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All user reviews of 4/5 for the RODE NT2A

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 15 reviews )
 8 reviews53 %
 4 reviews27 %
 2 reviews13 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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mooseherman's review

This condenser mic is primarily a studio mic. I've never heard of it being used live, and wouldn't recommend it. I have used it mainly on vocals and guitars, both electric and acoustic. I've heard that they've been used to record an amped Fender Rhodes or a Wurlitzer as well, though not owning either of those instruments, I can't say for sure.


I've only used this mic for a few months, but I've grown pretty fond of it. While it's not my go-to mic for most projects, I like the way it sounds for some singers, particularly when I record myself. I like the rich, smooth tone that it provides. The vocals I recorded with it were rich and powerful without being raw or grainy. They are great for baritones and bass singers more than alto or sopranos, though most male vocals will sound pretty good with it. It doesn't tend to sell the higher registers as well as the lower ones. I've also had pretty good when recording acoustic and electric guitars (at least when the electric is clean, and not cranked too loud). It gives them a similarly rich, warm sound that sits well in a mix and doesn't really get in the way. I've never compared it to the older Rode models but I can't imagine it not living up to, or exceeding them, in terms of quality. I think that for the price (I got it for $400), these are not too bad, but don't make it your first condenser mic. I say this because its not exactly the most versatile condenser mic you can get and it's definitely a more particular type of sound, most likely one that you won't be using that much. It's certainly not a bad first choice but there are better ones out there. For someone with a larger collection but not much of a budget, look into this mic. It's served me well and it will most likely serve you well too.

joshsound's review

The NT-2A from Rode is without a really nice mic. Rode is known for making really high quality gear at a price that most people can actually afford without maxing out their credit cards, and this is a definite case in point. I like to think of this mic as an upgraded NT1A, because it shares similar sonic characteristics except that it is improved just a little bit on most levels. This mic still has a great SPL tolerance, except that on this mic you get a switchable pad that will give you either 5 or 10 dB of attenuation. I have personally never needed it, but it's there if you record really loud things. You do get a bass roll off filter on this mic, which is nice for dealing with any rumble if you're in a less than ideal acoustic environment. It has two settings with roll-offs starting at 40Hz and another one at 80Hz. This mic is actually also a switchable polar pattern mic. By default you'll have your average cardioid pattern for a large diaphragm condenser, but you can switch this to pick up in a figure 8 mode, and also an omni mode. That adds to the value of this mic a lot due to making it extremely versatile.


This mic, to put it succinctly, sounds way better than it costs. I would defy anyone to listen to this mic blindly and not over-estimate the price tag on it by $500. Rode's NT line is a great value, and the NT-2A is perhaps the best value of the line, though it may not be the best sounding. Overall this is a really good sounding mic, and you'll get very smooth, pleasing tones through it. The bass response on this model, for some reason, tends to be a little bit light, but for most sources that you'd record with this type of mic that is not really a big issue. I recommend it and it's a great value.
Révérend John01/09/2011

Révérend John's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ie knife Mac Giver"

An omni directional static, at 8 and Cardio.
Although built like a Patton, not the sand.
Looks very pro.


I own a pair for 10 years.
This is my first pair worthy of the name, before I had a pair of Samson CO1.
The difference is clear:)
His good side to take up all the microphones I use most often on just about any possible sources.
I recorded the piano, the cons of the low battery, Kick and over head, brass, any type of voice, guitar and bass amp is, outdoor environments, such as wood clarinet or oboe, congas, bass drum agogo chimes and more ...
The multidirectivité is a real asset.
The acid level remains low despite clean and defined, it may hurt some ears on stamps (voice or violin and guitar amp with distortion for example) ...
Recess behind a mic to tape the same size (like Samson VR88) becomes quasi-chemical and lack of heat .... But I like this mic:)
His record places that haunt much more expensive models and Chinese lamps, which are outright holes in the passband.
With this micro there is no surprise all with a signature unique to Australia from Rode: Brilliant!
Do not hesitate if you want a static quality with a price report.
I keep mine warm.
Good listening to all (most important)

Phil443's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Acoustic Principle: Double diaphragm electrostatic 25 mm - 1 "polarized.
Directional: Multi-directional (cardio, 8, and omni).
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
Output impedance: 200 Ω.
S / N Ratio DIN / IEC 651: 87 bD (1 kHz rel 1 Pa; per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Equivalent noise: 7 dBA SPL (per IEC651, IEC268-15)
Maximum SPL: 147 dB - 1% THD into 1 k / 157 dB - 1% THD into 1 k - pad at maximum.
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 k: - 36 dB re 1 Volt / Pascal
(16 mV and 94 dB SPL) + / - 2 dB
Maximum output voltage: + 16 dBu - 1% THD into 1 k.
Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier DIN / IEC 651: 140 dB (per IEC651, IEC268-15).
Power supply: 48 Volts (P48).
Output Connection: 3 pin XLR

For voice and many instruments, this microphone is fairly boilerplate.


I bought a couple for almost two years.

Goodies: versatile, easy to handle and quick to implement. The switches are all grouped together on a small table, we know immediately where we are. The weight of the beast (860 grams!) Inspires confidence, the record is clear and precise.

Cons: the defects of his qualities: his weight to calls for caution, he was quick to swing a pole ...
The switches are easily accessible, ensuring Let no fiddling with small buttons.
Its very clear at the top mid-high, so slight lack of heat or aggressive with certain instruments. What's brilliant ... Anyway, the EQ's are designed to be used from time to time, too.

Microphones on a park about 70 pieces, he is not that rust as soon as my home.

Quality / price ratio excellent, considering that the average range, frankly it is moving. I would do that choice and do not hesitate to advise people who want to do good without breaking the bank.