I’ve had the Audio-Technica System 10 sitting under my desk for more than a month and I’m finally starting to get some time to try it out. If you aren’t familiar with the System 10, basically it is another of many Wifi (2.4Ghz) based wireless lav systems that has hit the market over the last year or so.

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At around $300 the Audio-Technica System 10 is in the middle of the pack as far as price is concerned. It’s $100 less than the Rodelink at $400 and $100 more than the Azden Pro-XD at $199. With that in mind, I think the real question is, how does it sound?

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The answer is, surprisingly good. Take a listen to my test video above.  This oddly shaped, strangely ported lav mic sounds great and actually gives the Rodelink a run for it’s money. While I’m not a fan of the proprietary connector or the size of the lav mic, build quality is top notch and audio quality is impressive.

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Build quality of the System 10’s transmitter and receiver is only so-so. The transmitter (above) requires an antiquated none conductive screwdriver for input level adjustments. The transmitter and receiver are both 100% plastic which is unfortunate for something in this price range.

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My biggest complaint about the System 10 however, is the built-in receiver battery. I understand that you can save money by building your kit out of plastic, but a none replaceable lithium ion battery in the receiver is a bit ridiculous.

Need to shoot all day? I suppose you could hook it up to an external battery, but even the cheapest $100 wifi lav kit allows you to change out batteries on both the transmitter and receiver. Why Audio-Technica decided to go this route is a mystery. When I get a little more time I’ll test out battery life, they claim 12 hours of use on the receiver and if that’s really the case then I should probably stop complaining, but it always makes me nervous when the battery on kit you need to use all day is “built in”.

Now that I have a new home and a little more time, there should be more posts like this. Keep and eye out for updates on the Audio-Technica System 10, because despite my complaints audio quality is top notch and it is extremely easy to use.

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