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Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB-XLR Microphone by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 548 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 5.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Value4.8   average
Quality4.7   above average
Sound4.7   above average
Noise4.6   above average
Voice4.6   above average
Audio4.5   above average
Video4.5   average
Microphone4.3   above average
Plug4.3   above average
Cable4.1   above average
USB3.8   average
Volume3.8   average
Headphone3.3   below average
Connection2.8   below average
Connector2.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Good audio quality gets me over this confusing design decision."
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"I wrote Audio Technica about the problem and caught questions (though I explained that I had used several connections, volume, etc.)"
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"The several hundred folks on the other end of the call gave the presentation a 90%+ approval rating, which doesn't happen when the audio does not sound well."
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"Unfortunately, I noticed beginning in July 2013 that the audio was beginning to get distorted in the recording through this microphone."
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"This might be easy to fix for someone with audio experience."
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"I use it live with an XLR input on a regular basis, and plug it into an audio interface for my computer as well."
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"The stand is a bit short, and doesn't rotate very freely, but the microphone itself is a great budget microphone for anyone needing high-quality audio input at a cheap price."
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"Audio quality is excellent."
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"Amazing audio quality."
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Cable

Cable:
"My one issue with it is that the USB cable it was shipped with is faulty."
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"I even found a handful of different usb cords compatible to this mic in case it was a cord problem and I continued to get this message."
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"The one drawback really is the USB cord - I expected the microphone to have a single plug, but it turns out that the USB cord goes in its own plug."
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"Works good but the cord is kind of annoying."
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"Really good mic, only gripe is that my usb cable malfunctioned so I had to use a spare one I luckily had that was compatible mic."
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"The mic is sturdy and it comes with a USB cable which is a nice bonus."
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"Great product but the USB cord seems to die quickly, highly recommend picking up another one if you plan to use this every day."
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"The microphone worked well, but the 6' cord was insufficient and since it uses usb mini (which was replaced by usb micro) it was a bit of working to find a longer cord to use instead."
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"The microphone comes with a USB cord to plug into your computer, as well as another type of cord for plugging into your sound equipment."
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Connection

Connection:
"Connectivity problems aside, the quality is excellent, and the construction is durable."
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"Only complaint is the blue light stays on when connected via USB which lights up my office at night."
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"It did not detach as others have said, instead it just failed to make a strong connection and therefore no long worked."
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"It worked and sounded great but the connection for the usb broke and was unusable."
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"The problem is with the connections as they wear out."
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"I even tried connecting it to another computer and continued receiving the same error message."
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"Connectivity problems aside, the quality is excellent, and the construction is durable."
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"For the price and features, it's a good multi-purpose microphone, especially when it can be connected to an iOS device without an extra power source from a powered USB hub)."
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"In addition to USB, the other connectivity options on this mic are great - for example, I'm using the headphone port on it to directly monitor input."
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"This microphone sounds excellent connected via USB... Strangely it sounds aweful connected via XLR."
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"I have my mic connected to the Beringher 302 and both work perfect together."
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Connector

