Audio-Technica AT2010 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone
The AT2010 is a live vocal mic which has a design based on Audio-Technica's AT2020 studio mic and uses the same 16 mm low-mass diaphragm.
In fact this mic is rated more highly than its studio cousin and tops the rankings for sub-$100 live vocal microphones.
- Type: Condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 40 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 100 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 136 dB
- Applications: Live and recorded vocals & acoustic guitar
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
The most commonly cited comment in positive reviews is that the AT2010 represents great value for money. It is mainly used for miking female vocalists, or male vocalists that sing high notes. An unexpected comment that came up several times is that it's also very good for miking acoustic guitar.
As you might expect with such a high Gearank score, there aren't many consistently cited negative comments from customer reviews. There were a couple of people who complained about the requirement for phantom power, but they were clearly from people who hadn't done their research before buying it.
If you only have $100 in your budget and you need a microphone that approaches studio quality, then this is a great mic to get. Not only can you use it live, but it also makes an excellent mic for recording demos.
At the time of publication, the Audio-Technica AT2010 is on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100.
Audio-Technica AT2010 Frequency Response Chart:
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