Senal SMH-1000 Headphone Review

Senal SMH-1000Those have you been watching my videos know that at times I haven’t always gotten the audio perfect - one of my issues was not having decent headphones to monitor the audio coming in and not using high quality headphones while editing.  These Senal SMH-1000 closed back studio headphones have made a huge difference in my ability to monitor the audio and check the quality while editing.  These are professional grade studio monitor headphones and the feel professional in the hand and I can attest to their comfort wearing for long periods of time. The harp and ear cups are nicely padded for comfort.Senal SMH-1000 Nice Ear PaddingSenal SMH-1000 3' Straight CordSenal SMH-1000 10' coiled cordDespite their professional looking size they actually fold up nicely and come with two interchangeable and locking cords - you can use a 3’ straight cord or a coiled 10’ cord and a 1/4” gold plated adapter.Senal SMH-1000 Headphones Fold for travel I don't consider myself an audiophile but it is easy to hear a huge difference between the SMH-1000 and the USB audio headset I was using.  The tonal range is wider and the difference in clarity is significant the reviews on B&H support my opinion.You can also order replacement cords and ear pads.Read the reviews and buy at B&H PhotoWatch and read over my DSLR Audio Capture Recommendations

DSLR Audio Options - Shotgun mic vs Lav mic vs more

You want to look good and SOUND good when making videos. Learn from my experience (and mistakes) and spend money on the type of device that is going to work best for you. Links and mini review of each device below. Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone | Buy from B&H $2220' of wired cable connects a small lav mic with a standard mono plug. Powered by a small LR44 watch battery. The long wire is great and gives you plenty of flexibility to setup but also gets amazingly tangled often and there is no battery life indicator. I suggest you always carry spare LR44 (buy from Amazon). Quality is decent but you do need to do a little post processing to remove the hiss present.Shure VP83F LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone with Integrated Flash Recording | Buy from B&H $299Lovely sound from this shotgun mic that offers headphone monitoring, audio out(to DSLR) and independent recording to microSD card. Mount in hotshoe or on a tripod. Great battery life and LCD screen display with battery indicator, recording time and more. Don't need the microSD card recording or the LCD display? Go for their cheaper Shure VP83 for $189.  An additional budget shotgun option is the Rode VMGO for $99.Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder $270Feature rich with integrated stereo mics and two XLR ports that are powered. Tripod mount on bottom. Records to standard SD cards. When Phantom power is on battery life isn't great - good rechargeables will last just a few hours. With Phantom power off you get a few more hours. You are able to record with internal mics and externally attached mics. Headphone monitoring or record directly into a DSLR with the line out.UPDATE: The Zoom H6 is better for spoken word capture - Buy it from B&H $399Shure SM93 XLR Lavalier Mic | Buy from B&H $135So how does a lav mic that cost $100 more than the Audio-Technica sound AND needs an XLR input which will cost more? Very good. Very, Very good. Sound is full and rich with no hiss or any issues that need to be removed in post. With careful placement the isolating capabilities of this mic are excellent.On camera audio - Can actually be quite useable in some situations(indoors in quiet room. Want to hear how a few Canon cameras sounds? Watch my 70D vs 6D video - I have a short section in there where the audio from each is compared.