If you are looking for a quick release for your microphone when you are working with a boom or a mic stand the Rycote PCS-Boom Connector might be the answer. Rob from The Film Look recently looked at two options for quick connectors for microphones from Rycote and triad-orbit and compared their features and functionality.
The triad-orbit quick release head is considerably less expensive than the Rycote but it is over 4 times heavier. If you only use your quick release at the end of a mic/light stand – this doesn’t really matter much but if you are a boom operator – every gram counts as you might be holding a long pole with a mic (and the connector) in your hands for hours and this puts extra burden on your hands and back.
From a strength perspective, both are super strong and will have no problem holding any mic you might throw at it.
As for connecting – the Rycote is a little bit easier to connect and it has a hole for locking the head really securely using your Allen key). The triad-orbit is still solid but it might take you a few extra seconds to mount and dismount as well as connect (the Rycote is also spring loaded so theoretically you can release it with just one hand if you want).
At the end of the day, both options are solid – if you just need something for a fixed stand – get the cheaper triad-orbit, if you are a pro boom operator looking for the lightest and fastest to use quick release – the Rycote is your best bet.
if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.