K&M KM 23850 Microphone Desk Arm

Deskmount Scissor Stand with Microphone Cable and Desk Mount Clamp
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The KM 238/5 Black is a desk mount scissor stand, typically used in broadcast studios. It includes the 16' microphone cable and the desk mount clamp.

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Tech Specs

Base Type Desk Mount
Height Type Standard
Height 39.4"
Weight 1.76 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 23850.311.55

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Just Like I Remembered

I spent 30+ years as a broadcaster and this item was a staple around radio stations. I was looking for one to attach to a butcher block table I use as a high desk, without doing damage to the table. This is just what I was looking for. It's sturdy, flexible and stores easily out of the way when I don't need it.
Music background: Not a musician.
5/5

Amazing!

Solves tons of problems for me. I do VO recordings almost daily now. My old desk stand was making black marks on my desk, was a PITA to keep moving around, taking apart, putting back together, etc. This solved all of that. Took all of 10 minutes to install, another 5 to rig and I was ready to rock! It's solid, very strong, sturdy, steady, super well built. Who knew such an odd piece of hardware would be so awesome! AND because I have more freedom to position it exactly where I need it, my voice work is coming out even BETTER (proximity effect). The clamp it comes with is nice, but my desk had no ledge, so I got the flange made for this, that bolts to the top of my desk. Very solid, strong, durable, I'm super impressed. Wish I'd bought it a year ago!
Music background: Composer, video/broadcast editor, educator, consultant
5/5

Actually Improved My Sound!

I do TONS of VO work as well as video editing and effects. I used to have a desktop mic stand, but I had to keep moving it around, it was awkward, etc. I got the 23850 and am blown away on several fronts. First, I am noticing I'm getting better bass and clarity out of my mic now. I'm old school and strongly believe in using Proximity Effect during recording than EQ in post. PE is very much improved because I can position the mic much better, with more flexibility and freedom, than with my old mic stand, which now feels like some piece of caveman hardware made out of rocks, twigs and vines. I'm using the same techniques, settings, etc, and comparing these recordings to my old ones from my desktop mic stand. Three friends doing blind side-by-side tests agree with me, the new recordings sound much more noticeably crisper with more low end. And it's just easier to deal with. Grab and pull it in place to record, push it away when I'm done. It is super sturdy, too. I have a Sennheiser e835 on it with a dual screen pop filter, and it acts like there's no weight at all. Improved sound, improved convenience, I love this! Thanks to Jason Koons for recommending this to me. Best money I've spent on my studio all year.
Music background: Composer, video/broadcast editor, educator, consultant
4.5/5

The thing to get

love this thing. Seems a little expensive at first but it looks great, works great, feels solid, and even comes with a well-integrated mic cable.
Music background: composer
3.5/5

Be careful

The stand itself is absolutely awesome, as you'd expect from K&M. My problem is that the mic cable comes pre-wired through the stand, and it's an XLR cable. I was hoping to use this with my Rode NTK tube mic, which has a 7 pin cable. It doesn't look like I'll be able to do that without opening the stand (if it's possible) and splicing/soldering cables. Buyer beware, I guess, although I wish there was an option for a 7 pin cable instead of XLR, or at very least a comment in the description that the included cable is not interchangeable, and is an XLR cable.
Music background: music publishing/licensing, production
See also: Microphone Stands, K&M, K&M Mic Stands, K&M Mic Stands