Microphone—Super-directional (Shotgun) Hand held
Use it in groups so you can hear who is speaking. Just aim it at the speaker. It was actually designed for a hard of hearing teacher so she could hear her students in class. Optimal range is between 5 and 20 feet.
Note: when holding this microphone, be careful not to block the 3 slots between the blue band and the plug. If you block them, you lose the wonderful directional capabilities of this microphone.
The microphone itself is 5½” long x ½” diameter. The cord is 18″ long) and has a 1/8″ (3.5 mm) stereo plug and socket.
Use the microphone with or without the windscreen. (Personally, I almost never use the windscreen unless I’m outside and the microphone is picking up wind noise.)
Note: The MM300 Super-directional (Shotgun) microphone replaces the MM400 Super-directional (Shotgun) microphone. The pickup sensitivity and directional characteristics are exactly the same. In fact, the microphone itself is identical except for the shorter base of the microphone and the fact it has a plug instead of being hardwired like the MM400 was. (The shorter overall length of the microphone makes it easier to carry in a pocket or purse.)
A cool feature of this microphone is that you can change the cord. The cord that comes with this microphone is 18″ long—just right for using with a PockeTalker. If you want an even longer cord, you can get your own and plug it into the microphone. The cord is a standard stereo 1/8″ (3.5 mm) audio extension cord. You can get one at most stores that sell electronics, or get on online.
(MM300) Order the Super-directional (Shotgun) handheld microphone for $79.95. Comes complete with the microphone, 18″ microphone cord, windscreen and specification sheet.
“I finally got to use my new directional microphone at a chapter meeting I normally attend. I’m pleased to report that it functioned well enabling me to hear about 90% of what the speakers said at our meeting as opposed to about 40% that I was picking up with the regular microphone on my PockeTalker. Many thanks for your help in resolving my meeting problem”—D. S.
“At the recent HLAA conference in Harrisburg, I couldn’t understand the exhibitors in the noisy exhibit hall with my hearing aids because of all the racket. However, when I used the directional mic with my PockeTalker, the noise-level dropped dramatically and each exhibitor sounded like they were talking directly into my ears. It was wonderful!”—N. B.
A teacher explained, “I use this microphone, but it is hard to hold. I want to know if there is an extension or handle I can add to this it. My fingers are too close to the microphone as I point it at someone and it creates a distracting noise.”
Unfortunately there isn’t a “handle” built into this microphone to make it easy to hold as there was on the previous model. However, thinking outside the box, you could easily make your own handle. Here’s how.
If you plugged an adapter into the microphone and then an opposite gender adapter into the first adapter, and then plug the microphone cord into the adapter, you would have a nice “handle”.
Here’s one adapter arrangement that should give you a “nice handle”. First get and plug the microphone into the below adapter.
Second, plug the below adapter into the above adapter.
Finally, plug the microphone cord into the above adapter and voila–you have a nice handle built onto the end of the microphone.