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Fifine Ampligame A6T – Bjorn3D.com

Fifine Ampligame A6T – Bjorn3D.com

Introduction

Like a webcam, the USB microphone has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives. Professional musicians go for the most expensive model that can capture the truth of their audio creation, but not everyone needs an expensive microphone. Such an expensive microphone would be overkill for most of us. However, investing in a good budget microphone is just as important as a good webcam in the virtual world we live in that is full of Zoom calls and virtual meetings. Not to mention that for content creators, streamers, or podcasters, a better sound quality definitely enhances the quality of their work.

FIFINE is a relative newcomer to the audio industry. However, the company has been in business since 2009. According to the company's website, “FIFINE is not just a brand to sell microphones and make a profit.” They use “advanced technology to produce the best and user-friendly audio equipment.”

The company currently sells products on Amazon and Walmart and directly on the company's website. Take a look at the company's website and you can clearly see that FINFINE products are affordable. The question one would ask is, will it be worth it despite its cheap price? Or is it cheap and junk? Let's find out as we take a look at the company's $50 APLIGAME A6T.

A closer look

The FIFINE AMPLIAME A6T is a USB microphone aimed at gamers and streamers. Two versions are available. The A6 comes with a desktop tripod while the A6T Boom is bundled with an ARM stand. Both models are available in four different colors: white, pink, blue and black. We received the black A6T.

The A6T's packaging is excellent as we see a cutout foam to protect each piece of hardware.

Inside, we have:

  • A6T microphone
  • A pop filter
  • A boom arm
  • A C-clamp
  • A USB cable
  • User Guide

Pretty standard fare here.

The cylindrical shaped A6T is quite compact at 89mm tall and 50.8 inches in diameter. The body is made of plastic with a metal grill on the front and back of the mic. Despite the plastic case, the A6T feels sturdy and well-built. A separate pop filter made of metal with a smiley face is included to help eliminate explosives and also prevent saliva spraying onto the microphone.

The top of the microphone is where we find the easy tap button to mute. The button is responsive to light touch. At the bottom is a knob for volume control. It's a handy tool for gamers who need to quickly adjust volume levels in the middle of a campaign as opposed to using a keyboard or mouse.

The back of the A6T is where we find the USB-C port that lets you connect the microphone to your system with the included 8-foot USB-C to USB-A cable. Having a USB-C port is great because it allows you to use your own cable if your system only has a USB-C port. If you choose to do so, it will also allow you to connect to a mobile device where you can use the microphone to record audio for better sound. Despite the fact that the official website states that the A6T is compatible with PCs, laptops, and game consoles (PS4 and PS5), I had no problem using it with our Galaxy S22 Ultra.

No gaming peripherals would be complete without some sort of RGB lights and the A6T has you covered. In operation, the microphone cycles through four RGB patterns. Colors and effects aren't overpowering or bright on the A6T, which is probably good news for those who prefer a more subdued RGB effect. Especially since the RGB effect isn't customizable so you can't choose which pattern to use or the intensity of the light. If you're not a fan of RGBs, there's no option to turn it off either. It would be nice if the microphone offered some customization like color option or effects just so you can get your personal touch. We make the RGB lights double as microphone on/off indicators so when you tap the mute button the light turns off, giving us a visual queue. Although, I'd like to see if the visual queue applies to knob adjustments as well.

Like most USB-C microphones, the A6T is a condenser mic with a cardioid pattern. This means that the 16mm capsule best captures sound from the front and rejects sound from behind the microphone. For gamers and streamers, this will help reduce keyboard and mouse noise as well as ambient noise. The internal hardware is capable of recording audio at a 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample rate. This is one area where the A6T falls behind more expensive units that are capable of recording 24-bit audio. Still, for the microphone's purpose and price, a 16-bit audio sample should be sufficient. The microphone has a frequency response range of 60 Hz to 18 kHz. Although the number may seem lower than 20 Hz~20 kHz for sound recording, it should really be enough for most streamers and gamers. Unless you're a professional artist who demands sonic fidelity, you'll probably want to spend hundreds of dollars on more professional equipment.

Installation

Installation of the A6T is a simple process, thanks to the fact that the microphone is already mounted on the shock mount. You simply secure the C-clamp to the desk and attach the boom arm. Then screw the other end into the microphone and connect the pop filter and USB cable and you're good to go. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes. I found that you would want to use a clamp with this table that has straight corners since it has an ash grass table with a rounded top edge. The rubber padding on the clamp is a nice touch as it prevents any damage to the table. However, on my unit, the tape already slides off the pad a bit. It appears that the glue used is not strong enough to hold the anti-slip padding in place. Nevertheless, it still holds the arm in place. We contacted Fifine and were immediately offered a replacement ARM and so far the replacement ARM works much better. Although, only time will tell if this will hold.

There is plenty of adjustment for the arm. The base of the boom arm has 360 degree rotation. The arm can be extended up to about 76 cm and the scissor arm can bend up to 270 degrees. The microphone stand can be adjusted 360 degrees with a knob. The arm is quite stiff although overtime it can loosen a bit. And we're happy to report that the exposed spring doesn't creak or squeal when we adjust the arm. Unfortunately there is no cable management but that is somewhat expected.

performance

Considering the price, the A6T does sound pretty good. The A6T isn't very sensitive at picking up sound that's too far from the microphone which means I have to talk close to the microphone to make sure it picks up the full volume of the sound. On the other hand, it also means that less ambient noise is captured. Unfortunately, I found that the microphone still picked up a good amount of keyboard noise. I'm using a mechanical keyboard that sits about 15cm below and about 5cm behind the microphone and the microphone still clicks and claps as I type.

The audio I captured felt warm and deep and pleasant. The sound sounded clear and crisp. It sounded fuller in the bass and a bit lighter in the high notes. A pop filter works well to minimize explosives.

Result

There are many budget microphones on the market. The Fifine A6T certainly offers plenty of features in such a tight market. Included RGB, tap to mute, and gain control are all nice features. Build quality is solid although it doesn't feel premium, it's not cheap or flimsy thanks to the metal mesh. Sound quality is good although you have to speak a little closer to the microphone. And for gamers who use loud mechanical keyboards, it still makes a bit of a clicky-clicky noise when you're hitting the keys. Additionally, I found the boom arm to be a little weak in its grip over time so it needs to be tightened once in a while and the C-clamp grip tape has started to slip off the base.

While it's not perfect, the Fifine Ampligame A6T is definitely a good option for gamers and streamers looking for a budget microphone that can deliver decent audio quality with a bit of RGB flare.

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