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Electro-Voice PL84 Handheld Condenser Mic

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • Element Type: Self-Biased
  • Freq Response: 50 Hz - 20,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Sensitivity: 3.5 mV/Pa
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Connector: 3-pin, XLR-type
  • Accessories Included: Stand adapter with Euro-thread adapter, Soft zippered gig bag
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Net Weight: 9.3 oz (261 g)
  • Shipping Weight: 18.2 oz (516 g)
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4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

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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".
Unbelievable:

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.

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Great Road Worthy Mic

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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

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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.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PL 84 A Great Mic For The Money

By James Eddy

from PA

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10
Just picked up two of these puppies. Tried them in my basement just to make sure they worked... What a great sound this mic has. Being a condensor, you don't have to work your vocal chords quite as hard as with a dynamic but the surprise to me was the overall vocal quality (as good or better than a Shure 58) and, there was absolutely no handling noise. The zero handling noise was a pleasant surprise since this is a "hotter" condensor mic.

Then, this past weekend, tried one in my friends studio and, my vocals were more natural with this mic than with any other I've used. We also tried this mic with a trumpet and got a very natural sound with the '84.

All-in-all, if you are looking to upgrade especially your stage sound, these will be a great addition to your mic locker......it will also be a great addition to a studio since it seems to have a good bit of versatility.
Very solid microphone, built as well as any Shure you will use.
Not sure you can buy a better mic for the price, certainly not with the versatility this puppie demonstrates.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The PL84 Beat out the competition again

By Gear Guy

from Indiana

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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".
Unbelievable:

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2 years later - still love it

By Gear Guy

from Indiana

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Great price, great quality. Well built. I can't think of a thing that I would change. I have recommended this mic to several people... leant it out to friends... given it as a gift... not one negative response received
Just wanted to say that this mic has become my favorite of all mic's in my locker for live sound on my vocals (male). It sounds great, has good pickup, low handling noise, and is very predictable. I own a dozen mic's, including some Shure beta's and have nothing against them, but for nearly half the price of the 58a, I really have to recommend this to anyone that is looking into it. I have to admit that this is the second one that I have owned... Not because I had problems with the first one... but because I gave it away as a special going away gift at the last minute to a friend who really liked it. I turned right around and bought another one... that probably says it all.
For the money, this thing is SOLID! Good grill. Sturdy. Same calibur as mic's considered "standard" in the industry.
Can't beat it for this price. I seriously think that the ONLY reason you can get this mic at this price is because it's name/value/worth has not yet been established in the field.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PL84 Great Mic

By Steve D

from Merrill WI

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As a mic goes, this does all I could ask. It just survived a serious car accident (truck rollover...several time) that threw my speakers 40 feet, broke my bass in 3 pieces, and did all manner of other damage. The mic is fine.
No handling noise. No breath noise. Well designed
I usually use a Beta 57 or EV N/D767a. This mic beats both. It makes any PA sound better. It has a clarity in the high end that my other mics lack. Low end is similar to my other mics. I sometimes perform at a local retirement home, and use a Behringer acoustic amp for mic and guitar. The amp has speakers with whizzer cones, instead of tweeters. Other mics smear a little in that amp. The PL84 is clear, crisp and full in that amp. In the PA on regular gigs, it is amazing. I've gotten compliments since I started using it over the EV N/D767a. The Beta is now a guitar amp mic only.
At the price, it's an unbelievable value. At the regular price it is still an incredible value.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic, amazing price

By AHA Studio

from Los Angeles

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Amazing Mic for the price. Used it last night for our New Year's Gig. Very clear sound. Especially with TC Helicon G clear Harmonies which are suprisingly not as nice with my Sure Beta 58 A. My AKG 535 EB beats it though, but then there is the price tag. Excellent Microphone for this price. I have ordered a second one already.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For the price, this microphone beats the Shure SM58

By Cynthia Corley

from Colorado Springs, CO

I am a newbie to recording so I had no idea what to get for microphones. I play the piano for church and have been singing in choirs for decades so I can at least recognize good sound when I hear it. A choir member lent me her Shure SM58 so I can try it out since that is what everyone was recomending. I saw the PL84 here and with the awesome price, I thought, why not try it out and compare it with the Shure. I was amazed at the difference. The PL84 was much clearer and definitely much more accurate in reproducing the sound. I have been using it for vocals and instrument (piano) and you can be in the next room and think that the playback is live.

