I consider the Heil PR-40 Microphone to be one of the best dynamic microphones available; but I’ve never tested it up against some of the other high end microphones out there.
So I decided to do a comparison test with one of the other popular broadcast mics on the market – the Shure SM7B. This microphone is very solid. It’s a sturdy well built microphone that has a lot of positives – one being that it includes the pop filter.
One of the negatives, however, right from the start with the SM7B was that I had to purchase something to boost the signal of a microphone. The gain on this mic isn’t strong enough without a boost. So I purchased the Cloudlifter CL-1. It’s designed for all passive microphones and provides up to +25db of ultra- clean, transparent gain. The Heil PR40 doesn’t need a boost. I can plug it direct into the mixer.
So in addition to the SM7b which is $350, I had to spend another $149 on the Cloudlifter just to run the comparison.
I’ll let you be the judge from this audio clip below. I start with SM7B.