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  • OktavaModOktavaMod
    Michael Joly’s mod for the MXL2003A replaces the stock headbasket with a more steeply-angled, single-layer design, and upgrades all the electrolytic capacitors to non-polarized types. Optionally, the body paint and chrome are removed, leaving a rough “Rat Rod” finish.

MXL Cr-24

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  • MSRP: n/a

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Cr-24 Documentation

CardioidMXL Cr-24

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Cr-24 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with a transformerless circuit. It appears to be a cosmetic variant of the 2003A, made with a black chrome finish for the company’s “900 series” built exclusively for Guitar Center.

Two switches mounted beneath the headbasket independently enable a 10dB pad, and a high-pass filter.

The 2003A/CR24 uses a modified K67-type capsule; while the front backplate appears to be a standard 32mm K67 type, the rear backplate uses an alternative drilling pattern. This would change the microphone’s operational characteristics, including proximity, pattern, and frequency response.

The diaphragm material is 3 micron Mylar, thinner than MXL’s usual choice of 6-micron.

Cr-24 circuitThe mic’s circuit includes the DC multiplier borrowed from the V57 series; it increases the phantom power feed through a doubler, resulting in a polarization voltage of 62.5VDC as measured at the capsule in our sample mic. This distinguishes the CR24 from most of the V57 types, as those tend to be under-powered, sending only 35-50VDC to the capsule.

The JFET is a 2SK170. Curiously, high-impedance leads are soldered directly to the PCB, rather than made on insulated standoffs.

All the electrolytic capacitors are Nichicon brand, long regarded as a high-quality, “audiophile” brand of capacitor.

Rated sensitivity is 7mV/Pa. Self-noise is better than many MXL microphones, at 11dBA; this figure no doubt benefits from the microphone’s higher polarization voltage.

The circuit is transformerless. In our measurements, it is linear with respect to frequency — that is, the circuit does not amplify or attenuate selected audio frequencies, except when the high-pass filter is engaged.

The CR24 is sold as a 2-microphone kit, bundled with the CR24p small-diaphragm condenser.

The MXL Cr-24 is also known as: CR24.

Specifications

Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (7.16 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Capsule diameter: 32mm
Diaphragm gauge: 3 microns
n/a Max SPL: 152 dB
Self-noise: 11.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
454g (16.01oz) 190mm (7.48'') 50mm (1.97'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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