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JK Audio THAT-2 Telephone Handset Audio Tap

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JK Audio THAT-2 Telephone Handset Audio Tap
Key Features
  • Record and Play Phone Calls
  • XLR and RCA I/O
  • Works with Multiple Receiver Types
  • No Power Required
The JK Audio THAT-2 is a telephone audio interface that connects between the telephone receiver and base. THAT-2 is designed to capture audio to record and play sound bytes or to send IFB dialog over phone lines. The compact telephone tap features balanced and unbalanced XLR and RCA I/O connectors.

The audio connections are used for sending line level signal down phone lines or capturing a mix of send and receive audio. A 3-position switch enables THAT-2 to be used with either a carbon, dynamic or electret style receiver (receivers with keypads are not compatible). Level adjust dials provide control over send and receive levels. THAT-2 is a compact, passive device that requires no external power source.

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JK Audio THAT2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Convenient Design
  • 3Handset Selector
  • 4Balanced I/O

The JK Audio THAT-2 is a telephone audio interface that connects between the telephone receiver and base. THAT-2 is designed to capture audio to record and play sound bytes or to send IFB dialog over phone lines. The compact telephone tap features balanced and unbalanced XLR and RCA I/O connectors.

The audio connections are used for sending line level signal down phone lines or capturing a mix of send and receive audio. A 3-position switch enables THAT-2 to be used with either a carbon, dynamic or electret style receiver (receivers with keypads are not compatible). Level adjust dials provide control over send and receive levels. THAT-2 is a compact, passive device that requires no external power source.

Convenient Design

THAT-2 is a compact telephone tap that connects between the receiver and base of any standard analog telephone. The tap allows users to send line level feeds down telephone lines or capture send and receive signal for sound byte recording.

Handset Selector

THAT-2 is compatible with dynamic, electret or carbon style receivers (handsets with keypads are not compatible).

Balanced I/O

A choice of balanced XLR and RCA unbalanced connections allow seamless integration with professional or consumer level audio gear.
UPC: 814170010352

JK Audio THAT2 Specs

InputBalanced: XLR Female
Unbalanced: RCA Phono Jack
OutputBalanced: XLR Male
Unbalanced: RCA Phono Jack
HandsetCompatible with various carbon, dynamic and electret handsets.
Not for use with handsets that have keypads
IsolationIsolation 1500V
Phone LineRJ11C
ImpedanceLine Input: 10k ohms, 250 mV RMS, +12dBM
Line Output: 600 ohms, 100 mV RMS, -16dBm
Power RequirementsPassive
DimensionsNot Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.75 x 4.4 x 2.25"

JK Audio THAT2 Reviews

THAT-2

By Theodore
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-18

I recently purchased a THAT-2 from B&H to record some of the teleconferences I've had with various doctors during this Covid-19 shutdown. My phone is an older style office type desk phone with all the buttons on the desk set. The information on the B&H website clearly states the THAT-2 will will not work with phones that have buttons on the handset. Setting it up required a little experimentation since I don't know what type of microphone my handset has and the instructions aren't real clear about what settings to use for the other controls on the device. I use a miniature Sony digital recorder to record the phone calls and once I got the THAT-2 set up properly, the system works flawlessly. I've only had it for a couple weeks, but if it continues to work as it does now, I would recommend it to anyone with similar needs.

very capable with caveats

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-05

In lieu of a comparatively much more expensive phone line tap, this HANDSET tap is great for inserting mixer or device audio into phone calls and conferences. Just note that you'll need to provide your own land-line telephone WITH a detachable wired handset (something that is becoming incresingly rare with the ubiquity of cellular devices). That said, this device handles sound cleanly and with a quality that JK Audio is known for.

