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luther fairley:
Can anyone give me the pros & cons on the country men head set?

Arnold B. Krueger:
luther fairley wrote on Mon, 03 January 2011 05:43
Can anyone give me the pros & cons on the country men head set?


The pros of the E6  are that it is a very flexible system of cables, wands, clips, caps and similar pieces for creating a nearly invisible vocal microphone for singing or talking. It can sound very good.

The cons of the e6  are that it is more expensive than some competitive products and can be more prone to damage than you might like.

Kent Thompson:
Pro: its small almost invisible from a distance in the right colors.
Pretty good sound.
Fairly consistant microphone placement.
Does not pick up rubbing cloth like lapels do.
No microphone stand to get in the way.

Cons:The cables are small and easy to break(order extras).They have thicker cables available but, the smaller cables are more flexible.
Some people have problems with the earpiece staying put and have to readjust it a few times during use(the double ear brace helps).
Gain before feedback is not as good as a sm58 or om5.

These are my thoughts on the ones we have. We are considering taking a step up to a DPA at the moment.I think from a price/performace stand point its a pretty good deal for a pretty good microphone.

Taylor Phillips:
Just a side note about the earworn mics. If you mike up any women, make sure they don't wear dangly earrings, as these mics do a great job of picking up their jingle.   The E6's are good mics, though.  Just about every church around me uses them.

Arnold B. Krueger:
Kent Thompson wrote on Mon, 03 January 2011 22:27
Pro: its small almost invisible from a distance in the right colors.
Pretty good sound.
Fairly consistant microphone placement.
Does not pick up rubbing cloth like lapels do.
No microphone stand to get in the way.



We're obviously both on the same page here, but we both forgot to point out that E6s don't pick up chest sounds like lavs typically do.


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Cons:The cables are small and easy to break(order extras).They have thicker cables available but, the smaller cables are more flexible.
Some people have problems with the earpiece staying put and have to readjust it a few times during use(the double ear brace helps).
Gain before feedback is not as good as a sm58 or om5.



That's an interesting claim. As we both know SM58s and OM5s or OM6s are cardiod or hypercardiod respectively while the E6s are omnis unless you use the right caps. I've got E6s, OM5s, OM6s, and also some CAD cardioids. I would say that they have different feedack resistance patterns, but I can't give a strong overall win to any of them. A lot seem to depend on the user. As allways, YMMV.

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These are my thoughts on the ones we have. We are considering taking a step up to a DPA at the moment.I think from a price/performace stand point its a pretty good deal for a pretty good microphone.


One other thing is that I've seen big psychological differences. Some people really like the headsets a priori, and some are the exact opposite and othrs are everywhere in-between.

Trying to force a vocalist or speaker use a mic he thinks he hates is a non-starter, and I've been foolish enough to try!

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