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Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom

4.3 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
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  • Internal springsTop and back plates are removable for convenient cable threadingStandard C clamp mountAccepts standard 5/8" threaded mic clips/shockmounts
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Product Description

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).

Product Information

Item Weight 5 pounds
Product Dimensions 23.5 x 7 x 2.5 inches
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000SZVZ74
Item model number PL2T
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4.3 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,633 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#33 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Microphones > Accessories > Stands
#735 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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Wow. I made the mistake of buying this one and a couple of the el cheapo $20 booms. I say "mistake" because while the $20 was perfectly fine, it was no comparison to this Heil boom. ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON.

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.
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Length: 5:36 Mins
See my video review.

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.
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An item such as this seems as if it would be a luxury purchase for a non-professional, but I've found it to be a necessity in preparing my podcasts. My desk quickly gets filled with all the items and equipment for the cast -- mixer, interface, computer, notes, etc. -- and the PL2T relieves you of the worry of where to fit in a mic stand. Its precise placement and steadiness allows you to adjust the mic exactly as you need.j Then, when you don't need it, it simply swings to one side and keeps the mic out of the way for the next time.

So far I've used two different mics with it, both with fine results. The first mic required the use of the counterweight, which attached easily.

I'm giving this review less than 5 stars only because the plastic covers that fit over the cord channels tend to pop off, but that's no major concern.
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I went through 3 different microphone booms before finding and sticking with this model. The others were too flimsy, didn't stay and couldn't handle the heavy mic, a Heil PR781 I prefer to use.

The boom has a track for inserting your cable into. I was able to feed my line through the tracks and inside the final pivot joint for a very clean install. I'll post a picture so you can judge for yourself. I have noticed that due to the thickness of my cable if I move things around too much the track cover has popped off. To keep that from happening I placed a small black zip tie around the boom feed at each end to make sure the cover remains in place. I mount the boom behind 2-24" monitors which are mounted on the desk with this stand:Dual LCD Monitor Stand desk clamp holds up to 24" lcd monitors

To get the boom to adjust to the correct height (centered between my monitors both horizontally and vertically), I mounted the boom about a foot off of the surface of the desk using this mount: Heil Sound WM-1 Vertical Surface Mount for Heil Booms Attaching it to a shelf behind monitors. I found that the clamp the unit comes with doesn't clamp as tight as I would like; it flexes just a touch when tighthening and ends up not quite vertical even when secured on a perfectly flat desk. I tried feeding it through a cable feed hole (it fit into well) but didn't hold as nicely as I wanted, besides it was too low for my needs.
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