Product Comparison: Behringer B-2 PRO vs Rode NT1A


General Specifications
Brand
Behringer
RØDE
Model
B-2 Pro
NT1-A
Origin
Germany
Australia
About the Product
The B-2 PRO microphone is a home recording enthusiast’s dream come true! These professional-quality condenser microphones are designed to capture your sounds with incredible realism, sensitivity and accuracy. With selectable pickup patterns (cardioid, omni and figure eight), frequency filters and input pads, B-2 PRO ultra-low noise mics are an excellent choice for any recording scenario – and rugged enough to go the distance! With a heavy duty suspension mount and windscreen included in the sleek aluminum case, the B-2 PRO just may be the only microphone your studio will need.
The RØDE NT1-A 1" cardioid condenser microphone has become an industry standard; delivering the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability typically only featured on some of the world’s most expensive microphones.
Key Specs
Microphone Type
Condenser
Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Figure 8
Cardioid
Minimum Frequency Response
20 Hz
20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response
20 kHz
20 kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Behringer B-2 PRO Dual-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • The sound is only the slightest bit crisp, but is good on acoustic instruments and male vocal. It shines on piano leaving no desire to EQ.
  • In theory, this should be a really nice vocal mic; however, the incessant treble hiss and absence of low end are troublesome. To say this mic is a tad crisp sounding is like saying Big Macs are kinda fattening.
  • The sound is outstanding. I was totally amazed at how good the mic picks up your voice and the surroundings.
  • It has multiple pickup patters and the sound is actually quite good. It has a very clear and slightly warm tone. The ideal inexpensive workhorse microphone for anybody into recording.
  • This B-2 Pro seemed to have a similar freq response, but was just too noisy for voice over work. It's probably OK for vocals that'll be in a mix.
Rode NT1A Ultra low noise
  • Besides the noise issues in the microphone, the frequency response of the mic was fantastic. Very good presence in the mid range, with a gentle 1K boost.
  • I love this mic. It has an extremely well balanced frequency response, and has massively improved the sound of guitars, vocals, and drums in my recordings. And for the price, it is an absolute steal, fit for anyone's mic locker.
  • Excellent low frequency response, (I record church organ concerts,) and low noise. Also sound great on vocals.
  • This microphone is one of the few microphones that can stand up against the more expensive microphones with a warm sound. It delivers audio very well at all frequencies.
  • Crazy harsh high end frequency response that won't be solved with amateur EQing. I suggest spending a little more on a better mic like Neumann's but this is a great beginner's mic. This will need an audio interface for A/D conversion and 48v Phantom powering.
  • The frequency response chart is what separates an amazing mic like Neumann, Telefunken, and AKG from the rest, and the Rode NT1-A has an average frequency response. It has a harsh high end and no body or warmth in the mid range.
Size & Weight
Height
8.3 in.
7.36 in.
Width
2.2 in.
1.97 in.
Depth
2.2 in.
1.97 in.
Weight
1.2 lbs.
0.72 lbs.
Features
Equivalent Noise Level
17 dBA
5 dBA
Maximum SPL
138 dB SPL
137 dB SPL
Output Impedance
100 Ω
100 Ω
Microphone Sensitivity
-36.0dB
-31.9dB
Interface
XLR
XLR
Power Options
+48V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface
+24V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface, +48V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface
Extras
Professional 1'' gold-sputtered dual-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality, Ideal as main and support microphone for studio and live applications--perfect for acoustic instruments and overhead etc., Selectable cardioid, omnidirectional or figure eight pickup pattern, Pressure-gradient transducer with shock-mounted gold-sputtered dual-diaphragm capsule
Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm, Ultra low noise, self noise of only 5dB (A), Wide dynamic range, True condenser (externally biased), Internal capsule shock mounting, Includes RØDE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover
What customers say about "Features"
Behringer B-2 PRO Dual-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • The case looks great, the mic looks great, as does the shockmount. The appearance of the way this mic is packaged is impressive
  • The switchable roll-off options are great.
  • It is VERY sensitive, which in a lot of case that's a good thing. It is built very tough, heavy and balanced weight. Extremely easy to use!
  • This microphone has great sound. It records great acoustic sounds and vocals. It sounds very natural and is very sensitive.
  • There is a 3 way switch for cardioid, figure of 8, and omni patterns, a 10db pad switch and a bass roll-off switch on the mic body. The body itself is solid metal and reassuringly weighty.
Rode NT1A Ultra low noise
  • Very sensitive, and sounds great! Excellent package for the money.
  • The mic is warm and extremely sensitive, but you'd pretty much have to stick it in front of a jet engine to overload it. The fidelity is awesome.
  • The need to apply any effects or to do any background noise cleanup is completely gone - there simply is no background hum nor hiss of any kind as I've isolated properly from the noise of my PC fans.
  • The microphone has excellent range as well. It works fine on acoustic instruments such as a mandolin or acoustic guitar at distances of well over a meter with great clarity, almost as if a small diaphragm condenser microphone was used in conjunction with it.
  • A shock mount, pop screen and XLR cable was included which made the price very reasonable for the quality.
  • Its an OK mic.... i really hate it, but have heard worse. i have a bunch of tracks that were recorded with this mic and the sibilance ("S" sounds) are horrible! distorted and pain inducing! and the singer wasn't shouting or singing in a high vol. its really muddy too.
  • When people say its harsh, believe them. The p's and s's peaked alot. I'm not great at recordings so for a beginner who is kinda breaking his pockets to buy a mic in this price range I would look else where.
  • It's a great mic. A bit heavy on the lower spectrum of the frequency range but descent enough for starters.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE, EAC
EAC, CE
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