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A handheld condenser mic that delivers high performance in its price range
The PL84 handheld condenser mic delivers a high performance blend of a tight yet warm low end, smooth and musical midrange, and crisp yet silky high frequency content. Ideal for vocal styles requiring the finesse and articulation of a condenser, coupled with a forgiving and musical cardioid polar pattern for expressive mic techniques. The PL84 seriously challenges the performance characteristics of competitive condenser models costing twice as much.
PL84 Handheld Condenser Mic
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The PL84 Beat out the competition again
I assure you that I am not trying to 'stack' the responses... it's just that I am a gear junkie and I really rely on reviews from knowledgeable folks who actually use...Read complete review
I assure you that I am not trying to 'stack' the responses... it's just that I am a gear junkie and I really rely on reviews from knowledgeable folks who actually use the products in the field, and from folks who have other relevant gear to compare it to. Well... I hope that you find this useful... even though this is the third review I have put in on these.
I hosted a music fest last weekend where we had 2 stages setup. One stage was equipped with my gear. On the other stage, we used gear that was setup by our headlining band. The band was using an EV (i don't know if it was a 367 or a 767) and a Shure 58. They tried both mics in order to get the lead vocals above the mix... but they weren't having much luck. I grabbed a PL84 and wow.... right in the mix he went. Clear, clean... good...
Previous to these mics, I had exclusively Shure Mics (Beta's and standard) in my mic locker for vocals and instruments, and Audix mics for percussion. I still say that this mic has as good of sound of my Shure Beta's... Yeah.. this mic requires phantom power and Beta's don't... but once you get past that you are golden. Out of curiousity, I picked up a PL44. Despite the increased cost, I was not as happy with it as I am with the PL84. The PL84 has a very low mic-handling noise.... akin to a Shure Beta 58a. The PL 44 was very noisy once I got the gain up high enough to compete with the PL84.
I have owned and/or borrowed up to 5 of these mics. I have yet to lose one due to quality. They have performed a hundred times. The connection from XLR to the Mic is still in good shape. The Mic clamps all still hold the mic well... and the EV style is easier to get the mic in and out of than a Shure clip while you are live. I never expose them to weather... I don't let people tap on them to see if they are on... but I otherwise don't baby them. I have never dropped one... so I don't know how well they will hold up to the "drop test".
These mics sound as good as mics that I personally own that cost me up to $140.00. I am always hesitant to buy gear that isn't the 'industry standard'.... and I rarely would even consider a Mic at this price. I actually happened across it because of the price... I was tired of watching people 'beatbox' into my Beta's and I bought this Mic because it was cheap and I wanted to be able to hand someone this mic when I was afraid they would abuse my 'good mics'. In the end, these mics are slowly replacing my beta's as my go-to standard.
Most Liked Negative Review
Great Road Worthy Mic
Use only for rehearsal and live performance applications. A few months ago I took a chance after reading the reviews and bought the "Stupid Deal of the Day" EV PL84...Read complete review
Use only for rehearsal and live performance applications. A few months ago I took a chance after reading the reviews and bought the "Stupid Deal of the Day" EV PL84 Condensor Mic for a low price, I figured what the heck. I used to have an older 8 channel EV PA system which was good quality and very well buiilt. I have confidence in EV products so I took the chance a spent the money.
Our band mostly uses Sennheiser 935 dynamic mics which always have worked wll for us. I plugged in the PL84 and it blew all the other mics away with it's clarity and output. I was clearly above the mix with our normal gain, volume and EQ settings. Of course the mic requires phantom power which my Carvin board can supply.
The mic was great but I had issues to deal with. Normally our band uses personal powered monitors attached to our mic stands. There are a few ways to hook them up. There is even a phantom power switch on the personal monitor in the event you want to plug in a condensor mic into the front of the monitor. My question was do I use both the phantom power from the monitor and also the phanton power from the board? never using a condensor mic was somewhat problematic trying to figure out where to use the phantom power. Becasue of my lack of understanding I ran the mic both ways trying to figure our the best choice. I re-configured the hook up on the personal powered monitor and first ran ran the PL84 straight into the mixer using the mixer's phantom power. Then sent the mic's channel monitor sends to everyone's personal monitors including my own which really worked great. I was heads abouve everyone and it really cut through the monitor mix too.
I haven't dropped it either but it is built solid and probably could be used to hammer nails.
I would have to give this a 9 or 10. The mic is truly a great sounding microphone and the prioce is incredible. I just saw them listed again for a great price. I told the rest of the band about it. I think after hearing my PL84 the rest of the guys will be buying one as well. as a matter of fact, I will be looking to pick up another one before they are gone.
Reviewed by 31 customers
Solid build quality , good styling, awesome vocal reproduction , good noise rejection and a more than fair price, make the PL84 a great buy. You'll be happy if you buy it.
Non switched condenser mike with nice storage bag and mic clip.
Great weight and feel. Build quality is very nice.
