in direct to camera yesterday; I still haven't been able to get the XLR connector off my camera!Like others have mentioned, the wire does feel cheap, i handle it like it's made of tissue paper.I'd probably still recommend with the warning due to the inexpensive slot it fills.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Our new lavalier mics

            By Kathy

            from Peachtree City, GA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

              We are using the lavalier mics for creative video of employees for annual conferences, promotional video and elearning. These microphones are very sensitive and the sound is crystal clear!

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              4.0

              Good Inexpensive Mics

              By Contact 29.18 TV

              from Toledo OH

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                The headline pretty much says it all. This is a good, inexpensive set of mics. We bought 2 set and use them for interviews. Only real downside to them is the head on the cardiod mic is larger and not as discrete as I'd like and the clip on the omni fits too loose.

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                4.0

                A better sound experience

                By Marky Vee

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                  Mics worked great sound came through clear. The mics are definitely worth the inexpensive price compared to getting a wireless mic with static.

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                  4.0

                  Decent kit

                  By Liam

                  from Springfield Ma

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events

                    Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                    Decent sound pickup. Good to have both omni and cardioid in one package.

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                    3.0

                    Ok sound quality, very cheap.

                    By Tito Mariachi

                    from Rhode Island

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Inexpensive
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Connector
                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Interviews
                    • Video

                    Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                    Purchased these mics for use by students to record interviews. Great price for a couple of XLR mics. Unfortunately, I find their build quality to be a little cheap. Although the wire used for the cord is Mogami, it still feels a little flimsy.

                    One major issue I have found with this product is that the XLR connector is a little too big to fit into most xlr jacks. To solve this, I simply used an XLR patch cable.

                    Audio quality is decent for the price.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for the job

                    By gglezzz

                    from Guadalajara, Mexico

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                      I mean they're very accessible for their price but they sound really great. I use them for interviews with my Tascam DR-40 and I've had good results.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By Corto Boricua

                      from San Juan, PR

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                      • Fragile cable

                      Best Uses

                      • TV studio interview

                      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                      Uses: Broadcast TV Show
                      Within a studio environment, these units deliver as expected. Crisp voice and level.

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                      3.0

                      Thumbs up and down

                      By VideoGuy

                      from St. Paul, MN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                      I bought these as extra mics for a webcast setup. The tiny mic worked great, and could probably be discretely hung in the hair of a performer if you didn't want to use it as a lavaliere. The cable is tiny, and I fear it is fragile. The lavaliere tie clip attaches to the cable. In a standard lavaliere location, the bigger mic overloaded and distorted whenever the voice got louder. I found it unusable. Maybe I just got a bad mic. A bit disappointing; the MXL condenser mics I bought years ago for $80 still outperform the Audio Technical condenser mic that costs more.

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                      3.0

                      Cartoid mice is good, omni, not so hot.

                      By Malcolm

                      from Scottsdale, AZ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                      Decent for the money, not great. I do like the phantom powered feature, I was tired of little batteries on my old lavs'. The cable on the omni is very light guage, probably will not hold up long, but if I just bought the "kit" for the cartoid mic, it's still less than the lowest priced Shure mic. Sounds OK, I was not interested in spending hundreds on a lav, as I primarily use a mic on a boom.

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                      3.0

                      Equivalent to the cost

                      By T Lang

                      from Salt Lake City, UT

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Interviews on film

                        Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                        I bought these mics to use for simple testimonial footage for seminars. They do capture voice fairly well. I also placed them inside an engine of a car to get audio for a car. They seem to highlight the mid range heavily. The downfall I have with these is the construction on the XLR connection. I recomend using a separate cable to run into your gear as the pins almost need to be finessed into the jack. Better to ruin $20 cable than $2,000 Mixer/Camera.

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                        1.0

                        Hiss

                        By Josh

                        from Southern California

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                            The preamps on these microphones have a very loud hiss. I sent them back. the ATR3350 sounds better.

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                            3.0

                            Cheap is cheap

                            By Recording in NYC

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easily

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                            One of the clips holding the mic broke the second time I used it.

                            The sound quality is all right. I would say if you needed mics on the cheap, these would do. But I would recommend looking around for a better option.

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                            2.0

                            My low expectations still were not met

                            By CI

                            from Tulsa, OK

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Breaks Easily

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording

                              Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                              I purchased 2 of these kits, and despite the fact that one of the omni mics arrived defective, here is what I think. I was going to use these kits for legal deposition video work and just needed to stay in budget for my audio setup so I bought a nicer Shure mic for the deponent and these 2 Marshall kits for the attorneys, and since they came with 2 mics per kit, I would also have backups. I had heard that there were a few issues with these but the pricepoint was too attractive to pass up, and reviewers generally seemed to like them for what they were. I'll cut to the chase. There was considerably more noise to these than to the Shure I purchased, however the sound was acceptable. The complaint that the XLR connector is tight plugging it into anything is absolutely true. It is incredibly tight and always feels like your forcing it, so you can never quite tell if it is lined up properly to start with. Besides the fact that one of them didn't work, my biggest reason for sending both kits back was that they were extremely flimsy, and I would have been shocked if I would have gotten 6 months worth of work out of those. The biggest concern is where the wire enters the metal condenser cartridge. It is a very small gauged wire into a heavy piece of metal and it feels like there is nothing holding the two together besides the solder at the wire connection inside the cartridge. If you spun it around a few times like a lasso, I swear that thing would fly right off and put out somebody's eye. Despite the pricepoint, my expectations, low as they were, were not met. I won't be buying a mic from this company again.

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                              5.0

                              Great quality for the price

                              By Grisson Davis

                              from Winston-Salem, NC

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                                use these capturing audio when shooting dslr video, so far so good, quality has been great, I'm sure you could spend a lot more and great better, but works great for my purposes

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                                4.0

                                Good Buy for the $$$

                                By SurfCity 64

                                from USA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                                  Super good deal for 2 lavalier microphones for the price of 1. Cables do not feel like they can take a ton of abuse but are sturdy and well put together. Audio is very good with both.

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                                  4.0

                                  They work

                                  By Lexi Doc Director

                                  from Houston, TX

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                                    Of course they are going to be like the Sonys I used to rent, but they work for what I need them for. We're not outside or moving much. So they pick up what I need them to. The paint on the inputs made it hard to plug in and unplug them. I was afraid they wouldn't fit until I shoved them in hard enough. For what I paid, they do the job.

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                                    4.0

                                    The Price is Right

                                    By Jungle Media

                                    from LA, CA

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Microphone Kit:

                                      I recently purchased these mics to use with my H4n recorder and a Canon DSLR. Since I got them I have done a couple of tests and one larger project. Overall I have been pleased with the quality of the audio and also the construction of the mics... here are a few more details.

                                      Pros:
                                      1) Good price
                                      2) Clear audio
                                      3) Works well with field recorder

                                      Cons:
                                      1) They are obviously wired, so you are limited by your xlr cable length.
                                      2) Picked up some pops when the subject was speaking (probably my poor placement)
                                      3) Phantom power drains portable audio recorders batteries really fast.

                                      I would definitely recommend them if you understand the limitations of what you are working with.

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