Shure X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter

Shure X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter

Shure X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • XLR to USB Adapter
  • Supplies +48V Phantom Power
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
  • Microphone Level Adjustment
  • Tri-Color Peak Indicator
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Shure X2u overview

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The Shure X2u XLR to USB Adapter attaches to dynamic or condenser microphones, and provides a direct connection to Windows or Mac computers via USB. The plug-and-play connectivity of the X2u provides easy digital recording for music production, Podcasts and more.

A 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone output provides latency-free monitoring and three rotary dials provide monitor, microphone gain and output volume level control. The X2u is capable of sending +48V phantom power to condenser microphones and delivers pristine audio fidelity that's superior to CD with its 16-bit, 48kHz digital audio resolution.

Connects XLR microphones to the USB input on Mac and Windows computers
1/8" (3.5mm) latency-free headphone output
Level controls for output, microphone gain and monitor output
+48V phantom power switch for condenser microphones
16-bit, 48kHz audio resolution is superior to CD quality
Plug-and play connectivity
UPC: 042406164740
In the Box
Shure X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter
  • Padded Zipper Pouch
  • USB Cable 9.8' (3m)
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Shure X2u specs

    System Requirements Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Japanese/English Edition
    Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit, Microsoft Windows XP Home/ Professional Japanese/English Edition (service pack 1.0 or later, or use the USB audio driver update from Microsoft)
    Microsoft Windows Vista Business Japanese/English Edition
    Apple Computer Mac OS X 10.0 or later English Edition
    Apple Computer Mac OS X 10.1 or later Japanese Edition (For Mac OS X 10.0 Japanese Edition, plug and play does not work appropriately)
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 1 dB
    Power Requirements USB-powered, 500 mA, maximum
    Noise Minimum MIC GAIN setting: -81 dB FS
    Maximum MIC GAIN setting: -78 dB FS
    (20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted)
    Sample Rate Up to 48 kHz
    Bit Depth 16-bit
    LED OFF: -30 dB FS
    Green: -30 to -12 dB FS
    Yellow: -12 to 0 dB FS
    Red: > 0 (digital converter clipped)
    Gain Range 50 dB
    Headphone Output 1/8" (3.5 mm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 5.9 x 3.0"

    Shure X2u reviews

    X2u - XLR to USB Microphone Signal Adapter is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent little device! This is an excellent little device. I needed to send air staff out to the field with the best mix of simplicity and quality for recording air breaks. We previously tried several other options, but the X2u was the perfect fit. TIP: The noise floor was virtually non-existent on my MacBook Pro, but quite noticeable on a business grade Dell Latitude due to jagged DC from the Dell's internal power supply (even on battery). I realize this is an issue with the PC. We attempted choking the USB cable with ferrite cores and had no real success. Users may want to consider an option that isolates power from USB connector and then lets you use an external power supply if you are using a lesser grade PC.
    Date published: 2015-04-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Solid, but low levels This a solid and handy audio interface, that would probably be fine for music recording in many situations but the input levels are low. Even with the input cranked up all the way (with a condenser mic too) I still get fairly low levels. I work in radio and record interviews and voice at medium to low levels. This adapter just isn't sensitive enough. Input signal presence, peak, and clip lights are handy. Gain, output volume, and monitor mix are easy to use. It's sturdy (and heavy) and will hold up well, but I just can't use it on account of the low sensitivity and high noise floor. It might be usable with a preamp, but that would defeat the purpose of a device like this.
    Date published: 2010-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for The primary reason I got the X2u was for recording voiceovers for the video production work that I do. I make the recordings using Adobe Soundbooth. This product is very easy to use and I love the fact that I can use the microphones I already have. So far the recordings have been very clean - virtually no noise and high quality. I have only used my Shure SM58 mics to this point, but the phantom power means I am not limited to just my dynamic mics. I also love the fact that I can monitor recordings right through the X2u with no latency. I have no complaints with the X2u and would highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2010-07-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from useful I bought this a couple years ago and it has worked well to connect mikes to my computer. Monitoring works well. It doesn't appear to add any noise. The pre-amp is a little weak so when using it with some microphones the gain isn't sufficient and the levels end up a bit low-- Not a major problem but something to be considered.
    Date published: 2015-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great way to record on the go I am an audio producer who produces podcast and radio shows daily. I bought the Shure X2u so that I could record to my laptop in the field. This device fits the bill for me: excellent sound quality, solid construction and great portability, at a reasonable price. I wanted to address one comment I have heard about this device in web forums: that it produces hum. I had this problem initially, and when I contacted Shure they quickly assisted me in properly configuring my recording software. That solved the problem and I'm very happy with my purchase.
    Date published: 2010-06-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Sound; So-So build I use this every day, and get about a year's life out of it. Then it will abruptly die. I'll soon be on my third X2U. Connections on both ends gradually get loose. Dislike the USB-B connector. But it does provide good sound while it is alive! I'm thinking about trying out a competitor, but worried the audio quality might not be as good. If I switch, I'll do a follow-up review.
    Date published: 2016-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, Useful Controls, Great Sound. We use this for voice over work, foreign language classes, and listening to music. I already had some nice mics and headphones that I use with M-Audio MBoxes for my music and video editing. I bought this Shure USB adapter instead of a new dedicated USB mic for the family Mac Mini. The headphone sound through this is incredible. Also, I didn't realize how useful it would be to have controls for mic gain, headphone volume and monitor/mic mix volume all right there on this solid compact device right near the mic. You can plug (XLR) your mic directly into it or use a short XLR cable to put the controls exactly where you want it on your desk. The phantom power is solid and clean. It is exactly what you need if you do voice over with compact gear or are taking a language class online and you already own a nice voice mic.
    Date published: 2014-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for recording on ANY PC. I ordered the X2u so I could have a portable solotion for voiceover recording, as even small traditional mixers are too bulky for my liking. While originally skeptical of trusting a USB audio device due to previous experiences (poor quality, bad shielding leading to ground-hum, etc.) I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The build quality is top-notch, it's easy to use, and the sound quality is great. Having a phantom power supply built into the unit is a huge plus, as I can connect virtually any professional microphone to any PC and still get the sound quality I demand. The ONLY downside I can think of is that if you're using phantom power, the indicator LED is EXTREMELY bright. That could be a plus for some, as it can almost double as a nightlight if you keep your studio area dark.
    Date published: 2010-01-21
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