[AMRadio] Microphone Recommendation

Stevan A. White w5saw at pathwayz.com
Mon Sep 21 12:52:25 EDT 2009

In all likelihood this is probably a rehash of the Ford-Chevy-Dodge 
discussion; but, I do prefer the Heil PR-30/40 over the Electro-Voice 
RE-20/27.  (Apologies to the Sennheiser and Audio-Technica devotees, I 
don't want to leave you out.)  While the EV mics are quite good they 
have a few "bumps" and "dips" in the frequency response curve that, 
while not too severe, alter the resultant audio just enough to make it 
sort of bland to my ear.  This may not be true for every EV RE-20/27 
user but it is for me and a lot of others -- NOT what I'd expect from a 
mic that is as spendy as those.  I really like the warmth and smoothness 
of the Heil PR-30/40.  The sensitivity is quite good and while it does 
exhibit some proximity effect, for my money it is probably the best 
vocal/announce mic I have ever had the pleasure of using.  (YMMV)  I 
have not yet tried but was very pleased to see the PR-35 when it came 
out.  It is a hand held version of the PR-30.  The PR-40 goes the extra 
mile with extended frequency response (and more of "studio" look to it) 
and is an absolutely stellar performer.  That and the Heil mics exceed 
the performance of most similar dynamic mics and some condenser mics for 
a lot le$$ money.  Although Bob Peters, W1PE and I are good friends, and 
Bob Heil and I are probably friends now based on my comments about his 
products, I have never been paid to promote Heil microphones or received 
any product for my testimonials.  I do however keep finding the hidden 
mic on the cover of "Radio" magazine and entering the monthly contest in 
hopes of winning a Heil mic only to be passed over each and every 
month.  (sigh)  This month it's a PR-40...I have my fingers 
crossed...maybe I can finally replace my Shure SM-7!  :-)  Then there's 
mic processing...

73 de W5SAW, Steve White

Bob Peters wrote:
> I would say better then the RE27 Phil....More and
> More BC stations are buying Heil over EV... Steve
> W5SAW that you see on the list here is a Broadcast
> engineer and now recommends Heil over EV all the
> time... He likes the PR-30 a lot and recommends
> it... Off course the price I gave was minus shock
> mount... That costs more on all of them...
> Bob W1PE

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