The Perception 220 is more sensitive than the AT2020, meaning it picks up a lot more sound overall. I have the AT2020 in my studio with no Acoustic Sound Treatment, and it hardly picks up any background noise. Clips below!
The Perception 220 has a -20dB pad and a bass roll off. The AT2o2o does not have any on-board features, and can only handle an SPL level of 144 as opposed to the 155 of the 220. What is SPL?
The P220 comes with a shock-mount and pop filter while the AT2020 has neither.
AT2020 tests as promised.
with Pop-Filter under a blanket:
with Pop-Filter, under a blanket, farther away:
In my estimation, the Perception 220 slightly outclasses the AT2020. It’s got a couple of nice features in the -20dB pad and bass roll off, and can also handle a higher SPL. The shock mount you received with the 220 is likely to work just fine as well. The AT2020 doesn’t have any of these features, but is still a great mic. I would just recommend the P220 over it slightly due to these subtle differences.
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