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Re: your feedback about AudioTechnica AT815

Subject: Re: your feedback about AudioTechnica AT815
From: Charles Bragg <>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 15:05:36 -0700
At 06:24 PM 9/1/2004 +0200, Gianni Pavan wrote:

>        I'm looking around for an affordable shotgun microphone. Of course I'd 
>like a Sennheiser MKH-70, but it is too expensive. I'm wondering if you 
>could suggest something cheaper and in particular if you have any field 
>experience about the Audio Technica AT-815 version B or the older AT-815 
>version R.

        I own an 815b and it is an excellent microphone for the price. I use it 
as an external mic with a Sony VX2000 and its quality is more than high enough 
- anything better would be overkill. I also use it with a minidisc recorder for 
bird calls and again, it's quite good. It is also very convenient that it runs 
on one AA battery, which lasts hundreds of hours. I have no complaints about 
frequency response or ambient noise. For my uses (video and nature recording) I 
would *not* upgrade to a better shotgun, but instead would add a high-quality 
parabola (I guess Telinga is what I'm talking about) stereo setup. 
        Although I have not tried it, you might consider the AT stereo shotgun 
. If I were buying today, I would definitely consider it. 

        -- Chuck

Chuck Bragg, Pacific Palisades, CA
Membership, Newsletter, Web manager
Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society

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