sE Electronics X1 A XLR Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone


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sE Electronics X1 A

Gearank High Notes

sE Electronics X1 A: Highest Rated XLR Condenser Mic Under $100 - 2019.10

Gearank Recommendation

The sE Electronics X1 A appeared on our recommended list for Condenser Mics Under $100 from October 2019 until March 2021 when it was out-ranked by other mics.

Although this is a highly rated microphone, there are now mics with higher ratings available in our guide to The Best Condenser Mics Under $100 and if your budget can stretch a little further take a look at The Best Studio Condenser Mics - $100 to $1000.


sE Electronics released the X1 A during the second half of 2016 as a more affordable follow-on to their popular X1 from 2011.

Despite its status as their value-priced offering, many features have trickled down from their higher-end models such as the condenser capsule and housing.

This mic can handle a staggering 150 dB before distorting which means you can record very loud sources including guitar amps.

We think the X1 A is a future classic, great for use at home, in the studio, and more. There is no reason not to have one (or two!) at this price.


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Max SPL: 150 dB
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power
  • Applications: Home and Professional Recording Studios, Vocal and instrument recordings, Voice-overs

Rating Source Highlights

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Gearspace xfreddex 90/100
MusicTech Mike Hillier 80/100
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