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MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Great for voice. Great for instruments.

The MXL 920 is a wide diaphragm condenser microphone for vocals or instruments with a cardioid response pattern. It is ideal for guitars and drums, and also good for singers too. Its response pattern features a gradual rise from 20Hz through 200Hz, with a dip between 300Hz and 2kHz. There is slight rise from there with a peak at 5kHz. It is a side-address mic. Comes with a clip.

FEATURES
  • Great for lead voice
  • Effective at group vocals
  • Good for instruments with broad harmonic content

Order now and get a mic that will serve almost any situation.

SPECIFICATIONS

920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone

  • Type Pressure gradient: condenser mic
  • Diaphragm: Gold-sputtered, 6 micron diaphragm
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Capsule Size: 32mm/1.26"
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Equivalent Noise Level 16dBA (A-weighted IEC 651)
  • Power Requirements: 48V phantom power (±4V)
  • Weight: 1.10 lb./499g
  • Size: 60mm x 173mm/2.35" x 6.75"
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MXL920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Durable (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've used two of these as overheads for recordings.

I recently used these as a pair of overheads for a drum recording. The tracks were super smooth and didn't have that clanky sound that come with using cheaper type small diaphragm mics. I...Read complete review

I recently used these as a pair of overheads for a drum recording. The tracks were super smooth and didn't have that clanky sound that come with using cheaper type small diaphragm mics. I was so impressed by the sound I immediately bought 2 more while the price is this good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent sounding but cheap hardware, not pro quality.

I bought two of these on a stupid deal of the day. I don't have much experience with condenser mic to which to compare, but to my ears they sound clear, crisp and...Read complete review

I bought two of these on a stupid deal of the day. I don't have much experience with condenser mic to which to compare, but to my ears they sound clear, crisp and detailed. However, one of them failed after about 9 months of very light use. Its sound cuts out intermittently and it's not a loose connection. I'm currently trying to get it covered under warranty. The brackets they came with are cheap. They are not sturdy enough at the pivot to support the weight of the microphone, and the threads on the screws stripped out very easily when trying to get the pivot tight enough so the microphone wouldn't fall. I replaced the screws with a more robust setup from Ace Hardware and they've been working fine, so far.

Would I recommend this? Maybe, but with low expectations. I would not recommend this to a professional, but if you're learning and just starting to record in your home studio, it's a good starting point. For the price, they're a good entry level condenser, but I think you could find a better mic for for the same price used on Craigslist if you keep your eyes open.

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3.0

Decent sounding but cheap hardware, not pro quality.

By Kev

from Denver, CO

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

I bought two of these on a stupid deal of the day. I don't have much experience with condenser mic to which to compare, but to my ears they sound clear, crisp and detailed. However, one of them failed after about 9 months of very light use. Its sound cuts out intermittently and it's not a loose connection. I'm currently trying to get it covered under warranty. The brackets they came with are cheap. They are not sturdy enough at the pivot to support the weight of the microphone, and the threads on the screws stripped out very easily when trying to get the pivot tight enough so the microphone wouldn't fall. I replaced the screws with a more robust setup from Ace Hardware and they've been working fine, so far.

Would I recommend this? Maybe, but with low expectations. I would not recommend this to a professional, but if you're learning and just starting to record in your home studio, it's a good starting point. For the price, they're a good entry level condenser, but I think you could find a better mic for for the same price used on Craigslist if you keep your eyes open.

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1.0

Bad soldering job inside, otherwise usable mic

By Pat

from Montana

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

    I bought this mic planning to gut it and rebuild the electronics with better stuff. First thing I noticed when I opened it up is that the circuit board had been re-worked by someone that didn't know what they were doing. They lifted a trace and fixed it with a nasty solder bridge. The mic was advertised as being new, and all the packaging was new, so I'm not sure what the deal was there. It worked though, recorded a tune with it. 7 likes on soundcloud. Hmmm.

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    5.0

    very good mic

    By Paulie Gee

    from Lindenhurst, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

      Have used this mic in my studio and the sound clarity is very good. Highly sensitive sso you don't have to get up close. I use a pop guard in front to eliminate pops and hiss.

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      4.0

      It's good

      By LN

      from Illinois

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Loose base

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

      I picked this up during a sale here. The mic I had previously ordered isn't going to be available until May so I went ahead and got this.

      My only real issue with it is that the mic cable comes loose from the base at times. It's really not the most secure fit.

      Other than that though I haven't had any issues with it.

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      5.0

      Great mic for drum overheads

      By Houser

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

        These are nice mics to use for drum overheads. They blow away the CAD mic's that I have.

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        5.0

        really great for small group/bluegrass

        By mcmasters guitars

        from 97838

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

          great mic for the price

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          5.0

          For the price this mic is good enough for me

          By Eldudeman

          from Fremont, Ca

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

            I have a small home recording studio, a Tascam DP-25, Roland & M-Audio monitors and an ART MP Studio V3 pre amp. I use to just use a Shure 57 for recording my Fender De Ville amp but Musician Friend had this MXR 920 for only fifty. I bought it out of impulse to maybe compliment my Shure 57, for only fifty how could I go wrong. Turns out that I am very happy with this mic. It helps balance out my guitar tracks as I can record a single track in stereo now that I have 2 mics.

            I'm sure for pro use this microphone would be a poor choice but as for my home studio it makes be very happy. And for fifty you really cant go wrong. The only downside is that the clip it comes with doesn't seem to be as sturdy as other condensor microphone holders. I may want to invest in another clip one of these days.

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            5.0

            I've used two of these as overheads for recordings.

            By Living on a Bad Name (Bon Jovi tribute)

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

              I recently used these as a pair of overheads for a drum recording. The tracks were super smooth and didn't have that clanky sound that come with using cheaper type small diaphragm mics. I was so impressed by the sound I immediately bought 2 more while the price is this good.

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              5.0

              Awesome Microphone

              By Robert

              from La Grande, Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

                This microphone delivers a very nice sound. I can only imagine what it sounds like with Mogami cables, as it is already amazing.

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                4.0

                Great for beginners

                By Bill

                from Scotts Mills, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Not The Best Sound

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about MXL 920 Large-Capsule Condenser Microphone:

                I purchased one of these mics a while ago and then sold it because it wasn't a very good mic. It's basically a large diaphragm version of the MXL 900. I decided later on to get a pair of them on a SDOTD and sent them over to Michael Joly at Oktavamod. I'm still waiting on the finished product but I have heard great things from the service and the mic.

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