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Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 483 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 1.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Vocal5.0   above average
Video4.7   above average
Voice4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Sound4.5   above average
Quality4.4   average
Audio4.2   average
Headphone4.1   average
Microphone4.1   average
Connector3.8   above average
Plug3.8   average
Noise3.3   below average
USB3.3   below average
Size3.2   below average
Windows2.8   below average
Plastic1.7   mediocre
Tripod1.7   mediocre


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Amazon

Amazon:
"my 1st experience was horrible i bought a used one ( never again ) from amazon warehouse and the microphone didn't work at all i didn't even record or get it set up im shipping it back now to get a refund and just buying a totally new one everything else was great looks and all but hope i will have a better reveiw"
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"I got it replaced by Amazon and it worked for a few months until earlier this month where it now has the same problem again."
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"I don't know if anyone else is having problems with it just based on the fact that it comes from Amazon."
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"The connection for the boom arm that comes in the box is not even strong enough to hold the microphone in the #1 best selling boom arm on amazon."
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"Realy Great Product.... thank you amazon for this amazing product.. the sound is realy clearand no fan noise or background noises...superduper fast shipping(ordered on thursday came on monday)USA to Israelhowever there is 2 minor cons:1.the tripod is realy low quality - but it works and stable after tightening the screw (i ordered a metal arm it looks and works great)2.the smell of the box it comes with fells toxic and it takes about a month untill its 90% gone...i am recommending it upon other same level products like snow ball and similar (i compared them before buying)"
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"This is another good reason to test your products thoroughly before your 30 days from Amazon expires!"
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"It performs just as Amazon promised; I get good feedback to my headset as I sing."
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"Amazon had it at the best price I could find anywhere."
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Audio

Audio:
"I am having to buy yet another accessory for 12 more dollars, which i very disappointing because i would expect more from Audio Technica."
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"Delivery was faster than expected, But When I opened The ATR2500 MIC packaging, there was scratches on it, so i was shocked, also there are some blackish dust particle inside the packaging, I am still confused because I ordered a New product, but it looks refurbished or used product, due to scratches and dust particle, also voice output is also not so loud even i am in around 6 inch range of mic, It also generates static noise, When I try to increase windows audio level setting, then its hard to listen my own voice because it captures everything in the room."
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"So i am disappointed with audio quality."
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"I owned the Yeti, but was not as overly satisfied with the quality of the audio."
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"- Needs a pop filter unless you are going to get annoying audio tears."
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"Cons: Mediocre Build Quality, Mediocre Audio."
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"Besides that the audio quality is that of a 200$ mic, and is amazing for close to mid range speaking."
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"Audio quality is great."
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"already cranked out two audios, and the quality is amazing."
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"THE GOOD Audio quality."
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"Crystal clear audio quality."
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Connector

