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I have a Sony Calibrating Microphone that came with my receiver. I was wondering if I need it. I already have a AT2021 Condenser Mic, which I believe should work with the receiver.

Should I sell it? or does it work well enough that I should utilize it?
    
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Well, aren't calibrating microphone designed for calibration, why would you use another microphone? Also, the calibrating microphone uses a 3.5mm mono plug, not XLR.
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Originally Posted by FearSC549;14241496 
Well, aren't calibrating microphone designed for calibration, why would you use another microphone? Also, the calibrating microphone uses a 3.5mm mono plug, not XLR.

My condenser mic is connected to an M-audio DMP3 which has a 1/4' out. I can use an adapter to make it 3.5mm.

Well... I don't know if calibrating microphones are designed for calibration which is why I'm asking. I just assumed it was a regular microphone and the "calibrating" part was just marketing. I would assume, a condenser mic would be more effective than a tiny mic in the image below:

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But I'm just assuming until somebody more knowledgeable can give me advice.
    
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Well the AT2021 is a cardioid microphone so I don't know how that will work as a calibration mic.

You can try it, it's not like the mic will blow up.
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Well the AT2021 is a cardioid microphone so I don't know how that will work as a calibration mic.

You can try it, it's not like the mic will blow up.

I was going to try until I read the Sony Manual. It says, "Connect only the supplied optimizer microphone AUTO CAL MIC jack. Do not connect other microphones to this jack." Damn... lol I read other manuals online and they said it may damage the receiver. Do you think there is any truth to this or is this warning only to deter consumers from buying calibrating microphones of a different brand?
    
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I was going to try until I read the Sony Manual. It says, "Connect only the supplied optimizer microphone AUTO CAL MIC jack. Do not connect other microphones to this jack." Damn... lol I read other manuals online and they said it may damage the receiver. Do you think there is any truth to this or is this warning only to deter consumers from buying calibrating microphones of a different brand?

I'm pretty sure the supplied microphone is designed for room calibration(look at the structure of the microphone). It's possible that the receiver jack is designed specifically for that microphone.

Just curious, what made you want to use another microphone instead of the supplied one?
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Originally Posted by FearSC549;14241834 
I'm pretty sure the supplied microphone is designed for room calibration(look at the structure of the microphone). It's possible that the receiver jack is designed specifically for that microphone.

Just curious, what made you want to use another microphone instead of the supplied one?


I just thought about selling the calibration microphone if it's useless b/c it's ~$30 I can use on something else =) I haven't tried calibrating with the microphones yet. I only used my ears to increase levels to what I want to hear.
    
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I just do it the old fashion way, with an SPL meter.
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you dont by any chance still have this laying around do you? I just bought a used STR-DN1000 and I cannot find one of these anywhere so I can get a good setup
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