Connector:
"I haven't used the headphone jack at all so I can't speak to it but Its a nice feature to have."
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"I own two of these and on one of them the headphone jack has broke and pushed in."
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"The headphone jack worked fine on mine, although Windows decided to make that the default sound output, which caused some confusion when my normal headphone jack turned off, so watch out for that."
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"This made the headphone jack and USB input shift, making it unable to connect."
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"The headphone jack broke and when I tried to fix it and put it back, it was not working."
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"It seems common that the usb connector jack on the back of the unit is poorly made and fails within the first month or so."
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"great shipping, it arrived fast and in great condition, configuration fast and quality of sound improved, i'm using it with windows 10 in zoom conferences, you can connect usb or xlr and the headphones on the mic it also has a volumen control next to the connectors, the stand is great to use on a table"
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"there's room to use the head phone jack only if your using the USB which is wonderful for podcasting."
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"The headphone jack on the base is great and makes my matching Audiotechnica ATH AD-700 headphones sound much better"
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"Hook up to iPad with camera connector kit, very clear."
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"The inclusion of the headphone jack is great."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I haven't used the headphone jack at all so I can't speak to it but Its a nice feature to have."
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"I own two of these and on one of them the headphone jack has broke and pushed in."
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"The headphone jack worked fine on mine, although Windows decided to make that the default sound output, which caused some confusion when my normal headphone jack turned off, so watch out for that."
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"The headphone jack broke and when I tried to fix it and put it back, it was not working."
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"But then......On its third use, the headphone jack connection failed intermittently."
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"In addition to USB, the other connectivity options on this mic are great - for example, I'm using the headphone port on it to directly monitor input."
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"I bought for home-based recording based both on the reviews I've seen on this mic and the quality of my ATH M30 headphones (2 pair and love them, using 1 daily for professional work.)"
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"the dual output options and in-mic monitoring (with headphones) is a great feature if you're recording on the move."
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"My fellow DJ's (also all over the planet) are impressed with the way this mic sounds as am I. I can hear myself as I speak through either my laptop's speakers or through my headphones as the mic has a standard 3.5 mm plug-in as well as the USB plug-in."
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"It has XLR and USB options as well as the ability to monitor live via headphones plugged in to the mic itself."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I will be getting a new one as soon as I can because my mic hangs down due to the flimsiness of the joint on the clip."
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"Excellent quality mic, but I have a few small complaints."
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"I could not be more pleased with this mic!"
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"The only downside is that you have to speak very close to the microphone to produce a good volume so you would most likely benefit from getting a pop filter."
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"However it emits the most unpleasant smell from the mic, and all of the cabling."
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"However, based on my experience, I cannot recommend this microphone."
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"Recommend this mic..."
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"The best mic under $60 bucks this pro level mic makes you sound great"
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"The more I use it the better it sounds as I find the best part of the mic to sing through."
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"Got this mic for interviews and podcasting and it works perfect love being able to hook it up via USB when I want to record right to my computer."
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Noise

Noise:
"Yes, I can hear what I'm recording, but I wanted to get this for audiobook narration in a relatively noisy room, but I can't very well read a book while I'm trying to swallow a microphone (since that's how close it has to be to my mouth to hear anything.)"
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"The problem is that the condensers pick up every possible noise including mouth noises, which is gross."
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"The only downside is because of this fantastic Noise Reduction the mic has to be within 3 feet of your mouth and directly across from it, but provided you do that the sound is crisp and top quality."
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"Pros:+ Perfect background noise cancellation (I live in a REALLY noisy place."
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"This microphone is brilliant, simple to use, good off axis noise rejection and a fairly strong signal."
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"I love that is seems to not pick up any background noise."
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"Incredibly simple to use, performed great even with lots of background noise."
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"The sound is crystal clear and you rarely hear the background or static noise you would get from your built-in microphone."
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Plug

Plug:
"As good as the microphone is there are a few annoying aspects, for example; when you plug the USB into the computer to activate the microphone you HAVE to use your headphones through the microphone to hear anything so I find myself plugging and unplugging it constantly."
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"I gave this a 4 out of 5 mostly because of the annoying factor of having to plug and unplug the microphone and the necessary use of headphones while using it."
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"So we are on skype and when she plugs it in, it still doesn't work, which is super frustrating because my girlfriend isn't really geeky at all and doesn't know what to do."
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"I use it live with an XLR input on a regular basis, and plug it into an audio interface for my computer as well."
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"USB plugs direct to the computer and is immediately compatible with my Powder Director editing program."
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"What's more it plugs into the USB port of your computer so seamlessly and voila you can proceed with your recording unperturbed by any other concerns to adjust any more settings! "
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"have not tried the xlr plug yet, but i'm sure its just as great as the micro usb to usb in the computer."
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"It is nice to have something I can plug into a regular XLR balanced line or by USB to a computer depending on the situation."
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Price

