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A Microphone for the iPhone

Plug-in mic has onboard preamp as well

TASCAM continues to beef up its iDevice offerings.

The latest is the iM2, a plug-in stereo microphone that should be a cut above the standard onboard microphone. The manufacturer says the adjustable mics are the same as those used on its DR handheld digital recorder line.

The iM2 plugs into the iDevice’s docking port and runs off the device’s battery. The onboard preamp, converters and limiter allow the iM2 to handle higher signal levels and deliver higher quality, according to TASCAM. The converters output audio at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.

A USB port on the iM2 allows for iDevice charging. A free recording app is expected to be delivered by Tascam soon. The iM2 is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPad and iPad 2. Price: expected street $79.