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Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review: Complete Mic Setup For $42 (Compared)

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Today, we see hundreds of Chinese manufacturers making affordable microphones that rivals the $300+ microphones. The companies include Fifine, MPOW, Maono, and so on. Among these companies, I stumbled upon a company known as ‘TONOR’ which claims that it provides the best microphones for the value. Their TONOR TC-777 USB Microphone is one of the famous cheap microphones selling on Amazon with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 and 2,008 reviews at the time of writing this review. So what’s the catch here? Is it really good for someone new to condenser microphones? Let’s find out in this TONOR TC-777 microphone review:

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Super Affordable Microphone But At The Cost of Volume

About Tonor Company

Before starting the real TONOR TC-77 Microphone review, let’s know about the company which offers it.

About TONOR Company (Details)

Tonor company logo

Company name TONOR
Origin US
Company-level Start-up
Establish date 2019
CEO / Founder ???
Official Website Tonor
Official Facebook Page TonorUS
Products Microphones including:

  • TC-777
  • G11
  • Q9
  • TC-2030

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Specification Sheet (Specs)

Model TC-777
Microphone Type Condensor
Connection Type USB 2.0 (Plug and Play)

Length: 1.5m

Operating voltage: 5V DC

Non-removable

Volume Control Knob No
Pick up (Polar) Pattern Cardioid (Crisp and Bright voice)
Sampling Rate 44.1KHz/16Bit
Frequency Response 100Hz-16KHz
Sensitivity -38dB±3dB
Output Impedance 680Ω
Max.SPL 110db(at 1khz≤1%THD)
S/N Ratio 56dB
Dimensions 15cm x 4.5cm
Weight 12.2 ounces (345.9 grams)
Accessories Foldable Tripod (max height 23 cm),  Mini Shock Mount, Pop Filter, Wind Filter, Service Card (2 years warranty), User Guide (Manual)
Price $39.99 (official website), $41.99 (on Amazon)

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – The Unboxing

Starting the Tonor TC-777 Microphone review with the unboxing, the microphone comes in a black box. It’s smaller than I expected since we have many accessories inside it. I wonder how TONOR managed to fit everything in there. Well, everything will be clear after the unboxing is done.

Opening the top lid we have the user guide and the pop filter at the top. One should notice that the pop filter is almost 2x the size of the standard pop-up. I have a Mic extension arm which came with the double layer pop up the filter and compared to that, it’s small. Anyways, the pop-up filter does cover the entire grill of the microphone so no complaints.

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - filter

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The best part about the unboxing of this microphone was that the TONOR TC-777 comes with 80% of the accessories attached. These include the tripod stand and the pop filter connector. You just have to attach the filter and extend the tripod legs.

There’s the wind filter (foam filter) which also comes with TC-777. It’s a bit deformed, but will automatically return to its normal shape. The tripod with the mic attached has a height of 23cm which is a bit low. In comparison to the stand I have on Fifine K670, it still has more height. If you have a desk with low height as I have, you have to get a bit down to use it or use some books to increase the height or even buy a microphone arm for it.

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - design

Tip: For the best recording, your mouth needs to be at the same level as the microphone. And that’s a MUST when it comes to condenser microphones.
TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - Accessories
The most accessories which come with this microphone

In short, I have previously unboxed Blue Snowball, Fifine K670, and BM-800, however, the accessories provided by TONOR TC-777 are the most. One doesn’t need any extra accessory which costs around $10 (I have ordered these in the past) as everything is literally in that small box. This reflects how generous the manufacturer is.

It’s too rare to see generousity from manufacturers, however, TONOR is exception

  • If you don’t have any extra accessories of microphones (pop-up filter, foam filter), I suggest you start with this microphone.
  • The additional accessories can cost you $10, so you are saving $10 with this microphone

  • The stand is a bit low in height, but some hacks will solve this.

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Design & Appearance

Moving to the design and appearance part of this TONOR TC-777 Microphone review, this is a Condensor Microphone. This means that it has the Cardioid polar pattern with Crisp and Bright voice as the highlights. If you haven’t heard about it, then know this that it can only catch sound from the front only and cancels sound from the sides and the back.

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - featured

In terms of build quality, the TONOR TC-777 microphone is made of metal. The grill mesh is of metal. I like the design of the microphone which is somewhat unique (not as unique as Blue Snowball). It’s a bit square-shaped instead of the traditional circular ones. However, it doesn’t give a look at expensive microphones which is fine for the price it is being sold. My Fifine K670 has a better premium feel than this microphone, however, the price is almost 2x as well.

