Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review of the RØDE NTG2 Directional Shotgun Microphone

For a mid-budget directional shotgun microphone, my preferred choice is RØDE's NTG2 condenser microphone. I bought this a while ago after researching a number of mid-range directional microphones in the budget range of around $250-300. I've been happy with the performance of this microphone, so I decided to do a review. This microphone is more expensive than the most basic low-end directional microphones out there, but I feel that spending a bit of extra money is worth it, and you'll have pretty decent quality for whatever project you're working on. If you want to just watch the video review, here's the link, although I'll also include the NTG2's specs further down in this blog post:

Here is a general list of features of this microphone, taken directly from the RØDE website:

- Broadcast sound quality
- Low noise circuitry
- Condenser transducer
- Rugged metal construction
- Two step High Pass Filter (Flat/80Hz)
- P48 phantom power or AA battery option
- Low handling noise
- Low weight - 161g (5.17 oz.)
- Includes mic clip, wind shield and zip case
- Ideal for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries
- 10 year extended warranty with online registration

Here are some of the specs of this particular microphone:

- Acoustic Principle: Line Gradient
- Active Electronics: JFET impedance convertor with balanced transformer output
- Capsule: 0.50"
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Address Type: End
- Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz(selected HPF @0)
- Output Impedance: 250Ω
- Maximum SPL: 131dB SPL (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load)
- Maximum Output Level: 6.9dBu (@ 1kHz, 1% THD into 1KΩ load
- Sensitivity: -36.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (15.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
- Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 18dB-A
- Power Options: AA Battery+48V phantom power
- Weight: 161.00gm
- Dimensions: 280.00mmH x 22.00mmW x 22.00mmD
- Output: XLR Output
- Warranty: 1 year with free extension to 10 years following online registration

As I've mentioned, I've owned this for a while now and I've been pleased with it, so I figured it was worth a review.

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