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The NT1a is a basic bargain and the NT2a is a totally different product. The NT2a is crisp and very transparent. It also has a variable pattern , pad and roll off. Its a big step up from the 1a in my opinion. It does have its obvious limitations.Have you ever wondered what the main differences are between the Rode NT1a vs. NT2A? Well look no further as I take an in depth look at these two microphones!Before we get started, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..You’ve come to the right place!!!SpecificationsMicrophone Type: Small diaphragm condenser. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm.Polar Pattern:CardioidDiaphragm Size: 1 (25.4mm)Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHzMax SPL: 137 dB. Output Impedance: 100 OhmsSelf Noise: 5dB (A weighted)Color: Beige/GoldConnector: XLR. Weight: 0.7 lbs.Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20 Mic Cable, Dust CoverManufacturer Part Number: NT1-A
SpecificationsMicrophone Type: Condenser.Polar Pattern: CardioidDiaphragm Size: 1 (25.4mm)Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHzMax SPL: 147 dBLow cut filter: 40Hz, 80HzPads: -5dB, -10dBOutput Impedance: 200 OhmsSelf Noise: 7dB (A weighted)Color:Silver/GoldConnector: XLR.Weight: 1.9 lbs.Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Pop Filter, 20 Mic Cable, Dust CoverManufacturer Part Number: NT2-A PackageAdviceIf you need a mic strictly for instruments, and would rather save some money, the NT1A is a good choice. It is really well regarded, but does have some flaws that had to be addressed.If you want a mic that is extremely versatile, with a ton of added features, go with the NT2A. It has been hailed as quite a workhorse piece, is rock solid and durable to boot, and comes with that almost revolutionary 10 year warranty (purchased through Rode’s website).