Connector:
"Sure enough, there's a faulty wire on the USB connector."
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"- The volume controls on the mic are ok but not great, and the headphone jack in the front has a slight lag from recording-->feedback, which kind of renders it useless."
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"The only thing I'm not so pleased about is that all playback comes through the mic's headphone jack when the mic is connected to the computer."
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"Overall, I would highly recommend this mic, especially given the headphone jack in front and price."
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"The really good thing about this mic is that it has a headphone jack on the front, which allows you to monitor and hear yourself without delay; this makes it ideal for almost anything, especially for singers or hip hop artists."
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"Headphone monitor jack on the front is nice to avoid the ADC delay when monitoring yourself."
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"It's easy to setup, but I must mention that its headphone jack requires that one fully and firmly inserts their male jack in otherwise audio will be distorted or otherwise inaudible."
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"I love the fact that it has a headphone jack so you can monitor as you record, you can use regular earphones or more studio quality if you want."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"I bought this with a nice pair of headphones to replace my broken gaming headset."
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"- The volume controls on the mic are ok but not great, and the headphone jack in the front has a slight lag from recording-->feedback, which kind of renders it useless."
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"The only thing I'm not so pleased about is that all playback comes through the mic's headphone jack when the mic is connected to the computer."
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"One issue I have with it is that the headphone plug on the front is recessed and hard to access."
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"Although some of its quarks can be a little annoying (such as the in order to hear anything through your computer you must put in headphones in its socket all the time), However a very good mic with good sound quality and such."
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"Overall, I would highly recommend this mic, especially given the headphone jack in front and price."
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"The really good thing about this mic is that it has a headphone jack on the front, which allows you to monitor and hear yourself without delay; this makes it ideal for almost anything, especially for singers or hip hop artists."
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"Great quality for the price and has a professional look to it and the headphone input is a great feature."
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"Headphone monitor jack on the front is nice to avoid the ADC delay when monitoring yourself."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"You'll have this problem with any microphone you buy this size."
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"If sensitivity is a problem or a worry, they can be ignored because any other condenser microphones have the similar."
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"Decent quality mic, but I've had 2 that have broke on me."
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"First, the plastic stand was very flimsy and definitely not the same quality as the microphone."
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"The second problem was that the blue LED on the front of the mic was blindingly bright."
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"The stand it comes with is terrible but the mic itself is awesome! "
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"I highly recommend it and my home studio could not exist with out this mic."
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"I love this microphone."
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"Besides that the audio quality is that of a 200$ mic, and is amazing for close to mid range speaking."
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"The connection for the boom arm that comes in the box is not even strong enough to hold the microphone in the #1 best selling boom arm on amazon."
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"It is a great microphone, and not so expensive, shame that it does not have an on off button and XLR option"
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Music

Music:
"It's not the best for music, but for general use, voice chat, yt, it's great."
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"I receive this microphone as a birthday present and I tried to use it for recording music, but the stand broke within 10 minutes."
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"I don't know how good this would be for music or podcasts or anything like that, but for a simple voice recording mic, it works perfectly for me."
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"This mic also eliminates the need for a USB interface or mixer as all you have to do is plug in via USB, go to preferences, and set the recording and playback to this mic, and you will be able to hear the music and your voice."
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"Great Mic For Music Vocals! "
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"my voices ad sounds are even better it make my music sound great.. i would recommend this to anyone."
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"Good for amateur recordings of voice and music."
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"I write and record music, and the clarity is really nice."
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Noise

Noise:
"this mic is great it works for youtube and it does what i need the only downside is that it is very sensitive the noise is very slight the slightesest noise will triger i recommend using a noise gate."
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"It did have a few issues at first like it making weird noises but I fixed it."
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"The only complaint I have is that it picks up a lot of background noise but mess with the settings on your computer a bit and you should be able to eliminate most of it but still keep a good sound! "
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"I heard some flat, noisy and unpleasant sound from some product review videos from YouTube and then I decided to spend some extra money on this microphone for my next video project."
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"a little noise here and there, but nothing that compromises the incredible sound quality for the price"
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"this mic is great it works for youtube and it does what i need the only downside is that it is very sensitive the noise is very slight the slightesest noise will triger i recommend using a noise gate."
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"Keep in mind that this mic is a cardioid microphone, so the mic will eliminate much of the noise that source from behind the microphone, and will pick up sounds in a cone shape in front of it, but the microphone does a a great job in reducing noises faraway from within this cone, allowing your voice, or musical instrument to to be picked up clearly."
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"The sounds great when I'm not getting knocking noises from the fact that the USB cord doesn't sit securely in the plug."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"First, the plastic stand was very flimsy and definitely not the same quality as the microphone."
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"The only weak point I did find is the little plastic tripod stand, which I tell my students not to use, since they'll risk tipping the mic over."
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"I thought of trying to tighten it with a screwdriver, but I am afraid to break the plastic, which is not the best quality."
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"The white plastic all the parts to the microphone come in was quite broken and torn up, which got me worried."
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"The mic works fine but the crappy tripod stand that comes with it has a plastic male in which goes into a metal female in, which WILL RESULT in the stand being useless because the metal parts will fray down the plastic after a few uses...making the stand useless."
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"This mic is very affordable, really nice, but for me what ruined it was the cheap plastic stand, It wasn't appealing to have this nice solid mic and a cheap plastic stand, another thing I noticed is that if dropped the top part of the mic will open up."
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"Amazing Audio quality, Well made stand (Though plastic, it is very sturdy)."
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"Be warned though, the plastic parts can break easily."
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"Mini tripod is cheap plastic and easily breaks."
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"The stand tightening tab wheel is also plastic and am afraid it will break or strip very easily."
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Plug