Price:
"Overall, I would find it hard to get such a good value for the money."
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"I ordered it from Asia because it's hard to find good mics here and it was really cheap and produces great quality sound."
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"For the price, this mic is hard to beat for beginners."
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"I do NOT recommend this mic, you can buy a blue yeti for the same price and the blue yeti is a better quality anyways."
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"Definitely want to buy a separate mic stand cause the one that they give you is a piece of junk...made from cheap, flimsy plastic (it works but not very secure)."
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"I can't believe how great this sounds and for the incredibly reasonable price that I paid for it."
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"The stand is a bit short, and doesn't rotate very freely, but the microphone itself is a great budget microphone for anyone needing high-quality audio input at a cheap price."
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"It's a perfect mic for its price."
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"Well Worth the money twice over, really great sound from this mic, buy from the USA its much cheaper and postage was really quick!"
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"Great mic for the price and amazing sound even through USB."
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Quality

Quality:
"Connectivity problems aside, the quality is excellent, and the construction is durable."
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"Excellent quality mic, but I have a few small complaints."
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"Good audio quality gets me over this confusing design decision."
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"There may be cheaper mics available, but the sound quality in your recordings may not be as good, and I picked this product up at less than $100, so the investment is not huge compared to the amazing sound quality you receive."
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"I just now opened the microphone up only to be astonished at the terrible build quality and construction of the USB power port."
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"I bought thic mic because I do screencast tutorials and my usb headset sound quality was not very good."
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"Sound quality is exceptional and it is super easy to use."
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"Excellent sound, build quality, etc."
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"Crystal clear quality - I wouldn't hesitate to put it on the same scale as mics more than three times the price."
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"I love the sound quality that this microphone puts out."
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"Connectivity problems aside, the quality is excellent, and the construction is durable."
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Range

Range:
"Having usb and xlr both is a real plus, but mainly nice to have a good recording range with nice bass response."
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"Best MIC that you can buy in this price range."
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"It would not be a great choice for a full-time podcaster, but it is a great mid range use mic."
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"This product produces a very decent sound quality across a good frequency range."
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"This is the best mic you can get in this price range."
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Sound

Sound:
"Versatile mic, no issues, great sound."
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"There may be cheaper mics available, but the sound quality in your recordings may not be as good, and I picked this product up at less than $100, so the investment is not huge compared to the amazing sound quality you receive."
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"You have to yell into this mic to be heard at a normal volume, and it doesn't sound as great as they claim it to be, even with a pop filter."
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"This microphone works well for the low price point, a great replacement for the built in mic on my computer, I am using it to create teaching videos and the sound is pretty good, my only disappointment with it is that I need the gain on the computer turned all the way up for it to work the best and I don't like working at the extreme limit of the gain."
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"The headphone jack worked fine on mine, although Windows decided to make that the default sound output, which caused some confusion when my normal headphone jack turned off, so watch out for that."
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"I bought thic mic because I do screencast tutorials and my usb headset sound quality was not very good."
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"It is lightweight and it puts out a nice clear Chris sound."
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"The best mic under $60 bucks this pro level mic makes you sound great"
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"The more I use it the better it sounds as I find the best part of the mic to sing through."
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"Sound quality is exceptional and it is super easy to use."
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"Excellent sound, build quality, etc."
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USB

USB:
"My one issue with it is that the USB cable it was shipped with is faulty."
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"Don't buy this because the USB on the back broke so easily and I've never dropped it or anything."
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"USB Device on the back broke after a month of usage."
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"The headphone jack and USB and XLR out make it great and not able to expand with your equipment."
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"Unfortunately the USB input on the bottom of the microphone has sunk deep into the port and I can no longer plug it in."
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"It worked and sounded great but the connection for the usb broke and was unusable."
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"Got this mic for interviews and podcasting and it works perfect love being able to hook it up via USB when I want to record right to my computer."
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"Really good mic, only gripe is that my usb cable malfunctioned so I had to use a spare one I luckily had that was compatible mic."
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"USB to Windows - works well - some popping sounds but need to get this resolved"
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"Great mic for the price and amazing sound even through USB."
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"The mic is sturdy and it comes with a USB cable which is a nice bonus."
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Value

