Rode PSA-1

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Lack in quality even though it's relatively expensive
Rode PSA-1, 07.06.2021
TLDR: Hinges and internals are not greased from factory which causes unnecessary wear and noise upon use.

I have experienced what seems to be an "issue" with ALL PSA-1 arms. It squeaks and there's a metal grinding noise. One of the hinges can be oiled from the outside (which should not be ungreased/unoiled on such an expensive product) but there's a pin that is also ungreased on the inside that requires light disassembly to get to which is ridiculous. Once all this is done the arm functions properly. This is not a "problem" per se since Rode seem to not do this at the factory and are obviously aware since this happens to what seems to be everyone that bothers to even check their product before use, if they do not later notice it during. This will most likely never be fixed because of how long this product has been on the market.

The quality itself is closer to a 4 but gets a 2 star because of the problem above. Stability is decent but is a bit wobbly if your desk isn't stable.
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Perfect combination!
Audio geek, 09.05.2021
As part of a studio rebuild I bought four of these booms to replace some aging and very twangy booms of dubious origin! Our main studio uses the SM7B and the PSA-1 supports these very well, balance is perfect and with a little patience feeding the mic cable through the channel in the upper leg of the arms and down through the centre of the base spigot gives a superbly sleek finish. As our guest positions were a custom made desk it was great to to use the circular flush desk mount drilled into the surface with its neat nylon collar (to avoid metal on metal) and a chrome bezel with the Rode logo on it. Nice touch of quality from end to end. The SM7B is hung from the spigot in it's classic formation and looks the part but he only point to note is the microphone's XLR connector casting restricts the horizontal movement a little at extremes but this isn't detrimental to normal use.

Overall the Rode quality is present and these booms represent excellent value for money. They have an adequate reach and style without being overly like staring at an angle poise lamp draped across the desk. Every house should have one!
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Very impressed
Andy, UK, 17.01.2019
This desktop stand works well.

I used the standard base to clamp it to my desk (instead of the option to drill a hole in the desk) and this is stable with zero wobble in the base. Everything seems well made and sturdy.

Without a mic when you move the arm the springs move it toward a neutral position when you release the arm. After mounting a mic, that stops.

I mounted a Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording on the end. With that weight on the arm, it is nicely balanced, easy to move, and stays where I put it without adjusting any clamps. It has a reach of more than a metre, and rotates very easily - the arm turns smoothly on the base, and the mic turns freely on the arm. Nice and flexible.

One minor downside - the arm has parallel metal bars which move closer or further apart as you move the arm up and down. These have squared edges and you can nip your fingers a bit if you hold that wrong.

Very happy - very good stand
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Very sturdy and stable boom arm
Andy Ch, 12.02.2021
Fixed it to my kid's table and to a bookshelf, stays in place perfectly. It's built with some strong springs, have to watch your fingers when no microphone is mounted, the mount will straighten itself. Some lighter microphones can't be used with it unless you add some more weight to the mic -- a shockmount, pop filters and xlr cables will do :)
Rode Podmic (weighing almost 1kg) stays perfectly still on it. An Audio Technica AT2035 on its shockmount is just the right weight, a couple dozen grams less, and the mount wants to unfold from whatever position you try to put it into.
Overall a very good product for its intended use :)
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Absolute must for any studio
Joe Fahy, 16.05.2017
Iv been in quite a few studios and there is nothing worse when you need to move the mic arm while live and you can hear it moving.

I have this setup at home with the Rode Procaster and PSM1 mount and im really happy with how it sounds.

One piece of advice is to take note of the warning when your unpacking the arm when it says that its spring loaded. I managed to catch my thumb in it.

Before I attached the mic I was concerned that the mic wouldn't be in the right location as the arm kept sticking up in the air due to the springs, however once I attached the procaster mic the arm sits exactly where I want it to be.

When the time comes to add further mic's to the home studio, the PSA-1 will definitely be on the shopping list.
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Simply unbeatable
Vorath, 09.03.2021
At first, after clamping the base to your desk, you might wonder how stable it can be when the arm is just inserted into the hole of the base with no fastening at all, and how the seemingly very springy arm will stay at your desired height and not fly into space. It is VERY stable.
The money is worth it. I use it with various mics, including one that weighs 940g, almost a Kilo with no issues.

Pros:
- Super stable
- Easily adjustable
- Can hold very heavy mics
- Included cable straps

Cons:
- When nothing is attached to it, it is less stable
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Not the cheapest, but one of the best
ThatSoundGuy, 08.06.2021
Works as advertised, good balance no squeeky springs.. just works..
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Works well with my SM7B
Endre Ottem, 14.08.2018
I use the Rode PSA-1 with a Shure SM7B, which is a quite heavy microphone. The PSA-1 is perfect for this. It's stable and easy to adjust. Doesn't make any noises when you move it around (like some cheaper alternatives do) and stays into place.

