Electro-Voice RE20 is an industry standard dynamic broadcast microphone that offers maximum background rejection without sacrificing the quality and the tone of the voice. The mic has a rich and deep sound to it, not as bright as the RE320 as but certainly brighter than the Rode Procaster. The greatest advantage of the Electro-Voice RE-20 is what they call the variable-D response, which gives it a uniform sound regardless of how close you are to the mic. It has a very big sweet spot with negligible changes in proximity. The downsides of the RE-20 are the bulkiness and a fairly high price.
RE20 is an industry standard for a reason and that reason being the sound quality. Of course, it may not be the most expressive mic out there, nor the most transparent or crispy as condenser mics are. Yet, it produces a reliable, quality signal that is suitable for live and radio broadcasting. Most importantly, it ensures the maximum rejection of the background noises that no condenser mics can offer no matter the price range. In a live recording, you don’t want to capture any accidental room or street noise with no ways to cut it out and this is especially true for the venues that have far from studio conditions.
Aside from it having a massive dynamic diaphragm of course, the RE-20 capsule is wrapped in a thicker foam than the RE320, which gives it an extra bit of dampening. In a side-by-side comparison, the RE-20 may sound weaker and darker but don’t get fooled by the first impression, because the RE-20 still has an upper hand when it comes to signal quality and that extra bit of background rejection is what distinguishes a high-end broadcast mic from a regular one. RE320 is also a nice mic, especially if you like a brighter sound and want something more expressive but the RE-20 is overall smoother.
And finally, why people use dynamic broadcast mics is because of the RF-interference, which obviously is an issue at the radio stations where powerful radio transmitters are used. Why dynamic mics are less sensitive to the electromagnetic interference is mainly because of the simplicity of their electrical design – there is only one thing and that’s the coil and all modern mics use humbacking coils that help to neutralize the induced signals whereas condensers are much more complex and electrically sensitive. The body of the mic and grilles also serve as shielding and the RE-20 metal casing is almost as thick as tank.
Overall, the Electro-Voice RE-20 can be considered the heavy artillery of the broadcasting. It is considered an industry standard and it probably surpasses other broadcast mics when it comes to signal quality, but it’s also more expensive and may require other pieces of equipment, such as preamp to be on par to get the best of it. The sound tone can be described as deep, rich and neutral but also quite smooth. It is bulkier and heavier than the alternatives and the offered shock-mount from the EV could have been better, on the other hand, it is not designed to be moved much and has a very good sweet spot.
- Reviewed at $399.00
- Excellent! - 9/109/10