The price got me to check them out. The sound made me buy more.
nice sound right price what meer can i say awsome deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You just can't go wrong with the PL84. If we buy more mics, they will probably be from EV
We have several mics but it wasn't until we purchased the PL84 that we realized what we've been missing. Highs are crystal clear with the mids and lows at just the right levels. The proximity feature is really helpful for both "weak" and strong voices. The whole band has noticed the difference.
Haven't had it long but I see no reason why the this mic wouldn't just keep working under normal use.
I don't know if this mic is being discontinued but I sure got a FANTASTIC price at Musician's Friend.
Other people have compared this mic to the SM58 and Beta 58 in build quality and sound quality. This is a very rugged mic, but as far as sound quality I think it is closer to a Beta 87. It doesnt quite have the presence of my 87A, but it is definitely close. And since the price tag of the Beta 87 is quite a bit higher, this is definitely my mic of choice.
Its a simple mic, no switches, buttons or anything like that
This thing feels like its built like a tank. The powder coating gives it a little texture, which is nice if you're using handheld. The wire mesh is very sturdy and seems like it'll hold up well. Its sturdy yet lightweight, not much more you could ask for in build quality. Sound quality is amazing too. You get that sound that you expect from a live condenser mic and what a sound this thing delivers.
At the price of these things, WOW. Nothing in this price range even comes close. Excellent value.
I was a little nervous before getting this mic after reading some of the reviews, but I purchased one anyway. When I got it the first thing I noticed about it was the weight, roughly the same as a SM 58, looked like it was rugged enough and well built.
After getting home I plugged it up, side by side, beside my shure sm 58 and set all settings on the board the same. The mics were less than 8" apart and I would speak, the best of my ability, the same tone and loudness into the mics........WOW the PL84 had almost twice the volume which means you don't have to over sing to get your vocals above the mix.
It did need some eq'ing (some added mids and lows)
Overall this is now my vocal mic of choice.
Simple to use.
Seems like it's built well
can't beat it.
I just counted, and I have 17 microphones. Yes, I'm an addict.
Anyway I couldn't resist this price so I ordered one. Got it in a couple of days and used it that night. Came home and ordered another one. 19 mics and holding now.
I found the mic to have a solid warm low end, crisp highs and solid mids, just as it should.
There is virtually no handling noise, and very little propensity to feed back.
I use it connected to my Korg PA3X arranger keyboard, and the signal is just right; not too hot, not too weak.
I don't see how you could go wrong if you need a phantom-powered condenser mic for live use.
Features? Well it has a mic holder. No switch, but I didn't want one.
It seems to be extremely well built and for a pleasant surprise these days, exactly as advertised.
Fantastic price, great mic!
GREAT live vocal mic. Nice low end; good mid-range presence; maybe a teensy bit much on the high end, but not obnoxiously so. I'd say it has the kind of sound that "cuts through the mix," while maintaining overall smoothness. If used as a hand-held, it has a pleasant solidity, and a semi-rough surface texture that avoids slipperiness. Handling noise is also very reasonable. Polar pattern is tight; specs say it's cardioid but seems closer to hyper-cardioid (that's a good thing for a stage vocal mic).
MF states that when writing a review, we should, "Avoid references to specific availability, prices, and shipping as they change often." Well, then, I'll leave it up to them whether or not they want to censor this. But they've been selling this at this price for more than a month, with free shipping. It seems this model is being discontinued, so I say get it while you still can! Phenomenal, truly phenomenal, jaw-dropping kind of value. And even if it were in the $100+ range, I believe I'd still pick it over an SM-58.
See my "overall" comments below.
This is a very good sounding mic. Very sensitive. Lots of proximity effect as claimed by EV, so flexible mic technique is needed. I like it (depending on vocalist) as well as my Heil mics (PR35 & PR22UT). As others have stated I find it much better than my Beta 58A.. Similar tonal balance to the Blue encore 200, with even less feedback and lower handling noise. Excellent value. I bought four.
Basic design, but very functional. Low filter would be nice.
Good weight, solid build, good connector. So far awesome.
At this price this is a crazy deal!
These mics should be used whereever you want a quality sound.
Our band bought two of these. They are the sharpest and cleanest mics we own. Love these things. The cardioid pattern does not pick up extraneous stage noises but your voice is crystal clear. Wonderful product.
These are top notch.
Best value of any mics we own.
There is nothing to dislike about this mic. The only limitations is has is on frequency extremes: it won't do killer bass or sizzling treble. It does what it is supposed to do: it renders accurate vocals and guitars for both sound reinforcement and recording. Build quality is very nice, and we have had no reliability problems (but we don't abuse it, either). If you get one, just make sure you have full 48V phantom power available, as it is an absolute requirement for best s/n ratio.
Our people love them because as condensers, these mics pick up off axis vocals nicely, but have enough gain before feedback that they don't cause a problem (we do use a feedback destroyer).Handling noise is kept to a minimum.
This is the third one of these I have bought in the last few months for our church. They destroy even the Shure Beta 58's! We have even used them for recording harp and guitar, and they just sing! Build quality is equal to mics costing 3X as much.
I can't think of a better microphone bargain.