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Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone

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Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic

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The ECM-55B is an omni-directional lavalier microphones suitable for many different applications ranging from news and interviews to stage dramas and instrument pick-up. Above 2 kHz, there is a gentle rise in the response to give a touch of presence to any instrument, while offering crisp, clean voice quality without any masking effect when used as a lapel microphone.

The directivity is optimized to ensure uniform, dependable output, regardless of the direction of the sound source. The metal mesh windscreen effectively eliminates both wind noise outdoors and pop noise in close-up situations. All this and traditional operation, the ECM-55B may well prove to be your most versatile and useful lavalier microphone.

The directivity is optimized to ensure uniform, dependable output, regardless of the direction of the sound source.
The metal mesh windscreen effectively eliminates both wind noise outdoors and pop noise in close-up situations.
2-way powering system (internal battery or external 48 volt DC phantom power)
Supplied metal windscreen and metal holder clips
Frequency response tailored for enhanced presence and improved voice quality in lavalier applications
Black Finish
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 30 Hz - 18 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) > 98 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 66 dB, (@ 1 kHz)
Maximum Input Sound Level 126 dB, (@ 1 kHz, 1% THD)
Power Requirements 'AA' Battery (1.5v DC), or Phantom Power (48v)
Output Impedance 100 Ohms, (+/-20%, 1 kHz Balanced)
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Applications Radio, Television and Broadcast.
Dimensions Microphone: .85 x .44" (21 x 10.6mm) LxDiameter
Power Supply: 5.25 x .82 (131.5 x 20mm) LxW
Cable: 10' x .09" (3m x 2.3mm) LxW
Weight Microphone: 0.23 oz. (6.5 g)
Power Supply: 4.2 oz. (120 g)
Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone
  • Holder clips
  • Windscreen
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SonyECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic
     
    4.6

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Versatile (8)
    • Durable (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (12)
      • Home studio (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Performances (3)
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      4.0

      Great microphone

      By Pedro Lopes

      from São Paulo, SP Brasil

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Capture Ambient Noisy

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Interview

      Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

      Perfect for interviews and classes.

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      5.0

      workhorse

      By buzz

      from AK,NZ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

        Have'nt had it for long so can't testify to durability, but sound quality is good. Only negative is that the mic capsule is quite large relative to other manufactures so more noticible in shot. I remember working in a TV studio back in the day and they used these mics for voice and music recording and they were very relaible - I'm hopping this one is too.

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        5.0

        25 Years - Still One Of My 'Go-To' Mics

        By Professor Petrocelli

        from New York NY

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

          Over the years I've acquired a small arsenal of microphones from the very expensive (costing over a thousand dollars) to the basic inexpensive models.Years ago while working on broadcast productions, I came across this industry workhorse beauty after hearing the clarity and richness of the broadcast sound in many early productions.When I inquired, the microphone was the Sony ECM-55b. And it was a staple in tv and productions.I own a few of these microphones. As time goes on, they seem indestructible! They've been tossed about, stomped on, rained on, abused by amateurs ... you name it .. even chewed on by pets.Like the old Timex Watch ads: "They keep tickin and take a lickin."Many times, when I can't decide amongst my expensive mics, I reach in my bag for this one. Even If you have a flip style cam, grab yourself a XLR to mini plug for a few dollars and with the Sony, you've just added pro style sound to your production.After auditioning microphone after microphone for a series I'm filming this month, again I've chosen this microphone. You can't beat the quality built into this baby.

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          5.0

          The best

          By Maureen

          from Coos bay/North Bend OR

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

            WE use it for morning news broadcasts. We never have to worry about the battery dying in the middle of a broadcast now. Powerful sound.

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            5.0

            Can't Beat a Workhorse....!

            By Ron Tyler

            from Tyler, Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

              Been using the 2 we have since 1993 and have never had a problem. It has been and still is a reliable workhorse of a mic. The sound is very professional and great for video production on interviews, etc.
              This is one Sony product that is really worth the money.

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              5.0

              Great mic!

              By rogerthat!

              from Portland, ME

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                Why buy any other lavalier microphone? My old one lasted 25 years. Only criticism: Why doesn't Sony make the insulating wire just a bit heavier gauge? I use this in the field, and would like a little more "heavy-dutiness" to the cord.

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                5.0

                Best Mic in Price Range

                By Lindy

                from Redondo Beach, Ca

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                  Best Mic in the price range. Extremely durable. Sound not too bright.

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                  5.0

                  Great Workhorse!

                  By Clay

                  from Olando, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                        I love this mic. Great for interviews, news live shots, legal depos and a whole lot more!

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                        4.0

                        Good product

                        By Dave

                        from Oakland, CA.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                          Use the mic for TV production interviews. Solid sound.

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                          5.0

                          The Best Professional Lav Mic

                          By Coop!

