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Reviews Summary for Heil PR 781 Microphone
Heil PR 781 Microphone Reviews: 96 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $179.00
Description: Dynamic microphone designed for the IC 7800,successor of the PR780
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AC7FD Rating: 5/5 Feb 28, 2019 19:34 Send this review to a friend
Awesome microphone  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I love this microphone because it is so universal.
I built a switch box and can connect all microphones to all transceivers and this one is my favorite for general rag chewing. It is not my first choice for contesting and to crack the pile-up. I also use it to record voice for videos and podcasts.
Currently it my everyday microphone on a IC-7610 and works very well on this radio.
KD0FC Rating: 5/5 Dec 13, 2018 18:52 Send this review to a friend
The Best!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I had been running an IC-756ProIII (still have it) with a Heil Gold Elite mic. Always got good audio reports. I was fortunate enough to get an IC-7610 and switched the mic to that rig. Audio reports were sounds fine, it's ok, good, etc. That didn't sound good enough for me, so I purchased the PR-781 and found a group that allowed me to tweak the audio settings until they all agreed...don't change a thing, sounds incredible! That's what I wanted to hear and I imagine what most all of us want to hear. Couldn't be more happy!
KX2T Rating: 4/5 Jul 16, 2018 15:06 Send this review to a friend
Good MIc but   Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned this mic since 2007 when my wife gave it to me as an Xmas gift, this is a very broad range dynamic mic and unless you have there Icom mic cable with the DC blocking cap installed it doesn't play well with older Icom radio's.
I used it on a 746Pro back then and you had to drive the gain all the way up, then on a FT1000MP with no issues at all but the Heil trademark mid-range just is not there, its kind of flat so I had taken the outside casing apart and wrapped some 3M electrical tape around the outside walls of the foam tubing surrounding the mic element, finally got the mid-range boost I wanted with nice highs and excellent lows. Used it on the FTDX3000 with very good results then an IC7300 but here again placing the blocking cap into the foster 8 pin again and had to have the mic gain at 100% so I think this mic falls a little short with the 7300. Fast forward to today and now have it on an IC7610, removed the blocking cap cause Icom finally woke up and has in the menu a way to turn off the 8VDC going to the mikc hot lead, finally an Icom that can use a true dynamic element mic. Adjusted the bass and treble and set the mic gain between 60-70% and it sounds fantastic getting reports like this is the best I have ever sounded on a radio and mic. Sorry I am old school, I don't believe in external audio gear unless you are bored and just want to play with a bunch of knobs. I like to keep it simple and clean as possible, I use a little bit of compression just to keep the peaks and averages in line and that is it, a little bit of bass and treble added from the Icom and that is it. I know dar well what my voices sounds like and I just don't have that deep bass voice so I am not going to pretend like so many on the air who use the IHY stuff and when yo hear these EQ's it sounds like they are way over driven in the bass range that it almost sounds like you hear every little breath tone coming from someones mouth. Plus when you meet these ham's in person they sound nothing like what they sound like in real life so what is the point. I feel that this extra gear is like what went on in the early seventies with the CB craze and the power mic's used back then but just taken to a new level.
I feel Heil has also went down the path of chasing these ESSB guy and has forgotten his past, my old trusty HM10 still lives at a buddies QTH that I bought back in the late eighties or early nineties, That mic put him on the map and the newer mics leave the DXers behind a little, long live that HC5 element!
WD1V Rating: 5/5 Jul 16, 2018 11:53 Send this review to a friend
Distinctive Full Fidelity  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great sounding audio used to be rare. Hams used to swap radios and mics in search of better audio. Now that receivers and transmitters from modern rigs are near peak performance its such a pleasure to hear a LOT of great audio on the bands. Equalizers and monitors help a lot. The PR781 seems to be the perfect match for my Icom 7300. I use a boom and foot switch.
K4TK Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2017 11:54 Send this review to a friend
bought this to try verses my MD-100  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought my PR 781 to compete with my Yaesu MD-100 mic. I'm running it with a Yaesu FT DX 1200 radio. I've done quite a bit of on air testing with another Ham who has an SDR setup. He's been comparing the audio between the two mics and sending me files with the results from his SDR. I like the mic, but I was just a little surprised that it did NOT sound that much different than the MD-100. Still, I'm glad I have it. Here are the settings I'm running (for both the Heil PR 781 and the Yaesu MD-100)

Mic Gain = 30

Processor = 30

BW (menu 104) 200-2800 - was 300-2700 (may use 300-2700 for DX work/contest work...or maybe even extreme of 400-2600?)

