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This is a $36 wireless mic system. You get what you pay for. In theory it's a pretty nice system. Has quite decent range and battery life, but it's incredibly, incredibly noisy. It's essentially not usable for any non-hobbyist applications unless you perform a bunch of audio post processing to remove the significant, and ever persistent noise level. It won't be so obvious how bad this actually is, until you compare it to a higher end lav mic system and then you're like, "WTF?" It's that bad. You can't use this for anything important unless you want to import all the audio into an advance editing system and filter out the huge amount of HISS. Nice try, but this system should not be used for any application where clean, clear audio quality is important.
Also, while this is a stereo plug, it only sends audio to one channel, the left channel. So if you connect it to a stereo audio input, you'll not get true mono, but one hissey audio channel on the left, and nothing on the right.
You probably already know that adding a lavalier mic to your video camera is one of the first and best upgrades you can make. I bought this one based on the number of high reviews it had. This is an easy-to-use product and all I had to do was plug it in and turn on both the transmitter and receiver to be in business. It worked just fine for a couple videos I produced — except that partway through the editing process when I put my headphones on I realized that the audio from the mic was recorded to ONLY ONE CHANNEL! This wasn't obvious with the small set of desktop speakers I had been using, and I would have been pretty upset if I had uploaded my final creation (one of the videos the result of over a full year's work) without realizing what a glaring mistake it had. I was able to export the video with mono which populated both the left and right channels with audio, but of course that now means the rest of the video has no true stereo. I can't believe this product left the design table with such an obvious flaw.
The other thing that happened after just a few video recordings is that the wire going into the small lapel mic apparently got loose. Absolutely any head or neck movement now causes crackling in the recorded sound. I did various test recordings before isolating the exact location of the problem. I tried applying a little silicone adhesive to hold the wire in place and it seemed to work as far as holding the wire securely, but apparently the loose wire is inside the mike and even very slight movement still causes crackling.
It's a shame that this easy-to-use device has both design and material flaws. I will be replacing it for my next video and cannot recommend it.
I tried this with my Galaxy S9+, GoPro Hero7 and computer. It didn't work with anything.
It did work with my phone one time. But it never worked again. As best I can tell, the problem is with the connector jacks. First, they just feel really cheap and flimsy. When you plug one of the wires into them they're very loosey-goosey and you're never sure if they're solidly connected.
Since I had the one successful attempt on my S9, I kept fiddling around with it and did about ten more tries. ALL of them were completely silent except one other. The only other video that I could get audio out of when this was plugged into my phone - all I got was a little scratchy sound as I twisted the male jack back and forth in the female socket. As I was twisting it I got a very scratchy sound and could hear my voice a bit (barely). But when I stopped messing around with it the sound was gone again.
The bottom line is this - sure, maybe you'd be able to get it to work here and there. BUT... you'll never know if it worked until after you finish making your recording. It's so unreliable you'll have no way of knowing except by listening after you've made each recording. So, who is going to sit there and make any video of any length, 1, 2, 5, 10 minutes or more without having some way of knowing if it's picking up your audio until after you're done!
Sorry, Hotec, but I need something far more reliable than that. I'm not going to risk wasting my time on even a quick 30-second video when I can't know for sure it's picking up the audio.
Oh, and don't bother responding to this 1-star review, like you have to all the others. I don't need to know your support people will be happy to help me out. There's actually nothing they can do because your product is so cheaply made and flawed. No amount of support can fix that. So, please don't waste their time... not on my behalf anyway.
I needed this unit to teach online classes. The instructions are sparse and fairly useless. They did not even tell you if you needed to pair the pieces, nor how to pair them. At first I thought they were defective, then I figured out on my own that they needed to be paired.
This is very cheaply made. The connections from the pack to the mics are not tight, and they will not tighten snug at all. The clip on the pack is fairly useless, and will not hold unless it is put on something very rigid like a wide leather belt. I actually made a pouch for the pack to remedy this issue.
It is getting me by for now. I would NOT recommend this to anyone else. I will upgrade to something more suitable at a later date. I do not feel this is a good value for the money. Shop around!
Update: I have been using this item now for the past 7 months. The main head mic won’t work at all now. The lavalier mic barely picks up the voice at all. Not a good investment!
No matter what I tried the audio has a loud hissing noise which is unacceptable for any type of recording. In the video I am changing the channels to try and get the hissing to stop but as you can hear it never does.
Hotec sent me a replacement unit and the replacement unit does the exact same thing with a loud hissing noise in every recording. Not usable.
I ordered this in June of 2020. It worked fine for several months, then the headset died working while still under warranty. The accompanying literature urged customers to contact them directly for "100% satisfaction". Well, they were contacted and said they'd send a replacement headset right away. Several weeks went by and I contacted them again, and again I was promised a working replacement. Eventually I did receive an obviously used headset out of its packaging sent in a loose envelope. It worked really poorly and was clearly a returned non-working product. Well, I am NOT a satisfied customer and I would like other Amazon consumers to know about Hotec not standing by their product. If I could give them O stars I would!!
I really wanted to like this. We produce webinars and courses for our clients. We go through a lot of mic and I was looking for something dependable. First out of box, it didn't work. Looked at our configuration, tried again and it worked. Put it away, came back to record and it didn't work. One hour shot. Went to see the problem and it worked. Tried recording again, nope, didn't work again. This continued on and off for three days. Gave up and returned. Even when it did "work", as others mentioned, you can barely hear the voice. We had our system set to very high volume for the mic and the voice was very low. Put it two inches from your mouth, as with the headset, came in nice and clear. Place it on your collar or lower and forget it. Too bad, really wanted to like this.
The microphone/transmitter/receiver provided only provided intermittent audio as shown by the receiver but my iPhone never picked up the audio. I followed the pairing and troubleshooting directions but to no avail. Feels like the female TS port on the transmitter is loose which is causing the intermittency but I'm not sure. And then I'm not sure what's going on with the receiver. My Rode microphone works great with my lighting adapter so it's something upstream of that.
Seems like a lot of other people like this product but I just spent a few hours trying to get it to work with no luck. Just initiated a return.
Unfortunately, this never worked for me. It charged, the lights turned on, and I was able to sync the transmitter to the receiver/connector, but audio (or transmission) never came through. I tried connecting the receiver to every device I had, too (laptop, phone, voice recorder). -- I REALLY needed this a couple of critical times over the past two years, and it failed me both times, but I'm a busy exec in the Silicon Valley, so it's not like I have the time to deal with customer support / returns / etc. I'm just mad and disappointed.