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Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Variable-D Dynamic Voiceover Microphone

You Pay: $449.00

A broadcast industry standard, the Electro-Voice RE20 is a cardioid dynamic microphone that delivers reliable, low-noise performance with exceptional clarity and definition.

Tailored Response
Response tailored especially for vocals with high sound pressure handling capabilities
Construction
Rugged, steel construction with low handling noise
Supercardioid Pattern
The RE 20 features a supercardioid polar pattern which is extremely effective in isolating sound sources while reducing background noise
Internal Windscreen
An internal blast and wind filter eliminates "pop" and wind noise at the closest proximity
Bass Tilt Down Switch
The "bass tilt down" switch corrects spectrum balance for use in long reach situations and eliminates low frequency noise and rumble
Flat Frequency Respone
The RE20's flat frequency response remains flat even at extremely close proximities
Transducer Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 45 Hz - 18 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) not specified by manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Hum Pickup Level, typical (60Hz / 1 milliOersted field)
-130dBm
Maximum Input Sound Level not specified by manufacturer
Power Requirements None Dynamic, Requires No Phantom or Battery Power
Output Impedance Wired for 150 Ohms, 50 and 250 Ohms May be Attained Via Re-Wiring
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 8.53 x 2.14" (216.7 x 54.4 mm) LxDdiameter
Weight 1 lb. 10 oz. (737 g)
Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Variable-D Dynamic Voiceover Microphone
  • (81715) Stand Adapter
  • Plastic Foam-Lined Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Electro-VoiceRE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic
     
    4.9

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (28)
    • Durable (27)
    • Long lasting (17)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Simple use (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional (23)
      • Productivity (7)
      • Presentations (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (17), Gearhead (8), Technically challenged (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (21), Personal (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The venerable do-it-all microphone

      You can use this microphone confidently for almost any application, be it at the home studio, recording studio, project studio or on stage.
      The EV RE20 is very forgiving where most Large...Read complete review

      You can use this microphone confidently for almost any application, be it at the home studio, recording studio, project studio or on stage.
      The EV RE20 is very forgiving where most Large diaphragm condensers (LDC) aren't for lack of a proper studio environment. Use it for bass, horns, percussion and of course vocals, and you will be amazed at its performance. The sensitivity of this mic is phenomenal for a dynamic mic and its reproduction of sound in the entire frequency range is undoubtedly superlative. It does not undermine any of the venerable LDC's, but none can handle the range of frequencies as well as SPL's that this one can. No wonder this mic has stood the test of time.
      Pitfalls though are the following: You would need to have this one connected to a good outboard pre-amp for best results. With its output at 1.7 mV you will have to jack up the gain to reasonably high levels on any standard console and this would in most cases add noise to the signal chain. For talents who like to use the proximity effect for deep sounding vocals, this is not the mic of choice. However, for those who have a baritone voice, this one is silky smooth; and for screamers, you won't find a mic that is significantly better than the RE20 in overall performance and reliability.
      Frankly this mic is a solidly built all rounder to last you a lifetime of satisfaction.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not a big difference

      This Mic is not a big deal. I didn't find anything special about it.

      This Mic is not a big deal. I didn't find anything special about it.

      Reviewed by 31 customers

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      5.0

      As described. Thank you.

      By JDS

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Presentations
        • Professional

        Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

        Voice over work. Ideal companion.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Not Just for Voiceover's Anymore...

        By Audio Paradox

        from New York, New York

        About Me Professional Engineer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Low End Response
        • Voice Over Work

        Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

        Although this microphone got it's fame as a Broadcast/Voice Over mic the RE-20's construction makes it useful in many different applications. Bass Amps, Kick Drums, & Upright Bass's all are wonderful applications for this Mic. With a 45Hz-18Khz response the RE-20 offers a clear low end with a smooth extended high end. A great tool in any engineers arsenal.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Best Mic for the money

        By Spanky

        from Seattle WA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

          We do voiceovers once a week for videos which appear on YouTube, so we needed a solid cardioid for under $. I am extremely happy with the RE20. Good bass and very warm sound. I used the same mic when I was in radio so I knew it was durable and great for a wide range of voices. We do not have a sound-proof environment and this mic does a great job of reducing outside noise. I do recommend a pop screen with the mic.I'd like a $ microphone - but this is the best mic for the money.

