Summary: Feels like you could drive nails with this; it is well-built and reliable. My computer recognized it immediately with no special drivers. Very pleased with it in conjunction with a Shure WH20XLR mic.
Summary: A wonderful solution to record a quick audio project. I have used it with the following XLR microphones: SM58, 57 & Audio Technica AT2035 large diaphragm; In all instances the sound was very clean. Now because of the ease of use I will no longer be using my computers built mic.
Summary: This USB adapter from Shure has proven to be a very good and useful device. It is very solidly built, works quite well, has many features, and no flaws which I could find. There are very few items I find which deserve 5 stars, and this qualifies hands down.
Summary: For over a year, I have used this adapter extensively for voiceovers with a Rode NT-1 condenser mic in a accoustically-reinforced room. I have been floored at its quality output that virtually free of hiss.
Summary: Pros: * Sturdy. Shure has a well-deserved rep for indestructible stage gear, and so far this feels like it fits well. * Works out of the box with Ubuntu 10.10. Open up sound pref's, configure hardware, it shows up by name. Select "mono input device.
Summary: Length:: 2:28 Mins I do a lot of podcast so this will be a good thing for me to use in the future. I figured out the turning my sound card input gain structure down almost all the way and hitting the preamp as hard as I could gave the best signal to noise ratio.
Summary: I purchased the X2u primarily to use in conjunction with my Shure Beta 58A mic for some voiceover work on my PC. It works like a charm. I am using 64-bit Vista, and I have had no problems at all with hiss. I wonder if this might happen more with condenser microphones, but I have none to test.
Great product if you know the trick under Windows 7
B. Cooley, amazon.com
24 January 2011
Summary: As several have mentioned, this adapter will give high levels of background hiss on some machines. I talked to Shure and they indicate there is a setting fix for some Vista and Win7 machines that involves bringing the internal gain level way down: [...
Summary: I dont understand how many people complain about hiss. I have used this mic for well over a year and have had no problems with hiss. I give this item 4 stars because its obviously not the best preamp you can get, but its well worth the buy.
Summary: The Shure X2U is rugged, sounds great, and it works EXCELLENT for what it is designed for: connecting a microphone to a computer. It's basically an high-quality external sound card. It's also plug-and-play compatible with Ubuntu (Linux).