Found at the bottom of the microphone body, the integrated RGB lighting of the AM8 offers multiple lighting effects. You can cycle between solid colors as well as a few rainbow effects, as well as disabling the lighting altogether. All of this is controlled via the on-board lighting button, so don’t expect to do anything crazy with custom lighting via software – that just isn’t an option with this microphone. Of note is the requirement of USB connectivity for the lighting to function, as the LEDs do require USB power. So if you want to use this microphone and its XLR connection, you will also have to utilize the USB port to provide power for lighting, should you want to use that function. Below are a few images of the AmpliGame AM8 lit up.
Having used FIFINE products previously in my day job, I had some familiarity with the brand, though not much of a formed opinion. That opinion is more formed now, and overall the AmpliGame AM8 microphone has left me wanting for more with regards to audio quality. The single polar pattern design of the AM8 relegates it to best being used for podcasting, streaming, and other single-target recording needs. That being said, that isn’t a downside by any means, it just means you need to be cognizant of that fact when considering this microphone. Easy to use dial and touch-sensitive interfaces are present for making adjustments to microphone gain, in-line audio monitoring, lighting, and mute functionality. I would have loved to see all of the control surfaces be on one side of the microphone body however, as it can be difficult to adjust things when the microphone isn’t able to swing through the mounting solution when in use. Multiple mounting options in the stand are nice for use with 3rd party arms or stands.
Like always, a dedicated microphone is going to be leaps and bounds better than an integrated webcam or laptop microphone. While the build quality is fine, it definitely didn’t leave me in awe. I would have liked to see a more robust feeling microphone instead of something so lightweight. Maybe that is just a perceived impression related to quality, as the actual sound recorded by the AM8 was pretty good.
If you’re getting started with audio recording needs I think the FIFINE AmpliGame AM8 could be a good option for you, especially if you want a microphone that can grow with you. The USB and XLR connections offer a path to move forward to more advanced audio interfaces, while the simple design and controls keep the complexity in check. And if you’ve got to have those gamer RGBs, it has those too. Check out the FIFINE AmpliGame AM8 over on our favorite online store for just $46.74 at the time of writing – a great price for a dedicated microphone. The FIFINE AmpliGame AM8 earns a 7 out of 10.
- Dual Connectivity Options – USB Type-C & XLR
- Integrated Pop Filter
- Great Price
- In-Line Monitoring
- Built-in Microphone Arm Threading
- Basic RGB Lighting
- Generic Build Quality
- Can’t Swivel Microphone In Stand When Connected