Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Valve Condenser Microphone by brilliant engineers at Vanguard Audio Labs. Unbeatable bang for the buck.
The Vanguard V13 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube condenser microphone. Crafted by experts over the course of 3 years, our design goal was to combine vintage warmth with smooth modern detail. After extensive testing and listening by world-class engineers, we can say with pride that the performance of this mic rivals or exceeds iconic vintage & modern microphones at a fraction of the cost.
Vanguard Audio LabsÂ designed the V13 with the character of yesteryearâ€™s iconic vintage tube microphones in mind, while also utilizing the latest technology to ensure that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured. We specifically engineered the V13 with warm, full lows, a precise and detailed midrange, and buttery-smooth high end. The result is a microphone that unifiesÂ warmth with clarity, depth with detail, and character with precision.
The V13 is particularly forgiving when it comes to vocal style and timbre. Oftentimes, microphones can be a bit choosy when it comes to how they mesh with different vocalists, but we have found that the V13 sounds great with almost anyÂ vocal complexion. Tested on both male and female vocalists inÂ aÂ diversity of ranges, styles, and genres, we found that the V13 was usuallyÂ the top option, despite being matched against microphones several times its cost.
Every part of the V13 was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-specced. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Brass, steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by ourÂ FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.
Capsule and electronics:
- Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3Âµm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
- 9 polar patterns (selectable at power supply)
- Vacuum tube analog circuitry with premium-grade components
- Hand-selected European vacuum tube
- Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal path components
- Transformer-coupled output â€“ humbucking, shielded, dual-bobbin transformer
- -10dB pad and low-frequencyÂ rolloff toggle switches
- Robust power supply design for ultra-low noise floor
- Open-weave headgrills for natural sound with low internal reflections
- Vanguardâ€™s proprietary hand-tuned custom voicing
- Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc metal construction
- RearÂ venting to prolong tube and component life
- Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and â€œopen-airâ€ voicing
- Each V13 comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
- Over-spec componentry
- Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
- Polished nickel trim
- Precision-cast Vanguard badge
- 100% Quality Control
- 5-Year Warranty / 90-day warranty for vacuum tube
Vanguard Audio Labs V13 specifications:
Transducer Type: Condenser
- Capsule Size: 1.34â€³ / 34mm (dual-capsule)
- Diaphragm Size: 1.04â€³ / 26.4mm
- Capsule Diaphragms Thickness: 3Âµm
- Electronics Type: Valve/Tube, Transformer-Coupled Output
- Output Impedance: 200Î©
- Max SPL: 134dB (144dB with pad)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
- Equivalent Noise Level: 13dB (A-weighted)
- S/N Ratio: 82dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
- Sensitivity: -35dBV
- Output Connector: Male XLR 7-pin gold-plated
- High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: 125Hz (6dB/octave)
- Attenuation/Pad Switch: -10dB
- Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
- Weight (microphone): 1.07 lbs / 0.48kg
- Weight (in case): 11.67 lbs / 5.29kg
- Dimensions (microphone): 8.18â€³ long, 1.98â€³ diameter / 208mm long, 50.5mm diameter
- Dimensions (case): 16.73â€³L x 12.80â€³W x 5.25â€³H / 425mmL x 325mmW x 142mmH
- Voltage Requirement: 110-240V
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