When it comes to innovative, solution-based microphones, JZ Microphones has been on the come up for just over a decade. The HH1 is not only a great-looking microphone, but it works as a wonderfully powerful hand-held dynamic microphone.
Of course, a dynamic microphone should feel sturdy and versatile, just like a singer’s voice. The last thing you want on stage is to feel vulnerable because your microphone isn’t cutting it. This is why we’re going to be taking you through our JZ HH1 Microphone review in hopes that you discover your new favorite microphone for performing!
- Connector – XLR-3
- Frequency Response – 50Hz-18kHz
- Transducer Principle – Dynamic
- Pickup Pattern – Cardioid
- Sensitivity – -74dB +/-3dB
When gripped during your performance, the HH1 feels nothing but solid. It is very similar in shape and design to the famous SM58, though feels just a bit lighter. It comes with a matte black finish that helps to keep the grip strength, perfect for energetic performers who tend to leave the stage drenched in sweat.
To help reduce the tone and level variations that can ruin a dynamic performance, the HH1 uses a flat fronted grille that helps to keep the sound on-axis with the microphone. In terms of sound, it definitely provides a lighter and brighter sound than your standard dynamic vocal microphone. There is a very strong presence in the upper mids around 5kHz and a low shelf around 200Hz. Essentially, you’ll need little to no EQ to get this thing going. It provides more than enough clarity for vocals, though translates well with other mid-range instruments too.
Even with more of a peak presence in the upper mids, it never sounds too harsh. I often boost the top-end on it to give it some sheen, and even so, I don’t get that nasty, high-end distortion that is a consequence of boosted dynamics microphones. Many cheaper dynamic microphones seem to trouble you with a world of sibilance while the HH1 remains clean throughout the performance.
If I had one qualm with the microphone, it would be that the low-mids aren’t the strongpoint. A bit of post EQ can be required for low voices to really stick out and feel warm and deep.
See Robert talk about the JZ HH1 and his other favorite microphones below!
Pros and Cons
- Very balanced without EQ
- Durable; perfect for live performance
- Flat-fronted grille
- Sleek, lightweight design
- Love the added “airy” / windy sound color.
- Has some handling noise.
Should You Buy It?
The JZ HH1 is a large step above standard dynamic microphone fare, providing a solid vocal response without any need for EQ in the recording stages. It is a microphone that you’ll feel like a pro performing with, and we highly recommend it for anyone that is looking for a new dynamic microphone.
Make sure to get the JZ HH1 Microphone from the manufacturer’s website and use the code “VOCALISTSTUDIO” to get a discount.
You can also check out some of Robert’s other favorite gear at his Amazon Store!