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Old September 16th, 2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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opinion sought on AT MT830mw vs Tram TR50

Hello all:

I have had some experience using the AT MT830mw lavs and they are pretty good lavs but I have been wondering lately how much better the TR50s would be. Most of my work the the MT830mw lavs has been interview type work where the absolute subtleties and nuances a better mic might pick up have not been that important. I am looking at producing more scripted and story based work and think I might need better. I also know the reality that you get what you pay for.

Any thoughts on the qualities of these two different mics would be appreciated.

(yes I have searched and read and listened to all the samples and tests that can be found but there is very little on the 830s)
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Old September 19th, 2009, 09:35 PM   #2
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I guess it was too specific a question.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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Don't know the tram, but I have 2-3 of the AT MT830 rigged for my AT U100 wireless. They work very well into those transmitters. Lots of signal, probably due to a larger diaphragm.

If you're trying to hide the mic, size matters.

I think (not sure) these are made for AT by Voice Technologies who make the lavs that come with Lectrosonics wireless.

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Old September 20th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #4
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Thank you for the reply Ty. Do you have any opinion on the sound of these as compared to any other well known and commonly used lav?
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Old September 20th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #5
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I own both. The ATs are not bad but I like the Trams better. A bit more detailed sound and smoother bass is that I hear from the Trams.

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Old September 20th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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Thank you for the reply Dan. I got the impression myself that the 830s are very usable mics, but seemed a little harsh on sibilants. I was hoping that spending the extra dollars wouldn't be wasted on Tram 50s if I get them. They certainly aren't any smaller than the 830s so hiding them is only facilitated by the accessory kit that is supplied with them.

My feeling has been that the AT MT830mw is a good bargain. It is certainly better than the Sennheiser ME-2 that is supplied with the G2 systems. The same had been same about the Tram 50 and it seems to be rather extensively used in productions.

So I guess I am still undecided on getting the Trams, or even something pricier. They have to be worth it as I hate buying "better" only to find I only ended up spending money and got no better.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 09:48 PM   #7
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One of the difficulties I've had in comparing lavs is that each one may couple better or worse with a different transmitter.

That and specific placement on a particular individual. If that leads to a darker sound, the mic with a slight edge can help. If that leads to a brighter sound, then maybe not so much.

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