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mrjason 12/28/2012

Samson Technologies R11 : mrjason's user review

« Not for music »

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The Samson R11 Dynamic is a vocal microphone that is very inexpensive, and knowing how inexpensive it was is why I took a chance on it. The quality of this microphone is decent, nothing to be excited about though and nothing that I would use for any events. I originally purchased this microphone about 5 years ago and still own it today but do not use it.


I would compare this microphone to some of the lowest level Shure mics , but I would put the Shure mics ahead of this one because this is not used for recording. It is more of a “karaoke” style microphone and if you are going to use it for that purpose than it will work great. Or if you are hosting some type of event or function outside it will sound good. But if you are using it as a vocal microphone for music then you will not like it. The vocal range of a singer is just too much for this microphone to handle.
Though it cannot handle vocal range, it sure can take some drops and spills. I have put this microphone through torture when I first got it and it still worked fine. If you are a DJ and need a cheap microphone than this mic is perfect for you, it has a hyper-cardioid polar pattern and it is pretty good at rejecting feedback.
Outside of public speaking, or karaoke use, this microphone has no practical functions in the music world. The vocal range is poor and you audience will be able to tell if you try to sing with it. I would have to pass on this microphone, plus it is an older microphone that is still being sold because they never stopped manufacturing them. Stay away from it unless you need a karaoke mic to play with.