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CardioidJZ Microphones Vintage 11

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Vintage 11 is a budget microphone that draws on the styling of the other mics in JZ’s Vintage series. It is a side-address Cardioid condenser with a transformerless output circuit.

Although the V47, V67, and V12 were named for obvious historical reference microphones, the V11 was named for the year of its introduction.

The relatively flat high-end, and 5dB boost from 70–100Hz makes for an unusual frequency-response graph. The mic would appear to be well-suited to warming up or thickening thin acoustic instruments or voices.

The capsule is a new design, based on the GDC67, but modified to produce a flatter, extended frequency response. It is a dual-backplate, edge-terminated design whose 6-micron Mylar diaphragm is metallized with JZ’s proprietary Golden Drops technique.

Vintage 11 Prototype RenderingThe mic body is made of aluminum and plastic, with a 2-layer brass mesh grille (as found in the Black Hole microphones). Although early product images suggested that this grill had a natural brass finish, this was a prototype rendering; production V11 microphones have a black finish. The production grille is a more open mesh than suggested by the prototype.

Barry Rudolph, MIX Magazine

My goal was to use the V11 in many applications so I could recommend it for a general-purpose, all-around condenser microphone that sounds good and won’t break the bank. I think between the V11’s rugged construction, fat sound and low price, it’s the one for now—unless JZ comes out with a better and less expensive model.

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The mic was released in 2011.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (22 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 134 dB
Self-noise: 6.5 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a n/a n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

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