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Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Get outstanding vocal and acoustic reproduction with this Gold Sputtered Large Diaphragm Condenser Studio Recording Microphone from Monoprice!
This professional quality microphone features a 6-micron gold sputtered diaphragm for superior responsiveness. The mic uses a cardioid pickup pattern and reproduces frequencies from 30Hz to 20KHz. It has a 15mV/PA (-36dB) sensitivity, with a maximum SPL of 137dB at 0.5% THD.
The mic requires 48V phantom power to operate and has a standard XLR connection. A switchable high-pass filter with 6dB/octave attenuation at 150 Hz helps reduce bass boom from the proximity effect, while a second switch enables a -10dB pre-attenuation pad, which reduces the possibility of overloading the mic's internal circuitry.
The microphone comes with a shock mount, which isolates the microphone from vibrations on the mic stand. The mic measures about 6.2" long x 2.3" diameter. The shock mount measures approximately 5.7" x 4.6" x 2.6".
This microphone was reviewed by Joseph Lemmer at TapeOp magazine. You can read the review here.
- Type: Pressure gradient condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Diaphragm: 6 micron gold-sputtered
- XLR Connector: Gold plated
- Capsule Size: 0.87 in. (22mm)
- Frequency Response: 30Hz - 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -36dB (15mV/Pa)
- Output Impedance: 150 ohms
- Pre-Attenuation Switch: 0 dB, -10 dB
- High Pass Filter: 6 dB/octave @ 150Hz
- Equivalent noise: 19dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)
- Max SPL for .5% THD: 137 dB
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power (+/- 4V)
- Shock Mount Screw Thread Size: 5/8 in.
- Size: 59mm x 158mm/2.32 in. x 6.22 in.
- Weight: 1 lb/453.59g
PROS: Affordable, nice looking.
CONS: High end was not representative. New (?) refund policy?
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Customer Service was like talking to a robot with no compassion about me being a first time customer or opening a broken item on Christmas morning. They offered me speedy shipping of a replacement, once they receive the broken one in the mail. Thank you so much Monoprice, and Merry Christmas to you too.
PROS: Looks nice.
CONS: The diaphragm was broken from the housing, and floating around inside.
PROS: Great price! Great sound. Quickly shipped.
CONS: None. Well, maybe one. The circuit board uses surface mount components so it's harder (but not undo-able) to modify the electronics. Not a deal breaker by any means.
For the cost and flexibility, I can't imagine any instance where one would regret purchasing these mics and I wholeheartedly endorse getting a pair.
I suppose the cardioid pattern is a bit loose, but that's going to happen with large diaphragm mics no matter what.
such good mics...we live in an amazing time.
PROS: Terrific frequency response
great clip design
Sounds absolutely amazing
CONS: Sometimes the bands suspending the mic in the clip come loose
Could use a case, but I think Monoprice sells custom cases you could make for all of your mics if you wanted.
Cardioid doesn't reject rear audio that wellbuy the small diaphragm condensers then.
I did a white-noise spectrum analysis between the 600800 vs a Neumann TLM-103 (~$1100) in my studio. The TLM-103 is a little more sensitive (louder) overall by about 1.5dB. With the levels normalized the 600800 has a little less low-end (1.5dB in the 60-150Hz range) and the presence peak is shifted up to about 6KHz (instead of 5KHz for the TLM-103) which accounts for some of the apparent 'brightness' reported. This makes sense, as the capsule is slightly smaller than the TLM-103.
Depending on the vocalist this can actually work to your advantage, but it can also make sibilance more difficult to control. Will it be the go-to mic for every situation? Absolutely not, but it's worth a try or even as an alt-track if you've got the spare channels.
My only wish would be that it come with a case rather than the cardboard box. Even a cheap plastic clam-shell like some of the similarly priced USB mics come with would be welcome.
PROS: Bright, clean, consistent, relatively well made.
CONS: No case
The microphone doesn't include a case, but the box is good if you want to pack it up for travel or just to keep the dust off. I just put an freezer bag over mine when it's not in use.
PROS: · Excellent sound quality at this price point
· Nice look
CONS: · No case, but the box works just fine
PROS: Impressively clear sound
Switchable frequency response and pre-attenuation pad
Great for live applications as well as studio
Shock mount allows for adjustability as well as completely relinquishes stand noise
CONS: None yet
PROS: clean sound, very realistic vocal reproduction, very solid build quality, good and heavy
CONS: none yet
PROS: This microphone made my husband very happy. He is an avid hobby acoustic instrument player and wanted a microphone that was inexpensive, quality, and amazing clear sound
keep it up!
PROS: Great sounding mike, open big sound, and very quiet
CONS: I only bought one