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MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

You Pay: $152.96
Product Highlights
  • Vintage Capsule Design
  • Cardioid Pattern
  • Transformerless Output
  • High SPL Capability
  • Bass Rolloff Switch
  • Switchable -10dB Pad
  • Shock Mount Included

The 2003A from MXL is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone ideal for studio or live applications where clarity and detail are of utmost importance. The vintage-style capsule design provides a smooth and even frequency response, while the transformerless output provides low-noise operation.

The mic has a cardioid pickup pattern that focuses on sounds in front of the mic body, while rejecting off-axis sounds. A bass rolloff switch reduces low-frequency noises and proximity effect, while a switchable -10dB pad provides extra headroom when recording extremely loud sound sources. The mic operates on standard 48V phantom power and comes with an elastic shock mount.

Detailed Sound
The large gold sputtered diaphragm and vintage capsule design provide a high level of clarity and detail, ideal for critical recording applications
Transformerless Output
The transformerless output provides extremely low-noise operation
Cardioid Pattern
The cardioid pickup pattern rejects off-axis noise, so the mic only picks up desired sonic elements
High SPL Capability
The mic has a high SPL capability and a switchable -10dB to provide plenty of headroom when recording loud sounds
Bass Rolloff Switch
The bass rolloff switch reduces the impact of low-frequency sounds and minimizes proximity effect
Shock Mount Included
An elastic shock mount is included for mounting the mic on a stand and isolating it from vibrations
Transducer Pressure Gradient Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity -42.9dB
EIN -11dBA
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 152dB
Power Requirements 48V Phantom Power
Output Impedance 200 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR Male
Pad Yes, -10dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off Yes, 150Hz @ 6dB/Oct
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 7.48 x 1.97" (190 x 50mm)
Weight 1 lb (454g)
MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Shock Mount
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MXL2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (8)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (7)
      • Home studio (6)
      • Amateur recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      5.0

      Good in studio

      By Ghenadye

      from Westfield, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

        We bought two of these to use them in studio for online radio. Very pleased with the sound, it is clear and no destorsion.

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        4.0

        Solid Mic

        By sixpointpros

        from Montana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

          I bought this mic to complement my Rode NT1a since the frequency response of the 2003a is much different than the NT1a. I'm running it through a BAE 312a preamp for rap vocals and it sounds decent. Nothing super special or hyped about the sound but it takes EQ very well so you can get the results you want with some post processing. Sibilance issues are much better with the 2003a compared to my NT1a. The low cut and pad options with this mic are a nice plus over the NT1a as well. It came with a shockmount, cleaning cloth, leather zip pouch for storage and useful recording manual. Very recommended for the great price on B&H!

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            fantastic mic

            By halfmonk

            from LA, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              Recording vocals and acoustic instruments for TV and film production songs.

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              5.0

              MXL 2003A and B&H = Win Win

              By datacreek

              from Alabama

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Flat response
              • Value

              Cons

              • None at this price

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

              This is a great mic reminescient of the much higher priced German models. A smooth flat response that belies it's low price. I would say it's the best LCD mic for under $200 (or more) available anywhere.
              B&H includes the better shock mount (spider) for an incredible price pluse free shipping.
              Shipped fast. Great deal, great experience.

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              5.0

              Excellent Quality Sound Reproduction

              By Soundman

              from Maryland

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                20Hz to 20kHz with a very flat curve. Look it up on MXL's web site. It is a great vocal and instrument mic. The vocals are very crisp. It is a very sensitive mic. The little nuances of picking a guitar and moving your fingers on the fret board are well picked up. It is also very warm compared to other more mics in the $150 to $300 class. It also comes with a 3 year warranty. One thing I would recommend: purchase a high quality shock mount and purchase a windscreen. Because this mic is sensitive (large diaphram), a windscreen is very helpful in reducing pops. I love this mic. I have two of of the 2003's. Have had them for 8 years now and they still sound amazing. Congratulations to MXL on a job well done. Very reliable and sounds great.

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                4.0

                Cheap doesn't always equal cheap

                By Pete's parade

                from Chicago

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                  This Mic is an incredible value. Great frequency response for the money. None of the typical harshness in the upper mids and high frequencies that are typically associated with the huge family of 100-200 dollar chinese made large diaphragm condenser microphones. It's not Neuman but it comes very close for the money spent..very usable on a variety of sources..I've used it on vocals, room ambience, acoustic guitar. I put it on my guitar amp the other day at mid volume and it did a great job capturing the room with the amp...nice viby sound. Also, this mic seems to be built quite well.hope that helps. I gave it 4 stars because it has a bit of smearing in the higher frequencies..not a big problem.

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                  5.0

                  A great buy

                  By Chris the Drummer

                  from Oxford, CT

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                    This mic is really living up to the things I have read on various forums like Gearslutz and from the mic modification site oktavamods dot com. Basically, it is a steal as is but can be mod to rival any of the big name and big $$$ LD condensers. Very happy I bought this - it is serving well for an all-purpose LD and as a mono room mic for drums.And, as always, B&H [...] with the best price I could find. [...]

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best MXL Mic Yet!

                    By Rob

                    from Iowa

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Not overly bright

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about MXL 2003A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone:

                    The mic is in a class by itself. Rivals a Neumann U87. It's that good.

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