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MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red)

You Pay: $72.00
Product Highlights
  • Includes 550 Large-Diaphragm Mic
  • Includes 551 Small-Diaphragm Mic
  • Internal Mogami Wiring
  • Accessories Included

The 550/551 from MXL is a professional-quality microphone kit ideal for recording vocals and instruments. The 550 large-diaphragm mic is a robust vocal mic, while the 551 small-diaphragm mic is terrific for a variety of instruments.

Each mic has a pressure gradient condenser capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern for terrific off-axis noise rejection. The mics have internal Mogami wiring for a world-class sonic experience. High SPL capability allows the mics to record loud sources without distortion. Each mic has a standard XLR connector and works via 48V phantom power.

Dual microphone kit provides terrific performance for capturing vocals and instruments
The 550 large-diaphragm microphone provides a high level of clarity, and is perfect for vocals
The 551 small-diaphragm mic is ideal for a variety of acoustic and electric instruments
Each mic has a pressure gradient condenser capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern for excellent off-axis rejection
Internal Mogami wiring provides a world class sonic experience
Standard XLR connectors accept 48V phantom power
Mic stand adapters, cleaning cloth, and plastic carrying case included
Transducer Pressure Gradient Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 30Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity 15mV/Pa
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 500: 80dB
551R: 78dB
Max Input Sound Level (SPL) 500: 130dB
551R: 137dB
Power Requirements 48V Phantom Power
Output Impedance 500: 200 Ohms
551R: 110 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR Male
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions (LxDiameter) 500: 6.69 x 1.85" (170 x 47mm)
551: 5.25 x 0.87" (134 x 22mm)
Weight 500: 0.8 lbs (363g)
551: 0.2 lbs (91g)
MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red)
  • 550 Microphone
  • 551 Microphone
  • 2 x Mic Stand Adapters
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    MXL550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red)
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (5)
    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Great sound quality (4)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Primary use:
          • Personal (3)

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        5.0

        Love It

        By DS

        from New Jersey

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

          A great product

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful Is All I Can Say

          By Jas

          from Ruston, LA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

              I wanted a mic for recording videos in my room with my guitar and voice. These mics give a great sound, i can just imagine what they will sound like in a real studio! Overall great mics for a great price!!!!!!!

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              (13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Very unhappy

              By jackthemac

              from Arkansas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                    In contrast to how it is worded in the description of the mics, the 551 is NOT a large diaphram mic. This is a repackaging of the 990-991 combo mics. Both the 550 and 551 have the same diaphram size. Same splashy, harsh top end.[...]

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    what a deal

                    By john the sick

                    from nashville TN

                    About Me Gearhead

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional

                      Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                      I am a recent audio grad and not having a lot of money I bought this kit and WOW! In class I was able to use a lot of high dollar mics and these 2 mics have helped me get that high quality without going broke. Both mics have a cardiod pattern and really good Freq. response for vocals or any acoustic instrument. If you are wanting good sound without having to brake the bank, this is your deal.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Valued equipment

                      By Carbonhead

                      from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

                      About Me Home recording geek, Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great performance
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Recording

                        Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                        I'm a musician and home recording my own stuff. I used these mics both for close miking acoustic instruments and overall ambiance miking, and they gave very good performance in both. I'm not so much obsessive about flat frequency response, and I'm not running a full equipped studio; so these are more than enough for me. Unbelievably great performance for the price, especially on acoustic instruments, low weight, works directly with the 48V phantom power of my firewire sound interface, also suitable for stereo ambiance miking as a pair when needed, with a really slight difference in frequency response. Worst thing about them is, although it's said that they are cardioid, they are in fact somewhere between cardioid and omni.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Can't beat it for the price

                        By Chris

                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                            A great little set. Good for recoding vocals or instruments. The sound quality is great.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            MXL Ensemble Mic Kit

                            By Claeton

                            from Spokane, WA

                            About Me Audio professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Simple Use

                            Cons

                            • Low budget

                            Best Uses

                            • Sound design

                            Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                            I use these microphones for home recording of instruments, vocals and drums. They are a nice addition to the MXL microphones I already own. If you've never used a condenser microphone this is a great place to start. The audio clarity sounds vastly different from using a regular handheld dynamic microphone. If your looking for a step up with a reasonable price this is a perfect microphone set to purchase. The ensemble kit only gives the user two basic microphone mounts which is sort of cheap in comparison to the fancy shock mounts. Great mics simple mounts.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent Value!

                            By Mc

                            from South Central PA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Great value
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • NONE YET

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about MXL 550/551 Condenser Ensemble Microphone Kit (Red):

                            The mics are perfect for recording to a laptop via a Lexicon Omega and cubase LE 4. Vocal mic is warm & responsive. Instrument mic is amazingly well balanced. Placed in a boom directly over the drum kit this mic picks up everything clearly and naturally, even the kick drum.No complaints about anything yet.Note: B&H price was [$] less than everybody else on the web [...] Overall very satisfied with the mics and B&H

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