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MXL 603S Stereo Set - Includes: (2) 603 Wide Cardioid Mic, (2) Shock Mounts and Deluxe Carrying Case

B&H # MX603P Mfr # 603 PAIR
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From MXL, the 603S stereo microphone package is an ideal, cost effective choice for stereo instrument and vocal recording in project studios. The 603S features a wide-cardioid small diaphragm condenser element and wide, flat frequency response. It's transformer-less output stage provides greater signal-to-noise ratio and output signal. The wide-cardioid polar pattern excels in capturing instruments and vocals with minimal residual noise and feedback.

Stereo Package
The stereo package provides a pair of 603 wide-cardioid microphones for stereo recording of instruments such as percussion and piano.
Mogami Internal Wiring
MXL are internally wired with Mogami cable for a low noise floor and pristine fidelity throughout.
Complete Accessories
The stereo set provides 2 shock mounts and carrying case.
Transducer Condenser Pressure Gradient with Large 20mm Diaphragm Capsule
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz-20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) not specified by manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 77dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 137dB
Power Requirements Phantom Power 48V +/- 4V
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions .51 x .86" (13 x 22mm) (Diameter x Length)
Weight .3 lb (136 g)
MXL 603S Stereo Set - Includes: (2) 603 Wide Cardioid Mic, (2) Shock Mounts and Deluxe Carrying Case
  • 2 x 603 Wide Cardioid Microphones
  • 2 x Shock Mounts
  • Carry Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    MXL603S Stereo Set
     
    4.3

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (10)
    • Durable (9)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Great sound quality (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (8)
      • Amateur recording (7)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Performances (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (6), Tech savvy (6), Experienced (5), Gearhead (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7), Business (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very nice mics

      I bought these to use with a portable recorder, mainly recording bands in small clubs. They work very well for that, except that for very loud music, a built-in pad (like the...Read complete review

      I bought these to use with a portable recorder, mainly recording bands in small clubs. They work very well for that, except that for very loud music, a built-in pad (like the MXL 604 now has) would be nice. But I have a pair of inline XLR pads so I don't mind that. The nice aluminum case and shock mounts make up for that. These mics have a "wide cardioid" pattern which is not really suitable for applications where a highly directional mic is needed, but they are great where an omni-directional would pick up too much. They sound very natural and detailed on guitars (especially acoustic) and drums, so they work well for room-recording a whole band. The B&H price is the best I could find anywhere[...]

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Value

      Used for recording a quintet playing jazz at a small night club straight to hard drive using Pro Tools LE. They did a very nice job. I would not use for close miking.

      Used for recording a quintet playing jazz at a small night club straight to hard drive using Pro Tools LE. They did a very nice job. I would not use for close miking.

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      5.0

      Great mics, good price

      By strangebru

      from philadelphia are

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

          This is my 2nd pair of these. The 1st pair I use for recording acoustic guitar as a stereo pair and it greatly improves sound quality over one mic. The second pair is used to mic live drums at gigs. We have a kick drum mic and these 2 as overheads to capture a 60's retro sound rather than individually micing (for that more modern sound). But they would also work great for just the cymbals with the other drums individually micd. In the configuration we use it is SO simple to get the sound right because its just 3 mics (including kick drum) rather than 7, which is another advantage. They have great sound, no feedback problems even when turned up loud. They are extremely light weight so no fear of large boom falling over. The case is convenient, shock mounts are made really well, and wind screen is a nice add. Overall I'm really pleased.

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and agai

          By Darío

          from California

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events

            Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

            use these microphones for overhead (drums. Quality price : 10!!!

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            4.0

            Great budget mics

            By John the Bard

            from Slick, OK

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

              I use these mics to track acoustic guitar in stereo. They come in an awesome case with shock mounts (they even included extra shock cord). They have a simple and sturdy design. The sound quality is great for the price.

              On the down side, one of the mics seems to be slightly unbalanced so as to pick up a bit of radio frequency, but it hasn't interfered with my recordings.

              Overall a fantastic product for the money.

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              4.0

              great sound for R26 recordings

              By Yoav

              from NH, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events

                Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                I get better recording sound with these mics, using the R26 of roland.

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                4.0

                Outstanding

                By Jim Perhaps

                from Massachusetts

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                  I have to say for the cost of this set the sound quality is more than I expected. I have a Oktava M-219 which does a very good job recording my acoustic guitar but I am more pleased with the 603S. I place one at 12th fret and one at saddle and the guitar as excellent presence and tone. I doubt I will bother looking for anything better. These work just fine for me and I think will for all but the hardcore audiophile.

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                  5.0

                  One of recording's best kept secrets

                  By P Woof

                  from Nashville TN

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                    I have a pretty good mic collection, and for my clients I would always try to use my more expensive "big name" mics for acoustic guitar and similar sources. But for my own projects, I would use the 603S. Then I realized that my acoustic tracks cut with the 603s's always had more presence and clarity than the high dollar mics. Now they are my exclusive go to mics for acoustic guitars. I recently worked on a project with a Grammy nominated producer in Florida where we used the 603s's for acoustic guitars, mandolin and dobro and he was completely blown away by the quality of the sound. And his Grammy nomination was for an acoustic recording.Upon my return to Nashville I immediately sent him a stereo pair as a thank you gift.

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                    4.0

                    Solid--well suited for drum overheads.