Plug:
"ORIGINAL REVIEW:This mic sounded great when it worked but I now get errors every time I plug it in and I simply can't use it anymore."
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"I was so excited to receive this microphone because I could finally start recording my music but now, not even 3 months later, the place to plug the microphone into the usb cord is broken :( It broke inside the mic and its not just easily fixed.."
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"One issue I have with it is that the headphone plug on the front is recessed and hard to access."
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"This mic is just a plug n' play which is a problem for me."
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"easy to set up (just plug it in)."
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"Great mic but unfortunate I can't plug it into a mixer."
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"The set up was very straightforward (just plug it straight in to a USB port and you're good to go), and I've had zero complaints since then."
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"The buttons are useless, or as far as I understood, they only raise lower the main volume for the headphone that you plug in the mic... useless, but the mic sounds good."
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"I bought this for live streaming and recording voice overs and it works just the way I thought it wouldSince I have a pretty small room i needed a condenser to help reduce background noise and it does it pretty well it's not flawless of course but again for the price its goodI had no issues with Windows 8 recognizing it so it was a simple plug and go so if you need a good mic and don't want to spend over the price go with this"
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Price

Price:
"Not great, but does the job at a good price."
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"It's really cheap so the leg snapped off and broke."
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"Mic sounds good just started building a home studio so the quality is definitely professoinal but it has a very bad delay so you have to have a good program that can adjust that problem luckily I have but for the price above all this was a great pick up as of now"
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"a little noise here and there, but nothing that compromises the incredible sound quality for the price"
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"I can forgive the negative stuff above because, for the money, it's a good mic."
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"Works very well for the price but one thing I find annoying is there's a round metal piece that attaches the mic to its stand, and very easily it can get snapped off and once it does its a bit tough to get back on."
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"Great mic for the price, works very well for youtube videos."
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"The microphone is just amazing for the price at which its available."
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"If you're looking for a cheap mic with great quality this is a must buy."
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"If you're debating against the Blue Yeti or the AT2020 versus this, but REALLY don't feel like spending the extra money, this is a great buy."
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"This is a good microphone for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Decent quality mic, but I've had 2 that have broke on me."
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"First, the plastic stand was very flimsy and definitely not the same quality as the microphone."
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"So i am disappointed with audio quality."
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"I owned the Yeti, but was not as overly satisfied with the quality of the audio."
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"a little noise here and there, but nothing that compromises the incredible sound quality for the price"
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"The microphone its self is amazing, great quality, works perfectly nothing wrong with it."
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"I love the great sound quality."
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"My coworkers think I have a $400 Heil PR40 because the quality is just so good."
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"Besides that the audio quality is that of a 200$ mic, and is amazing for close to mid range speaking."
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"Fantastic quality, no phantom power needed, and has great range"
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"Amazing quality mic, I would say it sounds very similar to the Blue Yeti but not as sensitive thank god."
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Setup

Setup:
"-Easy to setup."
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"It's easy to setup, but I must mention that its headphone jack requires that one fully and firmly inserts their male jack in otherwise audio will be distorted or otherwise inaudible."
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"You will want something nicer than this soon enough anyway, and if you can afford it, the ATR2500 is one stepping stone you might as well skip over on your way towards a nicer set-up."
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"Get a pop filter, a stand, and a shockmount and you will have a great little setup."
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"I am happy with it and it does sound decent once I got everything setup."
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Size

