I'm looking for a nice Lavalier mic to buy mainly concerned about audio quality. I've currently set eyes on this one: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-PRO70-Condenser-Instrument-Microphone/dp/B001CITVNQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8
It has an XLR cable output and my question is the following: If I get an XLR to standard stereo cable and hook this mic directly to my laptop's mic recording input, I should be able to capture the sound from the mic via some software in the computer in real time and record it, right? And that without losing from the quality of the sound, of course.
And a bonus question - description says it operates on phantom power as well as battery so if I connect in the way described above, am I going to need the battery or not?