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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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For a relatively expensive boom arm that is priced right at the top end of what I would consider "prosumer", the boom arm I received seems sloppily made or engineered.
First and foremost there is a free spinning attachment point for you microphone which is of standard size. This has a knob that I assume was intended to allow you to tighten the fit and prevent motion. Unfortunately, even after tightening this knob as tight as possible, the attachment point still spins freely and even wobbles without anything being attached. This spells doom later when you actually do attach something
Furthermore, a desk c-clamp is included which works well enough, however the arm itself simply rests within a hole on the clamp. This in itself would not be a bad design if it werent for the fact that the part of the boom arm that rests in this hole/slot is undersized. Which means its not a tight fit when it rests in the clamp, and it means the boom arm wobbles.
This means that in composite the boom arm wobbles in two places: where it rests in the c-clamp and where the microphone attaches!
Those two major, glaring issues aside, the arm itself maintains its position even with all microphone attached, due to its internal, hidden tension system. This coupled with a channel for your cable and a channel cover means that you have a very clean looking arm.
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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It's very high build quality - sturdy and secure. It's strong enough to hold up my ElectroVoice RE20 without needing me to over-crank adjustment knobs like cheaper arms. No bending, no breaking. Love it.
The text where it says "HEIL" towards the mic mount can be a focus-grabber for webcams/cameras, so I covered that with gaffer tape.
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.