Capture soon-to-be fond memories of your children playing or of your friends at a party in high-fidelity stereo sound with Sony's portable ECM-HST1 microphone. A toggle switch lets you select a narrower or wider field of coverage — focus on an individual speaker during an interview or expand the range to capture the comments of a whole group. This microphone is also powered and controlled through your Handycam® camcorder's accessory shoe, so you won't have to bother with batteries or external power sources.

Product Highlights:

  • attaches to compatible camcorder's Active Interface Shoe
  • selectable 90° or 120° audio coverage
  • captures sound in mono or stereo
  • no batteries required — powered by camcorder via interface shoe
  • includes carrying pouch and wind screen
  • weight: 1.7 oz.
  • 2-15/16"H x 1-3/16"W x 2-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Be the first to review this product
Great Gear Giveaway

Submit a review and then enter to win a $350 rewards card

Review this product:

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
(e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500 characters left
  Attach a YouTube Review
Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
  • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
  • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
  • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
500 characters left
500 characters left

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Stereo microphone
  • Wind screen
  • Cloth pouch
  • Operating Instrucitons
  • Precaution note

Product Research



Overview: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone lets you capture even better stereo audio from your compatible Sony Handycam camcorder. The stereo microphone connects to the Active Interface Shoe of your compatible Sony camcorder and has a wind screen to help eliminate wind noise. Plus, this microphone offers selectable sound direction between 90 and 120 degrees.

Compatibility: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone is compatible with Sony Handycam camcorders featuring an Active Interface Shoe.

Smart Accessory Terminal: The Sony Stereo Microphone connects to your Sony Handycam camcorder's Active Interface Shoe and derives power from the camcorder body (no additional batteries required).

Auto-Switch: When the microphone is attached to the compatible Sony Handycam camcorder, the camcorder automatically switches from the built-in microphone to the external microphone.

Stereo Sound: The Sony Stereo Microphone enables natural sound pick-up, delivering a stereo sound image with superb clarity.

Selectable Directivity: You can manually select the directivity of sound between 90 and 120 degrees.

  • 90-Degree: Use the 90-degree setting when picking up a sound with a narrow soundstage, or a distance sound (conversation, solo instruments, etc).
  • 120-Degree: Use the 120-degree setting when picking up a sound with a wide soundstage, or a nearby sound (concert, theatrical performance, etc).

Wind Screen: An included wind screen helps to reduce wind noise.

Compact Design: The Sony ECM-HST1 Stereo Microphone features a compact lightweight design making it easy to carry.

Storage Pouch: The Sony ECM-HST1 comes supplied with a cloth pouch for storage.


Microphone Type: Electoret condenser microphone

System Type: MS (Mid-Side ) stereo system

Frequency Response: 150 to 10,000 Hz

Pickup Pattern: 90° or 120°

Battery Type: Active Interface Shoe (runs of power source of camera)

Operating Temperature: 32°F to +104°F

Dimensions: 1.1875" (w) x 2.9375" (h) x 2.625"

Weight:  1.7 oz

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.