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K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable

You Pay: $225.00
Product Highlights
  • Measures 1' 8"-6' 7" (0.54-2.04m)
  • 6 Locking Sections
  • Internal Coiled Cable
  • Bottom XLR Connection
  • Captive-Collet Coupling System

The K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole provides a moderately priced, lightweight boompole solution for ENG, EFP and other field recording applications. Its sturdy aluminum design is tough enough to endure the rigors of road use while remaining lightweight and travel worthy. This pole features an internally coiled cable and XLR connection at the base of the pole. A total of 6 aluminum sections telescope between 1' 8"-6' 7" (0.54-2.04m) and will easily store in any standard equipment case. The captive-collet coupling system lock each section in place for even further reliability.

Internally coiled XLR cable and connection at the base
The KE-79CC features a bottom-mounted 3-pin XLR connection
Designed to fit in any standard equipment case, for ENG, EFP and DV location production work
Jam-resistant collar coupling
Unique pole top design with cable retention slots and replaceable stailess steel mounting stud
Material Aluminum
Sections 6
Length 1' 8"-6' 7" (0.54-2.04m)
Weight 1.24 lbs (0.56kg)
Load Capacity Not Specified By Manufacturer
K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable
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    K-TekKE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

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      (5)

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      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (12)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Durable (9)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (7)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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        • Experienced (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very convenient, small, light, but short

      Folds down to a very small size, easy to fly with and throw in a backpack. Coiled cable means its ready to go quickly and you have one less cable to pack. The...Read complete review

      Folds down to a very small size, easy to fly with and throw in a backpack. Coiled cable means its ready to go quickly and you have one less cable to pack. The cable inside can bump around if you move the boom quickly, a decent suspension system and bass roll off will help this quite a bit. I'm sure the cable won't last forever but the convenience for me is more important. Not long enough for anything but relatively close shots, but great for run and gun in a crowded space. Cable uses high quality Neutrik and Switchcraft XLR connectors.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      A simple but good boom

      I like this boom, it's pretty compact. Kinda heavy, not carbon fiber for sure. It's solid though, and does the job, simple and straightforward. I noticed that the XLR connection on...Read complete review

      I like this boom, it's pretty compact. Kinda heavy, not carbon fiber for sure. It's solid though, and does the job, simple and straightforward. I noticed that the XLR connection on the bottom seems pretty solid and won't bust out and cause problems, like other boompoles I've used (the XLR connection would break loose and fall inside the pole). My only issues is that the coiled cord inside the pole bangs against the pole when you are moving the pole quickly, or running with the pole. This will be a problem with fast moving action shots where the pole has to move quickly or alot. Also, extending the pole can be a hassle when you get to the bottom two twisters, you have to hold both extensions to get the lug loose. Other than this, it's pretty simple and all around.

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      5.0

      Shockingly compact

      By Conrad

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

        A truly excellent choice for a travel kit. Solid, well-designed, and compact. Not the best choice for daily-grind, on-production, travel-with-lots-of-stuff-anyway operation, since it's a lot of sections for not an amazing reach. That said, had it with me on a long trip for which I only had sporadic need for a boom pole, and it was always there with me and worked beautifully for my ENG/doc needs.

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        5.0

        nicely made pole

        By none

        from East Asia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

            This pole is nicely made. I especially like the fact that the locking collars are made of knurled aluminum--we also have a K-Tec carbon fiber pole, and the rubber rings on the collars fell apart after a short time. The pole is a bit heavier than its carbon sibling, but at a good price point.

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            4.0

            Great value boom pole

            By Ted the Sound Guy

            from Palo Alto, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Xlr Plug On Bottom

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

            For the price, you really can't get a much better boom pole. For starters, the size is perfect for fitting into smaller sized equipment cases. In fact, this may be the smallest pole (collapsed) available anywhere. For an inexpensive aluminum pole, it is very light. The coiled cable is convenient, and has plenty of slack to allow using various kinds of cable management on different kinds of shock mounts. The aluminum rings are well built, but are sometimes a little difficult to loosen without holding the section above and beneath firmly (takes a bit of coordination, but not difficult to do).
            I have successfully used this boom pole on professional shoots for recording production audio during interviews with no problems. Whereas some coiled cable poles can be difficult to collapse completely, this one actually tries to pull itself closed after being opened all the way. The XLR plug on the bottom is well built. I would love to have a side entry for the plug on the bottom of the pole, but there is a protective metal ring around the plug on the bottom that protects the plug beautifully.
            All in all, I'm very satisfied with the overall value of this boom pole.

