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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Product Review: Heil PR20

- Sound quality: I like this mic. It sounds darker than the Recording Hack's graph would suggest:

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Compared to a LDC, you'll get less fidelity in general. It has too much handling noise for jostling around in general, but shock mounted on a stand is where this mic shines. The proximity effect seems less pronounced compared to the SM57. It allows you to get up close and personal while singing and a tight pattern compared to my LDCs seems to remove the room from the recording at a distance. However, the lowish sensitivity make recording quiet instruments from a distance difficult b/c of the generated noise of the mic and cranked preamp. This is not your HiFi recording vocal mic.

- Reliability / Durability: Built like a vault! Dropped several times, thrown in the back of a truck for months and drove off road while in its case... never a problem. It feels heavy and solid and been around for years.

- Would you buy this again if it were stolen?: Yep.

- Features that stand out: Build quality and less pronounced proximity effect than expected. Also a generally great bass response even from a distance. The case is nice and has several replacement grills with a well fitted clip.

- What I don't Like: Handling noise--for its intended use, that's its only downside as far as I can tell. It would be great if they'd fix that.

- Similar products used: Shure SM57.

Just a workhorse to keep around.

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