                    By Jonathan

                    from Temple, Texas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                      This is my second matched set of MXL 603s mics. I use them primarily for recording drums. One pair is used in an X/Y configuration for drum overheads. And the other pair for snare reinforcement (bottom of the snare) and high hats. I think they are accurate and revealing and can take highly SPLs. Recommended. B&H's delivery was top notch as well.

                      They also sound fine on acoustic guitars. A lot of bang for the buck.

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                      4.0

                      Great product for the money!

                      By Lance

                      from Orlando, Fl

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                        B&H delivers with the best price you will find on these mics. Great factory matched pair, a little bright on the high frequencies, but a little EQ fixes that. Low noise, quality build, and nice shouckmounts!

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                        5.0

                        Great mic for recording live performance

                        By Cactus Patch Steve

                        from Georgetown, Texas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                          I own 3 sets of these mics. In the past I have used bulky and heavy large diaphram mics to record concert bands. The 603s is a better choice. They are much lighter and easier to handle and provide the same quality recordings. I've also used them for drum overheads with exceptional results.

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                          5.0

                          Great product at a great price

                          By LWN

                          from Phx, AZ

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                            These mics are typically seen as studio mics, from what I understand they do a terrific job there. I purchased them to mic cymbals in a live setting. They sound great! The shock mounts were perfect for using a mic boom clamped to the cymbal stands. You can't hear any noise from the cymbal stand. If you prefer more polar pattern options you can simply buy the omni capsules for the 604 as the are also designed to work with the 603.

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                            5.0

                            Good Instrument Microphones

                            By Nate The Pianist

                            from Washington, IN

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                              I use these mics on my grand piano, my guitar, and my violin. I would definitely recommend them as an instrument mic pair.

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                              4.0

                              Great sound for value!

                              By TommyA

                              from Toronto, ON

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Desirable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Great value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Hard to Clean
                              • Stockmounts

                              Best Uses

                              • Den
                              • Home Recording

                              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                              I purchased these mics for a home recording studio a while ago and was blown away by how great the sound was for under $200. I use these mics mostly to stereo mic acoustic guitars and the range of highs that I get are amazing. The mics pick up the warm sound of the guitar's neck especially well. Along with having great sound these mics are also very beautiful. My only concern was that the included stock mounts are not great, but what can you expect for the price.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              4.0

                              I would buy this product again

                              By dani

                              from Ottawa, On, Canada

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Presentations

                              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                              Very goood value for such quality product

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              "Wide Cardioid" is Euphemistic

                              By Whatever

                              from South Pasadena, CA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Shock Mounts
                              • Value

                              Cons

                              • Omnidirectional

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Recording

                              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                              These are more or less omnidirectional microphones. Consequently, the only way to get a good pan when using them as overhead drum mics is to use the recorderman setup. That said, they have good sound quality, and at the price I picked them up for ([$]), it was an amazing deal. Because I don't think it's fair to give a product a 5-star rating on value alone, I have gone to 4 stars because of the omnidirectional thing.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Surprisingly Good

                              By Cauldron Soundwerx

                              from Kansas City, MO

                              About Me Gearhead

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                  I haven't used these much yet, but hooked them up to my tube preamp and did some sample recordings. Boy are they sensitive, and if you have an impedence knob you can get some variable results, all of which seem to be very good. Can't complain about the case. It's not like you're going to be tossing this thing around like a gorilla at the airport; it's just for storage and it looks cool. Shock mounts seem fine too.

                                  Great for the money, I'd say! I also like that you can swap the capsules to different patterns for not too much money. Really an excellent option for more variations!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Bang for buck

                                  By ATL Drummer

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • good sound
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Simple Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garage band recording

                                    Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                    I got these to use as a pair of overhead mics for a drum kit. I have mics on the kick and snare already, and have these set as overheads for toms and cymbals. I can't compare these to a more expensive set, as they replace a single Behringer large diaphragm condenser. It was a big improvement for me.

                                    They come with some shockmounts which seem pretty good and a case that looks good in the pics, but is pretty cheesy when you feel it.

                                    Overall, this is a budget choice mic and seems worth the few $$ I paid for it (~ $100).

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    3.0

                                    Value

                                    By chedoggy

                                    from east stroudsburg PA

                                    About Me Technically Challenged

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Simple Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Live recording

                                      Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                      Used for recording a quintet playing jazz at a small night club straight to hard drive using Pro Tools LE. They did a very nice job. I would not use for close miking.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      4.0

                                      Good mic set

                                      By Mike

                                      from Fort Worth, TX

                                      About Me Gearhead

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Great Sound Quality
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Long Lasting
                                      • Simple Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional

                                        Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                        I use these to mic my drumset as stereo overhead mics. They sound good, the shock mounts work well and the case is awesome, great for gigging and being on the road. The value is great too! I've also used these to mic tube amps, just turn the gain down on the mixer and youre good to go. Great mics overall, im impressed.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        Nice for drum overheads

                                        By hellopony

                                        from Seattle, Wa

                                        About Me Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Great Sound Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                            I use this as drum overheads in my project studio and they work pretty well for how cheap they are. You can also use them as an acoustic guitar pair if your room is quiet enough.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            4.0

                                            High Quality Stereo Recording!

                                            By sojournerc

                                            from Denver

                                            About Me Gearhead

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Great Sound Quality
                                            • Simple Use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Professional

                                              Comments about MXL 603S Stereo Set:

                                              I've used MXL mics before. These are no different . Clean sound, high response, and durable casings. Great for recording ensembles or a single acoustic guitar. Versatile and economical these mics do exactly what I want them to do.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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