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NT-2A or NT-2000

Discussion in 'Recording' started by cfaalm, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    I am looking into a versatile LDC and run into the Rode line. My goal is to have a versatile mic that will do well on vocals and acoustic guitar. I also want the variable patterns.

    The NT-2A and the NT-2000 are similar mics except for the variable patterns and package of the NT-2000 which includes spider and case.

    The real difference would be the switchable (2A) versus variable (2000) polar patterns.

    What I want to know: Do these variable patterns on the NT-2000 hold any water? What is your take on this?

    I can get a 2A for 275 including spider. The 2000 would cost 100 more and includes spider and case.

    All help is welcome.

    Also: I am not sure if this is posted in the right place. Considering the price I'd see this as budget gear.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    I have a pair of NT2-As and use the pattern switching for configuring them for X-Y cardioid, Blumlein, MS and MS-Blumlein. The switches do all I need, and I don't miss the continuously variable patterns of the NT-2000. Great mics for the money.
  3. Groff

    Groff Active Member


    If I were you I would save a bit more and go with K2.
  4. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Thanks guys.

    I was thinking of adding a second one eventually. Did you buy them as a pair?

    I never thought about the K2. It looks fantastic but it is not on my wishlist. I'd rather save up for a better preamp instead.
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    I don't think it's necessary to specify a matched pair. The Rode QC seems to be sufficiently good that you get decent matching between any two production models from the same batch, which probably translates to being bought at the same time. Having said that, I bought mine at different times and I can't tell the difference between them, sonically speaking.
  6. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Thanks Boswell and Groff. I have just ordered the NT-2A. I am looking forward to record with this mic.

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