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Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone

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Product Highlights
  • USB to Mac or Windows OS Computers
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini Stereo
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 16-Bit 44.1 / 48kHz Sampling Rate
  • Low Self-Noise

The Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone is ideal for project recording, podcasts, field recording and anywhere a quality USB condenser microphone is necessary. The ATR2500-USB features a USB connection and included USB cable for plug-and-play operation with a Mac or Windows OS computer. Its 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo headphone output features a volume control and provides direct, latency-free monitoring anywhere. The large-mass condenser element delivers low-noise, a wide frequency response and a cardioid polar pattern for minimal noise and feedback control.

Side-address condenser microphone with USB output for easy connection to your computer
Ideal for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use
Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor your microphone's output without audible delay
Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the front of the microphone
High-quality AD convertor with 16 bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate
Compatible with Windows and Mac
Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
Low self-noise - ideally suited for digital recording equipment
Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand
Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use
Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance
USB cable included
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30 - 15Hz
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
Bit Rate 16 Bit
Connections USB-type
Headphone Output: 1/8" (3.5mm) TRS, 10mW @ 16 ohms
Power Requirements USB Power (5VDC)
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 6.10 x 1.97" (155 x 50mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 12.9 oz (366 g)
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone
  • Pivoting Stand Mount for 5/8"-27 Threaded Stands
  • Tripod Desk Stand
  • 5.9' (1.8m) Mini-USB Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone
     
    4.2

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Good audio (16)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Durable (8)
    • Versatile (8)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (15)
    • Home studio (13)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Performances (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Novice (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better Than Description

    I use this USB microphone for recording outside audio like bird calls and train sounds, voice overs, and interviews directly into a laptop computer with a digital audio recording and editing program. It's...Read complete review

    I use this USB microphone for recording outside audio like bird calls and train sounds, voice overs, and interviews directly into a laptop computer with a digital audio recording and editing program. It's much more sensitive than I thought it might be, has excellent frequency response and lots of signal to work with. The desk stand it comes with is handy to use and the included USB cable is plenty long. A very good value for a good price. It works MUCH better than my old dynamic microphones fed into the sound card.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great when it works!

    I record my acoustic guitar playing to upload onto YouTube, and wanted an easy to use USB mic with great quality.After tons of searching, I fell upon the ATR2500 and was impressed the day...Read complete review

    I record my acoustic guitar playing to upload onto YouTube, and wanted an easy to use USB mic with great quality.After tons of searching, I fell upon the ATR2500 and was impressed the day I got it. However, this promises zero latency monitoring (no delay in headphones as you listen to yourself play in real time) - but there was surely a delay, about 1-2 seconds that sounds like a complete echo (used on Audacity).Aside from this issue, it would only work intermittently. I have a Dell PC with Windows 7, and more than half of the time it would say "USB device not recognized", which made it unusable. For the times that my computer DID recognize it, the sound quality was amazing. I am going to exchange this mic for a different one and hopefully have better luck.

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    5.0

    The best

    By Jhawk

    from Metcalfe Ms,

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

    It's better than I thought it would be.... Thanks a lot

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    3.0

    mic OK but stand is junk

    By phinds

    from Central New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

          I was surprised to find that the stand with this mic was very flimsy and did not do a good job of allowing multiple angles w/ the mic (unless you are OK with it falling over).The mic itself was OK, but it did not reduce my sibilants as much as I had hoped (although to be fair, I have heavy sibilants in my speech and the mic I ended up with also doesn't get rid of them entirely).I returned the mic because I found the stand to be useless. B&H has a great return policy and I bought my new on (a Blue spherical mic) from them --- it's much better.

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          4.0

          Great mic!

          By Rob p

          from Fly over state

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

          Easy to use. Quick set up. This is my first mic for recording and editing podcasts and it's been a breeze so far. I'd for sure recommend it.

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          4.0

          GREAT MIC FOR THE PRICE

          By P2

          from DENVER, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

            Shipped timely, easy as plugging in via provided USB, and start recording with any recording program you have! Excellent quality :D

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            4.0

            Nice for podcasting or screen casting

            By Jeffery

            from New Orleans, LA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Podcasting
              • Screen Casting

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

              I use it for podcasting and screen casting. The included stand is awful, but it works very nicely with a boom stand and spider mount. The no-delay headphone jack is a nice touch. If price is a concern but you want a nice microphone for podcasts, this is a great place to begin. You should plan to get a pop filter, not so much for the plosives, but to dim the bright blue LED on the microphone (on a mic boom, the LED is pretty much even with my eyes).

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              4.0

              Pretty Good Mic with limited features

              By TheMasterGeneral

              from USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

              It sounds good for the price. However, it does lack some features. Firstly, there is no mute button, so to make the mic mute, you must either unplug it OR use downloaded software. .................................

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              5.0

              Amazing mic at a great value

              By MattVoyle

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                I needed a USB mic and it was between this, or it's inexplicably more expensive brother: AT2020. I went with the ATR2500 because it was half the price and featured zero latency headphone monitoring. From what I've gathered, both mics are otherwise identical. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this thing picks up my deep voice, and it sounds pretty similar to "professional" dynamic xlr mics I've used in recording studios. Very happy with my purchase and would recommend this mic to anyone looking for a high quality convenient recording solution.

                It's also worth mentioning that I don't use the included stand unless I'm on the go. This thing plugs right into my surface tablet and makes for a great convenient mobile recording station that sounds just as good as using something like a h4n and xlr mic.

                The only con I can imagine is it's blinding blue LED, which doesn't matter if you have a pop filter or some electrical tape to cover it.

