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ATR2500 vs. AT2020

ATR2500 vs. AT2020

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Introduction
  2. Similarities & Differences
  3. Final Word & Link to reviews

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!


The Audio Technica line of microphones have garnered a great reputation for being pretty reliable pieces of equipment. You won’t find too many bad things said about them, they record pretty darn clean, but they’re also very rugged and sturdy as well. The AT2020 is no exception. It’s a great entry level unit, and as far as XLR mics go, pretty much takes the cake as an overall safest buy if you’re just starting out and know very little about mics. What is XLR?

The USB version is also pretty phenomenal, and some say it gives off that same XLR quality even being a USB mic. The difference between a USB microphone and an XLR microphone.

I’ve read some troubling things about the ATR2500, which is disappointing because it’s made by the same company. I suppose you could consider it the black sheep of the family. Well that’s taking it a bit far, but I cannot recommend it based on a lot of the negative stuff I’ve read. Check out the ATR2500 vs. Snowball if you’re interested in learning more about it!

Similarities & Differences


  • Both are USB mics, made by the same company, with a similar look and feel
  • Both are pretty rugged and durable.
  • Both stands are notorious for being awful. You will want to invest in a separate stand regardless.
  • Both have a pretty neutral sound signature overall.
  • Both the ATR2500 and 2020 (Plus version) have headphone jacks for live no latency monitoring. What is latency? However, a lot of people are saying the 2500’s claim of no latency is a bit misleading, as there is a small delay. The regular 2020 does not have any on-board features.


  • The AT2020 is very versatile, you can record just about anything with it. The ATR2500 is meant for voice-over, and doesn’t do well in any other application.
  • The 2500 has volume control on the front, while the AT2020 does not.
  • The 2020 (plus) has a switch for monitoring from the computer or headphones. The 2500 does not.

Final Word

I would definitely recommend the AT2020 over the 2500, as the 2500 has some major potential problems. If you would like a more detailed review, check out the ATR2500 vs. Blue Snowball (as mentioned above). I go over it’s shortcomings in that article.

If you would like to learn more about the AT2020 USB along with my other top USB recommendation, check out the AT2020 vs. Blue Yeti. Both of these mics should be at the top of your list for entry level goodness. The Yeti gets top honors because of features and convenience, and the AT2020 is runner up due to it’s versatility and ever so slightly better sound quality. It’s a very close call!


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this short article on the ATR2500 vs. AT2020.

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