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MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone   (Open Box)
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Product# J21168
OVERVIEW

Great for guitar cabs, horns and more.

Go ahead... get loud. Designed as a studio go-to mic for daily recording, the MXL R80 is built to last inside and outside. MXL has built modern ribbon elements into the R80 microphone. It has a high SPL capacity, making it suitable for guitar cabinets and horns. The figure 8 polar pattern lets sound roll in from both sides of the mic to create a full sound. The MXL R80 excels on the stage and in the studio. A figure-8 pattern will pick up sounds from the front and back sides of the microphone with equal sensitivity while maintaining a large amount of rejection 90 off access. The front of the microphone is indicated by the MXL logo where the audio signal is in-phase while the back side has an inverted phase.

Figure 8 pattern picks up room sound and instruments
Mellow sound with a rich midrange
High SPL capability for loud instruments
All metal construction withstands regular use

FEATURES
  • Audio
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 130 dB
  • Connectivity: XLR
  • Pattern and type
  • Capsule: Ribbon
  • Pattern: Figure-8
  • Type: Mounted
  • Applications: Studio, stage
  • Phantom power required: No
  • Size and weight
  • Length: 7.56" (192 mm)
  • Width: 1.85" (47 mm)
  • Depth: 1.85" (47 mm)
  • Weight: .71 lbs. (320 g)
  • Included accessories
  • Case: None (cardboard)
  • Clip: Hard rubber
  • Power supply: No
  • Other
  • Other: Cleaning cloth

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MXLR80 Ribbon Microphone
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great prdouct for the money!

I bought two of these mics to use in a blumlein array, and for mid-side recording. They work great for the application, and sound pretty decent for the money. Although the super-dense foam...Read complete review

I bought two of these mics to use in a blumlein array, and for mid-side recording. They work great for the application, and sound pretty decent for the money. Although the super-dense foam surrounding the capsule to protect it does yield a bassier sound than most ribbon mics.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the price...

Ordered 2 of these...have several mxl mics btw...on stupid deal of the day...

Both had very loose/sagging ribbons!

Easy to fix if you...Read complete review

Ordered 2 of these...have several mxl mics btw...on stupid deal of the day...

Both had very loose/sagging ribbons!

Easy to fix if you know what your doing!

Pop off the grill and look at ribbon...grill top slides off...should not sag!

Sound good after ribbon fixed...may put in new ribbon/transformer later for different tone...

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly Exceptional on Guitar Cabs

By Tony

from Fort Collins, CO

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clean & True Ribbon Sound
  • Inexpensive
  • Solid build quality

Cons

  • Some clean preamps won't have enough gain.
  • Will probably need a mic pre with gain staging.

Best Uses

  • Guitar Cabs

Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

I gave this five stars because for the price, you get an exceptional mic. I find it performs best with louder sources, like guitar amps. I don't have a very powerful voice when I sing so it didn't sound as good with vocals as my condensers do. This model is specifically designed to be able to handle loud sounds while not damaging the ribbon so it's pretty obvious to me it was designed with the guitar amp in mind. I have it mic'd right up to the speaker and the recorded sound is remarkably like the way I hear it in the room. Very full, punchy, lively, all the things you desire after hearing a bland guitar cut recorded with a dynamic mic for the first time. I used to always record electric guitar with a Shure sm57 and/or a Rode NTK condenser but now I'm solely using the R80 and I'm attaining better & truer sounding guitar cuts than I ever have. The figure 8 pattern allows sound to flow in through the back of the mic which gives guitar just the right amount of breath & ambience without having an overbearing or bold room sound which I would sometimes have issues with when using condenser mics. I've used a Neve 1073-style mic preamp thus far with the R80.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for the price...

By LKY

from Minneapolis, MN Metro Area

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Pros

  • price

Cons

  • Poor quality control!

Best Uses

  • Studio

Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

Ordered 2 of these...have several mxl mics btw...on stupid deal of the day...

Both had very loose/sagging ribbons!

Easy to fix if you know what your doing!

Pop off the grill and look at ribbon...grill top slides off...should not sag!

Sound good after ribbon fixed...may put in new ribbon/transformer later for different tone...

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sonds good i think

By Beepopadoodlydo

from NY

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Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

Using this for drum over head with an AT-2020 in a Glyn John's type of mic'ing on the floor tom side in a live room for practice recordings. Sounds good to me, the toms cut through a lot better and the highs aren't overly brilliant like the AT-2020 but it is nice having the clarity to back off the highs. I'm not particularly in favor of super tight and clean recordings. I will probably buy a second one.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great prdouct for the money!

By Israel

from Milwaukee, WI

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Rugged Construction

Cons

  • Pop filter foam colors sound

Best Uses

  • Podcasting
  • Recording

Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

I bought two of these mics to use in a blumlein array, and for mid-side recording. They work great for the application, and sound pretty decent for the money. Although the super-dense foam surrounding the capsule to protect it does yield a bassier sound than most ribbon mics.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good mic for the pri

By Bryan K.

from Sarasota, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

Bought this as a SDOTD. Finally got to test it out and has all of the characteristics of a ribbon mic. Nice rich low end. Looking forward to using it mkre

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good addition to you mic collection

By Ozello Pete

from Crystal River, FL

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Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

I haven't used this mic extensively, but so far have been pleased with its performance. I'm not using a dedicated pre-amp - just going straight into a Focusrite Saffire Pro26 - so I can see the weaker output when compared to my Rode NT2A or MXL V69. I don't think this is going to be a problem, though. The fixed figure "8" pattern may be problematic for home studio users trying to record multiple players at once in the same space. I took a chance and bought this on a "Stupid Deal of the Day" and am happy to have it as an alternative to my large diaphragm condensers.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yea

By napman

from wheeler,or

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Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

great ambient recording mic, large dynamic range, accurate tonal reproduction

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Mike e

from Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

Sounds great and works like I would expect

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  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a very nice ribbon mic

By tireiron

from auburn, ny

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • studio... for now

      Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

      this is a very nice ribbon mic. very typical sweet, rich ribbon mic response to vocals and acoustic instrumentals. i've only had them for a week or so... but i really like them. i run them through an ART tps II. a little twitch hear and and little tic... sigh... nice! the price was amazing, so i bought two of them. if there are problems in the future, i will let you know.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cool microphone for guitar

      By frankie evil

      from LA

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      Comments about MXL R80 Ribbon Microphone:

      Nice sound for guitar, clear with nice tone and volume.

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