Size:
"You'll have this problem with any microphone you buy this size."
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"It has two small problems that should could easily be fixed."
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"really good studio mic, the only problem i had was the small tri-pod that comes with it but it is manageable"
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"Not really a gripe with the mic itself but a bit of rubber on the bottom of the mount would have been a nice addition to it to reduce some of the vibrationI did however find a few small complaints, the LED on it is very bright and I kind of wish that there would have been a way to either dim it, or to shut it off."
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"I suggest getting a different stand for this mic the one it comes with will suffice but its kinda small and flimsy and it has to sit on your desk."
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"The box also had two good size rips in it (I assume where some sort of primate had opened it) and the plastic blister pack was smudged up."
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"It has two small problems that should could easily be fixed."
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"I use this for small training videos and it works really great."
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"It folds up to be pretty portable for a piece of equipment its size."
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"really good studio mic, the only problem i had was the small tri-pod that comes with it but it is manageable"
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Sound

Sound:
"I heard some flat, noisy and unpleasant sound from some product review videos from YouTube and then I decided to spend some extra money on this microphone for my next video project."
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"a little noise here and there, but nothing that compromises the incredible sound quality for the price"
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"Otherwise it will not sound good at all."
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"Sound quality is not as good compared to my bluesnowball"
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"My voice isn't very clear, it sounds like I'm talking into a bottle, and it's very faded."
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"Having used this Mic for quite a while, originally I was absolutely in love, but of late it has been giving me a lot of issues, static, and weird sounds, which is a real shame, and I have no idea why..."
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"I love the great sound quality."
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"Amazing quality mic, I would say it sounds very similar to the Blue Yeti but not as sensitive thank god."
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"The sound from it is fantastic for YouTube, and podcasting."
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"Produces great sound quality, the stand to keep it held up is fragile and breaks easily"
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"Realy Great Product.... thank you amazon for this amazing product.. the sound is realy clearand no fan noise or background noises...superduper fast shipping(ordered on thursday came on monday)USA to Israelhowever there is 2 minor cons:1.the tripod is realy low quality - but it works and stable after tightening the screw (i ordered a metal arm it looks and works great)2.the smell of the box it comes with fells toxic and it takes about a month untill its 90% gone...i am recommending it upon other same level products like snow ball and similar (i compared them before buying)"
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Tripod

Tripod:
"The only weak point I did find is the little plastic tripod stand, which I tell my students not to use, since they'll risk tipping the mic over."
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"It's a flimsy little tripod and it can JUST BARELY hold this microphone."
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"The only complaint is the tripod..its not very sturdy."
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"Also I would say get a pop filter for this, and maybe look at getting a separate stand, because the tripod thing they give us is a little flimsy because the mic is pretty heavy."
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"I gave this 4 stars, it sounds good, looks nice, and all that but the only problem I have is the tripod that comes with it."
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"The thread for the top piece that holds the microphone has a wrong sized thread, not for the microphone, but for the tripod it attaches to it."
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"Mini tripod is cheap plastic and easily breaks."
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"This unit is actually full-sized, comes with a small tripod that fits perfectly in front of my monitor - and seems to exclude unwanted background noises (of course, I am using it up close).The resulting sound is clear and accurate."
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"I gave this 4 stars, it sounds good, looks nice, and all that but the only problem I have is the tripod that comes with it."
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"Microphone is good but do not expect the same from the tripod that comes with it."
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"ALSO i love the little tripod that comes with the mic cause it looks cheap but far from it and works very well with the mic."
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USB

