Head to Head Mid Range Lav Mic Comparison

In this video, photographer Curtis Judd does a blind comparison of two mid-range Lav microphones. This is the first part of an interesting review (the second part is below) that takes a look at a somewhat less familiar Lav mic.

Listening to the two microphones we have to admit that we were incapable of hearing any significant differences and both microphones sounded very similar. Also notice that Judd was recording this using the new Tascam DR-60DmkII (you can see the red front handles) – this is the first time we see any video test of the new recorder. We did a coverage of some of the new recorders by Tascam recently including the 60DmkII and it will be interesting to see a head to head comparison between it and the older model.

The head to head mid-range Lav mic review


Here are the 2 microphones that were used in the test:

  • HMNSound MicroLav (under $80-$140 – depending on the connector).
  • Audio Technica AT899 (under $205).
Judd was also impressed by the sound quality of the HMNSound but being a boutique mic it also has some disadvantages compared to a mic from a large manufacturer.
On LensVid we have a very extensive section devoted to sound recording for video productions which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.
Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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