Realistic PZM

Realistic PZM

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PZM, Electret Microphone from Realistic.

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Realistic PZM tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Realistic
  • Model: PZM
  • Category: Electret Microphones
  • Added in our database on: 08/09/2005

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Realistic PZM user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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moosers's review

Realistic PZM
The Realistic PZM (pressure zone microphone) is a microphone that I have used in the recording studio. Like most microphone of this nature, it can cross over to the live show world, but I've only used it in the studio, so my review will be about the use of the mic in this type of setting. Realistic is a brand put out by Radio Shack, but is no longer a company as far as I know. However, they did make some interesting gear that is useful, and included in this category are the Realistic PZMs.


The only application that I've used the Realistic PZMs for is an acoustic grand piano. Putting this under the hood of the piano not only gives your sound isolation, but also gives it an up close and personal feel. Of course depending on where you place the mics, you can get a wide array of sounds, but I generally keep the Realistic PZMs by the strings rather than the hammers, as this is what I would do with and PZM microphones inside of an acoustic piano. While the Realistic PZMs might not be the cleanest or more in depth sounding microphones out there, the fact that you can slide them just about anywhere more than makes up for this. I really wasn't expecting too much from these microphones since Realistic isn't exactly known for making high quality microphones, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It seems like there are a few gems made by Realistic that have fallen through the cracks over the years, and while I wouldn't call these microphones 'gems,' they are good sounding mics. I don't know how easily accessible these are, but I would imagine that they wouldn't be the easiest microphones to find since they haven't made them for years and are somewhat of an off brand. However, if you see them in a studio you're at like I did, definitely give them a whirl if you need a PZM!

berl's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Useful, functional."

Realistic PZM
PZM (pressure zone microphone).
Omnidirectional semi-hemispherical. Made by Tandy (Radio Shack) Crown under license.
Miking coherent avoiding occasions of direct sounds and reflections, generating comb filters.
Electret battery powered, balanced output cable but on a TS. The transformation of the XLR jack makes it easier to use microwave.


I bought a pair of time where there was still Tandy stores in France ... Realistic and these little cheap to me often favor.
Sound recording of meetings, recovery of jazz drums (2 PZM, made very close to the direct sound), and the classic bass drum and cajon recovery.
It was my first PZM and I do not regret having invested in those few (cheap price) although I have since used some other brand more known. We find secondhand from 20 $ 40 ...

Plav's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Realistic PZM
This is an electret microphone that can take everything if the source is intense.
easy to place, with a (very) long cable and powered by a battery 1.5 v
is an excellent qualitprix for this type of electret microphone.


I IT CAN BE USED for almost 10 years (it's solid!)
I would do without this choice hsiter for price and quality

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