- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Reviews Categories | Microphones for ham radio | Heil Fin Help

Reviews Summary for Heil Fin
Heil Fin Reviews: 7 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$196
Description: The Fin represents completely new dynamic
microphone technology designed for a wide
range of professional applications such as
live sound, commercial broadcast, and
sophisticated recording. Its wide frequency
range outperforms the tired, 30+ year old
industry technology and can withstand huge
amounts of SPL. The end result is a microphone
that can answer the call to any application.
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the Heil Fin.

N3EON Rating: 5/5 Jul 8, 2019 17:10 Send this review to a friend
Quality Product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this mike primarily for its unique vintage look, knowing that all Heil mikes sound good when used properly. Heil provides practical guidance on equalization settings for various transceivers. The Fin replaced a Heil PR-781 and I simply kept the same Yaesu equalization settings as a starting point. Luckily I only needed to tweak a few settings and the audio reports I've received over the past week have been very good. The mike also has led lights that require a phantom power source. In my case, it's blue but I have no interest in activating the lights as I'm very pleased with its overall look. It's a heavy mike and needs a sturdy desk stand or boom. Even though it's not one of the more popular models, I believe the Heil Fin is worth serious consideration for both aesthetics and audio quality.
W4KVW Rating: 5/5 Jun 24, 2019 05:44 Send this review to a friend
Simply Beautiful  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have been running the RED HEIL FIN on my ICOM 7600 for several weeks & the transmit audio reports have been Awesome as I expected.I replaced one of my HEIL PR-20 microphones with the FIN because I wanted a different look.I know it uses the HEIL PR-20 cartridge & that is great.I know that HEIL says the lights don't work with an ICOM transceiver but I assure you the LED's are for sure lit & I sent a text message to Bob himself showing them lit.I am not running anything special or phantom power but I am very pleased that the lights are lit.I now own (6) HEIL microphones & many more HEIL items & I am very pleased once again.Maybe the HEIL PR-77D is next?

AB1DQ Rating: 5/5 Sep 22, 2015 11:35 Send this review to a friend
Amending my review  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am amending my review of the Heil Fin microphone, which I just posted this afternoon.

Very soon after my review appeared here, I received a very nice email from Bob Heil himself responding to my post.

Bob rightly points out that the microphone was designed for professional use where it is often used in conjunction with a Neutrix or Cannon connectors and there is no issue. Bob acknowledged that some other connectors do not fit well and offered to send me a LO 2 quick disconnect from Atlas which he states works VERY well.

So I am upping my review to a '5' and I want to reiterate that the microphone, which was a 50th birthday gift from my XYL, is simply gorgeous and performs very well with my TS2000. If you are looking for something that is well made, performs well and looks great, this is the mic to get. (Just take care to get the right base and connector.)

Again, thanks to Bob for the quick reply too. Heil Sound products are exceptional and customer service is 2d to none.

K9ZM Rating: 5/5 Dec 16, 2010 11:36 Send this review to a friend
Great Sound, Great Looks!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have never owned a boom mic before. Plenty of desk mics and even a couple headset mics over the past 30+ years. But this time when I redid the shack, I wanted a boom mic. I was pleased to see that Heil offered a mic that was great to look at. All that chrome and those fins!! So 1950's early 1960's styling. I loved cars from that era. I had to have this mic. I don't care that it will light up. Didn't bother attempting to do so.

I have The Fin connected to a Yaesu FT-2000D. I needed to change the default settings as it was too bass, and flat. But that was not unexpected. Some thought was put into it. Not really that hard. Compared it with the recommended settings from the Heil website. One or two slight adjustments and I get great audio reports.

Don't be afraid of this mic. Get right up there and talk into it. Nothing wrong with letting the beard rub that chrome. It's heavy too. The boom handles the weight just fine. I am always swinging it in and out. Moving it around. I thought at first it would be in the way. But it's not. Just something you get used to. I am very happy with it. Not being tied to a headset is a blessing. Did I say it looks great!?
W3DCB Rating: 5/5 May 18, 2009 10:20 Send this review to a friend
Beautiful Functionality  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently added a Yaesu FTdx9000D and an Icom IC-7800 to the shack. These radios do not come with mics. So, I thought, what better to go with the best radios made than the best mics made? So, I bought 2 Fins with the PTT base. The beauty of this mic is just eye-catching. The Yaesu FTdx9000 has an XLR plug on the front with the 48 VDC phantom voltage that can be activated. The glow of the blue LEDs at dusk is just so pleasing to the eye. On air testing of the Heil over the Yaesu desk mic, MD-100, gives much more realistic sound (using Heil's recommendations for setting the equilizers, of course) according to my friends who have heard me in person. It would be great if Icom would add the XLR plug to their top of the line radio just for the phantom voltage! Of course, you don't need an XLR plug, Heil makes cords for all brands. I may even add a mixer just to get the blue LED effect from the Fin/Icom combo. The price is also very reasonable for this level of mic. It comes in a beautiful case as well. Check out the mic on their web site!
W3RXO Rating: 5/5 Aug 14, 2008 19:04 Send this review to a friend
Gorgeous Functionality!!!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I got my "Fin" several months ago, and wired it, through a Behringer Xenyx 802, to my Drake T-4XB. It worked fantastic, until I moved my shack, to another part of the house. I then got RF back in the line and had a terrible signal. It took me a short time to diagnose the problem, and 2 toroids later, it's sounding better than ever.
I then finished the restoration on my Johnson Viking Valiant, and decided it was far more appropriate, on the Valiant. WOW!!! Does it sound wonderful on that radio, or what? Stunning sound, is what I get from many around the 3870 AM group. I am now debating on getting another one for the Drake, again, or maybe just going with the Classic or Heritage. But, if you have a vintage 50's radio, this is THE microphone for you. Classic "Art Deco" styling, and fantastic functionality, make this a superb mic, for vintage radios.
WM2P Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2008 14:12 Send this review to a friend
Form and Function  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I received the Heil as a Christmas present from my wife to use with my Icom 910. Sold the 910 and replaced it with an Icom 706 MKIIG. Went to the Heil site and found that they do not have an adaptor for the Fin to work with the 706. I was crushed. Since I liked the Fin so much I decided that I would simply buy the 8 pin to modular mic adaptor sold by Icom and use it that way. I also put a W2IHY 8 Band EQ in because I just do not sound good on any non Pro Icom, no matter what microphone I use. Well the combo works very well. Good audio reports all around but that is a given for these two products.

Good audio was not why I bought the Fin though. I already own a PR40 and a few other great Heil microphones. I wanted the Fin because I love the way it looks. I found a nice inexpensive phantom power supply and put it in line and now I have a beautiful microphone that also glows. It definately is an attention grabber for most people that enter my shack. At night, when all of my equipment is on and the room lights are off, the Fin stands out on its boom glowing blue like some UFO hovering above my rigs.

I am one of those people who value form as well as function. I am not in the camp of those who are content with function only. I want both. Form and function. That is what the Fin is all about.


If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.