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    Default Which lapel mic to choose?

    Hello! I started recording quite recently, so I donít know much about technology.


    to improve the sound, I decided to purchase a lapel microphone. Now I'm a bit confused since I am guided only in the price range. Chose two models - Audio Technica AT829CW and Shure BLX14/CVL-H10 (https://microphonetopgear.com/best-w...el-microphones)


    which one is better to choose? Or are there good representatives in the lower price range?


    thank you all in advance!

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    Sony ECMCS3 is the one I recommend for many reasons:
    https://amzn.to/2XGUl4L

    You won't find better in the budget range and even against a much better budget I'm not sure you can get something substantially "better" in the lav department
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    It doesn't need batteries, so one less thing that can fail. It is quite loud so you won't suffer of low gain issues but you have to be careful that it doesn't record too hot (which is usually a good problem to have). It records true stereo using dual mics - this is not a common thing with lavs. I also tested how it picks up "handling" noise and it doesn't do worse than any other lav (perhaps even better). The clip is solid but not too grippy that it may damage people's garments, and the clip rotates for convenience of placement. The cable is short on purpose, just long enough to get it to a pocket or waistband without leaving unwanted excess. No concerns about durability either.

    Cons: even grasping at straws I can't think of much. Maybe that it says "Sony" on the front? But it doesn't really show up in video recordings. It is wider than your standard lav because of the dual-mic setup. But I think this makes it look more professional.

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    [QUOTE=jochicago;226822]Sony ECMCS3 is the one I recommend for many reasons
    https://amzn.to/2XGUl4L

    Great option! Thanks for your advice!

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    I actually use this mic, its cheap but it gets the job done and is surprisingly good.

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    Just a quick word of advice, don't cheap out on audio equipment. People are a lot more forgiving generally if the visuals look a little off, but once you have poor audio quality, people will switch off a lot faster.
    I use the Sony UWP-D11 kits, certainly not cheap, but they are great quality and they will last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jochicago View Post
    Sony ECMCS3 is the one I recommend for many reasons:
    https://amzn.to/2XGUl4L

    You won't find better in the budget range and even against a much better budget I'm not sure you can get something substantially "better" in the lav department
    .
    It doesn't need batteries, so one less thing that can fail. It is quite loud so you won't suffer of low gain issues but you have to be careful that it doesn't record too hot (which is usually a good problem to have). It records true stereo using dual mics - this is not a common thing with lavs. I also tested how it picks up "handling" noise and it doesn't do worse than any other lav (perhaps even better). The clip is solid but not too grippy that it may damage people's garments, and the clip rotates for convenience of placement. The cable is short on purpose, just long enough to get it to a pocket or waistband without leaving unwanted excess. No concerns about durability either.

    Cons: even grasping at straws I can't think of much. Maybe that it says "Sony" on the front? But it doesn't really show up in video recordings. It is wider than your standard lav because of the dual-mic setup. But I think this makes it look more professional.
    Oh thanks a lot! I didn't consider Sony mics before

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    Thanks everybody for advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam-video View Post
    I actually use this mic, its cheap but it gets the job done and is surprisingly good.
    The price is great! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clay_9 View Post
    Just a quick word of advice, don't cheap out on audio equipment. People are a lot more forgiving generally if the visuals look a little off, but once you have poor audio quality, people will switch off a lot faster.
    I use the Sony UWP-D11 kits, certainly not cheap, but they are great quality and they will last.
    Absolutely agree, but sometimes cheap options works so good that you will not be able to distinguish cheap or expensive equipment was used. I'm trying to find just such an option)

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