Other visible things are the TONOR logo and the matte steel blue color.

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The only downside I see is the non-detachable cable of the TONOR TC-777 microphone which is almost 1.5 meters long. Since it’s non-removable, we are limited to the default cable length. If anything happens to the cable, you might have to replace the whole microphone. Though, the cable is durable and thick. If you want to extend the cable, you might need a USB cable extender.

Condenser vs Dynamic Microphone - Which One To Select?

Condenser vs Dynamic Microphone – Which One To Select?

Condenser and Dynamic micrphone are opposite to each other. The former just capture voice from the front, while the latter captures voice from all directions.

Select Condenser microphone if:

  1. You don’t want background noise or other sound sources getting picked by microphone
  2. You are looking for a microphone for podcasting, gaming or conference

Select Dynamic microphone if:

  1. You want to record multiple audio sources (other people voices, group karaoke)
  2. You are looking for a microphone for singing and instrumental recording

  • The design is somewhat unique

  • The cable is non-removable and the length may be limited for some

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Connectivity

Heading further in this Tonor TC-777 Microphone review, the mic can be connected to PC, laptops, or notebooks via the MicroUSB port. It has a MicroUSB 2.0 interface which is plug and play. This means, that one doesn’t need to install the drivers for the microphone manually. The TC-777 microphone works on the default Windows or Mac microphone driver. Just attach the cable and the microphone will start working.

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This is recommended for beginners. However, you do need to set some settings of the microphone such as the microphone volume gain and boost.

Note: Increasing boost and volume will slightly increase the background noise as well. Make sure that you are sitting in a quiet place.

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Sound Recording Quality

Moving the real part of the TONOR TC-777 microphone review, which is the sound quality.

So, how good the Tonor TC-777 microphone sound? Does it beat the Blue Snowball? I’ll answer all this in this section.

First, let’s talk about the background noise, Tonor TC-777 as a condenser microphone does a fairly good job in eliminating the background noise or not picking up extra noises I should say. The background noise is fairly low than the Blue Snowball. However, it does slightly pick the sound of keys while typing. Gamers need to know this.

However, I noted that the volume coming from this microphone is the lowest I have ever tested. I do see that most people complain about tonor tc-777 low volume issues. Even I experienced it at the start, however, the microphone recording gets better when you set it at 90% of volume from Windows Sound Settings. Low volume one of the greatest disadvantages of this microphone. I’m currently using Fifine K670, and setting the gain at only 20% generates the same volume as on Tonor TC-777 when setting at 90%.

I have also noted how the background noise increases as well with the increase in volume. It’s the problem in almost every microphone under $50. I suggest you follow tips provided by music radar. This helped me when I was a beginner.

As for the sound sampling, it supports only the CD level 16-bit 44.1 KHz. So, do set the sampling to the CD level to avoid any problems, in microphone settings>>>Advanced.

  • Clarity: 7 out of 10
  • Volume: 3 out of 10
  • P’s and S’s Pronunciation: 6 out of 10
  • Brightness: 6 out of 10
  • Crispness: 8 out of 10
  • Background noise: 6 out of 10
  • Instrumental recording: 4 out of 10

Overall sound recording rating: 6 out of 10

You might think that the 6/10 rating is pretty bad. No, it isn’t. For a microphone under $50, it’s perfectly fine. Remember, there’s no microphone which can score a perfect 10. Every microphone is specialized for a specific thing. As for a microphone used for gaming, podcast, and meetings, this microphone is recommended as long as your budget is under $45. Above that, there are better alternatives like Fifine K669, K690, Shure SM58, and more.

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  • The sound is crispy
  • Less background noise is heard

  • Poor instrumental recording
  • The lowest volume on a microphone I have tested

Tonor TC-777 Comparisons With Other Microphones

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Vs Blue SnowBall

Points for Tonor TC-777:

  • Has better background noise reduction
  • Has better crispness
  • Better, holdable design
  • More accessories
  • Cheaper

Points for Blue Snowball:

  • Has much clearer voice
  • Has much brighter voice
  • Better volume
  • Unique design
  • Better in instrumental recording

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Vs Fifine K669 and K670

K669 and K690 don’t have that much sound difference (a slight difference in crispiness).