You have to get one of these! I will likely get a second one if I can talk my husband into it.
Needs phantom power but don't know what else to say.
Nice weight, feels good in the hand. It seems to be well built.
This is a steal!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!! Buy as Many as You Can Afford!!!

By Mike

from Kansas City

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Seriously. Do the math. You can almost buy 3 for the price of a Beta 58. I bought 4 and am squeezing the budget to buy more. Get out the plastic and do it!
Right up there with the Beta 87 - clear, punchy, just a little proximity effect - actually compared to the 87's supercardioid pattern, much less P-popping.
Feels a bit light, but oh it is a neodynium magnet, duh.
This scale doesn't go to 11.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good mic at any price, great mic at this price

By John Hess

from Undisclosed

Seems that EV is discontinuing the PL series, which is a shame. They're inexpensive mics that perform very well. Not the cheapest thing out there, or the best, but the bang for the buck is outstanding.
Plug it in and sing. Not many features to comment on. I suppose it would be better with a silent on/off switch, but what mic wouldn't
I've been using one for over a year now and it's always performed flawlessly. No fuss, no muss. Includes a padded pouch which seems to provide a reasonable degree of protection, and a clip that fits well.

The sound is very good for live vox - crisp, airy, yet punchy. Head and shoulders above any kind of dynamic mic I've used before. Just make sure you have phantom power available to run it.

Minimal handling noise, and a pickup pattern that's pretty easy to get used to.
The EV PL series mics seem to be a great value - I own several and they've all been very good mics for the money, even at full price. On sale it just gets better.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Electro-Voice PL84 Condenser Mic

By ROBERT FUSCO

from New York

Mic comes with padded bag, mic holder and even a cable tie. I highly reccomend this product.
I have been using Sure 58 mics for years. After reading positive reveiws and with this price tag I bought one. I run open mic jams so there are quite a few singers using this mic. To me and the other musicians this mic performs as good or better than the 58's. Soon after I purchased a second one.
At less than half the price of similar mics this is a great deal.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great Road Worthy Mic

By in2dblues

from South Florida

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great MIC

By ben cOMER

from ARkansas

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I love this mic i had been using sm58 for my band s vocal and this thing geats all the low and high of our vocals....It will be a main stay in my gear.
(Features) Its a mic.
Great quility well built mic
Super great price will be buying several more.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great Mic

By Alan Selvidge

from Michigan

Bought 3 for an acoustic trio. The Mics perform well, great high end, crisp, clear condenser sound. No feedback even when the stage volume is loud. The vocals sit well in the mix too. Exactly what I wanted. Great Price.
Condenser vocal mic. Cardiod Pattern. excellent freq. range.
Mics are built well, look fanstastic.
For the price, the pl 84 can't be beat. No other handheld condenser even comes close to this price point.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic For the money

By Gear Guy

from Indiana

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Picked up the B-stock version of this because I was looking for a spare mic. I have used Shure exclusively (SM's and Betas) except for a small stint with an EV 727.I put this mic on a stand side-by-side with my Beta 58a (my standard mic) to see how I was going to like it and played for 3 hours. The sound is a little warmer on the EV. Output is just slightly higher too (of course we are talking about condenser VS non).For the money.. I am very pleased. It might become my main mic. I don't know how well the 'warmer' sound will cut through the mix. Will find that out tonight. Not sure what I think of the cardiod pattern... the Beta is a Supercardiod. Will find that out tonight as well.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW! Great mic for a GREAT price!

By Jedidiah Vick

from North West USA

Once again, FOR THE PRICE this mic is phenominal! I love it! I have mic'd my amps, guitars, vocals of course and love it! I have used for basic karaoke and the feedback is minimal! Really am impressed with this mic!
As outlined this is a solid performance mic! Especially for the price! The mic performs as expected and the features are solid! I have not heard or used a mic in the price range that performs similar.
Top notch! No issues and no defects i have seen.
Can't beat the current price on this mic!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellente!!

