The MSI GV60 Streaming USB Microphone features four polar patterns, built-in controls, a quality built in aluminum and solid recording quality for $ 129. The budget-friendly USB microphone has a discreet style with its professional all-black matte finish that will dress up the look of any desk. The build quality is excellent, as MSI has created a Streaming Mic that is good for gaming, but without the glaring RGB light effects that make some USB microphones unsuitable for a business meeting.
With four polar pattern options, unique style and solid sound recording quality, the GV60 should earn its place on our best USB microphones side, but will it? Read on to find out if the MSI GV60 can beat Shure MV7 from the top of our list.
MSI GV60 Streaming USB Microphone price and availability
The MSI GV60 Streaming USB Microphone costs $ 129 and is available right now at Amazon (opens in new tab). In comparison, the Shure MV7 will give you almost $ 100. Yes, with the Shure microphone you get the XLR output option, but the GV60’s recording quality almost fits and can better fit your budget.
MSI GV60 Streaming USB Microphone Design
MSI’s GV60 is a matte black all-aluminum behemoth with white writing over each knob, indicating volume, microphone gain volume and polar pattern controls as well as the mute button located at the bottom center of the body.
The knobs are a bit strangely shaped, but work well otherwise. The polar pattern knob has a nice stiffness and fits well within the selected polar pattern. There is an indicator light above the knobs that signals when you are live or muted.
At the very bottom of the microphone you will find a 5/8 threaded mount so you can use the GV60 on a boom arm if you wish. The GV60 also comes with a nearly 10 foot (3 meter) USB cable that provides good length to run the cable clean where you want. Also included with the GV60 is a beautiful pop filter to prevent explosives and reduce the chances of wind noise.
The MV60 measures 10.63 x 4.33 x 4.33 inches and weighs 2.42 pounds while sitting on the stand, which is quite large, which makes it stand out on the desk. It is over a pound heavier than our top USB microphone Shure MV7which comes in at 1.2 pounds and measures 6.1 x 3.6 inches.
MSI GV60 Streaming USB mic sound quality
It’s easy to use MSI GV60, just plug it in and double click on your favorite audio recording software or jump into a Zoom, Google Meetor Skype call. The GV60 has cardioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional and stereo recording patterns, and captures 96kHz / 24 Bit quality sound with 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response. It is quite guaranteed that you will record excellent sound and sound during your video conferencing calls.
I found that I did not need to turn up the gain volume knob much to record excellent sound from up to 2.5 feet away. This is an excellent indication of the microphone’s sensitivity as well as the quality of the building. I recorded a voiceover for my friend’s upcoming animated short film on the MV60, and it really captured all the depth and timbre of my voice. It handled all the small nuances and bending changes very well, and I was impressed with the recording.
Then I took a few Google Meet conversations and other video meetings with MV60 – the results were great. My production client said that the MV60 looked like “Monolith from ‘2001 a Space Odyssey'” by USB microphones. I liked that reference because it has a monolithic feel. Everyone I met reported that my sound quality sounded good, very clear and sharp.
A favorite thing I can do is test if a USB microphone works well with my Android phone or tablet using a USB-C to USB-C cable, which takes plug-and-play to another level. I connected it to one OnePlus Pro 10 and used the Android recording software. I recorded high quality vocals and would feel comfortable recording an interview or podcast with this setup.
The MSI GV60 is a true plug-and-play and is compatible with Mac os, Windows 11and Android devices. Once connected, you are up and running. There are no downloads to worry about, no RGB lighting to finger, and no twenty minute decisions about mood lighting. Honestly, my favorite part is being able to connect the MV60 to my Android phone and record a podcast in seconds.
The bottom line
For $ 129, the MSI GV60 provides a relatively affordable microphone solution that will record pro-level audio, including instruments and multiple individuals for a podcast. Apart from the strangely shaped control knobs, the build quality is good and easily fits on the list of best USB microphones. However, it is, as our famous editor-in-chief would say, “A Big Betty” – but thanks to its understated styling and oppressive black matte finish, the MV60 will add to your desktop.