Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 650+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$99
Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer's presence in the music gear market is undeniably strong, especially in the the entry level tier. This encompasses the sub $100 condenser mic market, with which the Behringer B-1 is doing quite well in terms of popularity and ratings.

This large diaphragm microphone features a 1" gold-sputtered dual-diaphragm designed for improved transparency and fidelity - and many are raving that it the sonic quality of this mic is comparable to premium mics which are four times more expensive.

This large diaphragm design works in conjunction with the cardioid polar pattern for added clarity and low-end.

For applications that require less of the lower frequencies, Behringer equipped the B-1 with a switchable low-frequency roll-off switch, along with a -10 dB input attenuation for improved high SPL handling.

Specifications:

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 50 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 138 dB (0 dB), 148 dB (-10 dB)
  • Applications: Recorded vocals & instruments
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power

Pros

Most users were satisfied enough to write down how they were impressed by the Behringer B-1's clarity and reproduction, exceeding the expectations of many considering its affordable price tag. There were also many who reported using this mic for years without encountering any issues, which is quite an achievement.

Cons

There were a few who commented on the bundled shock mount, saying it tends to be flimsy. While others found the mic's gain to be harsher than what they're used to, requiring some adjustments when switching mics.

Overall

If you are looking for an affordable workhorse condenser mic that can take a beating, or if you're looking for a reliable backup for your expensive mic, then get the Behringer B-1 Studio Condenser which has previously appeared on our recommended list and only just missed out being included again due to some slightly higher rated mics which you can see in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics Under $100.

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