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Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System

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The Sony WCS-999 provides an affordable wireless solution for video interviews, conferences, lectures, meetings etc. The package provides a portable camera-mount receiver, body-pack transmitter and lavalier microphone. The system operates via the 900 MHz FM band for resulting in high RF performance and extended range of up to 150 feet in ideal conditions. The omni-directional microphone offers a generous pick up at the off-axis sections of the microphone. A single ear piece headphone is provided and attach's to the receiver for accurate monitoring of incoming audio signal. The "Mic Mixing" feature allows a second wired microphone to attach directly to the receiver, the signals are mixed to the output of the receiver.

FM Band Transmission
The WCS-999 operates over the 900 MHz FM band of frequencies resulting in high RF performance and an extended operating range of up to 150 feet in ideal conditions.
Mic Mixing Capability
The receiver's Mic Mixing feature provides an input for a second wired microphone. The signal from the wireless lavalier and wired microphone are then mixed on output.
Microphone Power
The receiver provides power to compatible Sony microphones the require it. This eliminates the need for external batteries.
Omni-Directional Lavalier
The included omni-directional lavalier microphone features a generous pick-up pattern at the off-axis sections of the microphone.
Compact Components
The transmitter and receiver are designed light weight and compact for easy transport.
System
Type of System Camera Mountable Lavalier 900 MHz Wireless
RF Carrier Frequency Range 912 MHz- 915 MHz
Working Range Up to 150' (Under Ideal Conditions)
Overall Frequency Response 100 Hz - 15 kHz (+/-3 dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dynamic Range: Greater than 78dB
# Of Channels 3 (Channel 1: 912.900MHz; Channel 2: 913.800MHz; Channel 3: 914.400 MHz)
# Of Simultaneous Systems Up to 3
Receiver
Type of Receiver 900MHz FM Wireless Camera Mountable Receiver
Type of Outputs Earphone Jack: Monaural Mini Plug
Mic Mixing Jack: Monaural Mini Plug
Output Plug: Monaural Mini Plug
Headphone Monitoring Yes
Power Requirements DC 1.5V
Battery Type/Approx. Life AA, 20 Hours
Display Not Specified by Manufacturer
Mounting Options Camera/Belt Mountable
Antenna Type Integral
Dimensions 2.375 x 2.75 x .875" (60 x 70 x 22.5mm) HxWxD
Weight 3.1 oz. (88 g)
Transmitter
Type of Transmitter Camera Mountable FM (900 MHz)
Type of Input Connector Stereo Mini-Jack with Plug-In Power
Type of Microphone Lavalier (Model # Not Specified by Manufacturer)
Maximum Sound Pressure Level: Greater than 114dB SPL
Microphone Cord Length: Approximately 39" (1 meter)
Polar Pattern Omni-directional
Interchangeable Mic Heads Yes, the Sony ECM-T145 Electret Condenser Lavalier Microphone, for example, may be Added for Microphone Mixing
Battery Type/Approx. Life AA, 20 Hours
Mute Switch Not Specified by Manufacturer
Level Control Auto Gain Compressor
Antenna Type Integral
Display Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions 2.375 x 2.75 x .875" (60 x 70 x 22.5mm) HxWxD
Weight 3.1 oz. (88 g) Including Batteries
Sony WCS-999 Camera Mountable 900 MHz Lavalier Microphone System
  • Lavalier Microphone
  • Transmitter
  • Receiver
  • Monitoring Earphone
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SonyWCS-999 Wireless System
     
    3.2

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (9)

    61%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (18)
    • Easy to use (13)
    • Simple use (7)
    • Great sound quality (6)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

    • Noisy (11)
    • Unreliable (9)
    • Unstable (7)
    • Flimsy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Presentations (8)
    • Productivity (8)
    • Professional (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (20), Gearhead (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (19), Personal (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works flawlessly

    I am using this microphone as a wireless remote to a computer for captioning for deaf students. The device works well and can capture voice in even a very large classroom. I initially did...Read complete review

    I am using this microphone as a wireless remote to a computer for captioning for deaf students. The device works well and can capture voice in even a very large classroom. I initially did not like the battery required at both ends but they seem to last quite a long time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not impressed.

    If I am desperate I will pull these out of my equipment box.

