Today I am going to review two stereo condenser microphones from a company called AudioTechnica a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. The Audio-Technica ATR6550 and ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Microphones come at a affordable cost of $49 and $69 USD and is available at a variety of retailers like Staples,Walmart B&H and of course Amazon for the same price no matter where you get it but some might have deals here and there on them. So not bad for the price but how well do they perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….
Where to find it:
The packaging, is a paper box where the mic with attached cable (6550) and separate cable (6250) is in a white plastic tray also neatly packed inside is the instructions,, foam mic screen and mic holder and for a camera a hot shoe mount mic holder On the box insert you will find for retail purposes pictures of the microphones and features and specifications of the ATR6550 and ATR6250 Stereo Condenser Microphone
Both Microphones do have an identifying marks on it which is AudioTechnica name at the top of the mic but the AT6550 doesn’t show this since the foam covers it. at the bottom is where you will find the cable connection again on the AT6550 no need to worry about “where’s my cable” since it’s always attached there is also an on and off switch for the AT6250 but the AT6550 has Two range settings besides a off switch “Normal” for close & medium-distance; “Tele” for long-distance and each have a battery compartment and come with a AA battery which you will need as I tried to use the mic without the battery and found I needed it for my Canon T5i but after you got battery in all you have to do is turn on the power and plug into the 3.5 jack to enjoy the mic
Just like any other mic I’ve reviewed It took a lot of time and with tons of error to get used to this affordable mic when I was recording some YouTube videos one thing I found is you might need to play around with audio editing in Final Cut (or your preferred editor) afterwards to get a clean sound. As for capturing background audio I had a neighbor outside who was running their mower and it didn’t pick it up it also helps to mention the type of room or place you record as different environments will vary with results Both microphones would be perfect for anyone looking to get their feet wet (not really wet) with filming or starting up a youtube channel with a low budget , also as I mentioned in the video if you need a super affordable lapel mic you can’t go wrong with the Sony ECMCS3 Clip style Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone
So yes both these microphones are priced low and works with any camera with a 3.5 mic jack. I didn’t have too much to complain about this mic it’s affordable and it gets the job done even though I would also learn some basic audio editing which is a good skill to have if you are going to start up a youtube channel or get into filming