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CardioidMXL CR-89

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The CR-89 is a fixed Cardioid condenser microphone. It appears to be a newer revision to the company’s V89, and shares that microphone’s 64mm diameter body, capsule, and a similar, possibly identical transformerless circuit.

Both of these microphones are described as employing a “tuned grill cavity [to reduce] standing waves and harmonic distortion.”

The capsule in both microphones is a 32mm O.D. dual-backplate model, center-terminated, with 6-micron Mylar diaphragms. The rear diaphragm is not metallized; this is common for Cardioid microphones.

The circuit in both microphones is implemented with surface mount components, multiple integrated circuits, and two large Nichicon Muse electrolytic capacitors.

The CR-89 ships with a metal-frame elastic shockmount, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and an aluminum flight case.

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The mic was released in 2013.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (31.6 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 6 microns
150 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 138 dB
Self-noise: 14.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
839g (29.59oz) 185mm (7.28'') 64mm (2.52'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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