sE Electronics X1 A Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
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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.
- 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
Users give near-universal praise to its build quality. Some note that it doesn't feel nor perform like a $99 microphone. The high maximum SPL handling makes it easy for users to record instruments like electric guitar and drums without worrying about the capsule distorting.
Close to none. One user reported that the internal pop filter will still let plosives through when too close.
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.
Although this is a highly rated microphone, there are now even more highly rated options available which you can see 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.