                10/10 would buy again

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                3.0

                Decent for the price but lacking overall

                By Debleeble

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                Connection was quick and easy in Windows 8. Simply plug into any open USB port, and in a few seconds it's working like a charm. However, the mic volume buttons don't work correctly. You have to press down to press up. (??) This appears to be a software / driver issue that could easily be corrected via an update.

                The recording quality and gain level is not sufficient for my needs in multitrack recording of guitar and vocals. The overall quality is a fuzzy muffled kind of sound.

                It would be fine as a cheap mic for youtube videos, though.

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                5.0

                cant beat the price

                By Sal

                from DC

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                I use it to do voice over work and its crisp and clear. The only issue I have is, make sure you hook headphones up while your using it. The computer will think its a speaker when you do a playback. Also the stand is pretty cheap but what can you do. Overall though very happy with the product.

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                1.0

                Terrible

                By Dan

                from Lake Forest, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                    I sent my ATR2500-USB in for repair this month due do loud popping and static. I got my ATR2500-USB back from Audio-Technica's repair center with NO WORK DONE ON IT.



                    The note said, "Could not repeat issue in house" and it was sent right back to me... no email or anything.



                    I plugged it back in to my computer, and it worked ok for about 10 minutes... then it was nothing but popping and loud static again.Same problem as I initially reported.



                    I suppose if the repair center would have been a little more thorough, they would have seen the problem and perhaps fixed it.



                    I am beyond frustrated with this company, and I refuse to spend even MORE money to ship this microphone back... just to have it sent right back to me.



                    I will never buy this brand again, and caution all others against it.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome mic!

                    By Pete

                    from Idyllwild, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                      I use this mic for promotional videos showing how I make my custom furniture. I use it strictly for Voice Over audio. It is very clean, low noise. I do wish it had a bit more gain as I have to push the volume a bit during editing, but overall it's very nice, especially considering the low price.

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                      4.0

                      Good solid mcirophone

                      By PMR

                      from Boston, MA, USA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                      I use the mic for voice recording only - nothing fancy. It serves my needs very well with a nice warm sound. It is also good at protecting from pops. I bought a pop guard to go along with it but returned it as it wasn't needed.

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                      4.0

                      Decent Microphone for the Price

                      By John

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Novice

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Audio In
                      • Clear Sound
                      • Good value
                      • Quality feel

                      Cons

                      • Bright Indicator Light
                      • Flimsy Buttons
                      • Included Stand

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                      I'm using the ATR2500 for my podcasting class and it sounds clearer than most of my classmate's recordings who are using the Blue Snowball, it's fairly comparable to the Blue Yeti though that may be due to some factor related to how they're using it rather than the equipment itself. I'm curious how the ATR2500 compares to the AT 2020 which is what I was debating between, but the price of the 2500 is what made me choose it.

                      I agree with other reviewers, the included plastic stand is awful, and I bought a standard mic stand which didn't fit so I don't think the threads are a standard size.

                      Long story short it's great fore the price, the sound is rich and clear with minimal reverb, I'd appreciate a better stand and for the status indicator light to be hidden in the mic like the AT 2020 rather than a blinding blue light on the front.

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                      3.0

                      Great when it works!

                      By Jamie

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Bulky/Heavy
                      • Limited Functions
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                      I record my acoustic guitar playing to upload onto YouTube, and wanted an easy to use USB mic with great quality.After tons of searching, I fell upon the ATR2500 and was impressed the day I got it. However, this promises zero latency monitoring (no delay in headphones as you listen to yourself play in real time) - but there was surely a delay, about 1-2 seconds that sounds like a complete echo (used on Audacity).Aside from this issue, it would only work intermittently. I have a Dell PC with Windows 7, and more than half of the time it would say "USB device not recognized", which made it unusable. For the times that my computer DID recognize it, the sound quality was amazing. I am going to exchange this mic for a different one and hopefully have better luck.

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                      5.0

                      Nice Mic

                      By turn3music

                      from Louisville, KY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                        My daughter wanted a mic to do some vocal work (singing and voice-over). This mic does a perfect job of giving her a tool that she can learn with. The quality of it is very good for the price range.

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                        5.0

                        Dont judge by the cheap price

                        By Coumn

                        from Quebec, Canada

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Breaks Easily

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                          This is far more than an excellent podcast/radio voice microphone. I won't recommende it for music stuff but it's one of the best of it kind! :D

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                          5.0

                          perfect,

                          By Anna

                          from Diamond Bar, CA

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                            Please forgive my grammar mistake, but I'd like to recommend this mic :)
                            I use this mic for recording cover songs, and it works perfectly. sound is clear, not too much noise. much better than my old dynamic one.
                            The price is good, too.
                            I've heard before that this mic doesn't work well with win7, but mine just works fine. (win7 home premium 64bit)
                            It's also really easy to use. just plug in to your computer.
                            the stander is a little cheap, but I am fine with that.

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                            4.0

                            for the price it cant be beat

                            By sfc video

                            from stanwood wa

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                              for the price i don't think you can find a better usb mic. It is not a pro level mic but for voice over scratch track it works great. We are non-profit and have young interens high school and middle school studnet do a lot of video and audio tracks. I love handing this to them and letting them imaginags go with out worring about the gear.

                              I think we may buy another one.

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                              5.0

                              professional sound quality

                              By stupifier

                              from KC, MO

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                                I got this mic to do live gaming commentaries. The sound quality is amazing for what i use it for. Very easy to set up. one of the best mics for the money.

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                                5.0

                                I recommend this mic to everybody

                                By music enthusiast

                                from Bronx, NY

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Condenser USB Microphone:

                                  great for recording,
                                  does not pic up unwanted sounds.....................
                                  lightweight and durable

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