Okay performance

By deborah
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2014-05-12

It works, with one big problem...you cannot power your recorder with ac current or you get a monumental hum. I use a Marantz PMD 660 or 661, I tested the audio quality using the three handset types, no difference in the hum or clarity. Still a huge hum. That said, if you run off batteries (on Marantz = 4 hours max) hum all but disappears and you are good to go. I set the Marantz to automatic levels control and both recorder side caller and remote caller levels sound reasonably matched, although with the remote call not nearly as clear. I used the XLR connections and recorder side call is crystal clear (sans being plugged in to the wall power that is). We do oral histories and I have been seeking a remedy for years for phone interviews. This audio tap is close, but still not the best solution I am looking for, but so far the best solution I have found.

GREAT PRODUCT

By BERT
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-01-17

EASY AND SIMPLE TO USE NO TECH KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

I Love This That!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-18

I admit I am a very amateur recordist and phone tapper. I bought the That-2 to record an important but last minute interview with a client in California and had almost no time to read the instructions. But it was simple to operate and the quality of the voice recording (using a Tascam DR-40) was excellent. A heads-up for other amateurs--you must use the That-2 with a corded phone whose buttons are not on the handset. The people at B&H made sure I knew that before I left the store. I'd recommend this product highly.

Great little piece of equipment

By Traci the video producer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-31

I needed this to record international phone calls to be used in a video. This little box worked perfectly. It was easy to hook-up and use and the quality of the audio was terrific.

Works great/priced right

By Maynard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-17

The device was ordered and received timely. The price is just right. This replaces my rack unit phone interface and is simple to work. Small enough to fit in my pocket and the sound quality is impeccable!

Great tech kit piece for teleconference setups

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-11

Small, lightweight and totally passive (no power required), this thing is awesome for a get out of jail (or even a primary) phone bridge interface for audio. Like most PBX style phone hybrids, you need to find the right balance between the output and the input to reduce cross talk inside the phone circuits (like 12 o'clock on both knobs if you're using a proper, pro-line level output and going into a preamp to compensate for the return). And the small things are great. You can dial and punch codes in all while hearing it through your audio system rather than having to disengage and re-engage the box itself. If you do a lot of teleconferencing at properties where you don't necessarily know the telecomm before hand (maybe it's VOIP, maybe it's analog, etc.) you definitely want to keep this with you!

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I am experience a clicking noise when I feed an ...

I am experience a clicking noise when I feed an audio signal through the THAT2 unit. Any recommendations on how to resolve that noise? or suggestion on different equipment.
Asked by: Tom
Clicking is often from telephone line. Try using the line input, as a test to see if its clean, then you know its the phone line.
Answered by: james
Date published: 2021-03-09

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I am trying this device with an Olympus digital recorder, connected via RCA cable. How do I reduce static noise? It seems that the noise level is amplified when connected. Not sure if the issue is THAT-2 or my battery-powered digital recorder...
Asked by: Anonymous
I have not yet put into use this device
Answered by: Carlos Alberto A.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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What is the best method to record digital audio (MP3) from telephone interviews using this device? Should it be connected directly to a PC or a digital recording device, like an Olympus recorder? If to PC, is there a specific software to use to record the audio input? If digital recorder is the better option, is there a recommended recorder to use? Finally, what kind of cable should be used to connect the THAT-2 device to the digital audio recording device (PC or digital recorder). Thanks!
Asked by: Anonymous
I connect the THAT-2 to a digital audio recorder using a female XLR-to-male 3.5mm adapter cable (Kopul LMT-100). The 3.5mm plug goes into the mic socket of my small Olympus or the Line-In sockets of larger recorders. After recording, I copy the audio file to my computer for editing or replaying. I suppose one can recorder directly to a PC but I have not done that.Good luck.
Answered by: KATHY S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this work with VOIP? Or only POTS lines?
Asked by: Anonymous
I've actually used this with an NEC DT700 which is a VOiP phone with a standard style handset. It worked pretty well. I would imagine that it works with any phone that has a standard RJ-11 handset connector.
Answered by: Nick J.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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