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Mic Boom Showdown!

Posted by geeknews at 1:07 PM on November 14, 2009

Screen shot 2009-11-14 at 10.12.12 AMOver the past couple of years I have had major challenges with the Boom Mic that I use for my Podcast. Up until last week, I used a Boom Mic from the O.C. White Company.

While the boom mic from O.C. White served it’s purpose when I hung my “Mouse” from Blue Microphones on it the Mic Boom had a heck of a time staying in place even though the Mic and accessories only weighed 3lbs. The O.C. White boom drove me simply crazy as it was always settling plus the boom mic bolt did not allow me to secure the mic in a specific position it was like I had to balance the mic to get it into the proper position .

My solution has been to switch to a Heil PL-2T, this Mic boom is night and day difference. It holds my Mic in an absolute fixed position and the boom does not settle over the course of a 90 minute show. Not only that they have hidden the tension springs inside the boom which gives it a cleaner look.

The true test is to see how it fairs a year from now we will see if it has the same stability even if it does loose some stability over the course of a couple of years I will be very happy to buy a new one based on what I have experienced so far.

Hands down the Heil PL-2t is a winner over the Boom Mic from O.C. White.

Update: 8-14-10 The Heil PL-2T continues to perform unlike any Mic Boom I have owned in the past. I have used a variety of Microphones with the PL-2T and so far the stability, and ability to keep the mic in the location I want it to be has been perfect. Worth every penny and then some!

4 Comments

  1. From Shawn at 1:16 pm on November 14, 2009

    I’m getting a Rode PSA1 for Christmas. I hope it works well.

  2. From Barry J at 8:56 pm on November 14, 2009

    I have three PL-2Ts that I’ve been using for four years now. They are great booms and so far, they are holding up.

  3. From Mike Dell at 1:23 am on November 16, 2009

    Todd,

    I have a PL2T that has been in service for 3 years holding an MXL 770 (which is big and heavy) and it hasn’t missed a beat.

    I’m sure it will hold up to your abuse :)

    -Mike

  4. From Benjamin Straw at 7:17 pm on November 19, 2009

    I own the Rode PSA1 and have tried the others. The PSA1 out preforms the others by holding a 3.5 pound mic over others that hold 2 pounds. The PSA1 comes with 2 mounting options, Clamp and a flat mount, where the PL-2t only comes with the Clamp. The clamp that comes with the PSA1 works good but allows for a lot noise when mounted on a desk, The flush mount is the preferred method, you drill a one inch hole with in the desk to mount, it saves on noise by about 85%. The PSA1 comes with about 6 straps to hold the mic cable to the arm and is priced about $25 cheaper then the PL-2T