Triad-Orbit microphone stands, frankly, are my new favorites. The key to Triad-Orbit stands is in their modularity. I reviewed three different height stands, each compatible with two booms, each compatible with pivot adapters(allowing mics to hang at sharp angles at boom's end, such as suspending tube mics from above for vocalists) and 5/8-inch, threaded hex-rod “quick connects.”
These connections are properly rugged, and a breath of fresh air; do not fear that they are the weak point due to their modularity, as they are indeed the strong point. Triad-Orbit stands, booms, extenders and adapters are all fitted with this well-machined hex connection, allowing not only flexibility in configuration but also speed/ease in set-up. Since threading large shockmounts onto certain booms can be tedious (and sometimes thread-destructive), the Triad-Orbit hex connections allow the small hex adapters to be threaded onto shockmounts in your lap or on a desk, then easily fit on to stand or boom ends. Yes, other manufacturers make quick connect systems (some of which I own and use), but the Triad-Orbit hex fittings are better machined, sturdier and easier to use than anything else I’ve found. This feature alone makes for quick mic change outs and great ease of use.
The T1 short tripod ($149 street) has a small footprint for a tripod, but with enough weight (12.8 lbs. with boom) to securely hold my heavy stereo bar with a bump test score of 6. The tripod legs are articulating; that is, they can be individually raised, allowing the stand to sit at an angle or on a stairway; this leg-locking feature can be controlled via foot-release latches. A minimum boom pivot height of 20 inches just allows inside kick usage, with a long 36-inch telescoping model O1 boom, that will reach a whopping 65 inches max. height.
The T2 full-size stand ($179 street) offers a minimum boom pivot height of 37 inches, a lofty 98-inch max. height and a max. boom length of 36 inches with the O1 boom ($109 street). The substantial weight of this ensemble (16.2 lbs.) was more than enough to easily handle my stereo bar, garnering a bump rating of 7 or 8, and it easily handled my CK-40 over a drumkit as stereo overhead, the first stand in this Session Trial to accomplish this.
In a category all by itself, let's look at the T3 stand with the O2 double boom ($219/ $199 street, respectively). This three-section stand has a minimum boom pivot height of a normal 36 inch, but an incredible max. height of 101 inches (extendable to 137 inches with the 34-inch extension bar). The T3/O2 setup is 18 lbs. of boom-inspired confidence; it was the only set up I've ever used that took all I could give it. You see, as a double boom, each of the O2’s telescoping, independently pivoting arms cover a ridiculously wide range; each are lockable with a powerful ball-joint (which does not mar or wear from its tensioning nut, somehow achieved through a mysterious design secret, according to the company). It can be positioned into grooves that will support very heavy weights at extreme angles (including one deep groove that allows the booms to criss-cross in an X shape). The whole rig can be set up very quickly due to the quick hex connects. This advanced design opens up many time saving possibilities: widely spaced pairs or ORTF, M-S, or X-Y for your overheads, all possible with one stand.
The functionality and durability of the Triad-Orbit stands (with rubber clutch handles, no shearable nuts, and strong boom adjustment handles) offsets the comparatively high cost. For smaller studios just starting out, I would highly recommend committing to this modular stand system.
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