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Behringer B-1 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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Gearank Recommendation

The B-1 appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100 from December 2015 until October 2019 when it was removed because it had been out-ranked by other mics.


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.

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.


  • 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


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