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Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone

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Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Ultra Compact and Lightweight
  • Omnidirectional Pickup Pattern
  • Silicone Eartips
  • No Battery Required
  • OFC Cord
  • Gold-Plated 3.5mm Mini Plug
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The ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone from Sony is an ultra compact and lightweight microphone that - when combined with a separately available recording device - is ideal for capturing telephone conversations, as well as other discreet recording applications. The mic has an omnidirectional pickup pattern to provide clear audio pickup. It has a gold-plated 3-conductor 3.5mm mono mini plug, allowing you to connect it to the mic jack of a laptop, portable audio recorder, and other devices. The mic uses plug-in power from the mic jack, so no batteries are required.

The mic fits into the ear like an in-ear headphone, and it includes 3 sizes of hybrid silicone eartips so you can find a snug and comfortable fit. The compact size and in-ear fit allow you to place a phone receiver on your ear normally to record a conversation. The OFC cord provides a high-quality signal path and offers plenty of slack.

Ultra compact and lightweight design
Ideal for recording telephone conversations, as well as other discreet recording applications
The omnidirectional pickup pattern provides clear audio pickup
The gold-plated 3-conductor 3.5mm mono mini plug allows you to connect to the mic jack of a laptop, portable audio recorder, and other devices
No batteries are required, the mic draws power from your device's mic jack
The mic fits into the ear like an in-ear headphone, and it includes 3 sizes of hybrid silicone eartips so you can find a snug and comfortable fit
The compact size and in-ear fit allow you to place a phone receiver on your ear normally to record a conversation
The OFC cord provides a high-quality signal path and offers plenty of slack
Type Electret Condenser, Mono, In-Ear
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Output Level -35dB
Cable Length 4.95' (1.5 m)
Connector Gold-Plated 3-Conductor 3.5mm Mono Mini Plug
Weight 0.28 oz (8g)
Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone
  • 3 x Eartips (S/M/L)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone
     
    4.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Compact (4)
    • Great sound quality (4)
    • Comfortable (3)
    • Quality microphone (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable devices (4)
      • Home (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      5.0

      Just Buy It

      By WNC

      from Western North Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

          We've been kind of shocked at the quality of recordings we get from what seems like kind of a low-tech approach. You stick it in your ear like an ear bud, and it picks up both you and the person of the phone perfectly. It's awesome because you can use it with a cell phone, unlike a system you would have to attach to a land line. It's worth noting that we only use these recordings for newspaper interviews made on Olympus voice recorders; we are not re-broadcasting the interviews, nor are we audio professionals. But we have been more than pleased with the results, and are thrilled with how simple and easy to use the mics are. Seriously, there's no need to read the instructions. You plug it in your recorder, stick it in your ear, and start calling. Cheap, easy to use and produces great results; what more could you ask for?

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Good Product, Good Service

          By BMcD

          from Minnesota

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Quality Microphone

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

              The mic works great. I am using it with a phone headset to record phone calls. SOund quality on both ends of the call recording are good. B&H seemed to be one of the few places I could find this product. I couldn't even get it from the manufacturer. And B&H processed and shipped the order extremely quickly.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              ECM-TL3 EARPHONE by SONY

              By PORGIE

              from SPARTA, TN.

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Microphone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Computer
                • Mobile Device

                Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                AN EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE; YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION ON THE PHONE AND RECORD EVERYTHING FOR A LATER REVIEW. IT WORKED GREAT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS EARPIECE TO A FREIND.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Simple To Use, Fantastic Results

                By NC

                from North Carolina

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                    Shockingly simple to use and produces great results. Works with cell phone or land line. It's incredible that such a cheap and easy solution could work so well. Our entire news staff (community newspaper) uses them with an the Olympus VN-8100PC, and they're all thrilled. I'm no sound engineer, so I can't really attest to it's quality in any kind of pixel-peeping sense. But from a layperson's perspective, recordings are fantastic. I had an inline system for recording interviews in the pre-cellphone days, and I honestly couldn't tell you that there was any difference. The only "complaint" I have is that it was a little weird at first to have an ear bud in while I was on the phone, and the actual phone conversation seemed a little muffled to me. But I switched to the smaller ear bud cover (it comes with 3), and it was a non-issue. I am completely satisfied with this purchase, thrilled that it was so inexpensive, and recommend it highly.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    A Different Use

                    By King Of My Sofa

                    from Detroit, Michigan

                    About Me Value Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Quality Microphone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Binaural Field Recording

                      Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                      I got two of these, and a stereo mini male to 2 mono mini female Y cable to make binaural recordings. These are not designed for that but the specs made me think they would work. They do, and very well. The mics are quite sensitive and the fact that they fit in your ears makes for a very realistic binaural 3-D effect.
                      Now I'm going to buy silicone ears to put these in which should give me the same effect, but allow me to monitor the recording.
                      I also bought some cheap lapel mic windscreens and fitted them on the mics.
                      Weird, hun?
                      As always B&H is a pleasure to deal with.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Other

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                      5.0

                      Works well

                      By GaryM2

                      from Homer Glen, IL

                      About Me Average consumer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portable Devices

                        Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                        I bought this to record telephone conversations and it works very well. Here in Illinois, both parties need to be aware that they are being recorded to be legal. When you call most companies today to discuss a problem the first thing you hear is a recording saying "This call may be recorded for training and evaluation"? Thank you very much, legalities satisfied. How many times have you called a vendor (cell phone co., utility, etc.) to ask a question and received bad information? They'll tell you anything to get rid of you and when you call back, deny they ever said it. Having a recording of that first conversation avoids hassles and makes for some very entertaining moments as you record them (again) trying to explain away why that first recording just can't be. Would you like me to play it again?This little gem has to be the bargain of the century.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works beautifully

                        By C me go

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Configure
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Still new and testing

                        Cons

                        • Still testing

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • In The Car
                        • Portable Devices
                        • Travel
                        • Use it any were

                        Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                        Put it in your ear canal plug it in your recorder (not sure if it works with other makes) and make the call . Do a test , call your mailbox and let the recorded message be the the sell point.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Handy accessory

                        By Dutchsays

                        from NW Minnesota

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Configure
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • In The Car
                          • Portable Devices
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                          I sometimes want to record a business negotiation which involves multiple details regarding services being contracted for, details of fees and dicounts available. This handy microphone allows me to expedite the process when I don't need to slow down the conversation taking notes, I just tell the client I am recording , pop the bud in my ear, and turn on the recorder, and the gear does the rest for e.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works perfectly

                          By Forrest the Writer

                          from Winnemucca, NV

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Portable Devices

                            Comments about Sony ECM-TL3 Earphone-Style Mini Electret Condenser Microphone:

                            Received my microphone in about 3-4 work days after placing the order. That quickness was much appreciated. It has performed better than I expected and the total price including S&H was one of the lowest I found after searching several sites on the Internet.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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