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CardioidApex Electronics 530

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Apex 530 is a low-cost FET condenser microphone with a large-diaphragm capsule and a fixed Cardioid polar pattern.

It appears to be the single-pattern version of the Apex 520, and shares that mic’s physical design, size, and most of its specs.

The 530 has no external switches. Inside the body, a switch on the circuit board allows a high-pass filter to be enabled.

Although the Apex website claims the 530 has “extremely low self-noise,” the published rating of 20dBA puts the mic among the highest-noise FET LDCs we have seen.

The mic ships with an elastic shockmount and a storage pouch.

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Specifications

Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (11.8 mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Filter: HPF (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 135 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
476g (16.79oz) 190mm (7.48'') 50mm (1.97'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

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