Audio Technica ATR2500 Review – Recording On A Budget

ATR2500 is an affordable USB condenser microphone featured with headphone port. If you’re about to begin your journey with audio recording and just want to test the waters if it’s really for you, then this mic might be your perfect bet. Without spending a ton of money you can get all the features you could expect from an condenser mic.

Audio Technica ATR2500 Review

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Inside the box of the mic you’ll obviously find your microphone, but also a mount, USB cable and a plastic stand. Plus, the manufacturer offers lifetime warranty. Isn’t it nice?

Microphone does not excel at the build quality. As it is really affordable device you can’t expect too much in this matter. Both body and the grill of the microphone are metal which is a plus, but the other components are made of rather low quality plastic that really feels cheap.

At the front of the mic you’ll find the headphone port which a great feature offering live monitoring with no latency. However, the volume buttons that are placed above it, as mentioned earlier, aren’t the hightest quality. Just below the grill you’ll see a nice blue LED light telling you that you’re device is on and ready to roll.

ATR2500 comes with the mount and stand, but to be honest those two aren’t top-notch accessories. A big downside of the included mount is that it doesn’t offer any shock absorbtion which might be especially annoying when using mic for podcasting as any accitendal hit will be recorded. I hope I don’t need to mention that this kind of ‘boom’ sounds aren’t really pleasant for your listeners, do I?

The microphone offers 30hz to 15khz frequency response and a cardioid polar pattern. Nothing impressive but also nothing to complain about in this matter.
If you don’t expect too much ATR2500 can handle recording instruments too. However, it sounds a bit better when working with acoustic instruments rather than amps and stuff.

What’s might be worth pointing out is that this mic does not allow you to expand to XLR port. Therefore, if you think you might need the XLR in the future, like for audio interface use, this device might not be your best bet. Because of that, I’d recommend this mic more for podcasting rather than recording instruments. When speaking about podcasting, I really miss the gain control knob on the microphone. If Blue Yeti could do it right, why not this one? It’s a really desired feature when it comes to USB mics.

Audio Technica ATR2500 Review
  • Quality - 70%
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  • Durability - 76%
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  • Features - 68%
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  • Sound - 86%
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Summary

ATR2500 is a decent budget pick but it's not without flaws. Audio Technica is known for making quality products and when it comes to the core of the microphones - sound recording, this one is no different. However, as it is a low-priced microphone some compromises had to be made. Plastic buttons on the body feel cheap and awkward and accessories that comes with the device are not great either. On the plus side, metal body and grill feel nice and sturdy. Also, you won't be able to upgrade to XLR so you have to be sure you won't need this feature anytime in the future.
Can I recommend this one? If you plan to start streaming (or doing voiceovers) and need something affordable to capture your voice, this might be a great start. For singing and instrument recording I'd look for a XLR device.

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