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Reviews Categories | Microphone Equalizers & Transmit Audio Accessories | Electro-Voice 309A Mike Suspension Help


Reviews Summary for Electro-Voice 309A Mike Suspension
Electro-Voice 309A Mike Suspension Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $175
Description: A top-quality suspension widely used in the broadcast, TV and
film industries
Product is in production.
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W6LBV Rating: 5/5 Aug 28, 2015 08:06 Send this review to a friend
Making Mikes Motionless  Time owned: more than 12 months
I own and use an EV 309A acoustic suspension mike mount in my home station. Along with an EV “professional” microphone (RE-320), the 309A has been in service for over three years with fine results.

My personal experience, however, only duplicates many individual purchasing decisions that were made years ago by thousands of broadcast radio stations: this product is a “keeper” and an “industry standard.”

The 309A does have one liability, but that problem is no different from other acoustic suspension mounts: in time, the rubber suspension bands will dry out, crack, and eventually break. Replacement bands for the 309A are available and they are easy to install, but they are expensive.

The quoted MSRP is a fiction. Typically the mount (complete as a kit of parts) sells on the street for around $100. Kit assembly is straightforward and it takes about five minutes.

And as long as you may be interested in looking beyond the “ham radio-only” audio marketplace, check out what else is available from well-regarded manufacturers in the “professional market.” Look at microphones from the “big five” professional component manufacturers, look for “real world” audio processing decks, and glance at microphone support stands from companies such as O.C. White.

You may well find a professional-level product with higher quality and an equal or lower price than the (typically over-hyped and over-priced) “ham radio-only” gear. This is 2015, and today we Amateurs have an abundance of choices.

You will find “professional” grade audio equipment in many quality ham stations. You won’t find much “ham radio-only” stuff in broadcast and recording studios. Don’t restrict your thinking or the quality of your on-air signal!
 
K5NT Rating: 5/5 Aug 25, 2015 18:04 Send this review to a friend
A top-quality accessory  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I wanted a suspension mount to go with my Heil PR 40, and ran across a mention of this product in another eHam review. The 309A is a sturdy mount widely used in the commercial broadcast and TV/movie industries. The suspension portion is designed for the popular RE20 and RE27N/D mikes, and is a good fit for my PR 40. The inner frame that holds the mike is made of aluminum, and the suspension bands are made of molded neoprene. The outer frame is made of steel and is tall enough to allow the mike to be hung vertically for video work. I chose to drill new 1/4” holes 1 and 15/16” above the existing holes, allowing the suspension to be mounted higher up in the frame. This makes the unit more compact, and it fits into my station setup more easily. A hole at the top of the frame accepts a standard 5/8”-27 Thread adapter, which is provided. In my setup, the 309A hangs from a Heil mike boom mounted behind my transceiver. Assembly is straightforward, and several videos on YouTube make the process easier. This is a high-quality, lifetime investment.
 


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