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needs. The pros and cons have everything to do with form and function, however, not sound.
While many speakers love over-ear
mics, I have seen lots of unpleasant scenarios: mics falling off the ears of overactive speakers and presenters, the wire
armature getting bent and moved by a
speaker brushing or scratching his or her
face... or, all too commonly, not everyone's
ears are conducive to holding a single-ear
model securely. It's for these situations that
the HT5 is the better choice. It is quick to
put on and take off, it is tight and rigid and
stays put, including the miniature gooseneck mic arm that can be moved and
adjusted with ease. The downside to the
HT5 is that some may find it too tight for
comfort; it stays put, but it is not easy to
relax and forget that you're wearing it.
In contrast, the HT7 has possibly the
single best soft molded ear holder I have
ever used. It's a perfect balance of snug
and comfortable, so much so that it's easy
to forget you are wearing it. The downside is that its near-invisible wire arm is so
thin and malleable that it bends easily,
and if not handled gently it can also
develop nasty kinks. It can be straightened gently on the edge of a table,
though, if need be. For the most part, if
not manhandled too much, it stays put.
Sound
Both models are clean, quiet and clear.
They are very controlled on the low end
and not as chesty as some other models I
am used to. They take EQ well, and I
have had no more issues tweaking these
out for our room over any other models.
Between the two, the HT7 is about 10%
richer sounding; both are nicely resistant to
facial noise like rubbing against beards,
stubble and such. Recordings captured
with both mics have been natural and
clear-sounding. Thanks to the omni capsules and their lack of proximity effect,
voices recorded with these mics have a
great conversational feel to them vs. a
radio announcer's thickness.
Conclusions
Both mics sound clear, natural and
great. Normally I am a bigger fan of dualear models, since the mic stays put better
and they are more repeatable and predictable from week to week. Having said
that, however, the HT7 is a clear winner
here-both sonically and in its combination of firm grip and feather lightness. If
security under heavy motion is your priority, the HT5 is a solid standby that won't
let you down, but the new HT7 is very
appealing and well worth a try for most
speaking and theater applications.
Prices: HT5, $390; HT7, $345
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