Audix VX5 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$249
Audix VX5 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 80+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Audix VX-5 is a condenser mic that features a tighter supercardioid polar pattern, and smoother frequency response. Its capsule is specially tweaked for vocals, this makes the mic viable for live vocal performances, studio recording and even broadcasting.

But it's not just about vocals, the VX-5 is also quite capable of handling acoustic guitars and other instruments that share their sonic characteristics with the human voice.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz-16.5kHz
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 140 dB (with -10 pad)
  • Applications: Live and recorded vocals and acoustic instruments
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power

Pros

Users have plenty of good things to be said about the Audix VX5, specifically regarding its clarity and sound quality. Proximity is also commendable, with many reporting that they don't have to get too close to the mic to get good sounds. Finally, a good number of users appreciate the VX5's versatility in terms of handling different sound sources and it gets a lot of thumbs up for how well it works with acoustic guitars.

Cons

There aren't any notable complaints about the mic, save for a few that prefer the price to be a bit lower. Sound on Sound gives a nice rebuttal to those concerned about the price: "Though they cost rather more than typical dynamic models, these mics will repay you with greater clarity and a more natural sound."

Overall

If you're looking for a studio ready condenser mic that can handle stage vocal duties, then check out the Audix VX5.

The Audix VX5 is not currently on our recommended list - see The Best Live Vocal Mics for our current recommendations.

Audix VX5 Frequency Response Chart:

Audix VX5 frequency response chart

Audix VX5 Polar Pattern Chart:

Audix VX5 polar pattern chart