April 4, 2015 at 7:13AM

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Sennheiser ME66/K6 or NTG-2?

I made my final decisions on two shotgun mics but i need to obviously get one, so which one is better.

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I've never liked the sound from the ME66/K6 shotgun, I have always found it too "tinny" with almost no low-end in the audio it records.

I also find the NTG-2 to sound a bit "muddy" in the high-end, so it's not my favorite mic either. ( I owned one for about 18 months and then sold it )

I would look at either the Sennheiser MKE600 or the new Rode NTG-4 mics. They are in your price range and should sound much better than either of the mics you've listed. ( I own the MKE600 mic, and I am dying to try out the NTG-4 mic )

April 4, 2015 at 11:26AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I agree, the Sennheiser MKE600 seems like the solid choice, from the test videos I've seen, the warmth produced by the microphone is surprising, I'm about to buy myself one this month.

April 5, 2015 at 8:42PM

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The adventages of the me66 against the ntg 2: cleaner sound, more natural, more directionnal, higher output level, more sensitive. It's better.
The desavantages of the me66 : More expensive, very sensitive to handeling noise, it's larger and longer, it's really a boom mic, if you want to use it as camera mic it's way less practical.
I was also hesitating between the ntg-2, the me66 and the mke600, at first I choosed the mke600 but it was unavaillable for because all of them had been called back to the factory. I went for the me66/k6 and I am very happy of it. I still think the mke600 is also a solid choice. The ntg-2 is alright but only if you have great preamp in your mixer as the output lever is very, very low.
If you use a very cheap mixer/recorder (like the zoom H4n), a good option is to use the Rode videomic pro, it's the same capsul than the ntg2 but you have a good pream inside the mic that give you +20db.

April 6, 2015 at 11:47AM, Edited April 6, 11:47AM

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