Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone

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  1. C. Spencer Reynolds "Business Coach - Book Lover" says:
    121 of 121 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ATR6550 is the mic to buy for easy, good quality!, March 26, 2010
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    This review is from: Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 3:10 Mins

    The ATR6550 is a GREAT $50 mic. If you are going to interview others, or recording in a room with echo, USE THIS MIC! The video explains my reasons for choosing this one…

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  2. a reader says:
    30 of 34 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent performance–but unreliable, March 3, 2010
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    This review is from: Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone (Electronics)

    This is a good option if you want to use shotgun techniques with a consumer video camera. It gives sound that, after compression for youtube-level playback, would be difficult to distinguish from a professional mic. The sound is comparatively thin, it generates a small amount of internal noise, and its cabling is subject to indoor electrical noise, so it would knock a project out of contention for broadcast quality. But it pairs well with inexpensive camcorders and is an improvement over on-camera mics, especially if you don’t mount it on the camera. It balances in a shock mount better than others in this price range.

    Its cable is 3 feet long and coiled, and it’s hardwired to the mic, so it picks up more electrical interference than a straight cable of the same effective reach. Simply having a jack would allow the option boosting the signal closer to the mic before a long cable run from a boom, for example.

    But its biggest flaw is that it’s unreliable. Mine had a bad internal wire connection and failed in its first hour of use. I’ve seen this happen with other sub-$100 shotguns. Audio-Technica has a generous lifetime warranty, and it’s great to be able to trust the manufacturer to make it right; but one needs to be able to trust the gear itself. I wouldn’t take this mic on a shoot without a backup, and then it’s not such inexpensive option.

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