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Peavey PVi 100 Dynamic Microphone Review—Best Cheap Microphone?

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The Peavey PVi 100 Cardioid Dynamic microphone is designed for those who want to record audio at a good quality but aren't prepared to pay a huge amount of money. This microphone can be bought for only £25/$40 from many online retailers, so it is well into the crowded budget end of the market, is that where its performance belongs, or does it punch above its weight and be the best cheap microphone?

Peavey PVi 100 Specifications

  • Dynamic Microphone (Thus no battery needed)
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Body Material: Die Cast Zinc
  • Switches: 1 x on/off switch
  • Weight: 217grams
  • Microphone Length: 18cm/ 7inches
The microphone and all of the included accessories.

The microphone and all of the included accessories.

What Comes in the Box?

  • Peavey PVi 100 Microphone
  • Microphone Clip (For microphone stands)
  • Clip adapter (To fit different microphone stands)
  • 6m XLR- XLR or 6m XLR-1/4" cable (Depending on the pack you order)
  • Peavey branded carry bag

Build Quality and Feel

The microphone feels very solid to hold; the microphone's body is a solid piece of metal with a small hole milled out of the on and off switch. The head is made of thick gauge wire and feels very solid; it also unscrews if you need to replace it or access the magnets. There is no worry about breaking the pins for the XLR output as these are recessed into the base of the microphone surrounded by the solid body. If you drop this microphone, you are more at risk of damaging the floor; it is more than suitable for live stage use.

The accessories that come with the microphone, however, are not such good quality. The clip is reasonable; however, the cable feels very cheap, and the adapter is plastic and feels like the thread would strip very easily. Still, for the price point, it is nice that they are included.

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The microphone feels very nice. The solid body does mean that the microphone has weight in your hand; it certainly doesn't feel like very cheap microphones do; it feels identical to more expensive equipment. It also has a good balance in your hand, not feeling too top or bottom-heavy.

Sound Quality

Sound quality is the all-important factor in deciding whether a microphone is worth buying or not; however nice it may look and feel, if the sound is awful, then it isn't worth buying. The Peavey PVi 100, however, doesn't sound awful. It is not studio quality, and the recording seems to lack depth; however, if you want to use it for general recording in your house, it is more than adequate.

The microphone does give out quite a lot of background noise which in a live situation may be a problem depending on your genre of music. However, after recording, the noise can easily be edited out.

The best way to show sound quality is a recording. Thus, I have recorded one bellow of me singing. This is a straight recording from the microphone into Audacity (free editing software I highly recommend) just using the noise removal tool and then output into mp3 format.

Overall Peavey PVi 100 Microphone Review

If you are looking for a microphone to do basic recording at home or live events and don't need amazing quality or want to make a huge investment, I would recommend this microphone. It is well built, and the recordings are far better sound quality than with anything you will get from a phone or compact video camera, and it only costs £25/$40, and I doubt that you can get a better microphone for any cheaper.

I hope you found this review helpful!

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