Lets compare Microphones for the iPod Touch 2G

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by linkycat, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. linkycat macrumors member

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    The purpose of this thread is to compare different microphone options on the iPod Touch via similar recorded sound files.

    The user 'touchmymonkey' submitted the first recordings, and 'fasequeira' helped out with the Griffin SmartTalk files, which can be found below.

    To do this 'right', anyone who has ANY microphone for their iPod Touch, lets try to compile some similar data.

    Record yourself talking at normal volume for appx 20 seconds where the speaker would be if it were on a headset (appx at your collar), as well as 10 feet away (still appx 20 seconds and speaking at normal volume).

    Use the free app Griffin iTalk on the BEST setting so all tests are consistent:
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293673304&mt=8

    To transfer files from your ipod, use italksync
    http://italksync.com/

    PM me, and I'll host the file if you can't, you'll just have to email it to me.

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    Please download files only once, and please choose save-as. I'd like as many people to be able to listen to these as possible before i run out of bandwidth!

    Recording tests (alphabetical by product):

    Altec Lansing UHS307 Earclip-S In-Ear Headphones (apple store link)

    Collar Test (http://dc19.4shared.com/download/73232673/1873396e/Alteclansingcollar.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc19.4shared.com/download/73232576/6a5f73b8/Alteclansing10ft.aiff)

    Griffin SmartTalk (griffin technology site)

    Collar Test (http://dc35.4shared.com/download/73244687/fcd6274/Smarttalkcol.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc35.4shared.com/download/73244618/4eb0c4ac/Smarttalk10.aiff)

    Philips iPhone Microphone Adapter (target store link)

    Collar Test (http://dc19.4shared.com/download/73232785/774aeaa3/Phillipscollar.aiff)
    10 Ft Test (http://dc19.4shared.com/download/73232734/e3b903fe/Phillips10ft.aiff)
     
  2. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    Tests are underway for an Altec Lansing adapter, as well as the Phillips microphone adapter on sale at Target.

    Anyone willing to record using the Griffin or Monster adapters? Or any other microphones?!?

    Thanks!
     
  3. FunkyMonkey macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a great project. Sadly, I do not have a microphone nor do I plan on buying one anytime soon. I'm very interested to see which one is best!
     
  4. nathandublya macrumors newbie

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    Im looking forward to the results of this too as Id love to be able to record on my iPod touch 2g. Would come in very handy.

    Cheers,

    Nathan
     
  5. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    First tests are posted - can someone please get in touch with me regarding the Griffin SmartTalk and the Monster iSoniTalk or any other popular microphones?

    Thanks!
     
  6. fasequeira macrumors newbie

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    Smarttalk

    Smarttalk files sent:)

    The smarttalk seems to have a decent recording quality and it is cheap ($10~20 including shipping off ebay) Also, as mentioned in the philips adapter, it is not combined with a headset, so you can plug in whatever earphones suit your taste.
     
  7. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks - the thread is updated!

    What do you think? I think the Altec Lansing is the clear loser for sound quality, and the Griffin SmartTalk and Phillips products are relatively similar (as far as this recording process goes).

    Noticeably different in the SmartTalk vs Phillips is the 'white noise' recorded by the Phillips is of higher frequency. General volume levels seem to be pretty similar to me, but I have to wonder if the Phillips doesn't record a more 'full-bodied' sound.

    Thoughts?
     
  8. FunkyMonkey macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree. All of them are very acceptable for casual use I think.
     
  9. -Dark Angel- macrumors 6502

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    Nice test and yes, Phillips and Griffin does sound bout the same though in the 10ft, it seems Griffin does sound a little better. As for deleting files off of iTalk, its little easy. Hit edit and it will bring up the red minus symbol, just hit that and it will delete. It will then move to deleted recordings and just hit the clear all button at the bottom to remove it :). Great tests overall.
     
  10. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the input - we had figured out how to delete files.... but didn't want to create a new recording! SO, you are all left with some comic relief :)

    Anyone else out there have another microphone they are willing to try?
     
  11. acedew macrumors member

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    I'm also interested if any of these adapters negatively affect your listening experience. I'm not an audiophile by any means, I just use the standard Apple Earbuds, but if the adapter introduced any background or white noise, it might be kind of annoying.
     
  12. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    I just got the Philips mic. It's good, but it isn't all that sensitive. Definitely an improvement over the last mic I tried though, which didn't work at all.
     
  13. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    What was your last mic? Did it really not work at all, or was it working just crappy? Make sure to let us know so we can help others from making the same mistake :)

    If it did work, and you still have it, why not do some recordings we can add to this thread!
     
  14. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    My last mic was this one. My headphones worked when I plugged them in, but my iPod never recognized a mic. I ended up sending it back.
     
  15. ardee macrumors newbie

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    Picked up the Philips over the weekend (most Target stores were sold out but found one that wasn't). Can't beat $10 for a headphone adapter, decent mic with lapel clip, and remote-control button from a brand name.

    Two big questions:

    1. Besides iTalk, what touch apps support a mic?

    2. What iPhone apps WOULD work on the touch if the authors made small changes? Two I know of are Shazam and Ocarina.
     
  16. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    The biggest app supporting mics is probably fring, followed by that google app. I don't know why the people who make the ocarina app would limit themselves to touch customers.
     
  17. ardee macrumors newbie

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    Muncher, thank you. I did not remember that the Google app supported voice.

    And good point about Ocarina ... I should have said that I hope they make it work on other models and, if that model is a touch 2G, I hope they support a mic.

    Do we expect a lot more mic-enabled apps in the coming months?
     
  18. fasequeira macrumors newbie

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    If you get 5 minutes, why not post or send linkycat a collar and 10ft recording. Then we can compare it with the other Philips recording and see how the recordings may differ depending on voice volume and pitch. The more samples we can get, the more accurate the evaluation will be. ;)
     
  19. linkycat thread starter macrumors member

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    Seriously! Send them over, I'll host it up :) Anyone who has a mic... just follow the basic perameters in the original post and send me a PM!
     
  20. FunkyMonkey macrumors 6502

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    I'm very interested in the mic quality of the new Apple In-Ear Headphones. Anyone willing to test it out?
     
  21. MySaturdaySelf macrumors member

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    Thanks to recent oil price i could afford to drive 5 mile for the philips microphone in the target store.. it works fine with fring.. but i don't know why i need to make sure it's playing music before i call. If not, I will only hear my own voice rather than people on the phone line. If I am playing music, then the music will be paused and I could talk in quite good quality.. try at home and work, sound quality is good.

    However, the philips microphone + set from apple makes it very long, and the white and black mixing with each other.. I may still pick the apple one if it come into stock before Christmas.. :)
     
  22. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    The button on the Philips is the NO mic button. It cuts off the mic. Also, the iPod uses that signal to play/pause music. I've used the Philips as a way to play and pause before. Combined with the volume buttons, it means one less reason to turn your screen on.
     
  23. MySaturdaySelf macrumors member

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    It would be nice if the philips one includes remote control for music though.. that would settle everything for me :D
     
  24. fasequeira macrumors newbie

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    Does it not function as a basic remote?

    Pressing the button once should play/pause music.

    Two quick presses should skip to the next song.

    Most mics have that function.
     
  25. MySaturdaySelf macrumors member

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    fasequeira, wow, you are my hero~ thanks for that!
     

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