sE Electronics X1 A Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Submitted by Raphael Pulgar on Sep. 9, 2022..
Gearank High Notes
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
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