MXL 603 PAIR Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones (Stereo Pair)

MXL 603 PAIR Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones (Stereo Pair)

MXL 603 PAIR Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones (Stereo Pair)

B&H # MX603P MFR # 603 PAIR
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The 603 PAIR from MXL is a stereo pair of microphones for instrument and vocal recording in project studios. The 603 features a wide-cardioid, small-diaphragm condenser element with a wide, flat frequency response. Its transformerless output stage improves the signal-to-noise ratio for a clearer output signal. The wide-cardioid polar pattern excels in capturing instruments and vocals with minimal residual noise and feedback.

Stereo Pair
The stereo package provides a pair of 603 cardioid microphones for stereo recording of instruments such as percussion and piano.
Mogami Internal Wiring
These MXL mics are internally wired with Mogami cable for a low noise floor and pristine fidelity throughout.
UPC: 801813093353
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MXL 603 PAIR Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones (Stereo Pair)
  • 2 x High-Isolation Shockmounts
  • Aluminum Flight Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MXL 603S specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 0.87" / 22 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 30 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 80 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 18 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity 10 mV/Pa
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 5.31" / 135 mm
    Diameter 0.87" / 22 mm
    Weight 0.29 lb / 130 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 9.4 x 4.7"

    MXL 603S reviews

    603 PAIR Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones (Stereo Pair) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of recording's best kept secrets 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.
    Date published: 2012-11-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Bang for buck 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 ( $100).
    Date published: 2010-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice mics I bought these to use with a portable recorder, mainly recording bands in small clubs. They work very well for that, except that for very loud music, a built-in pad (like the MXL 604 now has) would be nice. But I have a pair of inline XLR pads so I don't mind that. The nice aluminum case and shock mounts make up for that. These mics have a wide cardioid pattern which is not really suitable for applications where a highly directional mic is needed, but they are great where an omni-directional would pick up too much. They sound very natural and detailed on guitars (especially acoustic) and drums, so they work well for room-recording a whole band. The B&H price is the best I could find anywhere...
    Date published: 2010-01-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wide Cardioid is Euphemistic These are more or less omnidirectional microphones. Consequently, the only way to get a good pan when using them as overhead drum mics is to use the recorderman setup. That said, they have good sound quality, and at the price I picked them up for ($), 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good 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!
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Reliable Workhorse Mics I don't even record indoors with these, I take them out into forests, fields, swamps, blizzards, even rainstorms (with precautions!) and they always work.� These are very nice sounding mics and have respectably low noise, but what impresses me most is how well they can withstand low temperatures, humidty, and the elements in general.� Build quality is cheap so you have to treat them with care, sound quality is way above their price point.
    Date published: 2017-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product at a great price 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.
    Date published: 2012-05-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mic 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.
    Date published: 2010-04-13
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