Today I am going to review a wireless microphone for my Canon T5i 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 mic costs about $169 USD on the AT website and on amazon. So not bad for the price but how does it perform? That’s what this review intends to show you, so read on….
Product Name: AudioTechnica ATR288W TwinMic™ VHF wireless system
The Audio-Technica ATR288W VHF TwinMic System is a portable, versatile VHF wireless microphone system ideal for video applications, general PA applications, aerobics and fitness instruction, worship and more. The TwinMic system consists of a camera-mountable VHF receiver, bodypack transmitter, ATR35 miniature lavalier and ATR20 dynamic handheld microphone.
Both included microphones are wired, and connect to the bodypack for wireless operation. Connect the ATR35 lavalier for completely hands-free speech, and the ATR20 handheld for applications that require a handheld microphone. A 9V battery (each) keeps the transmitter and receiver powered for up to 8 hours.
- Includes ATR35 miniature lavalier condenser microphone for “hands-free” uses such as aerobics, dance, theater, lectures and “newscaster-style” videos
- Includes ATR20 dynamic microphone for handheld uses such as singing, talking, recording and videos
- Compact, ultra-lightweight transmitter and receiver are each powered by a single 9V battery
- Normal operating range 100′; up to 300′ under optimum conditions
- Two user-switchable frequencies for interference-free operation
- Includes earphone for real-time monitoring capability
- Durable, rubber-coated, flexible receiver antenna can be positioned for best reception
- Includes belt-clip and quick, reliable camera mount adapter for easy positioning and use
The packaging, is a paper box with the ATR1200 wrapped up in plastic and the PRO 88W-R35 is right next to that mic in a separate paper box and styrofoam box also inside the box you will find instructions and various adaptors and cables on the box you will find for retail purposes pictures of the microphone and features and specifications of the AudioTechnica ATR288W TwinMic™ VHF wireless system
The Microphones do have identifying marks on them which is AudioTechnica logo on the transmitter,receiver and even on the mics.
Moving on to transmitter on the right side you will find mic in which is where you plug the cable in that comes from your camera,a headphone jack which you can plug the ear bud that comes in the kit to listen to what the audio sounds and spot any problems and of course the switch I’ve been forgetting to turn on its the on and off switch with the very low indicator power light (this light will basically let you know when the battery is running low by getting dimmer and dimmer)
It took a lot of time and with tons of error to get used to this mic when I was recording some YouTube but 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 it as far as capturing background audio I had a few neighbors outside talking and none of that was picked up but if someone yells your name inside like a few rooms down then it might pick it up also where you place the mic makes a big difference not too far away from your mouth and not too close.
So Yes this mic is priced right when you add up the items that come in this kit separately. But and this is a BIG but the durability of the transmitter and receiver is rather cheap for the price you are paying I would think it would be built better if the transmitter or receiver is ever dropped while you are on set that could be a problem. Also one more thing that bugged me was the fact that each transmitter and receiver required a 9v battery but I could use a 9v plug (not included) for the receiver I would’ve preferred a rechargeable solution but before you say “David can’t you use 9v rechargeable batteries” yes you can but darn have you seen the prices for those one word CRAZY $20 for just 4, so in the meantime I ended up getting a pack of AmazonBasics non rechargeable 9V Batteries just make sure not to select “subscribe and save” as you really aren’t saving a lot and I don’t think you will be going though that many batteries in a few months of having this kit
So in all it’s a nice affordable wireless mic kit But I think they could make the transmitter and receiver a bit more durable otherwise It’s worked out for me. (be sure to check the video down below for a mic test)
BTW in the video I said “I lost the clip for my AT lapel mic”, I ended up using another clip from my double lapel mic