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Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone

B&H # SOECM957PRO MFR # ECM-957PRO
Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Electret Condenser Stereo
  • Switchable Directivity
  • 5-pin XLR to Stereo Mini Cable

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The Sony ECM957PRO Stereo Microphone uses the M/S (Mid-Side) stereo capturing technique and is an ideal solution for use with portable digital recording devices, video cameras, etc. The microphone features a built in M/S decoder and a 5-pin XLR output connector. An XLR to stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini cable is included. The microphone capsule may be adjusted for vertical or horizontal pickup and the directivity is switchable between 90 and 120 degrees.

Mid-Side stereo capsule and built-in decoder
Capsule may be positioned for horizontal or vertical capturing
Switchable directivity between 90 and 120 degrees
Transducer Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern Mid-Side Stereo
Frequency Response 50Hz - 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 90 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio More than 69 dB
Max Input Sound Level (SPL) 115 dB (at 1 kHz, 1% Distortion)
Power Requirements Single "AA" Alkaline Battery
Output Impedance 600 Ohms
Output Connectors 5-pin XLR
XLR to 1/8" (3.5mm) Cable Included
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Applications Live Concerts, Conferences, Interviews and Sound Effects.
Dimensions 7.2 x 1.6" (183 x 40mm) LxDiameter
Weight 11.5 oz. (330 g)
Specialties Approximately 200 Hours Life with Sony Manganese Battery
Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Microphone Holder
  • Microphone Stand
  • Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SonyECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone
     
    4.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Home studio (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Novice (3)

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      5.0

      Hear What You Have Been Missing

      By Camera Boy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

        As a father two girls I am trying to capture as many moments of my daughters' lives and have never skimped on cameras. I use a high-end camcorder and now a DSLR to record video but when I would play it on my HDTV/surround system I found the sound quality disappointing compared to the video quality especially when recording school performances. I looked at several shotgun microphones before purchasing this one. While it may not look like your typical video microphone it certainly fit my needs. What I particularly like about the ECM-957Pro is the stereo imaging which most shotgun microphones sacrifice in favor of isolation. You can set it to either 90 or 120 degrees and you can rotate the mic capsule depending on how you position the microphone. I have used it now on both my camcorder and DSLR and the difference in quality between it and the onboard mics is night and day. I have also used it separately with my Sony PCM-M10 while recording video using the camcorders mics so I could compare the audio quality. Now I am finding it hard to shoot video without it. Having the PCM-M10 allows me a lot of setup flexibility. I sometimes use the PCM-M10 as a pre-amp between the ECM-957Pro and my DSLR since setting the levels on the PCM-M10 is much easier. Other times I will use the ECM-957Pro to record front left and right channels and the PCM-M10's onboard microphones to record surround channels. I can also move the ECM-957Pro and PCM-M10 closer to the stage while shooting video from a distance.
        For use as a an on-camera microphone the cord is a little long so bought an XLR-5 Pin plug and I will make a shorter cable. I will probably get a shock mount as well.

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          4.0

          Just what I needed

          By Lafeuille

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Field recording

            Comments about Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

            i use this mic with a repurposed satellite dish and a digital recorder.
            what is great is the directability of the mid capsule; I was able to angle it to fit it at the focal point of the dish. Also the little light that tells you if the battery is still good means peace of mind. Talking battery; this mic is not battery hungry. The mic is not as sensitive as I first expected it, but with a dish it is just right. Very low noise. For recording bird songs it sounds good. It may not have much low end, but I do not need it.It comes with modular attachements for versatility and a windshield.

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            5.0

            Excellent Value for the Money

            By WEH

            from North Carolina, USA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

            Very low noise; very good sound quality; good signal level; reasonable battery life; standard AA battery; mid/side design works well for a single-point stereo mic.

            I'm using this with an Olympus LS-100 and it's a good match - not quite as sensitive as the built-in mics, but with a better sound stage. Moreover, it's half the price (or less) of similar mics from AT, Beyer, Sennheiser & Shure.

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            5.0

            INCREDIBLE

            By MOVIMKR

            from KANSAS CITY MISSOURI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

              I have my sony for over 15 years
              from recording concerts to sound samples
              for my films, trains horns, traffic, sirens,
              jet engines, dialog, voice overs, to simple pod cast, i love this mic, still works great on my 7D
              this is the best mic i have ever used for the price, i bought mine when i was using D A T
              and i am still using this with my D50. even the
              screen is dented and still runs like champ
              i just which it had a dual xlr like my rode did
              love it. buy one you wont be disappointed!

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              4.0

              Nice Mic for PCM-D50

              By [@]

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Carrying Case
              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Handling noise

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Sony ECM-957PRO Mid-Side Stereo Microphone:

              I did my first interview with this microphone last week and it turned out really well. The mic is extremely sensitive and pics up sound from very far away. I think the mic is best used on its stand. If you move it around, you will pick up lots of handling noise. Stereo separation is great. A nice touch is that it comes with a nice carrying case that holds the mic, windscreen, cable and stand.

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              Required item: Batteries (not included) are required to power this device.

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