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Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
|Price:||$120.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a home radio studio and this was just the ticket for something I could swing out of the way when not in use. Very high quality, no exposed springs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris T.
It droops a bit under the weight of my Yeti and Radius II mount. Once or twice a week I need to re-position and tighten the mount. The arm is decently well made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brittany
This arm is very sturdy and clean-looking. I love the track that you can hide wires in. I have a Blue Yeti Pro mounted on a Radius II shock mount, and this arm holds it perfectly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeremy
Works perfect with Heil PR40. Good high quality broadcast boom.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Reviewer
Well made. I also own the Rode boom arm, and I prefer this Heil model. It moves in a smoother fashion in comparison with the Rode version.Published 2 months ago by Dave P.
It's easy to set up, it hides your microphone cable for a sleeker look, and it works great with the Blue Yeti and Radius II shock mount. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob Havelka
Fantastic boom, met all my expectations and more. Before I purchased this boom, I was in a lonely, dark, lost depression, since then I have been the most excited person in the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Wampler
I had high hopes for these booms, but couldn't have been more disappointed. They were sent back to Amazon and my money refunded. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John C
Only installed it last night, but this is by far the best product of it's kind. I just wrote a lengthy 1-star review for the Rode version of this and it was much worse in build... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rob May