Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Product # 600800
    Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Product # 600800
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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
    4.6 / 5.0
    50 Reviews
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    Great mic, but I need more information
    I teach an audio production class for a high school and picked up these microphones for our vocal studio. The price was right, and the performance is certainly more than I expected for a $75 microphone. It's clear and bright and has very little noise - a bargain for the performance. I have no issues with the microphone or its performance - it's a FANTASTIC piece of hardware.

    As part of the class, I often ask my students to refer to the frequency response charts included with ALL other microphones we have (Audio Technica AT4040s and Shure SM57s). Specifically, I wanted the students to compare these charts to the AT4040, to see how it measures up. This helps them understand how to apply graphic equalization, how a microphone can color your sound, and it affects which mics they choose for different recording applications.

    As an exercise, I asked my students to try to find this information - it wasn't included with the printed documentation that shipped with the microphone (a little odd as every other mic I've seen includes this as well as a polar pattern grid), and it wasn't on the website. They contacted technical support, and were told, first, that Monoprice won't provide that information - as though it were secret - and they were referred to the frequency range on the site and in the documentation. After some clarification, the help desk person told them:
    1. A request for this information would have to be submitted, taking an estimated 21-30 days.
    2. When they did hear back (within a day, by the way), they were told that Monoprice was "unable to provide this information at this time." They referred us to the frequency range (30Hz to 20kHz) again, which is clearly marked in the documentation, but doesn't help us out.

    The response curves outline how WELL the microphone responds along the frequency range, NOT the range itself. All the range tells me is that it seems to be unresponsive at the lowest end of human hearing - from 20-30Hz.

    We don't have the technology at the school to create our own frequency response profile for this mic or we would. This seems like something customers would like to know about this equipment, and it seems like information Monoprice should have for their microphones. This information is freely shared by every other microphone manufacturer from whom I've purchased hardware. It isn't a trade secret, and it IS useful.

    PROS: Good sound
    Cheap price
    Solidly built

    CONS: No frequency response curves included with information
    No polar pattern graph included with information
    January 9, 2013
    Same Specs as MXL 770
    The new Monoprice condenser microphone appears to be identical in form and function to the MXL 770. Go to the MXL site and compare the the two. The specs are identical. There are lots of reviews out there for the MXL 770. It's considered to be a very solid home studio recording microphone. As a condenser, obviously it requires phantom power, but if you're looking at this mic you already know about that.

    The $75.00 price is great but not really a "deal" - it's the same price as the MXL 770. The MXL 770 includes both a shock mount and a hard shell case. There's no indication here as to whether the Monoprice version includes a case.
    December 16, 2012
    Great
    I bought four of these to use in a live show, and have to say I was very impressed. They have reasonably low self-noise, good pattern characteristics, and look nice. We used them for vocals, percussion, flute, oboe, piano, and violin in various configurations. I can't complain about the microphone's performance for any of them.

    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
    December 10, 2012
    5/5
    As a owner and sound engineer for a prominent California jazz club for the last 18 years, I have had experience with hundreds of condenser microphones.
    After purchasing the Monoprice Diaphragm Condenser Microphone,
    I was pleasantly surprised at it’s performance, especially considering its $75 price tag.
    I have tested it side by side with the very popular and highly rated RODE NT-1A ($329 list), and the difference is indistinguishable. Plus the addition of an included shock mount makes this an incredible deal.
    December 14, 2012
    Amazing, just amazing!
    I got this mic on a whim. It was inexpensive and I have been struggling with my vocals in my home studio. I thought at worst, this could be a sound effects mic, or just for doubling and beefing up my vocals. First thing, I recorded my speaking voice... I was amazed at the sound. I wouldn't say this is a transparent mic but it has a character that just works magic with my vocals ( My voice is in the tenor range). I immediately pulled up one of the songs I'd been struggling with and recorded over my vocals. My vocals were immediately above the mix, clear and present. This mic Blew away my Shure SM7B dynamic mic and my Studio Projects C1 condenser. This mic did not sound good on the acoustic guitar but it is amazing for vocals. Don't believe me? Give it a try. BTW I use a Focusrite ISA One as my pre-amp. I'm still in shock at the luck of getting this mic for such a great price.

    PROS: Excelleint looking microphone, comes with a shock mount and sounds very good on my vocals. Works great with a monoprice vocal dual pop filter which is also a screaming deal by the way.

    CONS: shock mount is very cheap but usable.
    December 25, 2012
    Unbelievable value
    After reading the glowing reviews, particularly the segment from Tape-Op, which is a magazine I highly revere, There seemed like no reason to not purchase a set of these mics. My primary use of the mics is to record drums during live rehearsals. I have a mobile setup consisting of a laptop running Ableton Live 9 and an older Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 with only 4 analog inputs. I've been able to sufficiently mic the drums with 1 overhead and the kit sounds beautiful and almost perfectly mixed (however, cymbals are obviously brighter and my drummer has a top-notch and well-tuned kit). I was originally using these in tandem, but ran out of inputs. I can hardly tell the difference with the single mic even suspended above the drummer's head I get a clear reflection of the kit including some positional information.


    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

    Elegant design

    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.
    June 3, 2015
    great mic
    I read all the reviews and I was still impressed with the build quality, sound reproduction and overall responsiveness of the mic. I am using it for a small soundstage in my house (drums, guitar, keyboard and piano), and with a few hours of playing a round, I am very impressed. the boom mic stand I purchased with it was awesome as well. for just over $200 I got a first class mic, a cable, a guitar and a mic stand. What else is there to say? Great job monoprice!

    PROS: clean sound, very realistic vocal reproduction, very solid build quality, good and heavy

    CONS: none yet
    July 25, 2013
    great!
    Very happy with the quality! Sound fantastic for acoustic guitar, mandolin playing

    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

    CONS: none
    March 5, 2014
    Monoprice does it again
    Once again Monoprice comes through with a product that's worth ten times the price. there is no way you can justify not buying at least one of these mics. I lost my mics when hurricane Sandy hit last year, thanks to Monoprice I'm on my way back.

    keep it up!

    PROS: Great sounding mike, open big sound, and very quiet

    CONS: I only bought one
    February 27, 2014
    Well Done Monoprice
    5/5

    PROS: Again I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the products offered at Monoprice. When purchasing this large diaphragm microphone I was not expecting much since the price was so low. I read all of the reviews on the product and started to think that this mic produced more than its price tag would indicate. Well it does. I am well pleased with the quality of sound I am able to get from this microphone in my home hobby studio, so much so that I am thinking about actually taking on outside work since I have a microphone that does not disappoint. I have found the built in pop screen to be sufficient for most recording I am doing at present however I am not sure if it will continue to impress in future projects time will tell though.

    CONS: Nothing to see here. The price is well below what you would expect to pay for a microphone that functions so well. You can not go wrong, but you can always pay more.
    August 2, 2015
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    What else do I have to buy with the mic for it to work (Power cables?)
    A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The microphone has a single xlr male output.
    It requires a mixer/receiver with "48v to mic" or "phantom power."

    If you're going directly to a computer, a simple cable adapter will not work. perhaps get the USB version of the mic.
    If you're going to a mixer, make sure it has phantom power/48v to mics, before you purchase.
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