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Okay Audio Performance - Terrible Design and Build Quality - AVOID
on 19 November 2014
So... Upgraded to a new camcorder and required a lavalier microphone to step up the quality of our recordings. When I received the microphone it was well packaged and included everything required to get started, however the quality of the product is terrible and the design is the worst I've seen yet. This is a condenser microphone and requires power from a coin cell battery. The issue with this is that there is no LED to indicate if the microphone is operational, how much charge the battery has left, and an indicator to let you know that the battery charge is so low that it will yield poor quality recordings with a high noise floor. This is a massive design overlook as it makes this microphone pretty much useless. If you consider that most people will be buying this to add to a setup where they will not be monitoring the live audio feed, this microphone can ruin perfect takes or not even capture the recording at all. I was caught out with this as after hours of work was completed the battery turned out to die.
Next the clip is of poor quality. The part that holds the microphone is made out of plastic and mine broke on the first day of use. Next this plastic is held to an crocodile clip by a metal screw. What this screw did in the first day is scratch off the black anodising - making the microphone have silver marks all over it. It looked so scruffy. In the end I had to superglue the microphone onto the clip... After another day I gave up with this useless lavalier microphone and phoned Amazon for a refund (which was granted). I have recorded a YouTube video about this is you want to see what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9hDmj_Xv1w