Performance

The nice thing about the GV60 no software design, getting things set up was as simple as plugging in the USB cable. Windows 10 picked the microphone up right away. If anything you may want to double-check your sound devices because it will also set your speaker output to the microphone jack on the bottom of the GV60. You just need to make room for the microphone on your desk or set it up using a microphone boom which is what I would always suggest. The desktop design on any desktop microphone does mean that it can sometimes pick up vibrations through your desk. A nice boom that isolates the microphone will help with that and also keep the tall microphone from sitting in front of your monitors. Especially if you are like me and have monitors from end to end on your desk.

So for testing, I only needed to check out one area and that is how the microphone sounds. For this, I put it through our normal test which compares it against a mix of microphones. I was able to compare it against a few desktop microphones and then other types like mod-mics, built into headsets, even a webcam microphone for comparison. Each test has me talking then testing typing on a mechanical keyboard and using my mouse. For the GV60 I did this using all four of the microphone settings as well. The mic volume was set to 50% which is lower than I normally have it set too and you will notice that even then it was loud. I can’t imagine using it with it cranked much higher than that when it was similar in noise level to everything else that was normally set to full volume.

The big takeaway for me in all four of the tests was just how much the microphone did pick up the bass from typing on the keyboard. Like I said, this isn’t exclusive to the GV60. You can hear it on other desktop microphones except for the Wave 1 which was tested with their boom stand. But the audio quality is solid. The sensitivity was high enough that it was picking up my fridge being a little loud in the next room over. My voice is a little deeper than compared with some of the other microphones which is because of the extra frequency range the GV60 has in the low frequencies. Overall I would stick with the cardioid layout for standard use as that is going to cut back on more background noise. The stereo option is nice if you need that stereo effect for ASMR recording or recording storytelling. But for most situations, one of the three mono settings will be better. The Bidirectional mode is only good for interviews with the microphone between two people and omnidirectional is best if you intentionally want it to pick up background noise. Without a better insulated stand, I would recommend using something like Nvidia’s Broadcast that will use AI to cut down on any background noise you might have.

 

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