USB:
"Onboard USB DAC saves me the hassle of running a phantom power supply."
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"My inclination is not to take a chance either with a microphone that has damaged and the potential damage it might do to my USB port."
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"The set up was very straightforward (just plug it straight in to a USB port and you're good to go), and I've had zero complaints since then."
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"Not clear if this is because of the the USB cord included or the soldered joints."
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"Other than that, it's a fantastic USB mic, not perfect as it is USB and it's going straight to my laptop, but it's still pretty good."
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"Nice USB mic."
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"This is a great mic for the price, if you're looking for a cheaper USB microphone you definitely want to consider this mic."
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"If you need a good mic for USB then you can't go wrong with this but I would say invest in the ATR2035 also from Audio-Techica along with a nice mixer."
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"Certainly a good USB mic for the price."
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"Now I hear the whole beautiful range of my voice, straight from the USB into my laptop."
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Video

Video:
"I heard some flat, noisy and unpleasant sound from some product review videos from YouTube and then I decided to spend some extra money on this microphone for my next video project."
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"Great mic for the price, works very well for youtube videos."
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"It is a nice mic that can be used for recording videos and for YouTube."
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"Used for voiceovers on YouTube and I was amazed at how natural my voice sounds on these videos."
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"10,000 views later and my video quality is outstanding."
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"I use this for small training videos and it works really great."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"But for the price, it records acoustic guitar great, and vocals nearly perfectly."
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"It works great for my use -- recording vocals for amateur songwriting and production work."
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"Great Mic For Music Vocals! "
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"The sound quality is really good for what I am doing, which is recording vocal covers."
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"It works perfectly for our in-home studio where we record rap vocals."
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Voice

Voice:
"Delivery was faster than expected, But When I opened The ATR2500 MIC packaging, there was scratches on it, so i was shocked, also there are some blackish dust particle inside the packaging, I am still confused because I ordered a New product, but it looks refurbished or used product, due to scratches and dust particle, also voice output is also not so loud even i am in around 6 inch range of mic, It also generates static noise, When I try to increase windows audio level setting, then its hard to listen my own voice because it captures everything in the room."
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"It's not the best for music, but for general use, voice chat, yt, it's great."
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"My voice isn't very clear, it sounds like I'm talking into a bottle, and it's very faded."
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"Great voice quality and easy to use."
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"I only use it to stream on twitch so some tweaking of positioning and levels have helped isolate my voice from the surrounding sounds pretty well, and it easily attached to the boom arm I used."
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"Very clear voice is projected when talking to others."
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"I use it to do lets plays and my voice is very clear."
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"Recommend it to all, who is interested in podcasting or other types of voice recording! "
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Windows

Windows:
"If you're worried this won't work with your version of windows, don't worry."
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"Delivery was faster than expected, But When I opened The ATR2500 MIC packaging, there was scratches on it, so i was shocked, also there are some blackish dust particle inside the packaging, I am still confused because I ordered a New product, but it looks refurbished or used product, due to scratches and dust particle, also voice output is also not so loud even i am in around 6 inch range of mic, It also generates static noise, When I try to increase windows audio level setting, then its hard to listen my own voice because it captures everything in the room."
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"I get the same errors on all of my Windows machines, including Windows 7 and 8."
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"I assumed everything was o k. How wrong I was when next morning when trying to use mic I got several error messages from Windows saying Windows does not recognize this mic!"
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"This means there will be complications and drama with Windows figuring out which sound card to use when; this is not the fault of the mic, but rather of how Windows handles multiple sound cards (I'm fairly sure Mac users would have to deal with a similar issue)."
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"I found it easy to set up and Windows 8.1 linked it really fast."
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"works great on mac and windows 8."
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"I should also mention, I had not problems running it on Windows 8."
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"I bought this for live streaming and recording voice overs and it works just the way I thought it wouldSince I have a pretty small room i needed a condenser to help reduce background noise and it does it pretty well it's not flawless of course but again for the price its goodI had no issues with Windows 8 recognizing it so it was a simple plug and go so if you need a good mic and don't want to spend over the price go with this"
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