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Old February 29th, 2004, 12:31 AM   #1
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Low cost shotgun: Sennheiser MKE300 or Azden SGM-1X???

I decided to buy the Sennheiser MKE300, what, I thought, would be the best choice in the "low cost shotgun mic" category. But then I saw Azden SGM-1X. It has XLR output, what is better for long cables. Other good thing is that, different from the azden mic, the sennheiser has a 3.5 cable stucked to the body. So, if anything goes wrong with the cable, I won´t be able to change it easily.

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The question is: which one should I pick? Which has the better sound quality?

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Old February 29th, 2004, 01:24 AM   #2
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You might also want to check out the AT-897. It's in the same class as the Sennheiser, but less expensive. It performs very well.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 01:47 AM   #3
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I have the AT-897 and it has really amazed me. I recorded a music video for my neighbors little guitar vocal duo and the quality of the leads voice and the two guitars interacting together was great. It's a little more than a $90 dollar mic but it takes you into a completely different class of mics.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 07:45 AM   #4
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Are you talking about Audio-Technica AT-897?? I guess it´s not a $90 mic. Here it costs $280:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?ci=1&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=SearchBar&A=search&Q=*&shs=AT-897&image.x=3&image.y=9

Are we talking about the same thing?
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Old February 29th, 2004, 08:41 AM   #5
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Yes, it matches up better with the ME66 than the MKE300. More mic, but less money than the ME66. And, MUCH better than the Azden. As Bryan mentioned, it's a big step up.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 08:57 AM   #6
 
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I'm lost....the 897 is more than the ME66, unless you get the pre for the ME. It's certainly not 90.00....
works on phantom or battery.
This mic is mentioned in at least 2 dozen threads here...you might want to read users comments on it. It's a highly regarded shotgun.
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Old February 29th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #7
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Douglas is right
the K6/ME66 is $380
The AT 897 is $280
the Azden is $150

The AT mic is a truly professional piece of gear and certainly outshines the Azden . Azden is NOT pro gear and does not have the same robust build of the Audio Technica.

I would put the MKE300 in the same league as the Azden.

I personaly like the sound of the AT over the Senn ME66. This is personal preference, the quality of the AT is a known fact though.

In a few years (or less) the Azden will be in the trash and the AT will still be holding it's value. Crude but fact.
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