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So, Opteka made a clone of the Rode videomic.

 
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Oct 02, 2011 01:08 |  #1

and it's only $80 on Amazon.com (external link)

I have to admit, I'm pretty tempted right now. I've been wanting a videomic for a while now, but $150 was a bit expensive for me. I like the $80 price point much more. I'm just trying to figure out if it's actually as good as the Rode though. I've only found one review (external link) so far, and it doesn't really say how the sound quality compares to the Rode. He says they're identical, but I'm a skeptical type of perosn who likes to see a comparison in these types of situations.

Either way, from that review I can tell that it's still much better than the integrated microphone (even though it had a hiss, probably because of auto-gain), no matter how close to the Rode it does or doesn't come.



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Oct 02, 2011 16:51 |  #2

So for the sake of $70 you would risk going for the cheap copy even though you know Rode has a solid gold reputation for build and sound quality? (and has a 10 year guarantee.) Sounds like a bit of a gamble to me, on the one hand you save $70 on the other you waste $80.
Sound quality is such a subjective thing that there is always the "What if" element. I bought a cheap mic which may, or may not, be any good but I know I won't be happy until I buy the Rode mic I should have bought in the first place.


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Oct 02, 2011 17:54 |  #3

Yep, cheaper product typically equates to cheaper materials.


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Oct 18, 2011 11:16 |  #4

You men the video pro? Because the video mic is only 100 bucks




  
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Oct 18, 2011 13:32 |  #5

Down_Shift wrote in post #13267685 (external link)
You men the video pro? Because the video mic is only 100 bucks

Good point. Even less reason to buy the copy.


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Oct 18, 2011 14:23 |  #6

Not worth it.

Mic's aren't like certain products where different brands are all made in the same factory using similar parts... all Rode mics are made by Rode at a Rode factory in Australia and they construct all the parts themselves. Opteka couldn't replicate the parts or fine tolerances that are involved in building condenser mics.

I'm afraid with mics, you get what you pay for, and after-market brands don't compete with trusted manufacturers.




  
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Oct 19, 2011 01:04 |  #7

benesotor wrote in post #13268679 (external link)
Not worth it.

Mic's aren't like certain products where different brands are all made in the same factory using similar parts... all Rode mics are made by Rode at a Rode factory in Australia and they construct all the parts themselves. Opteka couldn't replicate the parts or fine tolerances that are involved in building condenser mics.

I'm afraid with mics, you get what you pay for, and after-market brands don't compete with trusted manufacturers.

uhh, you need to look at a pair of Rode NT-5's and then a pair of Studio Projects C-4's... as a bonus hint, the C-4's capsules fit onto the NT-5's. ;)


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Oct 19, 2011 22:06 |  #8

Interesting Chippy. Are you saying that the Rode NT-5 is equivelent to the Studio Projects C-4 mic? I've heard SP mics before, but I have never heard the Rode NT-5. As far as the SP capsule fitting on the Rode pre-amp, any decent manufacture can reverse engineer a competitors product and build theirs to fit, but that doesn't mean it's the same thing only cheaper. How many companies have tried to duplicate the Schoeps sound and design for years and how many have really done it well? Yeah, I'm a big fan of Schoeps mics. ;) :D
I'll believe you if you think they are simular as I haven't heard both side by side. What's the cost difference?


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Oct 19, 2011 22:08 |  #9

They come from the same factory, i'm 99% sure. They're pretty much the same cost, too. There was a really good thread about it on gearslutz a while ago.
i'm not saying they sound the same, I'm saying they are the same. They do sound the same though!


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Oct 20, 2011 05:36 |  #10

I have this exact mic, and was looking for a Rode - Opteka review just like you are.

I got the Opteka, and I can say I don't see/hear any difference in the mics. I have used the Rode before.

I say the Opteka is a good option.


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Oct 20, 2011 07:49 |  #11

In the UK the Opteka is £60 with a Dead Cat included. The Rode videomic + Dead Cat comes in at £102.

At £60 it is almost worth a punt as a consumable. However, I did get my TASCAM DR-05 for just £66 (awesome buy they are now £80+) but would still suggest the baby TASCAM or Zoom H1 is a more useful tool than either the Optecka or Rode Videomic in the first instance.


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Oct 20, 2011 09:59 |  #12

Chippy569 wrote in post #13276902 (external link)
They come from the same factory, i'm 99% sure. They're pretty much the same cost, too. There was a really good thread about it on gearslutz a while ago.
i'm not saying they sound the same, I'm saying they are the same. They do sound the same though!

Well I can't comment on the C4's but the NT5's are definitely made in the Rode factory in Sydney. It's possible that Rode make them for Studio Projects but I doubt it, there is certainly no shortage of factories in Asia making identical copies of many many things.

The Videomic, however, is made in China and it's quite possible that the Opteka is from the same factory, there is certainly no shortage of competing companies getting the same product from the same factory with their name banged on it.


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Oct 20, 2011 15:24 |  #13

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Well I can't comment on the C4's but the NT5's are definitely made in the Rode factory in Sydney. It's possible that Rode make them for Studio Projects but I doubt it, there is certainly no shortage of factories in Asia making identical copies of many many things.

The Videomic, however, is made in China and it's quite possible that the Opteka is from the same factory, there is certainly no shortage of competing companies getting the same product from the same factory with their name banged on it.

Are you sure it's made in China? The Videomic Pro is made in Sydney.




  
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Oct 21, 2011 05:21 |  #14

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Are you sure it's made in China? The Videomic Pro is made in Sydney.

Definitely Chinese, "made in China" is proudly printed on the box, just like the "made in Australia" on the pro version and other Rode mics. As far as I know the videomic is the only Rode mic made outside of Australia, though I suspect the stereo version may be as well, though I don't have one at hand.


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Oct 21, 2011 05:26 as a reply to  @ gep01's post |  #15

Actually, Stereo videomic is also made in Australia, so looks like just the standard Video mic isn't.


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