Review: JZ Microphones Vintage 11, Large‑diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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If you like your music to have a warm and natural sound, then this microphone could be perfect for you.

Item: JZ Microphones Vintage 11, Large‑diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Price: $610 (US), £380 (UK)

Mic Rating: 4.5/5

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At A Glance: JZ Microphone’s Vintage 11 (V11) is part of their popular Vintage series line; however unlike the other microphones in the series, the V11 does not try to be a version or replica of classic and legendary microphones like U47, U67 or C12. Instead JZ Microphones have created an absolutely new microphone design which follows the same vintage traditions and qualities as all JZ Microphones products, but has its own sonic character – and, importantly, a lower price tag.

High Notes: As well as being a great vocal mic, the V11 is designed as an all-round microphone that is capable of accurately capturing any acoustic instrument you might want to record. This is achieved by its broad 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range and a max SPL of 134dB. It also has very low self-noise to ensure you get a professional quality recording on even quieter sources. On vocals, the V11 has a smooth mid-range with a degree of bass lift that sounds ‘big’ and ‘warm’, combined with a smooth and slightly understated high-end that keeps things sounding natural and focused.

Off Pitch: The V11 lacks a low-cut or pad switch, which many of its competitors feature as standard. However many mic preamps feature their own low cut switch. The mic is capable of recording most loud sources without the need for a pad switch; so this is not necessarily a big issue.

VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The V11 is capable of producing impressive and professional sounding results, and can hold its own against mics that cost twice the price. Its smooth sound might not be to everyone’s taste – especially if you are looking for a cutting rock vocal sound – however, for singers performing in more acoustic or jazz styles it could fit the bill perfectly. As it is a FET microphone, it does not add as much character to vocals as a tube microphone typically would, however its natural warmth and boosted low end can help vocals (especially male) sound rich and full. It also sounds great for acoustic guitar where you want the body of the guitar to be heard; it is a good choice for a wide range of other instruments too. If you like your music sounding natural and warm, and are looking for an all-round microphone that will work well on your voice as well as anything else you throw at it, JZ’s Vintage 11 is definitely worth checking out.

Manufacturer’s Website: http://www.jzmic.com

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