MXL 990 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

92 out of 100. Incorporating 3550+ ratings and reviews.
MXL 990 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Gearank Recommendation

The 990 first appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Microphones Under $100 from December 2015 until February 2018 when it was removed because it had been out-ranked by other mics.

Then in October 2019 it had high enough ratings to go back on the list where it remained until September 2020.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now mics with higher ratings available in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics Under $100


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.

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.


  • 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


Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Audiofanzine James 100/100
Sound On Sound Paul White 80/100
Equipboard mineral_walter 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.