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Sony ECM-CS10 Tie-Clip-Style Omnidirectional Business Microphone

3.6 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
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  • Lavalier styling -- includes a clip to attach to clothing; permits convenient, hands-free recording
  • Small, inconspicuous -- makes the recording process more natural and less obtrusive
  • Integrated clip for maximum simplicity & ease of use
  • Omni-directional pattern -- picks up voices from all directions; ideal for meetings and lectures
  • 2-way power supply -- plug-in power with select Sony portable recorders -- battery power for use with all other recorders (not supplied)
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Sony ECM-CS10 Business Microphone Extremely small and inconspicuous, the new ECM-CS10 Microphone clipseasily to clothing for convenient hands-free recording. Perfect for business meetings or lectures, this Omni-Directional Stereo Microphone comes withan Integrated Stand, a 2-way power supply and an L-Shape Mini-Plug that fits most portable recorders. Features: * Lavalier Styling includesa clip to attach to clothing; permits convenient,hands-free recording * Small, Inconspicuous Design makes the recording process more natural andless obtrusive * One-Piece Tie-Tac Mic with Integrated Clip for maximum simplicity, ease of use * Omni-Directional Pattern picks up voices from all directions; ideal for business meetings andlectures * 2-Way Power Supply offers plug-in power with selected Sony or Aiwa portable recorders; battery power for use with all other recorders * Sleek, Round-Edge Battery Box with a clip for attaching to clothes * Oxygen-Free Copper Litz Cord for minimum loss, minimum noise * L-Shaped Mini-Plug fits portable recorders * Gold-Plated Plug for maximum conductivity, minimum noise * Integrated Stand for meetings and lectures. Product Note: 1. The recorder you plug it into must be a stereo recorder, or used with an adapter to convert the stereo plug to mono. If you plug this microphone into a mono recorder or other equipment, you may short out the microphone circuit, preventing any sound. 2. Being a condenser microphone, it needs power to run it. It has to be plugged into equipment that has power on the mic jack. PC's and laptop microphone inputs, as well as some Sony recording equipment and other brands of recording equipment, are designed to accept a condenser microphone.

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Item Weight 0.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000246SKU
Item model number ECMCS10
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3.6 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #16,894 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#108 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Microphones > Accessories > Clips
#6,382 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Gavin W. Finley on November 25, 2007
I have used the ECM-CS10 stereo microphone with my laptop for recording speech for audio embedded web pages. This is a very clear low noise stereo mic. It has a good high frequency response. It is not as loud/sensitive as the omni mics I have tried. But this unit records voice very well and with low noise. It is certainly not as boomy as many of the consumer grade omnidirectional single channel mics I have tried. In the laptop recording mode I use the mic with Sonic Stage audio recording software. It produces nice clean recordings. For top-notch speech sound and to increase the signal/noise ratio I even clip on BOTH the ECM-CS10 stereo mic and an omni microphone. I run them both into a 2:1 adaptor plug which then plugs into the laptop. There is no battery box needed with the laptop audio set up. The laptop supplies its own bias voltage/phantom power to the mic. I have also used this mic with button style battery boxes to feed audio into a Canon GL2 camcorder. It gives good results. Every camcorder needs an external mic or two mics for studio set-ups. These 1/8th inch prosumer mics do the job well without breaking your budget. XLR mic set-ups and wireless microphone systems can cost many hundreds of dollars. I was glad to find ways to use these moderately priced business mics in a smart way in order to get very good audio for web pages and videoed interviews. It is not just the quality of equipment or the cost. it is how you use it. Getting your mic as close to the source is the key to getting good video. Lavaliers like this get the job done well and they do it simply and economically.
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I've been using Sony's ECM-MS907 for more than 5 years now and have loved it; so two weeks ago I ordered the Sony ECM-CS10 to use for audio journal keeping while on the road. When it arrived just a few days ago, I compared the audio quality of its recordings to that of my existing Sony microphone. In spite of its pleasing aesthetics, I found it to be a sad disappointment!!! The ECM-CS10 is a very noisy microphone with an audio quality far inferior of what I would expect from a Sony mic. (I wonder whether this is because it is a plug-in-power mic).

Frankly, I think I'm probably going to return it and look for something else. I've purchased a number of microphones on eBay and have only been satisfied with one other type of compact mic. Microsound makes it; and its a mic with a cable lead about three inches long. I'm not in any way affiliated with them, but I would recommend their product.

With all of this said, I think I still might spring for Sony's top-of-the-line lapel microphone, just to see whether it's any good.
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While the specs above say:

2-Way power supply offers plug-in power with selected Sony or Aiwa portable recorders; battery power for use with all other recorders

This is NOT TRUE. There is no battery unit shipped with this device; you can see it in the instructions, but it isn't in the package. So, unless you are using it with a "selected Sony or Aiwa" device, DON'T BUY THIS. It won't work.

BTW, I am a slow learner. When I bought the first one of these, I thought it was defective because it didn't have the battery pack. I returned it and got another one, which was absolutely unopened -- guess what! THERE IS NO BATTERY PACK IN THE BLISTERPACK.
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The product description used on Amazon incorrectly states that this mic comes with a power supply. Wrong. The Sony ECM-CS10 does not come with a power supply. The Sony ECM-C115 does. And the two models share a User Guide, which may be where the confusion originated.

After reading a few of the reviews where this was a concern, I did some research, and was pretty sure that I was not buying a mic with an included power supply. So I was not disappointed. But had I not done that research and relied on Amazon's description, and had I needed/wanted a power supply, I might have been a little upset.

As far as quality of the recording, it's a marked improvement over my digital voice recorder's (Sony ICD-UX70) built-in mic. It's not studio-quality, certainly, but an improvement all the same.
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The Sony ECM-CS10 is reasonably priced for a stereo mic. I have used it for recording auido lectures and it works well to pick up all comments in a small classroom. If clipped to a lapel, it is crystal clear. I also have used it for recording my band with little distortion and fairly equal levels for drum kit, vocals, and guitar amps...solid mic with little frill for these purposes.
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I bought this ECM-CS10 to use with a Zoom H1. I also bought, to compare, the ECMCS3, which is less than half the cost. While the 10 may have some features that are better than the 3, I cannot discern them. As a notable downside, the recording level at the same gain setting in the H1 for the 10 is just far lower. I am planning to use the lapel mic system with the Zoom H1 when I give talks that I want to record my voice in a consistent manner rather than having the zoom H1 mic recording from table top. So, I will put the Zoom H1 in my pocket and use the lapel mic. The sound on the ECMCS3 seems really superb to me, and the sound level is so much lower on the 10 that I think it's inadequate. I don't want to turn the gain up to 90 something on the H1 just to get a decent level to work with. So, better deal and better performance to me seems to the ECMCS3.
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