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The Jlab Talk Go is a tiny improvement on your gaming headset's microphone

The American Jlab Audio focuses on the budget market. They offer a wide range of audio products, from in-ear earplugs to noise-canceling headsets, all for a budget price.
The Jlab Talk Go is the cheapest USB microphone from the Jlab range : you can get it for less than 70 euros. For that money you get the microphone itself, of course, but also a usb-c to -a cable and a small, three-legged desktop stand with rubber feet.
Build quality

Like the Jlab Play, the Talk Go also features blue accents. Behind the plastic grille you will find a blue windscreen and the aforementioned rubber feet are also colored blue. The three-legged stand is also completely made of metal and therefore feels quite sturdy and confidence-inspiring. The same does not apply to the microphone. The plastic grille that protects the membranes looks fairly sturdy, but gives a little when you push on it. Although most of the housing – except for the grille – is made of metal, the Jlab Talk Go is unbelievably light. Of course that doesn’t say anything directly about the sound of this microphone, but it does raise some doubts about the lifespan of the Talk Go.

On the bottom of the microphone has the necessary buttons. As mentioned, the microphone has multiple membranes and that ensures that you can switch between two different directional characteristics. You do this with the button in the center of the bottom of the Talk Go: if you press it for a long time, you switch between an omnidirectional and cardioid characteristic. Press it briefly to mute the signal.

In practice

Next the multi-function mute button, there is also a volume wheel and a headphone output on the bottom of the microphone. Direct monitoring is available via this headphone output. The manual and online tutorial videos tell you that the volume wheel can adjust the volume level of the direct monitoring. In practice this does not appear to be the case; the volume wheel only controls the overall output level.

That means there is no way to lower your own voice. Aside from the odd fact that the manual and how-to videos state otherwise, it’s pretty impractical. Once you’ve plugged in the Jlab and plugged in your headphones, you can’t listen to music without hearing amplified ambient noise through it all the time. Unless you completely disable direct monitoring by selecting a different source for your input and output, of course, but that is not the best solution in every situation. It is quite a damper on the user-friendliness.As far as the user experience is concerned, there is nothing directly wrong with the Talk Go, but it is noticeable that nothing comes naturally. Not only do you have to change settings manually to disable the direct monitoring, even if you connect the microphone, it is not automatically recognized as an input or output device.

The sound

The sound of the microphone is at the level you can expect for this price. In cardioid mode, the Talk Go is incredibly sensitive to low-frequency information. Unsurprisingly, the plastic grille dampens virtually nothing in air pressure differences. The internal windscreen also seems to do nothing for p and b sounds. This ensures that voices not only sound somewhat nasal, but that you also get a big bang in your ears with consonants.

Do you want less ambient noise? your voice recording and if you therefore move a little closer to the microphone, you will notice that distortion occurs quickly. Even if you digitally turn the gain almost all the way down, you occasionally have to be careful not to include a distortion effect. In omnidirectional mode, the Jlab Talk Go seems a lot less sensitive to this, but then again it lacks the necessary definition in the sound.

For 70 euros you are effectively purchasing a small improvement compared to the internal microphone of your laptop or cheap game headset In conclusion

The Jlab Talk Go is a simple USB microphone with problems to be expected from a microphone of this price. For 70 euros you effectively purchase a small improvement compared to the internal microphone of your laptop or cheap game headset; that is simply not worth the money. You will not make a real podcast with the Talk Go. It is also a great loss for gaming that the direct monitoring is not adjustable in volume. You’d better save up.
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