Sony ECM-44 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone review

Sony ECM-44 review

Sony ECM-44 mic is a wired solution worthy of the attention of a wide user audience. I will tell you this with pleasure further. The model has a standard HLR output with the ability to be powered by an AA battery or phantom power. Speaking first of all about the advantages and disadvantages, on the one hand, the Sony ECM-44 deserves interest due to the very balanced sound in general. At the same time, users note a fairly high noise level and relatively low performance. Should you put up with this? We will try to understand further, and I’ll make a brief review of this model.

Sony ECM-44

Sony ECM-44
Sony ECM-44


grade: 4.5/5


Let’s start the conversation with sound, of course. Frequency response is noted for smoothness and stability in any situation. A clear tone is ensured over the full frequency range. The expressiveness of the sound does not seem too rich, but a bright and unique character is present here. Everything sounds natural enough. At high frequencies, you can hear hissing, but it is minimal. Most analogs are not able to provide a similar balance of characteristics. However, competition with more expensive models is impossible here, unfortunately. This is a microphone that fits perfectly into the consumer niche of beginners and slightly advanced users.

This microphone has a portable preamplifier, which also connects to battery power. This is an interesting and fairly practical solution, but the sound quality of the preamp is imperfect. I did not find a clear cause of the problem, but it is worth assuming that the matter is due to a controversial compact design or poor assembly. In general, there is enough noise. The noise condition is comparable to the budget models here, and it can be called the noisiest in its price range. The device can be improved by connecting a better preamp.

How to improve what we have? You can experiment with the settings and achieve a better sound. However, this is the way for technology lovers and professionals. If someone needs a solution “out of the box” for everyday tasks, it will be difficult, because you need to understand the details. Or, coexist with noise, as an option. The microphone is omnidirectional, so it does not work very well in a noisy environment in general.

Decent quality is also confirmed by the level of materials and assembly, and this can be seen at a glance. The device looks quite stylish and interesting, although the case is made of plastic. The design is quite shockproof at the same time. The microphone will quite adequately prove itself in the conditions of active regular operation. Worth mentioning is the high-strength metal clamps. The wire is 3 meters long, and it is convenient. However, the wire itself is quite thick, and not completely practical. It cannot be disconnected from the preamplifier.

Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Microphone Polar Pattern
Microphone Polar Pattern

Sony ECM-44 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone review Characteristics & features

  • portable microphone for outdoor use
  • XLR connector and fixed cable
  • powered by AA battery or phantom power of connected devices
  • 40Hz – 15kHz frequency range
  • omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Now let’s put all the thoughts about this device together and try to derive the final formula. After all, you can talk a lot about the positive and / or negative sides of something, and the overall picture will lean towards light or dark, isn’t it? And the truth is where compromises live. It is worth talking about them.

But first of all, let’s start with the positive aspects of this device. The sound of the microphone is expressive. This is a definite plus against the background of many budget models that do not have their own “face”. It’s nice to hear the sound, and I want to listen to every word. This is what is important in the work of the same journalist, and this helps to strengthen interest in the final product (content). It is also worth noting its own frequency response and the absence of dirt in the sound. We said a lot about the influence of extraneous noise, but the microphone’s own sound is good, and it’s just nice to use it.

In addition to the above, the Sony ECM-44 is characterized by the high-quality assembly, and this is largely true of switching tools. This model has wires, and it is important for them to be durable. This need is fully implemented. The flexible power system of the connected microphone is also noteworthy.

Among the shortcomings, the main point is sound noise. The microphone easily picks up third-party sounds and makes the result imperfect. But this is offset by other advantages. However, whether it is considered compensation is up to each individual user to decide. Also a certain inconvenience is a fact that the cable is not removable.

Overall, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. However, the final choice should be made only according to the situation and with a detailed acquaintance with these microphones. I think that would be best.

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