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Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone

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Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone

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When background noise is a problem for your digital voice recorder, the ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone from Olympus is the right solution. Plug the ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone directly into your digital voice recorder's 3.5 mm plug for uni-directional recording in cacophonous situations. For flexibility, the ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone is supplied with windscreen, tie-clip and 3.3' extension cord.

Make more accurate transcriptions when background noise is lowered
Mic works for digital voice recorders (does not work for computers)
General
Frequency Response 100Hz - 15kHz
Directivity Uni-directional
Sensitivity -40dB
Impedance 2.2 kOhms
Plug 3.5mm
Dimensions 1" (25mm)
Weight 0.14 oz (4 g), 0.5 oz (15 g) with cable and clip
Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone
  • 3.3' (1 m)extension cable
  • Windscreen
  • tiepin-clip
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    OlympusME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (36)
    • Good audio (35)
    • Reliable (20)
    • Long battery life (3)

    Cons

    • Picks up background noise (4)

    Best Uses

    • Conversation piece (29)
    • Lectures (19)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (32), Technically challenged (8), Gearhead (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Olympus WS-321M - A Valuable Addition

    The Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone adds further versatility to your Olympus Digital Recorder (A WS-321M in my case).

    The Microphone comes as part of a four piece kit...Read complete review

    The Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone adds further versatility to your Olympus Digital Recorder (A WS-321M in my case).

    The Microphone comes as part of a four piece kit that includes the microphone, a 1m long extension cable, a tie-clip style clothing clip and a foam wind screen that fits over the microphone.

    The microphone itself is hinged above the 'mic/input' jack on the top of the recorder where it can be adjusted horizontally by rotating it in the jack and vertically through using a hinge incorporated at the microphone's base. This external mic provides far superior clarity and range over the WS-321M built-in microphone!

    With the microphone inserted directly into the input jack it allows the user to hold the whole unit like a handle with the mic projected unimpeded out of the top. I found the mic very handy during news scrums and while taking personal notes as the risk of covering the recorder's built-in mic is eliminated.

    The tie-clip mic holder is useful mainly when recording a stationary subject or when recording yourself when you need your hands free. It's very straightforward to use and easy to remove the mic from it quickly.

    Lastly, the wind screen cap was also surprisingly useful. It really made a difference in sound clarity when recording in windy conditions and recording in a vehicle with the windows open or the top down.

    All in all this is a very inexpensive purchase considering the value and versatility it adds to your recorder. Really a 'must have' if you're serious about the recordings you make.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great product, great price.

    I'm not much of a mic expert, but I bought this little beauty for home voice recording and it's got to be one of the best deals out there. It's compact, has great...Read complete review

    I'm not much of a mic expert, but I bought this little beauty for home voice recording and it's got to be one of the best deals out there. It's compact, has great noise-reduction capability (I live on 9th ave in Hells Kitchen and it doesn't even pick up a hint of outside traffic noise!) and is just overall a very nice-quality product. I give it 3 stars because the recording quality seems like it could be better, but since I'm using it in a very basic setup I'm sure I'm not using it to it's full potential, but again for the price I'm not sure you can beat it.

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    2.0

    Battery dead right away.

    By Anthony

    from Ossining, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

    The splitter that comes with this is great. Otherwise, the microphone is mediocre.

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    5.0

    Works Great

    By Tom

    from Chicago

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

        Works great on the Red Epic. This is especially important because the Red Epic is not wired for just any 1/8 microphone jack. The ME-52W can be left in the Red Epic for scratch or moved away from the noisy fans with the extension cable.