*** with PROCESSOR OFF ***
SAME AS WITH PROCESSOR ON (may need to tweak some of these settings???)

159 - keep at default 200
160 - change from 0 to -6 (may even go as much as -10 if too much bass)
161 - change from 1 to 2
162 - change from 800 to 900
163 - change from 0 to -3 (Heil suggest even go to -6)
164 - change from 1 to 2
165 - change from 2100 to 2400
166 - change from +5 to +6 thru +10
167 - change from 1 to 2

*** with PROCESSOR ON ***

168 - keep at default 200
169 - change from -3 to -6 (may even go as much as -10 if too much bass)
170 - keep at default 2
171 - change from 800 to 900
172 - change from 0 to -3 (Heil suggest even go to -6)
173 - change from 1 to 2
174 - change from 2100 to 2400
175 - change from +5 to +6 thru +10
176 - change from 1 to 2
WA3HDW Rating: 5/5 Jun 25, 2016 06:01 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding audio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got my PR 781 from a friend to try and compare to my Behringer B1. The PR 781 has much better audio than the B1 and I get great audio reports on the air with both my FT 5000 DX and TS 870. I love this mic. Bob Heil has designed a wonderful microphone that provides outstanding audio where ever I install it.
W2NJU Rating: 5/5 Nov 11, 2015 02:38 Send this review to a friend
You'll have to pry it from my hands.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a well made, large diaphragm mic with the perfect 600 Ohm rating my Kenwood TS-2000 wants to see. The frequency response is wide and so it will fill the audio envelope of your transmitter fully, edge to edge. I like to work mine close and have ordered the pop filter. My rig had a real problem in VOX mode using my previous mic, a Heil HM-12, no matter what I tweaked. I suspect the Kenwood did not like the 1000 Ohm impedance on the mic although its sound was very good. VOX is perfect with the 781. Interesting that I have had no compliments on my SSB audio, but on FM one operator told me he's never heard such beautiful audio. Go figure. The 781 is a keeper.
K5FAB Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2015 18:07 Send this review to a friend
Just the ticket!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a bassy monotonic baritone voice with some nasal element, think Richard Nixon. I needed a non-condenser mic that would pick up some high end for vocal silabance but also deliver a natural sounding smooth low end. Previous use of ribbon mikes made the voice smooth but too muddy without the use of massive EQ. I thought the PR-40 might be too "boomy" so I opted for the PR-781. Audio is much improved using only the internal EQ in the Ten-Tec Orion II and Omni VII. The quality of the microphone was much better than I expected. Heard people complain that Heil mics were overpriced. This one actually saved me money, as I was able to sell the outboard EQ and have money left over after buying the mic. Highly recommended.
VE7AGW Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2015 16:21 Send this review to a friend
Great Audio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this mike because I wanted to try a boom mike, I've used headsets for years, mainly because I've use them while flying, namely the David Cark and I wanted to get away from the headset for a change. I've had a number of Heil cartridges that I've installed in different desk microphones but I never used a boom mike till now. Well I was pleasantly surprised by the reports I was getting back. So I asked a fellow amateur to record my audio while I transmitted with each microphone and low and behold the PR-781 was fantastic, it had the widest frequency response I've ever heard. So out came the oscilloscope and I did some audio tests, the normal thing, frequency wide, gain level, voltage. Again I was surprised the mic actually did what Heil stated it would, in fact I found it to perform better than what Heil listed it as. But this is understandable because no two microphone are exactly the same and manufacturers state you will get the minimum responses. My hat goes off to Bob Heil and his employee's they have an impressive microphone both in appearance as I bought the Gold one and in performance. It works great with my PA amp, my mixer for podcasting, voiceover and most of all it does a great job on my IC-756ProIII.
W4DXL Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2015 09:27 Send this review to a friend
Impressed with the quality  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
In truth you don't need an expensive mic for SSB just about anything should work. I wanted a decent mic that I could use with a mic boom and that's exactly what I got. In the back of my mind I thought it would be nice to have a mic that would work in other applications, maybe podcasts or voiceover work. I ordered the HB1, the Heil balanced cable and the PR781 both the boom and the mic were discounted. Having been in broadcasting for many years I have seen all kinds of mics and booms I must say I was very favorably impressed with the fit and finish, everything went together without a hitch. The only other thing I needed was a mic extension cable that I found at the local musical instrument store. I made my own PTT switch. Setting the EQ on the FT-950 has other people raving about how much better I sound. No more bending over a desk mic. No problems and that's rare!
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