Product Reviews

Part unboxing, part deep-dive, these product reviews are where we take a closer look at something interesting. More information and ‘feel’ than what you’ll find on a product page in our webstore, this is where we roll up our sleeves and get better acquainted with something special.

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Product Review
22nd Aug

Handmade European Microphones – Part 1: Pencil Condensers

There is a lot more history than what you may realise, in these hand-crafted European pencil condenser microphones. With nearly 100 years of microphone innovation emanating from Europe, let’s dig into some key moments that our favourite manufacturers have provided – including inventing phantom power – something we all now take for granted. Here is […]

Handmade European Microphones – Part 1: Pencil Condensers

There is a lot more history than what you may realise, in these hand-crafted European pencil condenser microphones. With nearly 100 years of microphone innovation emanating from Europe, let’s dig into some key moments that our favourite manufacturers have provided – including inventing phantom power – something we all now take for granted. Here is […]

Product Review
28th Jun

Unmatched pair: Sennheiser e609 vs e906

Over the past couple of decades, the shape of microphones for guitar cabs has really settled nicely into the classic side-address form, made famous by the now-legendary Sennheiser MD409. Early model – The table microphone, MD 407, was the original model from which the MD 409 arose. Form factor: snug Both of these guitar amp […]

Unmatched pair: Sennheiser e609 vs e906

Over the past couple of decades, the shape of microphones for guitar cabs has really settled nicely into the classic side-address form, made famous by the now-legendary Sennheiser MD409. Early model – The table microphone, MD 407, was the original model from which the MD 409 arose. Form factor: snug Both of these guitar amp […]

Product Review
26th Apr

RCF HDM45A

RCF powered, portable PA speakers are already trusted by working professionals – and have been since the first ART300A rolled out of the factory door back in 1996. They have now ratcheted things up another couple of levels with the introduction of the top-of-the-tree D-Line series speaker – HDM45A. Powerful, Portable Point Source It’s not […]

RCF HDM45A

RCF powered, portable PA speakers are already trusted by working professionals – and have been since the first ART300A rolled out of the factory door back in 1996. They have now ratcheted things up another couple of levels with the introduction of the top-of-the-tree D-Line series speaker – HDM45A. Powerful, Portable Point Source It’s not […]

shure mv7 in use

Product Review
3rd Mar

Shure MV7 review: and a tiny shootout

Shure MV7 is foremost a USB microphone designed for voice, and it does a great job. Let’s take a look at why it’s so often recommended for content creation, gaming, podcasts, voice overs and more. USB for now, XLR for later Yes, MV7 has all the classic features of a USB microphone – including a […]

Shure MV7 review: and a tiny shootout

Shure MV7 is foremost a USB microphone designed for voice, and it does a great job. Let’s take a look at why it’s so often recommended for content creation, gaming, podcasts, voice overs and more. USB for now, XLR for later Yes, MV7 has all the classic features of a USB microphone – including a […]

Product Review
10th Feb

Product test: HK Audio Move 8

There are a few choices for battery-operated, portable PA speakers out there, so what makes HK Audio MOVE 8 stand out from the crowd? Hint: It’s the sound level – there is lots of it. Before we get to the really nice features – like the multiple input on-board mixer with effects, iOS or Android […]

Product test: HK Audio Move 8

There are a few choices for battery-operated, portable PA speakers out there, so what makes HK Audio MOVE 8 stand out from the crowd? Hint: It’s the sound level – there is lots of it. Before we get to the really nice features – like the multiple input on-board mixer with effects, iOS or Android […]

Product Review
16th Dec

Sennheiser e906: way more than a guitar cab mic

Plenty of us play with microphones when we’re not ‘on the clock’ at Factory Sound. On a recent drum recording session, we tried out Sennheiser e906 on a tom tom (rack 1), right next to the old faithful MD421-II on rack tom 2. The results were quite eye opening, and ear pleasing! MD421-II is well […]

Sennheiser e906: way more than a guitar cab mic

Plenty of us play with microphones when we’re not ‘on the clock’ at Factory Sound. On a recent drum recording session, we tried out Sennheiser e906 on a tom tom (rack 1), right next to the old faithful MD421-II on rack tom 2. The results were quite eye opening, and ear pleasing! MD421-II is well […]

Product Review
12th Nov

Trolley full of new Rode

In recent months, there has been a veritable slew of new products released by RØDE. Because we love a good list, here’s our attempt to rank the recent additions – by the level of staff excitement for each product. #1 – AI Micro A clear “number 1”, the tiny AI-Micro has taken function and flexibility […]

Trolley full of new Rode

In recent months, there has been a veritable slew of new products released by RØDE. Because we love a good list, here’s our attempt to rank the recent additions – by the level of staff excitement for each product. #1 – AI Micro A clear “number 1”, the tiny AI-Micro has taken function and flexibility […]

Product Review
21st Oct

Beyerdynamic PRO X headphones vs DT Classic

NEW in October 2021 – the PRO X series from Beyerdynamic has a few differences between the classic DT700-PRO and DT990-PRO. DT700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are now in stock, so let’s unpack! The Look, The Feel Of course, the headphone sound is paramount, but let’s firstly describe what you’ll see and […]

Beyerdynamic PRO X headphones vs DT Classic

NEW in October 2021 – the PRO X series from Beyerdynamic has a few differences between the classic DT700-PRO and DT990-PRO. DT700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are now in stock, so let’s unpack! The Look, The Feel Of course, the headphone sound is paramount, but let’s firstly describe what you’ll see and […]

Product Review
7th Sep

ART9 series

Usually this section is reserved for a product review.. but since the newly released RCF ART9 Series won’t hit us until middle of September, we’ll run with a PREview instead. RCF ART9 Series – a long time in the making There’s plenty of history – and innovation – built into this latest, flagship ART 9 […]

ART9 series

Usually this section is reserved for a product review.. but since the newly released RCF ART9 Series won’t hit us until middle of September, we’ll run with a PREview instead. RCF ART9 Series – a long time in the making There’s plenty of history – and innovation – built into this latest, flagship ART 9 […]