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RODE PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
- Rotates 360 degrees with a maximum reach of 32.5 inches horizontally and 33 inches vertically
- 3/8-inch threaded mic mount/clip only. If your mic mount thread is 5/8", you will need a mic thread adapter (adapters not included).
- Designed for the RØDE Procaster and Podcaster, the PSA1 supports most microphones weighing between 700g (1.5lb) and 1.1kg (2.4lb) when combined with shock mount.
- Includes two desk mounting options
- 2-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning
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- Provides full 360 degree rotation
- Horizontal Reach: 32.5"
- Vertical Reach: 33"
- Adapter: 3/8” thread adaptor. (3/8” to 5/8” adaptor included)
- Designed for the RØDE Procaster and Podcaster
- Supports most microphones weighing between 700g (1.5lb) and 1.1kg (2.4lb) when combined with shock mount
- Weight: 1.74kg (3.84lbs)
- Dimensions: 100mmH x 0.00mmW x 0.00mmD
Professional Studio Boom Arm
The PSA1 is a studio boom arm for radio, broadcast, studio and home use. The PSA1 offers a horizontal reach of 820mm, a vertical reach of 840mm and full 360 degree rotation. It is supplied with velcro cable wraps and both desk-clamp and desk-insert style attachments for versatile mounting in desks up to 55mm thick (clamp) or 70mm (insert). Designed for the RØDE Procaster and Podcaster, the PSA1 supports most microphones weighing between 700g (1.5lb) and 1.1kg (2.4lb) when combined with shock mount. Please note that the PSM1 shock mount is sold separately.
From its humble beginning in the 1990s, RØDE Microphones has gone from strength to strength on the global stage and has become the go-to microphone for a variety of industries. RØDE employs the latest technology and precision machinery to continue to keep its products at world-class standards and at a great price.
- Compatible RØDE Microphones: Broadcaster, Podcaster, Procaster, PSM1
- Supplied with velcro cable wraps and both desk-clamp and desk-insert style attachments
- Note: RØDE PSM1 shock mount sold separately
Compatible RØDE Microphones/Shockmounts:
The Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm is the professional way to mount your microphone to a studio desk. The PSA1 works with almost any mic on the market. Rode PSA 1 Features Rotates 360 degrees and reaches 32-33 inches from the base Includes two desk mounting options 2-axis swivel mount for accurate positioning Holds up to 4.4 lbs Includes 3/8-inch threaded mic clip
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Neither arm is perfect.
One nice thing about the Rode, and probably the Heil too, is that the arms are made in such a way that the angle of the mic is the same no matter what position the stand is in.
Pros of the Rode arm:
Comes with either a desk mount or a recessed hole mount - Note that using the desk mount adds about 2" of height as it sits on top of the desk, where as the recessed hole mount is flush with the desk.
The Desk mount is better with the Rode vs the Heil - the Rode is very stable on the desk, as it's a small cone - another nice thing about the rode, is that the clamp that goes around the back of the desk only sticks out about 1/4 inch - I was able to push my desk right up against the wall with this one. The Heil requires a few inches of clearance behind your desk.
So the Rode Desk mount is better than the Heil
As for the arm itself, I believe the Heil is a better arm.
The Heil has a channel to hide the cable - this one does not.
The Heil arm is slightly longer, however it mounts flush with the desk, so if you're trying to clear a monitor, you're just as likely to clear it with the Rode.
The Heil also is 5/8" threaded - so you don't need to use an adaptor, which means less chance for jiggling.
(My Rode Arm DID include the 5/8 to 3/8 adapter so that is good!)
But the big difference is at the end where the microphone attaches - The Heil comes with a slightly longer rod at the end - and this is important if you use a Blue Yeti USB Microphone. I could not use the Blue Yeti on this stand as the connecting rod was too short, and the USB cable would not clear the thumb screws used to tighten the stand. There is an easy solution for this, but it requires an additional purchase (see below)
Tips for Yeti Owners:
The Yeti is a very popular USB mic (Just look at the review counts here on Amazon) so I'll share some tips for its use.
