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Heil SoundPR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne)
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (15)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (10)
    • Professional recording (10)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I bow to the awesomeness of this product

    I use the Heil PR 40 to record the Construction Industry Podcast. Besides the stunning audio performance, the PR 40 is beautifully built and comes with a clip and a protective carrying case.I whole-heartedly...Read complete review

    I use the Heil PR 40 to record the Construction Industry Podcast. Besides the stunning audio performance, the PR 40 is beautifully built and comes with a clip and a protective carrying case.I whole-heartedly recommend this microphone as a fantastic choice for your broadcasting uses.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too Much Hype

    I tested many Microphones and currently use some Heil mics, But this Model Pr-40 is way over Hyped. It sounds ok if you like that condenser type sound. I do think it...Read complete review

    I tested many Microphones and currently use some Heil mics, But this Model Pr-40 is way over Hyped. It sounds ok if you like that condenser type sound. I do think it has way to much high end and not enough low end kick, this Pr-40
    Cannot and will not out Outperform a EV RE20 the RE20 blows it away hands down. Also the pr40 has too much handling noise and it needs a pop filter.
    I would say the PR-30 by Heil was a little more tamer, a lot less high end tone to it. But even the Pr-30 Cannot Outperform the Ev RE-20. The Shure SM7B would be my number two choice on the A+list. Note: you do need a big preamp with lots of gain to drive RE20 and SM7b. All testing was done for FM broadcasting.

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    5.0

    Podcaster's Dream Mic

    By SHepherd

    from Kentucky

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

      This mic is everything I read and researched. The quality of sound is second to none. AWESOME! Worth every penny of the price!

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      5.0

      Great Mic!

      By Chris

      from Glastonbury, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

        Great broadcast mic. Great sound, solid build and good looking. We liked it so much we bought a second. The more we expand, the more of these we'll end up getting.

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        5.0

        For podcasting, it's phenomenal

        By theoverwhelmedbrain

        from portland, or

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Podcasting
          • Voice Overs

          Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

          As a podcaster, this mic is absolutely ideal. The main draw? It's designed to pull in only the sounds closest to the microphone. That way, I can keep my fan on in the background, or perhaps a motorcycle can rumble by, and the mic keeps its focus on me!

          I'm not an audiophile, so I can't give you specifics. All I can tell you is that it does exactly what I need, and makes me sound like a professional.

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          5.0

          Excellent Microphone

          By Audio First

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

            Great clarity, solid bass, must have.

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            5.0

            Beautifully crafted and very good build

            By DanO.

            from Yuma, AZ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

              This was my first dynamic microphone and I was very impressed with its performance. As with any other microphone its usefulness is largely dependent on your particular voice, your environment, and the manner of use e.g. speech, singing, instrument, etc. It's clear to see why this microphone is so popular with podcasters in other venues of the spoken word. It has a very clear and articulate representation of your voice. It does a very good job of canceling out off-axis noise. This in itself can be a huge benefit or depending on your method of use, it could also be considered a drawback. Still, it's hard to go wrong with this microphone unless of course you just want a different tone characteristic. Unfortunately, my particular voice is damaged after many years of abuse, so I actually needed something with a warmer presence.

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              5.0

              Excellent for Broadcast & Podcast Uses

              By paulrpotts

              from Saginaw, Michigan

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Expensive Accessories
              • Sensitive to Pops

              Best Uses

              • Broadcast
              • Home Studio
              • Podcast

              Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

              I use PR-40s for recording the Bloodthirsty Vegetarians podcast. In my headphones I'm listening to the conversation with my producer Rich over Skype, and we're recording our sides separately, to be edited together. He gooses the EQ slightly at about 60 Hz and 5.5 KHz and it sounds quite NPR-like. It sits well alongside the audio from his mic that he records in his studio, using a much more expensive Shure KSM-44.

              But for me, the big advantage to the PR-40 is that it is very good for less-than-perfect recording environments -- and most home studio rooms of the type that I can afford are anything but perfect. I've got foam and bass traps up on the walls and doors, but there is still a computer in the same room, even though it is behind a foam baffle. The condensers I've used always pick up a little more of the computer noise than I'd like. The "null point" behind the PR-40 gives a much deeper cut than most condensers, and it really is excellent at rejecting background sound. I keep the computer directly _behind_ the mic, a few feet away, and there's almost no noise left to remove. I wish I had bought one of these sooner and not spent so much time and money messing with condensers for this application! I have a Reflexion filter but I don't bother with it when using this mic; the mic by itself rejects computer noise better than my Oktava MK-319 did with the filter.

              Downsides: it's fairly large; the shock mount and pop filters available are fairly expensive, relative to the cost of the mic itself; it may not be very good for voiceover because it's _end_-address, and it's hard to read something with the mic sticking in your face. Even with the pop filter, you can get pops with this mic, although it isn't nearly as touchy as some condensers. You'll want a good preamp and a fair amount of gain; I'm giving it 60 dB of gain with an Apogee Ensemble and it sounds great.

