EV RE20 vs. RE320
I've never used the Electro-Voice RE20, but I know many of you US people swear by them, along with the Shure SM7, and I know the radio and VO people really like them. They're just not very popular here. However, I have two different projects coming up and it occurred to me that the 320, could possibly do both. The first job involves a non-music recording project where the person I need to record decent audio from moves around. I watched the EVmicman videos on youtube, and for the first time discovered the lack of proximity effect these mics have by design. They're a little larger than I really need, but the other project involves recording two drummers, and I only have one nice kick mic, so I need to source another. If the hype is to believed, this mic will do both jobs? Really? The crazy thing is I can buy a used but perfect one from a number of places in the US on UK ebay. This used, but not even a finger print is very similar to how counterfeiters are flogging dodgy SM57/58 now - claiming it's almost new, when they are brand new, but dodgy.
So - are these 320s good, and has anyone heard if they're being copied? Seems too good to be true at the price.
I've been told from an engineer friend - who has both - that there are obvious differences between the two, most notably, the 320 has a "brighter" top end, with a bump of sorts around 8-10k, but I can't attest to that personally, I'm just letting you know what I've been told.
Might this be helpful?
The RE20 -new - retails for $449, U.S.
The RE320 - new -retails for $299, U.S.
Both of the above prices were found on Sweetwater, although I'm seeing prices as low as $150 on ebay for the 320... now, whether or not you trust purchasing either of these mics in used condition from an ebay seller is an entirely different topic. ;)
I'm not aware of any counterfeit knock-offs - as can be more commonly found with 58's and 57's - but that doesn't mean there aren't any out there. ;)
Recording Hacks has some "shoot-outs" that address the differences in the 2 mics for both kick and vocals...you may find them interesting.
So that was it, the 20 went back and the 320 is in the mic box - well, actually it's not, because it doesn't fit!
There's really only one criteria when choosing any piece of equipment... and that is simply, does it do what you want it to do?
It sounds as if you based your choice on that, and, that's enough. ;)
I know, this is an old thread , but I found both the EV sisters very useful in recording some trombones: