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Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

B&H # AVCK1 Mfr # CK1
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You Pay: $149.00
Product Highlights
  • Interchangeable Capsule Design
  • Cardioid, Omni & Hypercardioid Capsules
  • Condenser Element & FET Output Stage
  • Pad Attenuation Switch: -10dB
  • High Pass Filter Switch: 80Hz
  • Includes SSM Shockmount
  • Padded Wooden Box
  • Cabernet Wine-Red Finish

The Avantone CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone is a ruggedly designed "pencil" microphone with an elegant finish that is also well suited for capturing overheads (cymbals), acoustic instruments, amplifier cabinets and even vocals. The CK-1 features an interchangeable capsule design and includes 3 condenser capsules with cardioid, omnidirectional and hypercardioid polar patterns. The condenser capsules combined with its FET output stage deliver pristine detail and an audio quality that rivals higher priced microphones in the same class. Additional features include a -10dB pad (attenuation) switch and 80Hz high-pass filter switch for minimizing low-frequency noise. Its elegant Cabernet Wine-Red finish features nickel trim, rugged black grill and absolutely no breakable plastic components. The microphone includes a shockmount (SSM) and rugged padded carrying case.

High grade polystyrene and metalized polypropylene capacitors in the signal path
The CK-1 includes (3) 3/4" (19mm) interchangeable capsules to provide unlimited miking possibilities
SSM shockmount is superb in allowing a precise positioning of the mic while inhibiting the transfer of unwanted vibrations
The -10dB attenuation switch can be engaged when miking very high SPL sources to keep from overloading the electronics
The 80Hz high-pass filter switch can be engaged to reduce rumble and to greatly reduce unwanted low frequencies
Type True Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid , Hypercardioid & Omni Capsules included
Frequency Response 25Hz - 20kHz +/- 3dB
Output Impedance < = 200 Ohms
Maximum SPL 138dB (0.5% THD @ 1000Hz)
Sensitivity 15mv/pa
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 1Pa 78dB
Noise Floor < 17 dBA
Output Connector Male XLR 3-pin
HPF 80Hz 6dB/octave
Attenuation -10dB
Phantom Power Standard 48 Volt Phantom / 5mA
Finish Polished Nickel trim / Metallic Cabernet Red Body
Dimensions 0.90 x 6.02" (23 x 153mm)
Weight 5 oz (141.75g)
Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone
  • SSM Professional Shockmount
  • Cardioid Capsule
  • Omnidirectional Capsule
  • Hypercardioid Capsule
  • Padded Wooden Box
  • Owner's Manual
  • 5 Year Warranty

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    Avantone ProCK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone

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    Good sound quality, questionable build

    By rotoghost

    from Chicago, IL

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          Comments about Avantone Pro CK-1 Small-Capsule FET Pencil Microphone:

          Good news first, the sound quality from all three of the capsules is excellent. Well articulated, tight bass (from the Cardioid and Hyper). Low rolloff works well. Bad news is that the build is not up to par with the sound. The finish is not at fault, it looks fine, but there are shielding issues within the mic body. It was actually shorting out when I first tested the unit, and I found the culprit to be pressure from the pad and rolloff switches, causing a component on the board to touch the inside of the mic body. Moving an attached XLR plug would cause terrible popping and scratching. I fixed this issue myself, but it shouldn't have been that way from the factory. Comes in a wooden box with a plastic holder for the other capsules. The holder will not hold the Cardioid capsule, so you'll have to find somewhere else to keep that safe if you're using the Hyper or Omni. All this said, the capsules sound sound great, and as such I'm satisfied with it. Perhaps these mics need a bit more quality assurance and testing before they leave the factory. Would be a solid 4 stars for the sound quality, but price knocks one off for value's sake.

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