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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Wired Lav mics and the Shure MX185 Cardoid or Shure MX184 Condenser (Supercardoid)

Audiophiles, I could use your assistance. I am in the market for a wired lav mic in the sub-$200 (US) range and have been looking at the Shure MX185 - Cardioid Wired Lavalier Microphone | B&H and the Shure MX184 - Supercardioid Wired Lavalier mic | B&H mics at B&H. I will be using these for on camera interviewing and training video voiceovers. Do you guys have any experience with or thoughts on these mics? Are there are wired lavs I should be considering in the sub-$200 price range (more sub the better, without sacrificing quality, of course)? Your input is greatly appreciated as I need to place the order early this week. Thanks!
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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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Personally, I prefer omni lavs. They vary less when the talent moves their head.

Given that, I'd not pick the supercardioid.

I recently bought an AT899. It's a bit large, and not terribly sensitive, but sounds good.
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I agree with with Jon .. omni. We're very happy with Sony ECM77s, a bit more pricey tho.

For interviewing you'd need something else besides a lav. Cheers.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #4
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I have had good experience interviewing with my wireless lavs but I know interference and dropouts are an issue at this location from the last time I filmed there so I figured wired was a better option. What do you recommend other than lavs, and are there any omni mics you recommend in the sub-$200 range? Thanks!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:42 AM   #5
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I would recommend an Omni unless you will be working with a sound system, in that case a caridoid would be less prone to feedback.
For under $200, the AT-899 is good.

Jon remarked: "I recently bought an AT899. It's a bit large, and not terribly sensitive, but sounds good"
A bit large?? ... compared to a B6 maybe.
I've never had an issue with the sensitivity using it with Lectros or G2s.

I'm not particularly fond of the somewhat stiff cable though.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #6
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Oops. My mistake.

I bought the AT803b, which is a bit large. The AT899 is tiny.

The AT803b is cheaper and sounds fuller than the AT899. You pay for the smaller capsule, and it's easier to make a larger capsule sound good.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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Thank you for the recommendations, i will check that out.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #8
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Quick question. I looked at the AT899 and if I am understanding this correctly, the TA3F connector goes into the power module that has 3pin balanced XLR out. Can I use phantom power from my camera to power it over XLR via the power module or does using the power module require powering on battery?


Edit: Link to item on B&H for reference: Audio-Technica | AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone | AT899
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Old December 8th, 2009, 09:25 PM   #9
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Quick question. I looked at the AT899 and if I am understanding this correctly, the TA3F connector goes into the power module that has 3pin balanced XLR out. Can I use phantom power from my camera to power it over XLR via the power module or does using the power module require powering on battery?


Edit: Link to item on B&H for reference: Audio-Technica | AT899 - Condenser Lavalier Microphone | AT899
It doesn't require a battery if your camera supplies phantom power. I own 3 and like them. I agree what the others said about omni. In addition AT899 clip allows the mic to detach if the talent walks away.
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