Points for Tonor TC-777:

  • Cheaper
  • More accessories
  • Better background noise reduction

Points for Fifine K669 ($45) and K670 ($64):

  • Clearer voice
  • Brighter voice
  • Crispier voice
  • Best pronunciation of P’s and S’s under $100 (in K670)

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Vs Blue Yeti

Points for Tonor TC-777:

  • Cheaper
  • More accessories

Points for Blue Yeti:

  • Clearer voice
  • One of the brightness voice
  • Crispier voice
  • High Volume
  • Incredible background noise reduction

Step-by-Step Guide To Solve TONOR TC-777 Low Volume Sound Issue

If you are on Windows 10, here’s a step-by-step guide to change/increase Tonor TC-777 Microphone volume and fix the low volume issue:

Step 1: Right-clicking the sound icon on the bottom left of your screen. Then select ‘open sound settings’.

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - low volume issue guide

Step 2: When the new window opens, click on the Sound Control Panel (on the right side under related settings).

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - low volume issue guide step 2

Step 3: Now go to the ‘Recording‘ tab of the newly opened window. Right-click on the Microphone icon and go to ‘Properties

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - low volume issue guide step 3

Step 4: A new window will open. Go to the ‘levels‘ Tab to set the volume and boost. I would suggest the volume to set at least 90% to avoid Tonor TC-777 low volume problem. The boost can be set to 5dB or even more if you want to use the microphone from more distance. For me, who speaks from a distance of not more than 4 to 5 inches, 5dB is fine. Moreover, make sure that your microphone settings in programs, games are also set to 100% volume.

TONOR TC-777 Microphone review - low volume issue guide step 4

Additional tip: If you are using mic headphones, you can check the ‘Listen to this device’ in the Listen tab. Disable the headset microphone as well, to avoid using headset microphone from the sound>>>recording.

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Here’s are some worthy manuals and guides on YouTube to help you guide further:

Our Verdict

Ending this Tonor TC-777 microphone review, this budget microphone does a damn good job in the mentioned tasks (meetings, conference, podcast, and gaming). The sound recording is average but incredible for the price it is offered at. The volume is low which might disappoint us but the background noise reduction neutralize it. Most importantly are the amount of accessories TC-777 comes with (the most I have ever seen with a microphone). Another good alternative could be Fifine K670.

TONOR TC-777 is the perfect option for the beginners as their first microphone under $45. 80% setup inside the box. Moreover, one will be saving a few bucks on the additional accessories as well.

Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review – Price & Availability

If you are interested, you can grab the Tonor TC-777 microphone on Amazon for a price of $41.99. Here’s the link to the store:

You can also grab the microphone from TONOR official website. Click the button below to see the official website store:

Q/A Section

What's the Sound of Tonor TC-777 Microphone?

The sound of tonor TC-777 is average but incredible for the price it is offered at. It's crispy and bright with low background noise as it should be from a condenser microphone.

Is Tonor TC-777 Microphone Better Than Blue Snowball?

Yes and no. In terms of background noise reduction, Tonor TC-777 does a better job than Blue Snowball. However, in terms of brightness and clarity, Blue Snowball is better.

Is Tonor TC-777 Microphone Better Than Fifine K669?

Tonor TC-777 does provide more accessories, is a few bucks cheaper, and has better background noise reduction. Fifine K669 has better clarity, a brighter voice, and more crispness.

How to Fix Tonor TC-777 Microphone Low Volume Problem?

The low volume problem of Tonor TC-777 microphone can be solved by increasing the microphone volume all the way to 90% and increasing the boost of the microphone. All can be done from sound settings>>>Sound Control Panel>>>Recording>>>Microphone Properties>>>Levels

Is Tonor TC-777 Microphone Better Than Blue Yeti?

No, the Tonor TC-777 isn't better than Blue Yeti. It does provide more accessories and than Yeti and is way cheaper.

I hope you loved this Tonor TC-777 Microphone review. Want to know anything? Let us know in the comments. You can also show your rating as well.

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Tonor TC-777 Microphone Review: Complete Mic Setup For $42 (Compared)
Summary
Tonor TC-777 is the best option for the starters looking for easy and quick mic setup straight from the box and want to save a few bucks on the accessories.
Design & Apperance
7
Connectivity
7.5
Sound Quality
6
Durability
6.5
Price
10
Price/Performance ratio
9
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
Pros
Almost every accessory already included
Comes already installed out of the box
Good background noise reduction
Incredible price
Cons
Low volume
Cable is not detachable and only 1.5m
Not for instrumental recording
7.7
Total Rating
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