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        5.0

        Lapel Mic Excellent for Interviews

        By Chief_Engineer

        from Nashville TN

        About Me Av Engineer, Gearhead, Operations Manager

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Detachable
        • High Quality Sound
        • No Battery Needed
        • Reliable
        • Swiveling Mic Clip

        Cons

        • No Spare Wind Screens

        Best Uses

        • interviews

        Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

        The Olympus ME-52 noise-cancelling microphone has several unique features that make it attractive to our particular needs. I am the operations manager of the journalism dept. at a small Christian university, and we have recently upgraded to the BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema cameras for recording interviews for our weekly student-run newscasts. The BMD cameras have an external mic jack, and I needed an external lapel mic that records with good audio level and quality, reject wind and other noises, and preferably does not require a battery that may die or (worse) leak. The ME-52 detaches from its short 3.5mm cable connector, and I combine it with a Rode 10 ft extension cable. This allows me to put the lapel mic, wind screen, and swiveling lapel clip in a small case, which in turn goes in the BMD case. I keep the Rode extension cable in a separate compartment in the BMD case. The swiveling mic clip is an added bonus: it quickly adapts for male or female shirt lapels, and can be switched easily without detaching for either side of a jacket. Detaching the mic from the cable also aids in routing the cable through clothing. For our purposes, this mic and accessories as such is almost perfect, and the results are excellent (especially for the price).

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        5.0

        Lapel Mic

        By A Voice

        from Alabama

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

            I use this mic to record my voice when singing. Attached to an Olympus recorder, I find an improved quality of sound. The mic is flexible and quality of build appears to be excellent. The only problem I have is the windscreen comes off easily. No downgrade for this problem, it is just an irritant.

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            4.0

            Great Little Mic

            By Boots McCoy

            from Toledo, OH

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Picks Up Background Noise

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Conversations
            • Lectures

            Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

            This really is a very useful mic for use "out in the field" or even for voice recording at home. Sound quality is great for a mic its size. It does have a unidirectional pickup pattern, but doesn't do as good a job at cancelling out ambient noise as an acutal shotgun mic. But it does have a price you can't beat.

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            4.0

            Good for Mono recorder

            By ading

            from Sacramento CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Conversations

              Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

              It works quite well for mono recorder, Olympus WS-802 is what we using on church sermon recorder, get rid off all the common buzz issue.

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              5.0

              like magic for the price

              By Richard

              from East Bay

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • High Quality Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Conversations

                Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                I interview people at industrial construction sites, that are so loud I can barely hear what people are saying. When I play back the interviews I can hear almost exactly what they are saying, clearly and wiht minimum noise. Of coures, I mike them carefully, putting the mike right below their mouth. Amazing for the price. You need a olympus recorder that is compatiable, to power the mike. sound is great for transcribing, thin for broadcast. I had one break after 5 years, but for $, can't complain, new one was defective and B and H replaced it immediately, and replacement works great. Incredible for the price.

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                3.0

                Great product, great price.

                By Ian

                from NYC

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations
                  • Lectures

                  Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                  I'm not much of a mic expert, but I bought this little beauty for home voice recording and it's got to be one of the best deals out there. It's compact, has great noise-reduction capability (I live on 9th ave in Hells Kitchen and it doesn't even pick up a hint of outside traffic noise!) and is just overall a very nice-quality product. I give it 3 stars because the recording quality seems like it could be better, but since I'm using it in a very basic setup I'm sure I'm not using it to it's full potential, but again for the price I'm not sure you can beat it.

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                  4.0

                  Great for the price

                  By Poor man's Techie

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Semi Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Quality Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations
                    • Lectures

                    Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                    Used 2 of these with a splitter to conduct interviews and was pleasaed with the sound quality for the cost. They're priced at a place where I can keep extras around for those times one gets left behind. Would have been 5 stars if the cord was 10' long ...

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                    4.0

                    IT WORKS

                    By Joe Bly

                    from NYC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound

                    Cons

                    • Not Sure

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations

                    Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                    It has highter audio output than my other mics.Am not sure about the effectiness of the noise cancelation which is claimed.

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                    5.0

                    Very effective

                    By kenac

                    from Bay Area, CA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Conversations
                      • Lectures

                      Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                      Works very well with Olympus 702PC recorder. Has clear voice when I am speaking and when others as far away as 30 ft in the open air. Very adjustable. Enables recorder to be in shirt pocket or jacket. Used concealed under shirt too and volume and clarity are great. If the shirt brushes against or hand moves it while recording. the recorder will pick it up. Make sure to get a recorder that has automatic volume control. It's a mono mic.
                      The only minor thing about it that can be improved is the hood is fragile and falls off. I taped the back end of the hood to the mic with painters tape and it's fine.
                      I am glad I got it. It's worth the investment. I recommend this product

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                      4.0

                      Olympus lapel mic

                      By Gary

                      from Florida

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound

                      Cons

                      • Picks Up Background Noise

                      Best Uses

                      • Conversations

                      Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                      using with Olympus VN-702PC recorder as a remote Mic with videos. Seems to work well. Not stereo.

