Was thinking of buying one of the AKG perception range [maybe the 170] but then thought that having the additional advantage of having something suitable for live use [and the the recording being very much of the sketchpad variety] it might be worth spending that bit extra for the added versatility, as long of course as there isn't a downside which is not immediately apparent to me
Absalutely none at all, as long as phantom power is available to make it work, some mics eg AKG CS1000 and Shure PG81 have a battery option E865 and Perception 170 doesn't.
With regards to what you want it for all mics will pick up sounds and then send them to where you want them to go, what you want to achieve is made easior by the correct mic choice. The E865 is designed as a vocal mic therfor is best in this application, the 170 is designed to pick up more ( look at the Polar pattern of both mics you will see the 865 picks up mainly what is infront of it, the 170 picks up evrything that is around it) On stage for vocals you want your voice and nothing else, if you use the 170 for this it will try to pick up everything with all the problems that entails. If your sitting with your acoustic and recorder and either mic is at a distance they should capture the whole performance.
Last edited by maltingsaudio; 28th September 2012 at 10:42 AM.
Cost. You could get 2 170s for that price.
The Sennheiser has a very low sensitivity for a capacitor mic of just 3mV/Pa. Intentionally so because it is designed for close micing and needs to some extent to "mimic" a dynamic.
The P 170 has a much more useful, for gen purpose recording (ac' guitar say) of 12mV/Pa. That is another 12dB of pre amp gain you don't need to find and a coresspondingly lower noise level. The 170 (i have the almost identical 150s)is "road hardened" and is actually capable of being a stage mic, the 20dB pad taking care of the gob proximity problem.
Then the Sennheiser is a HYPERcardiod and great tho' this might be for directionality hypers are always said to be somewhat "coloured" compared to cardiods (which themselves are not as attitude free as omnis!).
Don't get me wrong! I have the greatest regard for Sennie's products, I have several sets of their headphones but that is just not a general purpose, stoooodio mic!
Last edited by ecc83; 28th September 2012 at 04:31 PM.