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    After swapping the MXL 910’s small capsule for a large-diaphragm K47 or CK-12 type, the microphone becomes very usable. To take the mic to the next level, the exclusive “SMT Mini-Mod” from Microphone-Parts rebuilds the front end circuit to reduce noise, increase sensitivity, and reduce distortion. Choose the RK-47 for a balanced, all-purpose sound, the RK7 for a darker, vintage sound, with ribbon-like smoothness, or the RK-12 for a brighter and more present sound.

MXL 910

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: $299

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CardioidMXL 910

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The MXL 910 is a FET condenser microphone based on MXL’s many earlier designs: a linear, transformerless impedance-conversion circuit with a side-mounted small-diaphragm capsule.

MXL 910 Circuit BoardAlthough the circuit appears to be the same as is found in the MXL 990 and MCA SP-1, in the 910 it is implemented via surface-mount components. This allows automated construction, and the reduction of circuit boards from two to one — because the smaller SMT components allow the DC conversion circuit to fit onto the audio PCB.

The rear side of the PCB shows eight through-hole components, including three electrolytic capacitors and the 2SK170 FET.

The capsule is MXL’s standard small-diaphragm design, exactly as found in the MXL 990 and MCA SP-1.

Like most of MXL’s side-address condensers, the 910 is a good candidate for a capsule swap; see a listing of candidates on our large-diaphragm capsule directory and the sidebar listing on this page. Any large-diaphragm capsule will lower the mic’s self-noise figure, and revoice the microphone.

MXL 910 and MCA SP-1Nonetheless, the use of SMT for key capacitors in the audio path makes this microphone a poor choice for aftermarket circuit modification.

The MXL 910 ships in a cardboard box with a ring mount and a polishing cloth. It was introduced with a $50 “stupid deal of the day” sale and an MSRP of $199; a week later, the MSRP rose to $299 with a sale price of $199. It was featured as the “stupid deal” again in July 2013, and presumably will reappear there periodically.

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The mic was released in 2012.

Specifications

Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (n/a mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
n/a 170mm (6.69'') 51mm (2.01'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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