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            5.0

            great boompole!

            By Banner Man

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

              I looked at different boompoles for quite awhile. I'm a camera guy, so audio gear is something a little new to me - a sound guy usually brings this stuff. But this brand came highly recommended by the professional audio guys - it's the brand they all seem to have (though more expensive versions). This one's great because it packs up small and I can easily carry it on the plane. It's sturdy. I like the internal cabling because it saves time when extending/shortening on the fly, saves some of my precious xlr cabling, and is just plain cleaner looking. Some people complained that you can hear the cable bang around when you're moving the boom - that is true if you're handling it harshly; but I can't imagine a circumstance I'd be in where my boom op would be moving that quickly when we're actually recording. If you're trying to record audio on two people quite far from one another, you should have separate mics, not be trying to fly one boom back and forth. I'm very happy with this purchase so far.

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              5.0

              In my small case

              By Electrik Time Puctures Inc

              from San Francisco

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

              Use it in my James Bond's Production kit. Compact, great overall quality, perfect with H4n Zoom and 5Dmk2 kit. What else to produce feature films? Good ideas, and that kit.

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              4.0

              Great for travel

              By Matt

              from Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                  Durable, lightweight, and very compact. This is the first boompole I've been able to store in a backpack or rolling bag. Great for traveling shooters.

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                  5.0

                  Inside stuff

                  By MN Freelancer

                  from Mpls/ St. Paul area,MN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                    This a great Boompole for traveling it fits in overhead luggage travel bag. Good stuff!!

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                    5.0

                    Great, compact boompole!

                    By Mike

                    from VA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Location Recording

                      Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                      Very nice compact pole. Great fro travel!

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                      5.0

                      Save yourself some dough... buy this

                      By Z Train

                      from Detroit, MI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                          I have worked in television location production for 27 years. I was worried about buying this pole because it isn't a carbon fiber pole... now that I have it I can tell you... carbon fiber is over rated. When comparing it to my carbon fiber poles of similar size, the weigh difference is VERY minimal. I may never buy another carbon fiber pole.

                          Seems very rugged and well made. Other sound guys have commented on its high quality. Don't hesitate save some money... buy this pole.

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                          5.0

                          Very convenient, small, light, but short

                          By SD production sound audio engineer

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                          Folds down to a very small size, easy to fly with and throw in a backpack. Coiled cable means its ready to go quickly and you have one less cable to pack. The cable inside can bump around if you move the boom quickly, a decent suspension system and bass roll off will help this quite a bit. I'm sure the cable won't last forever but the convenience for me is more important. Not long enough for anything but relatively close shots, but great for run and gun in a crowded space. Cable uses high quality Neutrik and Switchcraft XLR connectors.

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          LOve it

                          By gabe

                          from Boston

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                          What a great piece of product

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          A simple but good boom

                          By Run & Gun

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Bulky/Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                          I like this boom, it's pretty compact. Kinda heavy, not carbon fiber for sure. It's solid though, and does the job, simple and straightforward. I noticed that the XLR connection on the bottom seems pretty solid and won't bust out and cause problems, like other boompoles I've used (the XLR connection would break loose and fall inside the pole). My only issues is that the coiled cord inside the pole bangs against the pole when you are moving the pole quickly, or running with the pole. This will be a problem with fast moving action shots where the pole has to move quickly or alot. Also, extending the pole can be a hassle when you get to the bottom two twisters, you have to hold both extensions to get the lug loose. Other than this, it's pretty simple and all around.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          a thing of beauty

                          By bobsacha

                          from new york, ny

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                            light, small and great for travel. The interior coiled cord is great

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            great equipment at a reasonable price!

                            By tolka

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Performance
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Configure
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                              I use this boom pole for all my work. I make documentaries and travel light - so the KE-79CC is a great choice since it collapses to under 2 feet yet extends to over 7 feet! The internal XLR coil is of course a headache-preventer on set. Universal screw compatibility with all popular shock mounts and mic holders. Once in awhile the internal cable gets jammed when being collapsed back down to size, so that's what prevents this from getting a perfect score in my book. Nonetheless, a great buy!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good in a pinch

                              By Uncle Daddy

                              from Chicago

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about K-Tek KE-79CC Traveler Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable:

                                  Good all purpose location boom pole. Perfect for small location packages with tight luggage constraints.

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