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Classic sound, always a winner.

          By AudioBear

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Productivity
            • Professional

            Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

            Clear, yet forgiving in voice work.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Love it

            By VoiceGuy

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                I've been a broadcaster for more than a decade. This mic is a staple in TV and radio stations, and now my home as well. Love it.

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                • Business

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                5.0

                Simply a better microphone

                By echamps

                from Monterrey, México

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                  I ordered this mic after watching a couple of reviews on You Tube, just out of curiosity, because I was very happy with my Heil PR 40. Wow! when I plug the RE 20 to my podcast home studio I noticed that I sounded different, and by that I mean so much better! I think the Heil is still a very good choice for that price range, but now that I could afford the EV RE 20 I'm glad I bought it and now I use it as my main microphone. Heavy, well constructed, a really nice piece of equipment!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  3.0

                  Not a big difference

                  By Hugo Teo

                  from New York

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional

                    Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                    This Mic is not a big deal. I didn't find anything special about it.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Easiest money I've ever spent!

                    By DanO.

                    from Yuma, AZ

                    About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy, Very Picky

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Long Lasting

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Den
                    • Podcasting
                    • Presentations
                    • Productivity
                    • Professional

                    Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                    Being new to the hobby of podcasting, YouTube pre-recorded content and Skype calling, I started out with a condenser mic. It didn't take long for me to figure out that I wanted something different, so I started ordering dynamic mics.

                    My first dynamic microphone was the PR40 from Heil and it is certainly a fantastic mic! Still, microphones are very different in their design and how they sound with your particular voice.

                    I immediately discovered the benefits of both. Unlike the somewhat bright sound from the Heil, the RE20 soften the edges off my aging voice with a warmer and richer tone. Also, I was able to lean back in my chair and turn my head away from the microphone while still talking, without noticing any difference in how my recorded voice sounded.

                    So, if you're new to this topic you will benefit from testing 2-3 options before committing to a final decision. Fortunately, B&H Photo is very understanding to this process.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Good reference for studio

                    By Daniel Rodrigues

                    from São Paulo, SP

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Productivity
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                      Mike speechless, I recommend to everyone who wants one audio material!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Best dynamic ever

                      By thiakov

                      from Brazil, MG

                      About Me Gearhead

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional

                        Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                        Its great to acquire one of the coolest mics ever, by a affordable price and a goodlooking piece of gear. Thank you RE20!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        i am very happy :)

                        By george and the good vibes

                        from tel aviv israel

                        About Me Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Productivity
                          • Professional

                          Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                          i use it to record and it works exelent

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Excellent and versatile mic

                          By Fabio Massa

                          from New York City, NY

                          About Me Gearhead, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Sound Quality
                          • Long Lasting

                          Cons

                          • NO CONS

                          Best Uses

                          • Productivity
                          • Professional

                          Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                          Excellent mic. It is very versatile, so you can use it to record vocals, kick drum, electric guitar and bass amps and also trumpets, trombone, etc...

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Best VO mic

                          By Michael Digital

                          from Dayton, Oh

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Great Sound Quality
                          • Long Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional

                            Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                            This is my second RE20. My other mic is over 15 years old and going strong. I needed a second for recording dual VO in a studio. This mic is just as great as the orginal.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            4.0

                            Near-perfect home recording Microphone

                            By Timmy C

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Productivity
                              • Professional

                              Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                              I've already recorded a full drumset, acoustic guitar, and lead vocals through this dynamic microphone paired with a tube pre-amp and it's proven to be the most versatile home-recording microphone I've used. Gone to both analog tape and digital with it. Easy to control input levels, theres a built in pop filter and it gets great vocal response across the freq range.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              I love this mic

                              By jalvid

                              from Sioux City Iowa

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Long Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                  I am a boradcast voiceover professional and this is a nice mic to add to my collection. It's so important to have good microphones and this mic is smooth and rich yet very clean. Of course it's a standard in broadcast and it's reputation is well deserved. I have a condenser mic for my voice over work as well but opted for this dynamic for the durability, hoping the sound would come close to the condenser mics. I am totally satisfied and use this mic for much of the work I do. It also has a low noise level which is crucial for VO work. You won't be disappointed with this mic. The RE20 is a great mic.

