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Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit

B&H # COAP230 Mfr # AP-230D
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The Comtek AP-230 allows a user to listen to pre-recorded cues from a tape player, MP3 player, or similar device during a speech or presentation. It may also be used with all Comtek personal receivers to receive live cues.

The system consists of an IR-230 in-ear induction receiver and an NTC-102 neckloop transductor with two 32" down-lead cords (one with a 1/8" and one with a 3/32" plug).

Using induction technology allows the system to be invisible to the audience, as no wires travel directly to the ear.

Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit
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    3.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Essential for On-Camera Narrators.

      Over the lens tele-prompters are great BUT you can't look away for more than a second or two. and they are uselss in the field. With the COMTEK EAR PROMPTER everything about your delivery...Read complete review

      Over the lens tele-prompters are great BUT you can't look away for more than a second or two. and they are uselss in the field. With the COMTEK EAR PROMPTER everything about your delivery is natural and as casual or urgent as it needs to be. Mini-recorder in your pocket or otherwise hidden, wireless earbud in your ear, loop around your neck, can be hidden even with an open collar. You record (with the director if necessary for special inflections or emphasis points, etc.) the copy to time then it plays back in your ear and you repeat it for the camera and mic. There may be a slight learning curve but really it's child's play, easy to learn how to use and once you perfect the skill you can do as many minutes as necessary non-stop direct to camera. As a talent, I have been in the field all over the world with copy being written and presented to me 10 minutes before shooting and can deliver a first take performance. Every time? Of course not but this little gem pays for itself time and time and time again. [...]I have bought, over about 20-25 years, 3 or 4 of these. Lost one, wore out two. Take care of it; keep it dry, corrosion from moisture (perspiration for example) can happen. After use let the induction coil and ear bud dry out before storing. You might consider storing it with fresh silica gel crystals (dirt cheap) to keep it dry. That's it. Awesome tool, worth its weight in gold, literally.

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      It really looks good, but...

      There is just too much hiss noise in the background, which really starts getting into your ear. Even though they told me that mine must be defect, and normally it shouldn't be that...Read complete review

      There is just too much hiss noise in the background, which really starts getting into your ear. Even though they told me that mine must be defect, and normally it shouldn't be that much, I am not quite sure if that is the case. In any way I had to return the whole thing back to B&H. I am not willing to pay [$] and then have any hiss whatsoever distracting me from the message I need to present.Searching now for another solution.

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      4.0

      Audio Ear Prompter

      By Jeffery

      from Santa Cruz, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

        I've hired on-camera actors that use this same kit and they recommended it. I bought it so I could deliver long lectures without notes. I like the product and it's comfortable to wear. Virtually invisible to viewers. It comes with two sizes of cables, which is helpful.

        Make sure you have an audio source with a volume control for the earphone output, because it requires a strong signal to drive this unit. Olympus VN- 7600PC is not strong enough. Sony ICD BX112 works well, but lacks a USB input. A smart phone works, but it's bulky. I haven't found the perfect recorder yet, but I definitely recommend this product.

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        5.0

        Auto Propter Kit a Big Hit

        By Coconuthead

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Auditions
          • Commercialindustrial
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

          I use the product as an ear-prompter for auditions and commercial/industrial shoots. Before purchasing the AP-230 Prompter Kit, I used a wired earbud that needed to be hidden or masked. I love the nearly invisible ear piece! The ear piece emits a soft hum that I thought might interfere with hearing my recordings, but I got used to it and could hear well. I thought I was going to have to buy a transmitter as well, but was told by a Comtek representative that as long as there is not a lot of background noise, and I use digital recorder that allows me to adjust the volume, I don't need that extra bit of electronics. I have used the device twice since I got it last week and have been very pleased with the product.

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          5.0

          Essential for On-Camera Narrators.

          By Alan

          from Atlantic Seaboard

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile
          • Worth weight in gold

          Cons

          • Keep it dry

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Remote in field use

          Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

          Over the lens tele-prompters are great BUT you can't look away for more than a second or two. and they are uselss in the field. With the COMTEK EAR PROMPTER everything about your delivery is natural and as casual or urgent as it needs to be. Mini-recorder in your pocket or otherwise hidden, wireless earbud in your ear, loop around your neck, can be hidden even with an open collar. You record (with the director if necessary for special inflections or emphasis points, etc.) the copy to time then it plays back in your ear and you repeat it for the camera and mic. There may be a slight learning curve but really it's child's play, easy to learn how to use and once you perfect the skill you can do as many minutes as necessary non-stop direct to camera. As a talent, I have been in the field all over the world with copy being written and presented to me 10 minutes before shooting and can deliver a first take performance. Every time? Of course not but this little gem pays for itself time and time and time again. [...]I have bought, over about 20-25 years, 3 or 4 of these. Lost one, wore out two. Take care of it; keep it dry, corrosion from moisture (perspiration for example) can happen. After use let the induction coil and ear bud dry out before storing. You might consider storing it with fresh silica gel crystals (dirt cheap) to keep it dry. That's it. Awesome tool, worth its weight in gold, literally.

