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Postby plodsmeade » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:00 pm

Anyone tried the Rode NT-SF1 or Sennheiser Ambio and got any opinions on the matter?

Wondering about price vs. performance compared to the lower end software-only Soundfield.

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Re: middling ambisonic

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:07 pm

I believe a review of the Rode will appear in the next edition of SOS. Rode bought the Soundfield company and so the NT-SF1 builds directly on Soundfield's knowledge and experience while using Rode's own capsules. I umderstand that the A-format decoding software is also notably improved over the previous SurroundZone software as it takes a different approach to the matrixing.

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Re: middling ambisonic

Postby plodsmeade » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:53 pm

Great, sneaky hint on the verdict? We'll all still buy the issue, promise.
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Re: middling ambisonic

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:14 am

I didn't review it, so I can't comment I'm afraid.

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Postby Sam Inglis » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:50 am

It's really good, as long as you don't mind being tied to software-only decoding. I don't have an Ambeo VR or an SPS422 to compare but I do have an ST450 MkII, and the NT-SF1 gets pretty close.
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Re: middling ambisonic

Postby plodsmeade » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:46 pm

Thanks, £1 well spent.

Does seem to be the business.

Sam, interesting that you tested the ST450 through the Rode decoder plugin as I was wondering whether there would be physical differences in the mic that would prevent use with anything other than the bespoke decoder it comes with. So for example could the Rode NT-SF1 be used with a Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 which has the recent update allowing decoding of the Sennheiser Ambeo?
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