By kardoktor

from Guam

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Great mic! Like some other reviewers, I also was Shure exclusive(sm's & beta's). I decided to try EV at a friends recommendation. I got the b-stock, reluctant to spend my hard earned dollars on something I wasn't sure of. It took some time to get here, but I was pleasantly surprised when I hooked it up. Cuts thru the mix so you can be heard! Been using it for couple months now with no problems. I use it at church and you know how difficult acoustics are there, but no problems with feedback either. I am now a beleiver!! in EV products. Buy it Great deal.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

EV PL84 Condenser Mic

By Bryan Stone

from Houston TX

I was really excited about the prospect of getting a pair of these mics. When they arrived, the first thing I noticed was a bad chemical/metallic odor coming from each of them. The next thing I noticed that they were made in China, so these had two strikes against them literally, out of the box. I took them to my regular Friday night restaurant gig, and hooked one up to my rig: mic into a DigitechVocalist live 2 into a Mackie 8 channel mixer and into my Bose L1 Model 1 (two bass bins). Almost immediately, the trouble started. The mic seemed to have an extremely low threshold of feedback. EQing the mic with less high end eliminated most of the feedback problem, but left me with a sound that was not nearly as crisp as a Shure SM86, and without the gain and presence of my old EV MC200s. The sound was less than inspiring. On another gig, using the same rig with the exception of the Bose L1 ( I used a Bose Compact), I was able to get a much more "happening" sound and eliminated the feedback problem by turning the Bose a bit away from me. I will withhold final judgement until I try them as recording mics, but up till now, I feel I wasted my money that I paid for them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic! Pleasantly Surprised!

By MrPetee

from Wisconsin

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We've used several different vocal mics in my band, but I think the PL84 is my current favorite. From what I can tell so far, the PL84 sounds pretty much the same as my Shure Beta 58, only without the over-abundant highs the Beta has.
I was initially worried that, being a condenser, this mic would pick up too much room noise and bleed from other sound sources. I was pleasantly surprised to find this has not been the case! The PL84 seems to have a nice close pickup pattern. I have not yet had the pleasure of using it live yet, but I expect it perform great.

Enjoy!
Great build quality, low handling noise, close pickup pattern, and they sound great. Not sure what other features you could want from a mic. These don't have a switch, but I prefer to not have switches on my mics. If you want a switch get the PL84S.
These things are solid. They're fairly lightweight, but they're definitely well built. I'm not at all worried about these things getting damaged from normal use.
I got two of these when they were substantially on sale, so for the price I paid for them they are a FANTASTIC value. But even at their normal selling price I think this mic is a great value. Good luck finding another handheld condenser that can beat this mic in price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Qulity For a Great price

By Jeremy Neff

from Michigan

Great Mic for the sale price I paid for it. Has awesome clearity and cover all the ranges really well. I like it better than my sm58 as it doesn't have that muddy quality to it when you are recording or playing small venues. Though I haven't traveled with it much yet, it seems to be very sturdy and likey tough as nails just like the 58. It came with a carring case and a mic holder with an insert to fit multi-mic brackets that I had to remove before attaching it to my boom mic stand. I would recomend the PL84 to anyone looking for a great mic at an affordable price. The only other thing I have to say is get a pop or double pop filter and a windscreen for added clearity and hiss reduction as I detected an ever so slight hiss through mic prior to adding the double pop and wind screen.PL84
Plug it and go the only requirement is phantom power not many features to talk about.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice!

By Brian from St. Lucas

from Milwaukee

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What you get is a mic that can be handled like a 58, that has the air and detail of a condenser. With cans on, I became aware that I could hear way down below what our church's (good) Telex dynamics can respond to. I did also use the mic at a live show, with a pretty loud rock band. I still had no feedback troubles with 2 wedges at 20 degrees off the back. The mic does handle close and loud well, with proximity effect typical of a cardioid. Big dynamic range. Effective pop filter, and low handling noise.
Good cardioid pattern, handles like a 58.
I haven't had anyone drop-test mine yet. It feels nice and solid.
At the Stupid Deal price I bit at, the value is unbeatable. The regular price seems to be still a good value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING DEAL!!!

By Leon Rapp

from Missouri

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Bought four of these for my church. We did a Christmas eve servce in a warehouse setting with the PA against the wall behind the mic line. One of the mics was pointing directly at the horn of the speaker and NO feedback what so ever! For this price, you can not go wrong. Don't even hesitate another minute. WE WILL BE BUYING MORE!
Excellent
Buy as many as you can for this price!

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