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169 of 178 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 5, 2004
I recommend the Sony ECM-DS70P stereo microphone.

This mic is great to use with the Sony Mini disc recorders such as MZ-N707 and up. Although it is referred as uni directional, I have found the stereo separation very good.

As you are recording yourself with other singers for example you distinctly hear the vocal separation or instrument separation on playback so, then you can get an interesting separated sound by adjusting the mike direction.

So, even though the L and R mics are close together they must be facing in different directions to get that quality of separation.

There probably are better mikes, and I am sure they cost more money. I am critical of what sound goes in my ears, and this is excellent for my needs, which is self recording, recording voice lessons, live performances etc.

I hope this review was helpful.
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2010
I bought this mic for two reasons:

1. It is stereo not mono
2. I just bought a Kodak Zi8 Digital Camcorder

Although the sound is surprisingly good on the Zi8, it has an external Stereo mic jack. The Sony ECM-DS70P is highly regarded and works perfectly with the Zi8. There is a notable difference in the sound when I use the Sony mic. You can clearly hear the stereo sound difference when recording in a 360 degree environment (like outside in a playground or other event). I have also used it for voice recording and it does a nice job there as well.
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
This unit is not as compatible as compared to others. But, what it loses in compatibility it makes up for in features. It's wonderfully small and works great with Sony MD recorders. True, it isn't as versitile as the battery models, but it's a lot smaller too. If you just want to do MD recording, this is the unit for you.
The sound quality is sufficiently clear when recording, but is not sensitive enough to satisfy the most demanding users such as musicians or professional reporters. You need a relatively strong source.
Here's one MD player recorder that I know has the microphone jack and works great with this microphone:
'Sony MZ-NF810CK Net MD MiniDisc Recorder with Car Kit'
However, don't be fooled. Not every MD player has the appropriate Mic Jack. Double Check the technical documentation to make sure. Units that definitely do not have it are:
'Sony MZ-NE410 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'
Notice the deceptive "Recorder" moniker in the product name. Don't be fooled! Very few MD "recorders" actually record with a microphone!
Not sure about these:
'Sony MZ-NF610 High Speed Net MD Walkman Recorder'
'Sony MZ-N510CK NetMD Walkman/Recorder with Car Kit'
'Sony MZ-N505 Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder'
Do your research before purchasing any MD player. All in all, this is a good value and the ideal microphone for those wanting to record onto a Sony MD.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2009
I am a musician and own my own studio in Nashville, TN. I have thousands of dollars worth of microphones. This product is what it is and for the money is a brilliant little microphone. Even though I have a 250 track digital recording studio, sometimes I want to record without doing a major "studio" setup. I bought a Boss Micro BR and this mic to go with it. This is a fantastic combination. The sound is definitely studio quality. I did a location recording of a simple trumpet and piano. Rather than drag my whole set up I took the Micro BR and this mic and made a very fine sounding recording. I got a pair of windscreens that were made for a telephone headset. I put one over each side of this mic and never take them off. This mic does have its limitations and does not sound as good as my $650 studio vocal mic for sure, but that's not what it is intended for. This is for portability with clear crisp sound. With a Micro BR it's a phenomenal combination. I almost didn't buy the Micro BR because it only has a mono on board mic, but I ordered this mic to go with it and I'm so glad I did. This magic combo is a serious upgrade from a Zoom H2 or H4 and for less money - go figure. Sony - well done.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2004
Contrary to earlier review, this microphone works GREAT with devices other than Sony; just make sure that your recording device provides plug power. I use this microphone with my iRiver iHP-120 20GB MP3 Jukebox --- records great stereo sound directly into MP3s. Fantastic for recording my kids' concerts. Highly, highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
In a move that is very unlike me, I bought this microphone to make stereo recordings of some piano pieces I had to perform while away from home (and my recording equipment). I have to admit, for Sony, this product is pretty bang-on! The microphone is responsive across a broad spectrum of dynamics and acoustically accurate, although I typically stereo microphones with an X or Y arrangement for good presence. With careful positioning (and a rubber cushioning pad), this microphone achieved some almost studio-quality recordings (bearing in mind that I was playing on a meticulously maintained $150,000 piano...)!
The ONLY thing keeping me from giving this microphone 5 stars is that it's not powered, and there was no way to enable it to work with my MacBook Pro without buying extra hardware. Not to worry though: It wasn't terribly costly. I bought a Griffin iMic ($39.99) and used it in conjunction with Audacity without a hitch! The recordings I made were so good that my friends and family were unable to tell which recordings were made in a studio (with professional-quality equipment) or with the iMic/Sony mic combination when put on a mixed CD.

