Sony ECM-W3 & ECM-S1 Wireless Microphones

Sony has announced its new ECM-S1 Wireless Streaming Microphone System and the ECM-W3 Wireless Microphones.

These new wireless mic options provide users with several connectivity options for webcasting or vlogging while not taking up a lot of real estate.

ECM-W3 Wireless Microphone System

The ECM-W3 wireless mic system comes in two configurations:

  • 1 microphone with a 1-channel receiver
  • 2 microphones with a 2-channel receiver

The microphone is about the size of a pack of gum and it automatically pairs with the receiver via Bluetooth 5.3 using the LC3plus codec. It also features noise and low-cut filter selection, as well as a 3-step, 0-20dB attenuator switch to eliminate clipping.

Connection options include a 3.5mm input jack on the microphone if you want to add an external microphone. The receiver mounts on your camera’s Multi-interface shoe and also features a USB-C port for USB audio and a 3.5mm stereo output jack. Both units are designed to be dust and moisture-resistant, and they each feature power and link LED indicators. A windscreen is included with the mic, and you can purchase an optional stand for the receiver if you’re using it independently from the camera.

The transmitter microphones and receivers in the ECM-W3 wireless systems operate for up to 6 hours on a single charge. They are all charged together in a convenient charging case, which features a USB-C connector for powering via a power adapter, computer, or power bank.

The Sony ECM-W3 Wireless Microphone System with Multi Interface Shoe is now available to pre-order for $349 USD.

The Sony ECM-W3 2-Person Wireless Microphone System with Multi Interface Shoe is also available to pre-order for $469 USD.

ECM-S1 Wireless Streaming Microphone System

The ECM-S1 Wireless Streaming Microphone is built like a desktop podcasting mic and it offers users a choice of wired or wireless audio transmission to your camera or computer. It automatically pairs via Bluetooth 5.3 using the included receiver, and the receiver can be installed on the Multi-terminal shoe of a Sony camera. Bluetooth 5.3 provides fast, low-energy transmission to preserve quality using the LC3plus codec, and it provides claimed line-of-sight connections of up to 500′ away.

You can also connect the receiver to a computer using its USB-C output, or plug the microphone directly into your computer using the USB-C connector for fully wired streaming and conferencing. Other connection options include a 3.5mm stereo mini jack on the receiver for monitoring or recording, and the microphone features a 3.5mm headphone output jack for monitoring (when using a USB connection).

There are three different pickup patterns you can choose from by using a switch on the side of the microphone. These pickup patters include monoaural unidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo-unidirectional. A snap-on pop filter reduces any voice popping when you are closer to the mic, and it also features noise and low-cut filter choices to reduce air conditioning or wind/vibration frequencies. The mic mounts on a tilting, snap-on desktop stand, or you can install it on a boom or mic stand using its 1/4″-20 bottom thread.

The ECM-S1 desktop streaming microphone features an internal battery that lasts up to 13 hours, or it can be charged and powered using the USB-C port during a direct connection. Its receiver is powered via the Multi-interface on a supported camera, via the USB-C port when plugged into a computer, or it can operate for up to three hours using its own internal battery.

The ECM-S1 is now available to pre-order for $419.00 USD.

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