    I have been shooting environmental documentary/awareness videos for the past 7 years. Understanding this was a low budget...Read complete review

    If I am desperate I will pull these out of my equipment box.

    I have been shooting environmental documentary/awareness videos for the past 7 years. Understanding this was a low budget solution for a wireless mic system compared to what I use at a local TV station, I purchased this microphone about 3 years ago.
    I have used the WCS-999 system in a variety of circumstances from the middle of nowhere to lecture halls.
    When it does work, the audio quality is crisp and clean sounding. However, that is the key..when it does work.
    Range is far less than the (150' in ideal circumstances) suggested. When used in a standard shoot outdoors without any interference from other sources the range at best is about 20-30 feet. Frequent drop outs and static renders almost all spoken audio useless. As an ambient source if all you want is few seconds then it might suffice. If used indoors, there are more frequent 'pop's and drop outs from frequency interference from lights, and wireless systems, especially cell phones.

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Coach Mentor

    from Victoria BC Canada

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Value for money

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations
      • Sports

      Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

      Very effective and perfect for my application. I mentor sports coaches and video their actions and comments on the bench during games and in practice situations. The sound can be picked up well up to 100 feet with very little interference. For the price, these are very good value. Not professional sound but certainly well suited to my application.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      2.0

      Mediocre

      By Chris

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Pros

        Cons

        • Noisy
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

          Bought mine 3 or 4 years ago. Sometimes it works great. Other times it only records on one side of channels and plays back on only one speaker. Sometimes it gets a lot of static or has dead space in recordings. In each case, there was no physical interference between myself and the receiver and I was always within 40 feet, usually less, of the receiver, so there is no reasonable reason that the unit shouldn't have worked perfectly or near perfectly.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          budget microphone

          By Andrei7685

          from Russia, Yaroslavl

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                For the money is quite good microphone, you can appreciate the quality in this video [@]

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                4.0

                Great for Beginners

                By Tech Head

                from New York

                About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Budget Friendly
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Medium Quality Sound

                Best Uses

                • Diy Video

                Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                This product is extremely easy to use, budget friendly and therefore great for beginners. The mic that comes with it is only 20% better than your average Canon 60D mic.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                2.0

                Not impressed.

                By BB

                from Nanaimo, BC

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                • Frequent Drop Outs
                • Limited range
                • Noisy
                • Unreliable
                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                  If I am desperate I will pull these out of my equipment box.

                  I have been shooting environmental documentary/awareness videos for the past 7 years. Understanding this was a low budget solution for a wireless mic system compared to what I use at a local TV station, I purchased this microphone about 3 years ago.
                  I have used the WCS-999 system in a variety of circumstances from the middle of nowhere to lecture halls.
                  When it does work, the audio quality is crisp and clean sounding. However, that is the key..when it does work.
                  Range is far less than the (150' in ideal circumstances) suggested. When used in a standard shoot outdoors without any interference from other sources the range at best is about 20-30 feet. Frequent drop outs and static renders almost all spoken audio useless. As an ambient source if all you want is few seconds then it might suffice. If used indoors, there are more frequent 'pop's and drop outs from frequency interference from lights, and wireless systems, especially cell phones.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for the budget

                  By Maulon

                  from Santiago, Chile

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Noisy

                  Best Uses

                  • Productivity
                  • Professional

                  Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                  Great for interviews, i use with a Canon 5D MKIII, sometimes it has a little noise but it's gone when you change the channel

                  the price is the best...

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  2.0

                  Works great when no static

                  By Tiny Firefighter

                  from California

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Noisy
                  • Unreliable
                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                    Bought this wireless system because we didn't have enough money in budget for anything else and am very disapointed. I get a lot of static and it is very unreliable. When it works, it sounds good. But random static makes this a NO BUY.
                    I tried using this for simple interviews and to record presentations being given. I was in line of sight and very close. No reason for the static.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    A Great Wireless Microphone for Lectures

                    By Bob - Social Studies Department Chair

                    from Westside High School Omaha, NE

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Presentations

                      Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                      I recently purchased the Sony WCS-999 Lavalier Microphone for use in our large group lecture hall at our high school. In combination with a sound mixer and speakers (purchased separately), the lavalier mic has worked wonderfully for the purpose in which it serves.

