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I've read lots of threads where certain members opine that their chosen clip-on mic is the best. I've heard about K&K, AKG, SD, AMT, and Shure, and I've checked these products out for myself over the internet.

The problem is, I don't know much about microphone technology. Without actually lining these mics up and playing them one after another, how can I decide which will work best for me?

It seems like there should be some objective standards since microphones are electronic and mechanical in nature and their performance characteristics appear to be well-measured and reported. But around here it seems like everyone has a different opinion. I certainly expect that with horns, reeds, mpcs, and the like, but microphones?

In short, I'm in the market for a new clip-on and I can't figure out which models and manufacturers to take seriously. SD and Shure seem to get a lot of recommendations, but SD alone has enough different models to make my head spin.

I guess the two best questions are:
1. Which of the mainstream clip-ons are the best in terms of sound and performance?
2. Which clip-on offers the best value?

I think there are a lot of other people out there who will benefit from this information, so if you have an informed opinion, please share it!
 

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Thanks to those who have responded.

I've been following the thread on bari-mics, which has been informative and is one of the reasons I started this thread. I am hoping to attract a broader swath of opinions.


Sounds like the K&K is the low dog on the totem pole.

Anybody know how the Shure beta 98 h/c and the SD LCM 85 stack up? They both seem to be in the high end for non-wireless clip-ons. And what about the SD LDM 94 for "high frequency" playing? Is that for people who play huge tips and high baffles and just want to scream the whole time? Or is that for anyone who plays rock, funk, and other music that requires more volume than jazz?


Since Gary mentioned that the best mic will depend somewhat on the rest of the sound system and the playing situations, I am practicing through a fairly typical 8-channel PA (~300 Watt?) with two mains and two monitors. There's a guitar, keys, drum, bass, and vocals. My band usually play out at smaller bar-type venues where there is a house system.
 
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