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NTG-3 vs. MKH 416
Old 23rd March 2011
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NTG-3 vs. MKH 416

Hello

I'm wondering if there's much difference between these two mics. I've heard, and read, vastly contrasting opinions from "they sound almost identical" to "the NTG-3 is not even in the same league" and it's difficult to know which opinions to trust.

I guess the biggest clue, is the price difference, with the Rode being almost half the price. But is the extra money spent on the MKH 416 representative of the quality gained? (Plus, I could get two rodes for the same price as one MKH 416)

I'd love to hear opinions from anyone who's used either/both of these microphones?

Cheers

(P.S. : I've searched for this topic on both this website and elsewhere and couldn't find a definitive answer I could trust)
Old 23rd March 2011
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I'd love to hear opinions from anyone who's used either/both of these microphones?

Cheers

(P.S. : I've searched for this topic on both this website and elsewhere and couldn't find a definitive answer I could trust)
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/5866666-post71.html

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/6107896-post3.html
Old 23rd March 2011
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On an ADR session the other day, I used the 416 as my primary mic with the NTG-3 about a foot behind the 416 (recording to a separate track). Sounds great, and would be a great addition to your collection.
Old 23rd March 2011
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Thanks minister, that was a great resource - who better than Charles Maynes to get an opinion on it eh? I must have skimmed over that because the thread title!

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On an ADR session the other day, I used the 416 as my primary mic with the NTG-3 about a foot behind the 416 (recording to a separate track). Sounds great, and would be a great addition to your collection.
Thanks Joe. Would you say the two were comparable then?

Cheers
Old 23rd March 2011
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But is the extra money spent on the MKH 416 representative of the quality gained? (Plus, I could get two rodes for the same price as one MKH 416)
Hi Fred,
I've used the 416 once for a short documentary and heard it a few more times in projects recorded by my film school colleagues. I own the NTG-3 and I've done one 74 min. documentary, couple of shorter films and some ADR and FX recordings with it. I've also used two NTG-3s to record the on set ambience sound in stereo.

To me, the 416 sounds good and I definitely think that it's a good mic. The funny part is that the NTG-3 is as good as the 416. Each of them sounds a bit different, but it's not very significant. I know that Rode doesn't have the "pro" reputation as the Sennheiser has, but this model is IMO outstanding. It has a very low self-noise and sounds great on many sources, including musical instruments. I love my NTG-3 and will get one more ASAP.

So to answer the question I quoted - no, I don't think the 416 is worth the extra money.

Tom
Old 23rd March 2011
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Hi Fred,
I've used the 416 once for a short documentary and heard it a few more times in projects recorded by my film school colleagues. I own the NTG-3 and I've done one 74 min. documentary, couple of shorter films and some ADR and FX recordings with it. I've also used two NTG-3s to record the on set ambience sound in stereo.

To me, the 416 sounds good and I definitely think that it's a good mic. The funny part is that the NTG-3 is as good as the 416. Each of them sounds a bit different, but it's not very significant. I know that Rode doesn't have the "pro" reputation as the Sennheiser has, but this model is IMO outstanding. It has a very low self-noise and sounds great on many sources, including musical instruments. I love my NTG-3 and will get one more ASAP.

So to answer the question I quoted - no, I don't think the 416 is worth the extra money.

Tom
Hi Tom,

Thanks very much for your opinion, it is exactly what I wanted to know. Seems like getting two NTG-3's seems to be the way to go!

Cheers
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