FIFINE K688 XLR/USB Podcast Dynamic Microphone Review


In the world of digital content creation and podcasts, audio quality can make or break the success of a project. Having a decent microphone is key to good quality content. Welcome to the FIFINE K688 XLR/USB Podcast Dynamic Microphone, a microphone that will transform your podcasts, streaming and any other recordings. It promises to deliver studio-quality sound without breaking the bank.

The K688 microphone is not just any microphone; it’s a versatile powerhouse that offers both XLR and USB outputs, making it a perfect fit for both beginners and seasoned podcasters. The inclusion of a mute button and zero-latency monitoring adds to its appeal, providing podcasters with the control they need during live sessions.

In the box:

  • K688 Microphone with Shock Mount
  • 2.5m (8.2ft) USB-C to USB-C Cable
  • 5/8” to 3/8” Female Adapter
  • User Manual

NOTE: This microphone does not come with its own stand – you will require a stand or a boom arm.

Out of the box, the FIFINE K688 microphone boasts a sleek, professional design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The metal body is mounted within a shock mount, while the semi-matte finish adds a touch of elegance to any setup. The inclusion of a touch-sensitive mute button and volume knobs for fine-tuning input and output levels demonstrates FIFINE’s attention to detail and commitment to user experience.


  • Type:  Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Output Connection: USB type-C (mic end) to type-A 2.0 (computer end)/XLR
  • USB Power Consumption: Voltage: 5±0.25 V | Current: 86 mA
  • Bit Depth/Sample Rate: 16-bit/44.1k-48k Hz
  • Frequency Response: 70-15k Hz
  • S/N Ratio: >75 dB
  • Max. SPL: 130 dB
  • Sensitivity: -58±3dB
  • Adjustable Gain Range: 0 to +12 dB

I have previously used the FIFINE Ampligame A8 USB Microphone with RGB Lighting and loved the sound quality and the lighting effects (you can read the review here), but the K688 I think is much better. Not only does it look more professional, gone are the RGB lights (which are great for gaming but don’t fit well with interviews or podcasts) but the sound performance I feel is better – with a frequency response tailored for vocal clarity, the K688 microphone captures the nuances of the human voice with crystal clear precision.

Overall, I feel that this is an exceptional 16-bit microphone for podcasts, interviews, voice overs and the spoken word as it picks up human voices clearly and the recording/playback is crystal clear. While it isn’t great for other sounds such as music, for spoken podcasts, interviews and even business meetings it is perfect. It looks professional and delivers professional sound recordings.

If is so easy to set up with its plug-and-play capability. There’s no need for complicated software installations, making it a hassle-free option for podcasters who want to focus on their content rather than technical setups. Just make sure it is set as the default microphone and off you go.

The build quality is superb – it has a sturdy design and the microphone sits nicely in the shock mount with some flexibility and is best suited for a boom arm.

Beginner or professional, the dual connectivity options will suit any setup; USB or XLR. The USB interface allows for plug-and-play simplicity, perfect for those who want to get their podcast up and running quickly. For audiophiles with more advanced setups, the XLR connection provides the opportunity to integrate the microphone into professional audio environments, ensuring scalability as your podcast grows.

The very generous 8ft USB cable ensures that you can situate the microphone exactly where you need it without the need for extensions and messy cabling.

The microphone is very easy to operate as well. It features a very responsive touch sensitive mute button and clearly displays when it is in use as it lights up green when in use and red when muted. The monitoring volume control and mic gain knobs are on the rear on the mic and are easily adjustable. You can even plug in headphones into the microphone using a 3.5mm audio cable.

The FIFINE K688 XLR/USB Podcast Dynamic Microphone offers great value for money, ease of use, dual connectivity for different setups and perfect recordings. It is a podcasters dream with its quality, versatility, and ease of use. With its professional look and sound, the K688 is a serious contender in the podcasting microphone market and a must-consider for anyone looking to upgrade their audio setup.

Whether you are just starting out on your podcasting journey or a more seasoned professional, the K688 is perfect for everybody. Just remember that if this is your first microphone purchase you will need to purchase a stand or boom arm.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £79.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

DISCLOSURE: We received this product for free for the purpose of writing an honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This review uses an affiliate link which we may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the Amazon link.


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