Bottom Line: This microphone was able to capture the most diminutive harmonics and loudest fortissimo's without any problems at either end of the spectrum, and I would recommend this to ANY amateur/intermediate performer wishing to capture a high-quality recording of their work!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2010
I bought this mic for a Kodak Zi8 to do interviews. Although it comes with a cord & clip, the microphone itself plugs right into the side of the Zi8 which is really sweet. Mounted on the camera, the microphone swivels so the sound inputs can be separated front and back, making it great for interviews. I highly recommend this mic to go with the Zi8.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2010
Sony is a popular brand name to counterfeit. Like the $20.00 Rolex watches that are a comic cliche, this particular item is one to look out for. I generally over-research anything I'm thinking of buying; I was was thinking of getting an external microphone for a camcorder. This looked great and the price was too good to be true. WAY too good! Sony sells this item on its website for $74.99. Well, go to YouTube and type in "Sony ECM-DS70P fake Mic" Yep. The one-star reviews on Amazon are most likely of knock-offs. The YouTube video gives a close look at the fake and the Real Thing. (The video was uploaded by someone who bought a ECM-DS70P for five bucks, by the way!) A few user-provided photos at Amazon are definitely of the fake. Electronic goods are easy to copy - at least, the way they LOOK is - so I try to purchase electrical goodies directly from Amazon or the manufacturer anytime I can.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I was using a fairly cheap desktop mic for recording podcasts, and the cheap mic introduced a low frequency hum into the recording. I could filter it out using Audacity, but that also took some of the nice bass tones from the recorded voices. I hate extra steps anyway.

I took a low risk chance and tried the Sony ECM-DS70P. I have a usb audio adapter that I use to bypass my notebook's sound card. My notebook does not have a mic-in jack anyway, only a line-in. The USB adapter has mic-in, line-in, and surround out (front/center/rear) ports. All are 3.5mm connections. Also, the USB adapter provides power to the mic.

With the Sony mic, I use a 3' extension cable. Get one at any Radio Shack for a few bucks. I attached the mic to my homemade pop screen and stand. This eliminates the harsh "P" and "T" sounds in a recording. The pop screen blocks the air coming from my mouth so the mic does not get hit with a blast of air resulting in a troublesome spike in the recording. It really works!

I was going to buy a much more expensive usb mic (Samson C03U), but the clarity of this mic is so good, I don't need it. It has met all my requirements. Outstanding clarity/sensitivity, low noise, good price.

It's also a great mic for field recording, but the mic in port must be powered. It even works with my miniDV video recorder (which has a plug-in power mic jack).

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The Sony mic is great for recording podcasts. It handles the voice range well with very little noise. It's a nice mic for recording speakers at conferences. With a stereo extension cord, you can place the mic exactly where you want it even if your recording device is a little bit away from the ideal spot. This way you can monitor the recording with your recording device while the mic is in place on a table or near a speaker. No noise will be introduced to the recording when you handle the recording device.

I've since switched to the Zoom H2 as my desktop mic. The quality is superior and it has a direct usb connection to my computer. Crystal clear recordings.

If you are doing field recordings, and you want to conduct an interview between yourself and another person, the Sony mic is OK, but you have to be right next to the other person. There is a better solution. Get a mic set from Giant Squid Audio Labs [...].

They are about sixty bucks. They are hand crafted by a guru and are very robust. The sound quality is unbeatable. A set consists on one 3.5mm male jack that can plug into almost any 3.5mm powered mic port, such as a Zoom H2 or a Kodak Zi8 HD video recorder. Then the set splits into 2 mono mics. Each mono mic is on its own cable (about 4 feet each if I recall), and they come with a nice lapel clip. Clip one to yourself and one to the other person, and you are good to go. Excellent quality recordings. You can have your system record each person in a separate channel, which makes editing more flexible.

I recently recorded 19 video interviews at a trade show using the Kodak Zi8 and the Giant Squid mic. Excellent combo. The interviewer could stand behind the camera while the interviewee sat in a chair at a trade show booth. Very elegant solution.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2012
I tired both the Sony and the Olympus ME-51S with my GoPro Hero2. Both, performed well in my audio tests (though not as good as the on-board mic). I felt the Olympus did a slightly better job picking up speech and ambient sounds. For non-powered Mics both are good choices, but I would lean toward the Olympus all things considered. I would also note there are "fake" Sony ECM-DS70P microphones being sold on the market. There is a YouTube video that illustrates the differences between the genuine and fake Sony mics. I noticed many of the fake Mics being sold on Ebay for under $15.00 (Buyer Beware).
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