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. The zippered case is a nice touch as well.
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. It feels heavy and solid in one's hands, connects with a mic via an XLR connector, and uses a USB cable to connect to a computer.
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. I also love the fact that no drivers need to be installed in Windows (XP & 7)--as this adapter uses Windows' existing audio driver. The headphone jack is a nice feature for monitoring, as well as the ability to turn phantom power on and off.
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." Fire up Audacity or whatever, and you're good to go. * So far, low noise. * Mic jack on the X2u is handy. Cons: * The naugahide bag is close to useless.
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. Recordings on my PC were crystal clear, however, with perfect reproduction.
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. The phantom power this unit supplies is plenty powerful for condenser mics. I tested this preamp and compared to a presonus firebox, the sound reproduction of this is almost identical.
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). If you use a $1000 microphone for studio quality recording, get something with more dynamic range. It's not professional quality, but it's close. EDIT: If you're getting a lot of static, replace the USB cable!