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                      5.0

                      Get It Now

                      By RC

                      from Houston Texas

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • High Quality Sound
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Conversations
                        • Lectures

                        Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                        Works well with the ws-802

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                          5.0

                          Full Featured - Multi Tasking Instrament

                          By USA Vet

                          from New England, USA

                          About Me Detail oriented, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Fun
                          • High Quality Sound
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Notransfer-talking Books
                          • No Transfer-talking Books

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Conversations
                          • Lectures
                          • Story Dictation

                          Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                          Works great in most any environment.
                          It is easy to record, as can be set
                          to take out normal pauses in speech or
                          other recording, thru voice/sound level
                          recognition technology.
                          User Friendly in its many functions.

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                          4.0

                          Works well

                          By kenac

                          from Bay Area, CA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Breeze Cover Is Useless

                            Best Uses

                            • Lectures

                            Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                            Works for remote mic on lapel so recorder can be in my pocket. Sound quality no different from internal mic. It picks up everything with my Olympus 702PC recorder, though it seems less sensitive than the internal mic Very sensitive to breezes and touching anywhere close. The wind cover supplied is useless. It falls off very easily. THe color of the mic and lapel clip are silver. It should be black so not so noticeable. Other than that it will work on my lapel so the recorder can be in my pocket.
                            The cable quality seems durable.

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                            5.0

                            Worth the money

                            By RM

                            from NC

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • High Quality Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Lectures

                              Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                              I work for a radio station and was purchasing this mic for remote recordings. After I got it to work, we could hardly tell the difference in our pro mic and this little lapel mic. Very Pleased.
                              However, in the first use, we did have a lot of scratching noises. The head of the mic has a pivot in it. I angled the mic a little and that kept it from rubbing against the clothing. problem gone.

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                              5.0

                              Nice for the Price

                              By Lone Conservative

                              from Eugene OR

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • High Quality Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                                  I needed a microphone to add audio to some training slides. It was a one-shot deal, so I didn't want to spend a fortune on audio equipment. The ME-52W was the right piece of equipment for the right price. It was simple to install and use. The audio was free of electronic static and background noise, just right for training slides.

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again

                                  By Tech Savvy

                                  from Lehigh Valley, PA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • High Quality Sound
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Conversations

                                    Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                                    The noise cancellation is fabulous and does the trick!

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                                    5.0

                                    Olympus ME-52W canceled

                                    By Mr Eric

                                    from Kennesaw, GA

                                    About Me Musiciansound Tech, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • High Quality Sound
                                    • Long Battery Life
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Popping Sound

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Lectures
                                    • Pastor Teaching

                                    Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                                    I am a sound tech in a church and we use a Olympus Voice recorder to record the pastors messages. We have had 2 other lapel mics that picked up everything, and was it hard to edit out all that they picked up, and some of the time things that did not belong on a church's website. After getting the ME-52W we have not had any more problems with crowd comments, plus, the quality of the voice recorded is much better.

                                    The only thing I don't like about it is when the pastor says a word that begins with P it pops even if the windscreen that comes with it is on.
                                    Besides that I love the ME-52 W noise canceling microphone. I highly reccomend it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works better than expeced

                                    By TheSchnide

                                    from St. Louis

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Conversations

                                        Comments about Olympus ME-52W Noise Cancellation Microphone:

                                        I bought this due to the backorder on the RODE smartLav. Tired of waiting....after some research I bought this and a TRRS to two(2) 3.5mm splitter. I downloaded the RODE app plugged everything in and it worked great! Cheaper than the smartLav and based on my researh the TRRS gives the ME-52W Exciter Power for better pickup. I used this with the RODE Rec App on both my 3rd Gen iPod Touch and my iPad Mini. Also with the splitter I am able to monitor the audio. That's a bonus the smartLav won't give ya.

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