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Electro-Voice RE20 Question

Discussion in 'Microphones, Speakers & Audio Processing' started by W1GNL, Nov 6, 2021.

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  1. W1GNL

    W1GNL Ham Member QRZ Page

    You can't go wrong with the Electro-Voice RE20 it's been a mainstay in radio and voice-over work since pretty much it was released back at the end of the 60's. I've not really played around with the RE27 but I've never heard anything bad about it. When it comes to voice work professionally I think my go-to's would be the Shure SM7B or the EV RE20 though the SM7B is more versatile than the RE20.

    But to be honest the Electro-Voice RE20 just looks better and my reason for choosing it for my shack is because it just fits the look I wanted. I wouldn't of bought it for amateur radio but since I had it I thought why not give it a go. My initial go is going to just try hooking up straight to the radio and use the controls inside the Yaesu FTdx-101MP if that doesn't pan out I will try using the dBx 286s in front of the radio since I have a few of those. Failing that I might just get the Yaesu M-1 microphone or the M-100 and be done with it. I don't think you can go wrong with either of those.

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  2. AG5CK

    AG5CK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I had a hard time deciding between the re20 and re27. I went with the 27 because I thought the brighter mic might be better for ham radio work.

    I can't answer the original question since I use outboard audio gear. BTW, a mic preamp can easily be connected to the data port and will let you use any mic you want.

    The only issue you may have with connecting a studio mic to the mic jack on the rig is not having enough gain.

    I plugged a PR40 into my FTDX1200 and it worked well on SSB, but the compressor had to be turned on or the audio level was too low. The bad part is the compressor can't be turned on in AM mode. It wouldn't make 100% modulation without holding the mic against my tonsils and yelling.
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  3. W1GNL

    W1GNL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for the info, do you have a link you could possibly share with regard to hooking up a preamp to the data port? See I've been concerned about gain and have assumed I would end up using the dBx 286s as an external preamp + compressor but haven't wanted to go down that path just because the dBx 286s is on the larger side (as compared to the width of the radio and amplifier) and is usually rack mounted so it's a bit clunky.

    I've also concerned using my PC mic preamp and just assigning the radio mic to a line out from the preamp, but again that's just clunky. I like the idea of using the radio to power a preamp of some sort and keeping it as compact as possible.

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  4. AG5CK

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    I don't have a link but what you'd be doing is similar to connecting the sound card from a pc to use digital modes. The manual should show you where to make the connection. Be sure to use an isolation transformer if you go this route.

    Also make sure you can change the audio input from mic to data in the phone modes. It's in the menu on the ftdx1200 but I have no experience with the rig you have.

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