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Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone
     
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    Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone

    Manufacturer: Audio-Technica

    Item #: AT-ATR4697   •   MFG #: ATR4697

     
     

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    Ideal for meetings & teleconferencing, the ATR4697 is a condenser boundary microphone with an omnidirectional polar pattern. It is useful in surface-mounted applications, for meetings, teleconferencing and desktop computer use. The microphone's low-profile design assures minimum visibility.

     
    • Features

      • Perfect for teleconferencing, meetings & desktop computer use
      • Omni pickup pattern offers full coverage
      • Rugged construction for long-lasting performance
      • On/off switch on bottom of microphone
      • Permanently attached 1.5 m (4.9') cable (3.5 mm mini-plug)
       
     

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    Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone
     
    3.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    1.0

    Worthless if you want to use it for any length of time !!

    By Ev

    from Lenexa KS

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • goes thru batteries every 7 to 10 days.
    • Keep getting feedback
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

      I TRY to use it on my homes primary phone. We discontinued our land line and are using SKYPE for our primary phone. So we leave the microphone turned on in case someone calls, you don't have to fumble around flipping it over to turn it getting feedback etc. Well with it left on and only 1 maybe 2 calls a day of 5 to 10 minutes, it runs through a battery in about a week. Also, you can never depend on the quality. It is a nice size and durable and lightweight, just needs to fix the battery, which might fix the quality and reliability issues. I'm taking mine back 2 microcenter, I have about 22 hours before the return deadline.

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      • Less than a month
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      5.0

      Good performer at reasonable price, esp. for voice

      By Tweedle Dee

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

          I connect this to my computer microphone to record myself speaking and playing a simple musical instrument (bagpipe practice chanter, claves). It produces good quality audio. Under those conditions, I can barely tell the difference between this product and my more expensive Audix Fusion f15 instrument mike. I am not an audio or recording expert, but I'm very satisfied. Works fine with the sound card built into my Windows 7 Pro PC, and with WavePad audio editing software. With regard to another reviewer's comments: be prepared to spend a bit of time learning how to adjust mike gain on your computer and how to connect the mike to any recording software you may be using. It's easy once you figure it out.

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          • Over a year
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Must for Note Taking Programs

          By ZachK

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

          I purchased this microphone the other day for college. With the College Equivalent of an IEP (Accommodations), I am able to do things such as record my lectures and review them. Finding a stand alone microphone was hard. I did NOT want to bring a webcam to class if i was just going to use a Mic. For the price I was blown away. I was turned off by the fact it wasn't USB. Then I found out it was battery powered. The small size of this makes it not as noticeable in class. My professor, who I sit right next to (U Shaped table,) didn't even notice it. The quality of sound is excellent at a close range. A drawback to this is the boundary range of the microphone. I wasn't able to understand people that were about 4-6 feet away. Normal Speech on Max Boost and Max Volume only gives one bar of volume in Windows Volume Control. I do not believe the minimum hertz level is even recognized by Windows. ALSO: Protip, change quality to Studio for best results.

          Overall It has saved my life in terms of my grade and everything.

          910

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          • Intermediate
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          • Less than a month
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          5.0

          Excellent microphone if used correctly

          By Craig

          from New England

          Pros

          • Conference Rooms
          • Field Recording

          Cons

          • cable on newer versions is not very pliable
          • future versions should have device-powered option

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

            I have used a number of these microphones since the model was introduced. They have always provided reliable and very intelligible audio for recording meetings on both consumer camcorders and business audio recorders. I have also used this mic connected to wireless beltpack transmitters.

            I have used these mics on tables and taped to walls and ceilings with very good results. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to greatly improve audio quality over most business recorder built-in microphones.

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            • Expert
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            • Corporate/Government/School
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            • Over a year
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            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            You Didn't Really Want To Record Anything, Did You?

            By Vicki2011

            from United States

            Pros

            • maybe it would work as a lapel mic.

            Cons

            • just simply doesn't work.

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR4697 Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone:

              There is no volume control on the microphone, so I turned the input volume on my computer all the way up, and maxed the input sensitivity on my software. All I recorded was a mumbling whisper when I was speaking at normal volume 18 inches away from the microphone (which had a fresh battery). This product is useless.

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              • Novice
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              • Computer
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              • Less than a month
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