MXL 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone (Black with Black Grill)

MXL 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone (Black with Black Grill)

MXL 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone (Black with Black Grill)

B&H # MX2003A MFR # 2003A
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Product Highlights

  • Vintage Capsule Design
  • Cardioid Pattern
  • Transformerless Output
  • High SPL Capability
  • Bass Roll-off Switch
  • Switchable -10dB Pad
  • Shock Mount Included
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The black with black grill 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone from MXL is suitable for studio or live applications, providing clarity, presence, and detail. It features a cardioid pickup pattern and a bass roll-off switch which reduces low-frequency noises and proximity effect. A switchable -10dB pad provides extra headroom when recording extremely loud sound sources, and the vintage-style capsule design provides a smooth and even frequency response. The transformerless output provides low-noise operation and the mic operates on standard 48V phantom power. The 2003A includes a high-isolation shockmount.

All-purpose microphone with a vintage-modeled capsule design
Transformerless FET preamp for a smooth, even response
Suitable realism for recordings of most instruments
Bass roll-off and attenuator for most recording situations
Can be used to record a variety of music styles
UPC: 801813131680
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MXL 2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone (Black with Black Grill)
  • MXL-56 High-Isolation Microphone Shock Mount
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MXL 2003A specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 83 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level -11 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 152 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity -42.9 dB
    Operating Current Consumption 6.6 µA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 7.48" / 190 mm
    Diameter 1.97" / 50 mm
    Weight 1.0 lb / 0.45 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 8.2 x 4.2"

    MXL 2003A reviews

    2003A Large Capsule Condenser Microphone (Black with Black Grill) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Mic 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!
    Date published: 2013-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Quality Sound Reproduction 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.
    Date published: 2011-02-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap doesn't always equal cheap 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best MXL Mic Yet! The mic is in a class by itself. Rivals a Neumann U87. It's that good.
    Date published: 2010-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great buy 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. ...
    Date published: 2010-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MXL 2003A and B&H = Win Win 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good in studio We bought two of these to use them in studio for online radio. Very pleased with the sound, it is clear and no destorsion.
    Date published: 2013-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic mic Recording vocals and acoustic instruments for TV and film production songs.
    Date published: 2012-07-31
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