The Low Cost Binaural and Low Cost Stealthy Cardioid mics look identical
except for vent holes at the base of the Stealthy Cardioid mic shell.
The two microphone cartridges are each mounted in their own satin-black
metal shell. The shell is approximately the size of a jelly bean:
roughly a quarter-inch (.6 cm) in diameter and a half-inch (1.2 cm)
long. Being all metal, the microphone mounts are very durable. The
black finish is heat-fused plastic and is much more durable than
paint. Removable black light-duty foam windscreens are provided. Heavy
duty windscreens are available.
The microphone cable can enter the shell in one of two locations: the
side or the bottom. For the side cable option, the shell has a
miniature alligator clip attached to its base. The clip can be used to
attach the microphones to any convenient mounting surface, including
your eyeglasses, lapels, collar, shoulder, hats, headband, lighting
grids and many others. The alligator clips are finished in black and
their handles are covered with a pliable black plastic.
For the bottom cable option (Low Cost Binaural mics only), the cable
enters the shell from the bottom of the shell, on the surface opposite
the microphone face. This allows you to easily insert the microphones
into a set of elastic eyeglass holders ("Croakies"), sew them in a
bandana or mount them in a hat. They have no alligator clips so you have
to be creative about how you plan to mount them. You can use velcro
strips, double sided foam tape or whatever you can dream up!
A very flexible shielded cable exits the base of each tube toward the
rear of your head. The cables from the two microphones join into a
single cable roughly twelve inches from the microphones. The cable runs
for six feet and terminates in a gold-plated 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-stereo
phone plug -- other connectors can be supplied on request. (October
4, 2002: A high quality right angle plug is now available as an
If necessary, the cable can be easily split for its entire length, so
that the microphones can be separated as much as 12-feet apart. This is
especially useful if you use the microphones for interviews: one
microphone can be mounted on the interviewer and the other on the