I recently did a video on YouTube about the pros and cons of using headsets on two opposite ends of the price spectrum. A few days later, I was surprised to receive an email directly from Bob Heil (W9EID)! What a treat! Completely unexpected – he educated me a bit on the possibilities of using a dynamic mic (doesn’t require phantom power) with my radios here at home, and offered to give me the opportunity to check them out, and share my findings with you! Thank you Bob & Heil Sound for this opportunity!
Now – to each his own – but why someone would purchase a $1,500 transceiver, and then pair it with a $5 microphone from Walmart (no joke – i’ve seen it) – is beyond me. Usually I hear from other ops that such a microphone isn’t necessary because the transmit bandwidth is very narrow, and just a tad wider with AM. IMHO, it’s not just about dynamic range, it’s all about microphone engineering. A process better suited to audio engineers – not I – but that’s why i’m bringing these results to you – so you can hear the difference and make your own assumptions. A well engineered microphone with a larger diaphragm will ‘capture’ your voice better. Don’t believe me? Then maybe you haven’t heard some of the stellar transmit audio that these microphones can produce on the air.
I’ll have different requirements for my mics, because I use them for YouTube, recording with Ableton Live, Podcasting, and many other uses, so everyone is different! I’ve got some ideas for the video, but i’d like to know what my readers/viewers would like to see (so please comment below or feel free to drop me a note!). I was thinking about having different amateur radio ops use these microphones on the air, and giving an honest review of what they thought of the microphones (using different kinds of rigs hopefully). You already know i’m going to play with them and give my .02, I was already jamming out on one to some Collective Soul! Realizing I need to apply some minor acoustical treatments to my ham radio shack (future blog post-stay tuned)! I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me! Fun times ahead though!
Stay tuned for a comparison of the Heil PR 781, PR 40 & PR 77!