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Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
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- Internal springs
- Top and back plates are removable for convenient cable threading
- Standard C clamp mount
- Accepts standard 5/8" threaded mic clips/shockmounts
- No more cable connectors to remove and replace! Ships with a standard C-clamp mount
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The Heil Sound PL-2T overhead boom uses a system of perfectly balanced internal springs rather than the unsightly, mechanically unstable outboard springs used on booms of much lesser quality. Handles microphones up to 3-1/2 pounds in weight. Remove the top and back plates to thread the mic cable inside the boom with ease. No more cable connectors to remove and replace! Ships with a standard C-clamp mount. The PL-2 accepts industry standard 5/8" threaded mic clips or shockmounts. The chrome threaded stem can be locked into place depending upon the exact type of microphone or shockmount. Counterweight included to accommodate lighter microphones. Need to mount the PL-2T permanently to a desk or table? See the FL-2 Permanent Flange Mount (sold separately).
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Let's talk about those cheaper ones, shall we? The cheaper ones are mostly copies of each other. The cheaper ones all have external springs, two 15" boom arm segments, and a cheap table bracket. Some come with the mic holder, some even come with an XLR cable threaded through. The ones that have no cable threaded through, a few offer cable ties for cord management (because you have to run your cord somewhere), and of those that offer cable ties, a few offer a nice hook and loop tape cable management solution.
This Heil boom has INTERNAL CABLE MANAGEMENT with an easy-to-remove track cover, stress relief covers over the corners so your cable doesn't pinch, INTERNAL SPRINGS, and amazing 20" boom arm segments! That extra 10" (5" extra per segment compared to the cheaper products) makes a HUGE difference in reach and mic placement.
This is perfect for heavy mics like the AT2020USB (which is what I use, plus a windscreen and shockmount) and the Blue Yeti (my backup mic, the AT2020USB is so much better for my voice). This Heil boom is much heavier duty, and can support much heavier mics with ease. The cheaper ones you really have to torque down the nuts at the joints to handle heavy mics and in the process you can damage the screws and handles. You'll have none of that issue with this boom.
So, back to my earlier statement. I bought this one and a cheapie one just to compare, but having them side by side, I ended up sending the cheaper one back. If I had been smart, I would've only bought the cheap one then I wouldn't have known what I was missing. If you're just starting out, the cheaper one is perfectly fine. Just don't make the same mistake I made, because once you try this one out, you'll be in love.
TL:DR; This boom is perfect for getting my mic off the desk so I can concentrate on my podcast and voiceover work.
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This arm is sooooo much better than the arm that arrived in the "kit" with the Blue Yeti. No comparison. This arm is well made, sturdy, and stays in the position where placed. It does not "drift" after letting go, like the old arm. Also, the 2 segments of the arm are a fair bit longer than the cheap arm. I read somewhere that each segment is 19". For my setting, this brought the mic closer to my mouth. It has a significantly longer "reach" than the old arm. The clamp on base is secure and easy to use. The screw has a comfortable "ear" to tighten the screw and secures to the work surface nicely.
The only shortcoming is a very, very minor one. The USB cord fits in the "U" shape of the arms, and a plastic piece clips inside the U to hide the usb wire. For my setup, the plastic piece doesn't secure very well. The wire inside causes the plastic piece to release at the end. Super easy fix with a short segment of double sided velcro wrapped around that part of the arm. Perhaps a thinner USB wire that is more supple would solve the issue? Such a minor issue, I just haven't bothered experimenting.
Very pleased with this product. Worthy of all stars.
Edit: The cable covers just popped themselves off. The little plastic tabs that are supposed to hold them in place have broken just from a few weeks of being in place.
Edit 2: The stem has come loose and no matter how hard I tighten it, it won't stay put. I've tightened it to the point that my fingers hurt and it still moves around. I shouldn't be having so many problems with this expensive of a product less than a month after receiving it. I'm pretty disappointed. I contacted their customer support a week ago and still haven't heard back.
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The tightening mechanism/nob at the head of the stand is rough, you know that rough plastic component you get on a kids garden toy, basically it feels like if you applied above its designed tightening pressure.. it would break.
I had to double check that it wasn't a fake, that's how disappointed it felt receiving it.
Cancelled my order for Heil Mic on the back of this product...
If I had to say something negative about it, it would probably be the logo. It's kind of ugly and I wish they had only put it on the base, not on the top joint of the arm as well. But seriously, if my largest complaint about this product is the logo, then that really show's you what kind of product you are buying!
Currently the retaining hook/clip hangs out of the arm which is an annoyance for a piece of hardware that cost more than the microphone it uses.
The mount for it is a bit wobbly but that's not a huge deal.
The cable run and slats to hide the cable are a positive.