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          5.0

          Worth its weight in GOLD

          By spokesperson

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

              HERE IS THE CHEAPEST PLACE I HAVE EVER FOUND TO BUY THE AP-230 20% TO 40% CHEAPER. I have bought 3 or 4 over the years from other sellers. Pleased to have found BH. I Lost one; used one up; one corroded because I failed to dry it out before storing it in a plastic bag. It's a good idea to put it in a container with some fresh or dried silica gel to thoroughly dry out moisture from say perspiration. This applies to the neck cord as well! As a professional spokesperson I have been using this Prompter for years. This tiny bit of equipment paid for itself the first time I used it and I use it for dozens and dozens of spots, narrations and product demos a year. No more memorization of bits longer than a sentence. Make last minute edits. Read long scripts flawlessly within minutes after they are put in your hand without being tied to a tele-prompter. There may well be a slight learning curve![...] I have no connection whatsoever to this retailer other than as a super-satisfied customer.

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              4.0

              Economical solution for discreet cueing

              By jacefive sound

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                Although the neckloop system is not without issues at times (in areas near lights, and other electronics may sometimes cause interference) it is a great solution for the price!

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                4.0

                Worked in 10 mins

                By Stephanie

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                    It arrived, I hooked it up, it worked. I was able to give a speech within a day.
                    I wish it had better instructions, the wires were a bit big and the battery on the earpiece was tricky, but everything worked as it should. So glad I got it.

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                    2.0

                    Needs to be improved

                    By BC the actor

                    from Saint Cloud, FL

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                      Ordered and tried the product for a video shoot. It needs improvement to reach it's full potential. It caused interference with our other sound equipment. Also, the manufacturer should replace the "noise" that indicates it's operating with a blinking LED...the noise is annoying and it takes away from the sound quality/volume.

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                      1.0

                      It really looks good, but...

                      By Bro. Marko

                      from Switzerland

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                            There is just too much hiss noise in the background, which really starts getting into your ear. Even though they told me that mine must be defect, and normally it shouldn't be that much, I am not quite sure if that is the case. In any way I had to return the whole thing back to B&H. I am not willing to pay [$] and then have any hiss whatsoever distracting me from the message I need to present.Searching now for another solution.

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                            5.0

                            This is my prompter solution of choice

                            By Rick Johnson Sound

                            from New York City

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Prompter for talent

                              Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                              When shooting talent in the field, the ear prompt gives your talent so much more flexibility and spontaneity because they can move, look in the direction the camera is shooting, and then come back into the lens, all the while repeating their own words that they've just recorded on a guide track moments before.

                              Using a microcassette or inexpensive digital dictation recorder, the talent can record the script they're about to shoot with a 3-2-1 countdown (they only speak the three and two during the take, so you know it's coming), then they rehearse it a few times to themselves, and they're good to go. The talent controls their own cueing and playback, so they are confident of what they'll be hearing, and no additional crew is needed. The neck loop plugs into the recorder (or a Comtek receiver) and is hidden under a shirt or blouse.

                              Note: Some people have a hard time hearing themselves and speaking simultaneously. But then I've known on-camera talent who can't walk and talk at the same time. If your talent can use this tool, you'll appreciate not having to lug a screen & mirror prompter into the field, and you'll enjoy shooting standups and wraps and allow both the camera and talent to move during the take.

                              These are long lasting and the technology inside is very simple.

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                              4.0

                              product is worth the cost

                              By get jrk fit

                              from Rochester, NY

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Comtek AP-230 Auto Prompter Kit:

                                I host free seminars promoting health and fitness, and use the product to eliminate have to read power point slides and add-libbing, and to be able to not have to memorize my entire seminar. It has made my job easier, and has allowed me to deliver a much more polished sounding lecture, since I'm not having to think about what I'm to say. The size, portability, ans cost are great. Not one person has noticed or commented on being able to see the product during use. The only problem I had was getting the interchangable ear piece fittings to fit correctly/snug in my ear. I have modified my earpiece slightly by applying hobby wax to help keep it secure in my ear. Other than that, works great and has paid itself off in my opinion. I highly suggest to anyone lecturing or giving long speaches. makes for a much smoother performance.

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