AspenMics HQ-S Lavalier Tests Samsung Note 4 and Zoom H4n A7s Internal Mic

Here's a simple sound comparison video from Pete Alexandar using the affordable AspenMics HQ-S Stereo Lav mics. Using the same two microphones he's recording one to a Samsung Note 4 and to a Zoom H4n. For comparison he references back to what audio would sound like from the internal Sony A7s camera microphone. You'll notice immediately how different the same microphone can sound when using different recorders.

The Zoom H4n obviously is designed to capture quality sound and there's a big difference compared to the Samsung Note 4 which may sound a little flat. Still not a bad thing if you know how to tweak the audio in post using the Audio EQ. If you're looking to pair it with an affordable audio recorder that offers high quality sound capture, my vote is still the pocketable Zoom H1 often found for under $100 bucks.

So if you're looking to get better audio, there's no reason why you shouldn't have a good set of lav microphones in your kit. The focused sound will block out most ambient noise and deliver a higher quality recording. The AspenMics are perfect for the budget filmmaker, finally back in stock, and currently on sale (HERE).

find-price-button AspenMics HQ Stereo and Mono Lavalier Microphones

For an additional sound test of these mics, check out the review samples from Ray Ortega from ThePodCasters Studio.

17 thoughts on “AspenMics HQ-S Lavalier Tests Samsung Note 4 and Zoom H4n A7s Internal Mic

  1. Robert

    Hello, I am trying to decide which lav mic to buy, Aspen mics or JK MIC-J 017. Has anyone experience with both, to compare them? Thanks!

  2. Quick question here.
    Is there a way to connect two-three of these new "smart" microphones to the same recording device?
    I know I can use a microphone mixer, but I'm looking for something more portable (so something with three 2,5mm (or is it 3,5mm?) connections).

  3. Liam

    Yeah that makes sense, with shipping from the U.S. and all it would cost me about the same. But level wise are they similar too?

    Thanks for all your help

  4. Emm

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    @Liam - The Rode SmartLAV is a good option as it sounds good too. Just make sure you get the additional TRS adapter if you plan to use it with a basic recorder. Also make sure you get the SmartLAV+ not the old SmartLav. Here in the USA we can get almost (3) aspenmics for the price of one Rode SmartLav+ w/Adapter which makes it appealing when you need enough mics to record more than one subject.

  5. Liam

    Great thanks Emm. Oh another quick question, do you still get enough level using the stereo version into your zoom (or tascam in my case)? It's just that Aspen say that the mono version will need less gain so give cleaner results, but it is quite appealing to have the option of using it into an iPhone, especially since I'd be ordering from UK so have to pay import on it. more... have you compared them to Røde SmartLav? Just that I can get Røde with UK warranty of course, whereas Aspen would have to go back to US if there was a problem.


  6. Emm

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    @Patrick - Price wise the Aspenmics are $35 bucks (now) and the Giant Squid $47. Not a big difference, but that's up to you. I'm sure you'll be happy either way.

  7. Patrick

    So would you recommend the Aspen over the Giant Squid lav then since they seem to be around the same price range?

  8. Patrick

    Do you know how this compare to the Azden EX503 lav? I originally had the ATR3350 but switched to the Azden.. maybe time to switch again?

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  10. Emm

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    @Liam Martin - Unfortunately most 3.5mm lav mics require plugin power and you can't use them with a 1/4 adapter. Some can be adapted to XLR Phantom but at 12V. The Tascam does not offer this on XLR (only 48v and maybe 24v) but a Zoom H6 does.

  11. Liam Martin

    Hi Emm, I'm after one of these but I'm wondering if they need plugin power? I have a Tascam DR-70d so can provide plugin power for only one 3.5mm mic like this, I'm not sure if it needs to be the stereo version or not to do that, or I can buy the mono version and use any of the TRS jacks with an adapter. Any help?


  12. Emm

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    @Sergio - I can tell you that this sounds way better than the ATR3350. Here's a few more reasons I would consider this over the AudioTechnica.

    1. You don't have to worry about a battery dying on the microphone.
    2. The AspenMics does not require you to boost the input gain of your recorder. With the ATR3350 you have to set the input gain on the Zoom H1 to 90+ which introduces noise from the Zoom preamps. The AspenMics typically can be set lower than 50 which sounds clean when there is a lot of silence between conversations.
    3. The cord on the AspenMics is also very manageable. The ATR3350 has a super long cord which could be handy, but also problematic. With the AspenMic if you want the cord longer, you can just get a basic 3.5mm stereo extension cable so you have the option to run long or short.
    4. Also if you plan to go with the HQ-S stereo lav, you also have the option to run it into a smart phone with the TRRS adapter. I don't think that's possible with the ATR3350. This is great when you want to use your iPhone as a recorder, or if you want to just get quality audio right into the iPhone when you record a quick video. Perfect for video blogging as the quality of these phones are getting better, but they still need a good lav mic to input audio directly from your subject (or talent).

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