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I just popped into the Rode site to check specs on the NT5 and lo and behold:

They have just released the Rode lavalier mic! Anyone planning on getting this or perhaps already have one? I'd love to see a review/comparison of the Rode lav vs something like the Sennheiser MKH2!

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We just received the RODE Lavalier for testing. I did compare it with the Sennheiser MKE-2, if that is the model you're referring to. The MKE-2 is still a bit brighter. You can listen to the lav against a Tram and Sanken COS11 here

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Thanks for the link – Lenny Nov 3 '10 at 18:47
Thanks, yup, I mean the MKE-2 (oops) :) – Andre Feldmann Nov 4 '10 at 6:31
@guycochran Thanks for the video link, was very informative – Andre Feldmann Nov 4 '10 at 7:14

Seems to be retailing for $250 or so. Not bad price-wise, but most wireless packs will come with a larger lapel mic like that. Might as well spend $70 more and get a great sounding, tiny Countryman B6.

Disclaimer: I don't do interviews or docs, only narrative film sound, so I don't really use lapels. I do use them in life production sound, but use Countryman E6s for that.

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Yip, I'd love to own some Countryman B6's but damn, down south here on the tip of africa, they are a wee bit expensive! – Andre Feldmann Nov 3 '10 at 12:45

This sounds like a good mic and I would like a couple, my only concern at the moment is the frequency range which is 60Hz - 18kHz which is a lot less lower end than other lavs. How much of an issue this will be regarding dialogue I am not sure. It seemed to sound fairly nice on the vid posted above.

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@Lenny I agree, it looks like a great little mic. I don't think the 60Hz-18kHz is too much to worry about, I mean how many people do you know that can hear above the 17kHz-20kHz range? The low end of 60Hz doesn't bother me too much either, thats low end rumble and the sound you don't really want to hear for dialogue anyway. I am just not certain about the S/N of that good? – Andre Feldmann Nov 5 '10 at 6:44
Yes I think that is fine, many good quality lavs have a similar signal to noise ratio. – Lenny Nov 5 '10 at 11:30

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