                      The mic and the receiver work off of one AA battery each and the battery life so far has been pretty good. Also, the distance in which the wireless mic has worked is impressive. Currently our receiver is consistently about 60 feet from the location of the wireless microphone and the reception is flawless with little to no interference.

                      The receiver has capability of working on three (3) separate channels so expansion to up to three separate microphones working simultaneously is possible. As compared to similar brands of lavalier mics, this is a nice extra. Most other brands have only two (2) channels.

                      So far the staff has not found any cons or flaws regarding this system.

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                      4.0

                      Worked great

                      By Lycos72

                      from Slc ut

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Inexpensive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Den
                        • Presentations
                        • Productivity

                        Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                        Worked good I used it in filming an interview, had a few crackles and pops but quality was there .

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Good starter product

                        By Steve

                        from Rexburg, Id

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long battery life
                        • Price

                        Cons

                        • Picks up white noise
                        • Short Range

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur video projects
                        • Presentations
                        • Productivity

                        Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                        If you are just starting out and need an inexpensive lavalier, then this will certainly do the job. Beware of interference from cell phones, cordless phones, and radios. You'll definitely need some audio software capable of removing white noise that gets picked up by the mic. Good product. Good price.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Great product for the money

                        By ky man

                        from Ky

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Productivity
                          • Professional

                          Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                          Great for small camcorders.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Not that good

                          By Eng

                          from ksa

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Noisy
                          • Unreliable
                          • Unstable

                          Best Uses

                          • Presentations

                          Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                          In short it is disappointing.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Audio interference

                          By Jim the Writer

                          from Chesapeake, Virginia

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional

                          Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                          Tried to feed speakers audio directly to camera. Got interference on either channel. The pick up to listen in was too short and constraining.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Worst wireless system I've ever used.

                          By heymarino

                          from california

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Noisy
                            • Unreliable
                            • Unstable

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                              Too many RF hits, completely unreliable. Can't use it.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              WCS-999 Camera Mountable Microphone

                              By Gregory the Cameraman

                              from Mountain View, CA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Den
                                • Presentations
                                • Productivity
                                • Professional

                                Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                small, compact, and discrete

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Great gadget - small price

                                By Stephan the teaman

                                from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                                About Me Ordinary user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Value

                                Cons

                                • Microphone may be fragile

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Recording

                                Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                Great device. Works well. Microphone appears fragile.
                                8.5\10

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                good product

                                By marcekat

                                from mexico

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional

                                  Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                  It has good sound reception. is lightweight and easy to install. good product

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Unfortunately not what I hoped for...

                                  By Pete Eyre

                                  from Keene, NH

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Simple Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Bad sound quality
                                  • Very Limited Range

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                    We were hoping to better our content for a project ([*] that relies heavily on video by adding lapel mics to our standard and shotgun mics and didn't want to drop $400+. After doing some research we decided to buy these Sony lapel mics but unfortunately they haven't met our needs. Their range (transmitter to receiver) is very short (~20'), much less than the claimed 150'. Also, even in such short distances the audio quality isn't clear. The units operate much better when directly pointed at each other (e.g. the transmitter is not inside but outside a pocket, etc.).We plan to return these to B&H.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    Very Disappointing Performance

                                    By johnfr

                                    from Longmont, CO

                                    About Me Gearhead

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • None

                                    Cons

                                    • Noisy
                                    • Short Range
                                    • Unreliable
                                    • Unstable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                      I purchased this product in hopes of using it for a wedding and also for interviews. Have found that the range is at best 10'-15' before I have lots of hiss and signal loss.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      Excellent for the price

                                      By Greg

                                      from San Diego, CA

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Sound Quality
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Simple Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Presentations
                                        • Productivity

                                        Comments about Sony WCS-999 Wireless System:

                                        For the price, this is an excellent lavalier mic. Be warned though that this is by no means a professional-quality mic. The construction is pretty solid and the cables seem strong. I've had no issues other than some minor static at long distances of 20ft or more, or when objects pass between the transmitter and receiver. I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for an inexpensive lavalier mic that will most likely work fine for you.

                                        If you want to use this with a professional video camera that accepts XLR input, simply buy a $4 XLR plug and solder the center wire to pin 2 and the shield (outer wire) to pins 1 and 3. I did this with my Canon XL2 and it works excellent! I was very suprised it worked at all, and not only that, but it sounds perfect!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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