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                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Great, warm sound

                                  By Little Sound Druid

                                  from Basel, Switzerland

                                  About Me Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Narrow Pickup Pattern

                                  Cons

                                  • Bad Suspension
                                  • Quite Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Voice Over

                                  Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                  I was looking for a great studio mic to use in my home studio. As a beginner, I learned that people recommend dynamic microphones for this type of usage.

                                  I was torn between the Shure SM7b and the EV RE-20. Also, I looked at the Heil PR-40. Well, I can't compare all of those but I can say that the EV RE-20 sounds very nice!

                                  Be aware though that this dynamic mic needs a lot of preamp gain. My old MotU Ultralite could only provide 24dB. This mic needs 55dB upwards to get to usable levels, so if you're a beginner as me, make sure you have a preamp that can cough up that much juice. As a low cost solution I bought a PreSonus Studio Channel and I'm quite happy with it. It can only provide 54dB so it's at the edge of what it can deliver.

                                  All in all I'm really happy with the sound. It makes the voice smooth and warm and gets rid of a lot of room reverb if you don't have a special room that is treated acoustically!

                                  The only negative I found is that many sites said this mic does not need a suspension as the membrane inside the mic is already suspended. But I get a hum that's transmitted through the table the mic sits on. With my condenser mics that have a suspension, I don't get this noise. And also experiments of taping the mic to such a suspension got rid of the noise. So make sure you don't have vibrations on the table you put the mic's arm on. Every movement with the hands on the table, every tap on the keyboard can be heard.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Great sounding broadcast microphones

                                  By Elf

                                  from Irvine, CA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Long Lasting

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                    Bought two of these for a radio show. Great sounding, classic broadcast microphones that give a very good character for broadcast and voice-over work. Probably the best I've heard in this capacity. Depending on the singer I have also used them well for vocals.

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                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    classic for a reason

                                    By cmcenearney

                                    from Brooklyn, NY

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                        Great apartment mic for many of the same reasons it's a great broadcast mic: sounds lovely, built like a tank, and so practical. I use it for vocals and ac. gtr at home and love it also on kick, upright, and horns. In a small apartment you can use this with a fair amount of gain and not hear the fridge or the people outside, as opposed to a condenser. Then too, get right up on the re20 and have barely any proximity effect. So useful... I have one of the all-mahogany Martin OM guitars and it records well with the re20, not a ton of high-end "detail" to begin with so it doesn't suffer there like a nice spruce-top might. Also, it's prone to some low-mid woof with certain mics and the re20 just soaks all that up without getting overwhelmed.
                                        Some will need a pop-filter, despite the built-in one.
                                        With proper positioning (and depending on gain + source) you can track with monitors instead of headphones.

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                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        I love this mic

                                        By Jim

                                        from Spokane, WA

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Great Sound Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional

                                          Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                          Great for radio production and voice overs.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          EV RE20 - Very good quality and value.

                                          By Jace

                                          from Adelaide, Australia

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Great Sound Quality
                                          • Long Lasting
                                          • Simple Use

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Electro-Voice RE20 - Cardioid Voiceover Mic:

                                              I became interested in the RE20 Microphone after seeing Tom Yorke from Radiohead using one in the scotch mist videos and checked out some reviews that all praised the mic highly..After this I decided to get one for myself for recording, live and studio vocals and to use on guitars and other instruments as a different choice between the mics i already have.

                                              Im impressed with its ability to produce faultless vocals with very little, if any, sibilance without any EQ in the mic's chain. Even trying to make it 'pop' by repeating 'p' words with lips touching the mic without a pop filter the mic still produces very warm smooth sounds with hardly any popping if any, and this was trying to make it pop!..My only issue has been gain,I must point out dont have a high end mic pre, i Have an ART MPA2, which i have to push pretty hard to get a strong signal into my software with this mic but it is a dynamic so this is nothing unusual!

                                              The sound of this mic is very warm compared to other mics i have used, mostly AKG and Shure. As soon as i spoke into it I recognized the sound from radio and voice overs where it would have been used. This mic is also very well made and will last a long long time if it is looked after. That means no dropping with your butterfingers!

                                              all in all its a great addition to anyones mic collection, and if you have the money and are looking for something to add to your collection grab one, the RE20 is a great mic, no question will hold onto it and use it for years to come. thanks BH!

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