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.
Although 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.
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.
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(n/a mV/Pa; 30 - 20,000 Hz)
| Diameter n/a
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
|200 Ohms (Low)||Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)|
|n/a||170mm (6.69'')||51mm (2.01'')||
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