Value:
"Overall, I would find it hard to get such a good value for the money."
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"Good value microphone, easy to set up and use."
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"Great value."
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"It's an unbelievable value for the price."
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"For the current price, $39.99, THIS IS A GREAT VALUE MICROPHONE."
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"Have been using for podcasting and have found to be the best value for sound quality and price!"
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Video

Video:
"This microphone works well for the low price point, a great replacement for the built in mic on my computer, I am using it to create teaching videos and the sound is pretty good, my only disappointment with it is that I need the gain on the computer turned all the way up for it to work the best and I don't like working at the extreme limit of the gain."
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"I did my podcasts and some utube videos...Only blue lamp is annoying ;)"
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"This Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone is really good not wonder it has so many sales the sound quality is so good and it comes with a small tripod highly recommended for video production"
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"I use this for youtube videos mostly and it's excellent at what it does."
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"Works perfectly for my purpose: Skype, record YouTube videos, stream videos."
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"Before getting this mic I would recommend watching this video on youtube."
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"The sound from this mic is beautiful -- keeping in mind that I'm using it for video voice-overs and podcasting."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"The depth and 'smoothness' of vocal reproduction is hard to describe compared to other microphones."
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"The vocal pickup and timbre is wonderful with the A-T Cardioid."
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"I use it to record my voice in videos and even though it's a vocals mic, it also works well for just normal speech recording."
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"it doesn't pick up voices from far away because its a vocal microphone but the amazing quality from up close makes up for all of it(i did't record from far away anyway)."
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"After hours and hours of podcasting and other vocal work, I can safely proclaim this an excellent microphone for the price (I paid $36 while it was on sale)."
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"I am pleased with my vocal recordings."
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Voice

Voice:
"My main criticism is it does not pick up my voice well."
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"Here's my original review before these problems began:I have been doing professional podcasts since 2006 and my top frustration has always been about the sound quality of my voice in the shows."
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"That having been said, microphones are incredibly subjective, and a mic that sounds terrible on your own voice may sound great for someone else."
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"It is so crisp and clear for our little podcast show we do, along with voice overs for videos."
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"My voice is very clear and it is easy to use."
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"Because this is a dynamic cardioid microphone, this is great for doing podcasts or voice overs."
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"The sound quality is so succinct and with such an unparalleled fidelity to the original voice!"
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"it doesn't pick up voices from far away because its a vocal microphone but the amazing quality from up close makes up for all of it(i did't record from far away anyway)."
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Volume

Volume:
"Volume control dial was broken when received I am able to control volume with the app I use on my computer will not be returning item"
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"You have to yell into this mic to be heard at a normal volume, and it doesn't sound as great as they claim it to be, even with a pop filter."
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"Volume control dial was broken when received I am able to control volume with the app I use on my computer will not be returning item"
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"The only downside is that you have to speak very close to the microphone to produce a good volume so you would most likely benefit from getting a pop filter."
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"I purchased this mic for Pod-casting and it would work great but I would recommend getting the ATR2500 and the reason is because of the volume."
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"Better mic than yeti or audio technica at2020 by far idk why but it is I had a lot of mics and this is the cheapest and best you just have to increase the volume but besides that it's the best mic for youtubers"
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Windows

Windows:
"recognized immediately by Windows 7.Stand is not amazing, but the rubber feet are nice."
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"A buyer left a review that the usb connection don't work after a few short days with Windows giving you usb device has malfunction, please replace the device."
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"USB to Windows - works well - some popping sounds but need to get this resolved"
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"Work with PC under windows7 as well with Mac."
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"Installation was as easy as plugging in the USB cord...Windows 7 took care of the rest."
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"The sound is very clear and it works on computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8."
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