To use the Yeti with this Boom, and without a shock mount, you'll need to buy a small extender - if you don't the USB cable doesn't clear the arm (Hence my comment above about how the Heil has a longer rod) I bought the On Stage QK2X $11 (Also known as QK2B in black $9) on Amazon and that gave the needed clearance, and also made it easy to remove the mic for storage.
Note that I don't own the Blue Shock mount so I can't speak to using that here. One user complained that the Yeti was too heavy - that has not been the case for me, so I can only assume that the other user also had a shock mount and perhaps a heavier pop filter. I'll update my review if I note any problems.
One more observation: I was concerned if this would clear the top of my monitor, and it just barely does - I can put the arm even with the desk and it clears the screen by about 1/4 inch - however, here's some good news - I found I don't need the arm to be even (parallel) with my desk - by the time you add the Yeti, and the QK2X, the mic is so low that you end up pushing the arm up, which means you have even more clearance over the monitor!
Update Feb 2014:
I obtained a Heil PL-2T arm a few months ago, so I'm able to fully compare the two.
I really wish there was a way to "merge" these two products into a single, best of breed arm.
Both arms have internal springs - this is critical as external springs tend to make noise and resonate (as is evidenced by a few Ikea desk lamps I have that use external springs)
I believe the interior spring mechanism used by both arms is superior to cheaper arms.
The Rode has a better desk clamp and also includes the hole mount for free.
The Heil arm is nice in that you can route the cable through it, it has a native 5/8 thread on the end a longer downrod - there's about 2" of clearance between the arm and the start of the threads on the Heil.
Overall, I think both are great arms. I'm happy with both. I will say that the 3/8 to 5/8 thread adapter on the Rode arm bugs the heck out of me - the mic on that arm is ALWAYS Loose- it seems impossible to keep it tight.
The connection from the Heil PL-2T arm to the Mic feels very solid by comparison, and is superior with 5/8 threaded mics if you're going to move the arm during the broadcast.
I hope this review helps in your decision, if it does, please mark it helpful below as that will help other users see the review.
My video review finally uploaded to Amazon without error. It covers the points described below. Be sure to reduce your volume to a safe level before the noise demonstration begins at 0:20. If you have any problems playing it here at Amazon, the same video is on YouTube as well: ?v=qBHINqeHfyI
After just a few weeks of use, the first Rode arm started to make terrible metal-on-metal grinding/shrieking noises when bending at the middle joint. Many other reviewers have complained about this. Right out of the box, the replacement unit I received from Amazon had the same issue and more:
-- It rattled as though something inside the middle joint was loose
-- One of the plates on the end joint was loose (easily fixed with a screwdriver, but it suggests carelessness at the factory)
-- The hole in the desk mount clamp was about 5% too wide, leading to a wobbly loose fit. Some other reviewers have complained about this, too. The cylindrical post on the base of the arm measured 0.497" to 0.499" in diameter (the standard half inch size), so it was not a problem of an undersized post.
-- Internal springs are a nice idea, it certainly looks sharp
-- Internal cable routing is also a nice idea, but see the mehs section
-- The included fasteners for external cable routing are handy
-- The springs are strong enough to support a heavy load like my Blue Yeti mic + Blue Radius II shock mount (a small number of reviewers complain that their springs were too weak for this, though)
-- Value is questionable. It's 3~5 times more expensive than similar arms on Amazon. If you need to support a heavy load, the cheaper arms may not work. That was a significant factor in my initial decision to buy the Rode.
-- The tubes which don't contain springs could be used for internal cable routing, but probably only if you assemble your own cable and can feed it through before putting the connector on the end.
-- Bad quality control in recent units (purchased from Amazon in autumn 2016)
-- The joints are riveted, so you can't easily disassemble them to lubricate the springs or fix other issues yourself. Sure, you could put some low-viscosity oil in at the top and let gravity carry it down over the spring, but do you really want this thing to drip oil onto your desk at random times over the next month? I think high-viscosity grease would be more appropriate for the job, but it wouldn't be easy to open the arm up so you could put the grease where it needs to go.
TL;DR First one was noisy when bending at middle joint, second one was even worse, third is still okay after six months.