MXL 990 Condenser Microphone


91 out of 100. Incorporating 2350+ ratings and reviews.

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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone
MXL 990 Condenser Microphone

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Our rating of 91/100 is based on analysis of 2350+ 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 MXL 990 Condenser Microphone has a 3/4" gold-sputtered diaphragm and a frequency response range of 30Hz-20kHz, designed to to retain high and low frequencies and keep the overall sound well balanced and transparent.

This transparency allows it to work well with commonly recorded sound sources in home studio environments, including acoustic instruments and vocals.

It is wrapped in a vintage inspired metal exterior that looks good and can take a beating, making it an inspiring mic to have in case you need the extra encouragement.


  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V (+/- 4V)
  • Applications: Vocal and Acoustic instrument recording and Voice-overs / Podcasts


Having a clear sound and being easy to use are traits that have generated many very positive reviews for the MXL 990, with a significant portion of those coming from experienced home recording enthusiasts. It also gets many recommendations from both experienced users and novices alike for its solid build and durability. The MXL 990 is one of the most versatile cardioid pattern condenser microphones in this price bracket, and its quality is attested to by the amount of positive reviews that it continues to accumulate from ordinary users and experts alike.


As expected, some reported that it can't handle high SPL sources given its 133 Max SPL specification, but it will work just fine in normal studio conditions. There were also a few who noticed that the mic tends to capture ambient sounds, especially when not positioned properly.


The MXL 990 has the right balance of affordability, quality and adaptability, resulting in a well received and highly recommended condenser mic for the budget conscious or beginner. We were recommending this mic for several years, however it came of our recommended list because our latest detailed survey of the market showed that other options had become more highly rated and you can see those in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics Under $100.