                          from Alexandria, VA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                            These mics will always perform to the highest expectations. This is my third ECM 55B and they always sound great and have been using them for several years.

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                            5.0

                            Exellent product.

                            By penguin

                            from Oakland, CA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                              I use these mics in deposition/interview situations and they are always reliable, providing a quiet (low noise), quality signal. Would definitely recommend them.

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                              4.0

                              Works great!

                              By Shark

                              from Sioux City, Iowa

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                Great audio pickup and discrete size make this a versatile performing microphone. I record in an OR every day and this mic stays attached to the microscope; I get nicely balanced audio from the surgeon, patient and equipment sounds in the background.

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                                5.0

                                Good mic for outdoor use

                                By Brian

                                from Indianapolis, IN

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                  Great mic for use in outdoor and/or windy situations. By burying the mic under a sweatshirt or jacket, I've gotten good wind-free audio, even when the winds were 35 mph plus.

                                  The mic is big, but still really handy in outdoor situations.

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                                  5.0

                                  Quality Mic

                                  By OCMS

                                  from Oshkosh, WI

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky/Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                  We use these mics in a TV production studio for interview programs. We prefer them over the ECM44B's since they can use phantom power and not need a battery. The audio is cleaner than ECM-66B's that we sometimes have problems with when they're not pointed correctly. They are constructed with quality, and deliver clean, rich sound (as best a lavalier can). We plan on buying more.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great mic for the price

                                  By Big Sneezy

                                  from Tucson, AZ

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Sound for voices
                                  • Good Value

                                  Cons

                                  • Large size
                                  • Mic clip can break

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Boundary Mic or Set Mic
                                  • Interviews

                                  Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                  A workhorse. I have used this mic extensively for documentary interviews and find the sound quality to be excellent for the price. I have also used the similar ECM-44b model and feel that this model has superior response to voices, well worth the relatively small step up in price.

                                  In addition to interviews, I have also used this mic as a boundary or set mic on short film shoots. Depending on the amount of background noise, this mic works effectively and makes a great tandem with a shotgun on a boom.

                                  Also, I frequently use the mic for scratch ADR or voice overs, and I often find myself just using the scratch track because, given the correct recording environment, the sound quality of this mic is more than acceptable for those uses.

                                  Some notes of caution: The included mic clip can and will break. Do not bend the coil. The combination of mic, clip, and windscreen makes for a large package, especially when trying to hide the mic on someone. While useful for most documentary/broadcast situations, I would forgo the included clip and screen when hiding the mic on someone and use moleskin instead.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  good lav

                                  By MJ

                                  from Philadelphia

                                  About Me Technically Challenged

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Lasting
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Simple Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Interviews

                                    Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                    I bought this lav mic because it's the one used by SCRIBE, the community filmmaking organization where I take film classes. So far, so good. My only concern is that the cord is a bit short, wish it were a couple of feet longer.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    4.0

                                    High Quality & Very Reliable

                                    By Anna

                                    from Denver, CO

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Location
                                      • Studio

                                      Comments about Sony ECM-55B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Mic:

                                      I have used this same mic for almost two years at work, and have loved how reliable it has been. Even better is the excellent quality of the sound I got, every single time! That is why I just bought one for my own personal use.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      Accessory Packages

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                                      An accessory package is a great way to provide backup parts for your system.

                                      Auray - Lavalier Deluxe Accessory Kit (Large)
                                      • You Pay: $28.50
                                       

                                      Batteries & Power

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                                      Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                      Duracell - AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
                                      • You Pay: $2.79
                                       
                                      Watson - 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                      • You Pay: $17.95
                                       

                                      Cables

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                                      Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                      Kopul - Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 10' (3.0 m), Black
                                      • You Pay: $17.49
                                       
                                      Hosa Technology - Camcorder Microphone Cable (XLR Female)
                                      • You Pay: $20.99
                                       

                                      Adapters

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                                      Adapters allow more interconnectivity options.

                                      Kopul - LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5')
                                      • You Pay: $19.95
                                       

                                      Wind Protection

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                                      Windscreens are often lost or worn out over time. Make sure to get extra Windscreens.

                                      Sony - Metal Windscreen for the Sony ECM-55 (Black)
                                      • You Pay: $98.60
                                       
                                      Auray - Fuzzy Windbuster for Lavalier Microphones (Black)
                                      • You Pay: $19.95
                                       

                                      Microphone Clips

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                                      Microphone Clips are often lost or broken out over time. Make sure to get extra Microphone Clips.

                                      Sony - SAD-H55B - Horizontal Microphone Clips (Set of 10)
                                      • You Pay: $113.90
                                       

                                      Cases & Protection

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                                      Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                      Pelican - 1020 Micro Case (Clear Black)
                                      • You Pay: $11.89
                                       
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