Today, we’re going to be reviewing the TONOR TC-777 microphone, an entry-level USB condenser mic that looks and sounds like a much more expensive product.
We’ll cut straight to the chase: the TC-777 is a fantastic microphone choice at this price point. The sound performance is much better than we expected to see in a sub-$50 mic, the build quality is good, and the plug-and-play design makes it a great choice for beginner podcasters, streamers, gamers and anyone else who just wants something that’s easy to use and gets the job done.
We tested it out for ourselves for a week and compiled this in-depth review to tell you all you need to know before you buy it. Read on and we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details.
Overview of the TONOR TC-777
The TONOR TC-777 is a small to mid-size condenser microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern and USB connection. The cardioid pickup pattern means it only picks up sound from directly in front while dampening sound from the side and back.
It’s comparable to the Blue Yeti, another super-popular USB mic, in terms of performance and ease of use, but with a much lower price point.
As it’s a USB mic, it doesn’t require any phantom power, which makes it a great choice for Skype, gaming, and streaming. You can just plug it into the USB port of your laptop/PC and you’re ready to start recording straight away.
Ease of Use
The TC-777 is a true plug-and-play mic. It comes with everything you need right out of the box, including:
- Power cord
- Tripod desk stand
- Shock mount
- Nylon pop filter
- Foam windscreen
- Service card
The pop-filter is an essential accessory that’ll make a big difference but the foam windscreen is kind of redundant. You probably won’t need to use it unless you’re recording outside for some reason or you have a fan blowing toward your mic.
Everything comes pre-assembled; all you have to do is fold out the legs on the stand, pop it on your desk, adjust the pop-filter, and plug it into your computer’s USB port. Your computer should automatically install the required drivers and then you’re ready to go.
The cable is around 5-feet long, which should leave plenty of slack if you’re using the mic while sitting at your desk.
The mic itself has a simple design with no adjustable settings, so you don’t have to worry about tweaking the audio.
While the simplicity of the design is part of the appeal, there are a few features I would have nonetheless liked to see. For example, there’s no physical mute button on the TC-777, which I think would have been a nice touch. A physical mute button comes in handy when you’re live streaming or gaming and need to quickly cut off the audio – but I’m nitpicking here.
Design & Build Quality
The TONOR TC-777 looks professional enough. It comes in one color: a kind of metallic-looking, cobalt blue that I personally really like. The shape is a little different than is usual in condenser mics; it’s more squared-off with less rounded edges. The microphone’s made of plastic with a metal grille over the face.
It’s quite small and easily fits on most desks. The mic’s mounted to a solid metal stand (which is much more durable than plastic stands often seen in this price range) using ⅝ mounting thread. If you want to mount it to an external arm instead, you can do so by detaching it and reattaching it using an adapter.
The stand itself is shock-resistant and has a full 180-degree range of motion, with rubber ball-shaped feet on each leg that help to stop it from sliding around while also limiting any surface noise caused by vibrations in your desk from getting to the mic. The mic slides through rubber cables that further help to eliminate surface noise.
The pop-filter is built into the shock-resistant stand. It’s a little small but covers the mic face well. One minor issue that I noticed is that the flexible gooseneck attached to the pop-filter seemed to lose some of its strength and go a little limp after a week or so of use. This was more of a minor annoyance than anything else – it didn’t hang so much as to make it impractical to use.
Moving on to the most important part – the sound performance. I’ve got to be honest: I was really pleasantly surprised here. The TC-777 sounded much better than I was expecting
The overall tone and clarity of the TC-777 is pretty amazing considering the price. I did a side-by-side comparison with my in-built laptop mic and, as you’d expect, it dramatically improved the sound quality. The audio came out crisp and clear with no muddiness at the low end.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to comparing it with other popular USB mics like the Blue Yeti but I imagine it would be very similar.
There were a few missing frequencies at the mid-low range but nothing that noticeable. With some audio enhancements in post to help level things out, it’s tough to tell this apart from much more expensive mics.
Noise-canceling and audio isolation are also definitely above average. I didn’t notice any mic rattle and very little distortion when recording at the optimal recording range.
You’ll want to position yourself so your mouth is around 20 inches or 50 cm away from the mic for optimal recording quality. If you get too close, plosives like P’s, T’s, and S’s can start to distort, but the pop filter helps to minimize this.
One quick note: if you’re using this for streaming: it does pick up quite a lot of noise from mechanical keyboards, so if you’re heavy-handed, your viewers are probably going to be able to hear you mashing the keys.
Overall, the sound performance is fantastic considering the price. It’s definitely not professional, studio-quality, so don’t plan on recording vocals for your next album on this thing, but it’s a huge step-up from in-built camera or laptop mics.
Value for Money
At the time of writing, the TC-777 is available for just $41.99, which really is great value for money. It’s less than half the price of the Blue Snowball and still has comparable performance. Despite being so cheap, TONOR doesn’t seem to have cut any corners. The mic and accessories are well-built and durable.
Plus, the set comes with accessories like a stand, shock mount, and pop filter, which all add value. If you were to buy all these separately, it’d probably cost you at least $20 alone.
That concludes this TONOR TC-777 review.
Overall, we really liked the TONOR TC-777 and feel it’s one of the best entry-level mics available at this price point. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to win any awards – and it certainly isn’t suitable for professional recording artists. However, if you’re in the market for a basic, affordable, USB mic to do some live streaming or record voiceovers, it’ll get the job done without breaking the bank.
Check the price on Amazon if you are interested in buying it.
I’d absolutely recommend it if you’re planning on starting a podcast or YouTube channel and you don’t want to invest too much in audio equipment right off the bat.