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                4.0

                Great On Kick Drum & Bass Cabs

                By Magnetic Eye

                from Adelaide, S.A

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                  I purchased the PR40 primarily to be used on Kick Drum. I'm as happy with it as I am with my Beyer M88 and Audix D6 in terms of giving a well defined solid bottom end and clear attack that we all expect from a well recorded Kick Drum.

                  Great on Bass cabs too. The PR40 is a professional tool and hopefully prove to be quite versatile. Can't wait to try it on other sources.

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                  5.0

                  I bow to the awesomeness of this product

                  By The Construction Camera Man

                  from Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Podcasting
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                    I use the Heil PR 40 to record the Construction Industry Podcast. Besides the stunning audio performance, the PR 40 is beautifully built and comes with a clip and a protective carrying case.I whole-heartedly recommend this microphone as a fantastic choice for your broadcasting uses.

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                    3.0

                    Too Much Hype

                    By Z1

                    from LI New York

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                    I tested many Microphones and currently use some Heil mics, But this Model Pr-40 is way over Hyped. It sounds ok if you like that condenser type sound. I do think it has way to much high end and not enough low end kick, this Pr-40
                    Cannot and will not out Outperform a EV RE20 the RE20 blows it away hands down. Also the pr40 has too much handling noise and it needs a pop filter.
                    I would say the PR-30 by Heil was a little more tamer, a lot less high end tone to it. But even the Pr-30 Cannot Outperform the Ev RE-20. The Shure SM7B would be my number two choice on the A+list. Note: you do need a big preamp with lots of gain to drive RE20 and SM7b. All testing was done for FM broadcasting.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Mic for the $$

                    By Grant

                    from Washington, the State

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Voice Over

                    Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                    I wanted as good voice over mic for my video productions. I had intended to purchase a RE-20 and instead, bought the Heil PR40 on a recommendation. I couldn't be happier. This mic is a real sleeper in the voice over market. And the build quality seems excellent, giving the feel of a much more expensive mic.

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                      5.0

                      Great for podcasting and other voice

                      By Amin Sabet

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Pocasting
                      • Speech Recognition

                      Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                      I use this microphone for speech recognition, podcasting, Skype, Google voice, Google hangouts, and more. It offers outstanding clarity, noise rejection, and makes my voice sound richer than some other microphones do.My other microphone is a Shure Beta58A, which is a fantastic value, offering 80% of the performance at 50% of the price, but I can hear the difference. The Heil just makes me sound better. The PR40 also looks great, and the build quality seems to be superb. As is the case with other dynamic microphones, you'll need a good preamp to get quality sound. I've seen some negative reviews from people trying to hook this microphone up straight to the computer. That's not going to sound good!Negatives: I can't think of any, but if your budget is [$], I recommend the Shure Beta58A.Bottom line: Highly recommended for voice applications.

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                      4.0

                      Good Value

                      By Leavitt Media

                      from Cedar City, Utah

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                      We needed a mic to do some radio spots and voice-overs. This is a great mic for the price...

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                      5.0

                      Impressed

                      By nicholaswyoung

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                        To say I'm impressed with the dynamic qualities of this microphone is an understatement.

                        I'm mainly using it for voiceover and announcing production, and while everyone's voice is different - and the quality of your vocal recordings may vary - this is the best microphone I've ever used, hands down.

                        For a dynamic microphone, it's sensitivity is unparalleled. At times, you'll think it's a condenser.

                        In short, I suggest you at least give it a shot. Plug it in, and speak. Prepare to be impressed.

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                        5.0

                        Very pleased

                        By Mark

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                          very nice sounding mic. One of my favorites. Pop guard highly recommended for vocal use, particularly because of the close proximity that this mic is often used for. No phantom!!!

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                          5.0

                          Really SUPER mike for Hi-Fi SSB

                          By Eugene

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great dynamic range

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                            I am using this microphone with my Ham Radio transceiver. the great thing is that very low freq. response is just perfect , as high frequency and dynamic range is extremal!
                            Best condenser only microphones can compete with
                            this unit ,which doesn't require DC bias , like condensers.Applied with EQPlus equalizer - gives perfect results!!!

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                            5.0

                            Fine product

                            By john35023

                            from switzerland

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                            Fine product[...]thaks a lot.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Broadcasting Mic

                            By Vorktanamo Bay

                            from Fleetwood, PA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                              This is my first real Broadcasting Mic and I want to buy 3 more. They are great and require no phantom power. It works great for my podcast but I think it really delivers professional sound.

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good mic

                              By Josh

                              from Louisville, Ky

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone (Champagne):

                                Good mic, just not exactly what I was looking for. It sounds good on several sources but for Voice Over I found that I really liked the sound of most condensor mics better. Placement was a little tricky with my sE Electronics Reflexion filter because it is an end address mic. Quality of mic is very good.

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