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Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from the P170. As far as small diaphragm condenser mics go, I've had a bunch of the usual suspects and have always liked the concept more than the microphones. Even the Rode NT5, which is a fantastic microphone got sold on. I might keep this P170. For what I paid for it, this mic will fill a niche requirement in my project studio and every time I look at it I won't be reminded of money sitting unused as I was when I chose something other than the NT5. This P170 was bought on a Black Friday deal and wound up being half the price of my dearly departed Rode. The P170 isn't a better mic than the NT5; it's different though and with the quality it brings to my instrumental recordings, it could be the bargain I need for that every-now-and-again recording. Four stars well earned. If it was a C451B it would have been a five star review but I cannot afford a C451B for occasional recordings. Thanks to Amazon for a fast and fabulous deal.
Initially bought one of these for recording acoustic guitar. Was immediately struck by how quiet it was compared to my other "entry level" mics; no self-noise appearing until you crank the gain up past 90%, even then it's still quiet. Sound is great, and depending on the distance from your source you can get everything from intimate & direct through to big and roomy sounds - all captured faithfully.
It also works well for recording loud guitar amps. I've tested it side-by-side with a condenser mic (CM25 MkIII) and there's no discernible difference in tone. The pad switch seems handy, but haven't had to use it yet.
Was curious about stereo recording, so bought a set of matched RØDE M5s, but those were comparatively pretty noisy & tinny, so returned them and bought a second P170. Even though they're not 'matched' there's no obvious difference in output or tone (bought 5 months apart) - and they work fantastically on a stereo bar in standard stereo configurations.
They're very slim, quite long, and feel quite sturdy and high-quality. The mount provided fits well, but you could probably knock it out accidentally with little force.
Good Mics for acoustic use - low noise floor compared to other Chinese manufactured "value" ranges. Takes high levels well to - used for both Acoustic guitars and drum overheads so far... Dont sound very different to my now elderly AKG C451/CK5... Very happy
Great mic for recording acoustic instruments, guitar etc. I've been using it to record banjo too and it can capture those fast transients that larger mics cannot. Nice construction, feels good and not flimsy and good quality recordings. All in all, a good mic at this price point.
Bought one but it had a horrific earth buzz problem which became louder as your hand approached and incredibly loud when the pad switch was touched. Returned it and got another with the exact same issue. Bad batch maybe? I have used condenser mics for decades and the mics were checked on two different systems so the mics were definitely the problem, not any other earthing issues with my mixer or interface etc. Hopes this helps others.
Bought to use in place of my Behringer C2, as I was short of 1 small condenser to record a gig at short notice. purely chosen due to fast availability. Much happier with the sound from it (used for hihat) and have just ordered another
This is used in a home studio to mike up an acoustic guitar and gives a lovely crisp sound with a bit of eq' from the mixer. It would be even better if I could prevent the guitar spilling over into the vocal mike, but that's my problem, I'm well pleased with it.