Summary: should have read the comments before purchase, please be aware, this is only for 1 time use
Pros: Looks very nice, better than the samson one I got in terms of sound quality and look.
Cons: But!!!! It starts to break after 5 uses, first my Mac cannot recognize when it's plugged in, then I had to replug multiple times, after a few seconds the sound started to break and eventually not working at ALL!!!!
Excerpt: I needed a USB mic and it was between this, or it's inexplicably more expensive brother: AT2020. I went with the ATR2500 because it was half the price and featured zero latency headphone monitoring. From what I've gathered, both mics are otherwise identical. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this thing picks up my deep voice, and it sounds pretty similar to "professional" dynamic xlr mics I've used in recording studios.
Pros: Clear Sound, Compact, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: Connection was quick and easy in Windows 8. Simply plug into any open USB port, and in a few seconds it's working like a charm. However, the mic volume buttons don't work correctly. You have to press down to press up. (??) This appears to be a software / driver issue that could easily be corrected via an update. The recording quality and gain level is not sufficient for my needs in multitrack recording of guitar and vocals.
Summary: Great entry microphone for the price, I use it for games and recordings all the time now without issue, sound quality is top notch for the price. Great buy if you're looking for a major upgrade from a webcam or similar.
Pros: Very clear sound, much better than anything built in, Build quality feels great for $60
Cons: Not noise cancelling, so it picks up quite a bit of background noise, Flimsy stand
Excerpt: I use it to do voice over work and its crisp and clear. The only issue I have is, make sure you hook headphones up while your using it. The computer will think its a speaker when you do a playback. Also the stand is pretty cheap but what can you do. Overall though very happy with the product.
Excerpt: I sent my ATR2500-USB in for repair this month. I got my ATR2500-USB back from the Audio-Technica repair center with NO WORK DONE ON IT.<br /><br /> <br /><br />The note said, "Could not repeat issue in house" and it was sent right back to me... no email or anything.<br /><br /> <br /><br />I plugged it back in to my computer, and it worked ok for about 10 minutes... then it was nothing but popping and loud static again.Same problem as I initially reported.
Summary: Terrible build quality. Terrible "repair" center. I'm not paying shipping again just for them to say "well, we dont see a problem" again.
Pros: It worked nice at first.
Cons: Stopped working properly and sent it in to be repaired. Got it sent back with no work done and said they couldnt repeat the problem. Plugged it back in, and 10 minutes later it was having the same problem.
Excerpt: I sent my ATR2500-USB in for repair this month due do loud popping and static. I got my ATR2500-USB back from Audio-Technica's repair center with NO WORK DONE ON IT. The note said, "Could not repeat issue in house" and it was sent right back to me... no email or anything. I plugged it back in to my computer, and it worked ok for about 10 minutes... then it was nothing but popping and loud static again.Same problem as I initially reported.