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Old May 21st, 2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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Azden SGM-2x vs. Audio-Technica AT835b vs. Schriber SA-568

Alright folks... I have been doing some research on ~$200-$300 shotgun mics for use on short films. I will probably be boom mounting them, so I will need a shockmount, and what not. I've read the review at:

http://www.lafcpug.org/review_shotgun_mic.html

and narrowed it down to the SGM-2x and AT835b.

B&H has the SGM-2x for $219.95 and the AT835b for $239.95... the review at LAFCPUG gave them pretty comparable ratings. The SGM-2x comes with a shock mount and carrying case, whereas with the AT835b, I'd have to buy a shock mount ($45) and case. One of the major differences between them, is the AT835b supports phantom powering, and the SGM-2x does not. However, I'm not too sure how much of a different that would make for me... from what I've read of phantom power, and maybe I'm missing it, but I don't see that big of a benefit from using it.

Please, I'm new to production audio, and would like any comments and suggestions that will help me make an educated purchase. I guess, to summarize my question... is the AT835b worth the extra $65+ for the phantom powering, and possible better performance? I'd like to hear from people who have used either, or both, if possible. Thanks guys.

[EDIT: I just read another post on a different mic... the Schriber/NRG Research SA-568... Zotz sells it for $135 with case, windscreen, etc. Also, Zotz sells the AT835b for $195... forget to check them before originally posting. So that puts the AT835b as cheaper than the SGM-2x. So I guess my real question now is... between the AT-835b and the SA-568... hah. sorry for the change.]

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Old May 29th, 2003, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have the same question - in another link they are testing the SA-568 and initial responses are not good. I just ordered it, and I'm hoping I don't regret it. I predict I may be trying to trade it for the AT-835b. With or without the case, it's the sound that counts.
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Old May 29th, 2003, 03:58 PM   #3
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Yeah, I have been following that thread too, and finally seeing the test results. Doesn't sound good, especially that hissing. Looks like I will end up with the SGM-2x or the AT-835b...

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Old June 3rd, 2003, 11:18 PM   #4
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The AT-835b sounds better than the SGM-2X and is more durable as well - but the SGM-2X is a decent mic. I would be willing to pay up to $75 more for the AT-835b, if they are comparably priced it is an easy choice: the AT-835b hands down.

You are wise to avoid the Scriber - it is probably no better than the ATR-55 which is much cheaper. Neither one is very good!

<<<-- Originally posted by Jason Moore : Yeah, I have been following that thread too, and finally seeing the test results. Doesn't sound good, especially that hissing. Looks like I will end up with the SGM-2x or the AT-835b...

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Old July 3rd, 2003, 08:03 PM   #5
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Just a quick note that the AT835b comes with the case, windscreen and the mic stand mount and the sgm-2x comes with the 2 windscreens and the shock mount. The way I was reading this post I think we got them switched around.

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BTW I got this information off the b&h website
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Old July 4th, 2003, 01:02 PM   #6
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Slightly Off topic...

I too am looking at the AT835B or the SGM-2X for on Camera work. I am also looking for opinions though on whether either of these mics could also serve as a decent handheld interview mic with the appropriate windscreen?

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Old July 4th, 2003, 01:14 PM   #7
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You can buy the Azden mic right now on ebay for $199

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3032961788&category=3319

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Old July 4th, 2003, 05:30 PM   #8
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shotgun mic as a handheld

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You can use the audio technica AT-8415 shockmount with a Handgrip made by Remote Audio, otherwise you will get too much handling noise.

TIP: The best way to mount a shotgun into a shokmount, is to criss-cross the rubber bands
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