I have just one small complaint, and that is the placement of the screws to adjust the tilt of the microphone. When using a SM7B, they come in the way of the cable attachment, so the microphone can't be turned more than 90 degrees or so. If you need it to turn all the way around, you will need an extension tube (like the Shure A26X).
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Solid product but not for heavier mics
Mik-303, 08.12.2020
I've used one daily for many years and it's a good product IMO. Only reason why I can't give it 5/5 is because it's simply not strong enough to handle larger mics. I am using it with SM57 and it's been perfect for that. I tried to use it with Rode's own NT2 but PSA-1 can't handle it's weight. I bought it for homestudio use but I am currently using when playing videgames online. It's a good product if you are aware of it's limitations.
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Leo K, 11.12.2020
The upper part of the mic arm, started making metallic noises when moved, after 2 months of usage. I must say, I did not expect that from Rode. I'm experiencing the same issues that another customer described in one of the reviews. I searched for this specific problem and found out that this metal to metal friction issue happened to even more people that bought the PSA-1. I guess that some of them are badly manufactured? I contacted Thomann's customer support and we reached to an agreement. Ignoring the issue I had, as a mic arm the PSA-1 is very steady and an almost perfect pair to my SM7B. For some weird reason, whenever I moved the mic left and right, it became a bit loose and had to tighten the screw that connects it to the arm.
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All you need
BiancoQQ, 26.03.2021
You need nothing less, nothing more from a boom arm. This is arguably the best boom arm on the market. Highly recommended
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Has some things to improve on
Lil V, 06.12.2020
I have no previous experience to compare against so it is hard for me evaluate how it stands out of competition. Mechanism makes scratching metal noise when adjusted. For my mic I had to get additional extension tube. I appreciate mounting options. Overall good, especially packaging, but not 5 stars good.
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Excellent Product
martin_fmdj, 30.03.2021
Use this for my home based radio studio.
Like everything with RODE, pure class.
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Perfect
Baggins, 23.04.2020
I am pleased with my Rode PSA-1 ! It is exactly what I wanted
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High quality but not perfect…
Clarification, 17.05.2021
I would recommend the product (with caveats below).

Pros -
Solid frame with high quality finish.
Stable and easy to adjust.
Maintains Mic at the same angle in every position with relative ease.

Cons-
Difficult to tighten some of the screws adequately.
Spring tension can’t cope at extremes of extension or flexion
(e.g. it struggles with the Rode NT2a).
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Really versatile
Consu, 29.09.2020
Amazingly well built, versatile, easy to mount, Highly recommended.
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A must for versatility
Tibet Polater, 31.01.2021
This product is incredibly stable whether you use the clamp or the hole option. I've been using a classic mic stand and it has always been a bother since I do a lot of standing and sitting. The mobility is amazing, both vertical and horizontal. Even when using this product with a heavy mic like the SM7B it doesn't bend away like most other boom arms. I would most definitely recommend this product as the price/performance is amazing in it's own. It also comes with a few straps so you can tug your wires away neatly. There are no con's for me in this product.
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Nice addition to my room
bogdandorca, 14.02.2019
I got this so I can easily stream from my PC without having to use a normal stand.

It's a nice addition as it simplified thing a lot. Not I can easily move my mic around the desk, depending on what I'm doing.

What I personally don't like about it is the fact that it's quite hard to have other add-ons for the mic. I have a pop-filter that is just impossible to place on this stand.

Other than that I can honestly say I love what it does. The cable management is really easily done, the position is really customizable and it hold the microphone really well.
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Benharim, 15.12.2019
Handig in een kleine studio. Stabiel. Instelbaar op elke hoogte.
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Best microphone arm
Morhenwolf, 01.05.2020
I fell in love with it the first time I saw how you can attach it and how solid it is, I use it for more than 8 months and I had no problems with it, for me, this is the best arm I could find and even if the price is a bit spicy, it was totally worth it.

Pros: Everything, the springs, the build, the size, the way you can attach it to the desk and so on;

Cons: Spicy price but it's worth it.
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Solid high quality boom arm
soundwhiz, 27.03.2021
As someone who prefers singing in a seated position, this was an investment that has paid back enormously in productivity. Having had my mic stand leg go under my chair and just generally being a nuisance, I can now just pull the mic down and do my thing, then push it out of the way. Attractive design, quiet operation and it stays exactly where I leave it. Considering how useful it is, it was practically for free.
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Excellent desktop solution for any kind of mic !
Mariooo, 20.01.2020
One of the best desk mounting solutions
for the microphone. I use it with the Shure Super Deluxe 55 microphone.
However, use with this microphone requires an extension.
The Rode PSA-1 microphone mounting screw is too close to the body of the Shure Super Deluxe 55 microphone which is thick and should therefore have an extension.
I got one when I bought USB M-Audio Uber Mic, but extension for that mic could be purchased separately elsewhere.
With an extension it can very well be used with this microphone as well. I am very satisfied with the product purchased and thomann service and recommend the product to others.
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can be set easily in position
damiendev, 27.10.2019
its really flexible, good for heavy microphone and does not pic vibration easily
price is a bit high, but it look really high end
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Useful where space is limited
Jenna, 03.04.2014
The Rode PSA-1 has a found a permanent place in my home studio where space is limited. Mounted on a ledge 90cm from the floor, I find I can use it for vocals, violin and guitar equally well, seated or standing. It handles a range of different weights of microphone without any problem and stay put wherever I want it.

If I could only have one mic stand, this would be the one I'd choose.
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Rode PSA-1
Lucas 2, 13.04.2021
Degelijke afwerking , prijs kwaliteit zeer goed .

En het belangrijkste stabiel zelfs bij zwaardere mic 's , zakt hij niet naar beneden
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