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9 polar patternsSE Electronics Z5600a

Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

The Z5600a is the second generation of sE’s previously top-of-the-line Z5600 mic. Both are 9-pattern large-diaphragm tube mics.

What is the difference between the z5600 and z5600a?

The circuit board was redesigned, improving the layout, for the ‘a’ revision. The mic body was changed as well; the new version is powder-coated as a step toward damping resonance.

The tube is either a 12AT7/ECC81, or a 12AX7/ECC83. MusicTech reported seeing a 12AX7; Electronic Musician reported a 12AT7. It seems possible that sE changed the tube without again revising the mic’s model number. It is socketed, rather than hard-wired to the circuit board; users of various audio forums have reported success with tube upgrades to 6072 variants.
z5600a Kit

Electronic Musician

The Z 5600 A’s wide body holds a 12AT7 tube, found in many budget tube devices. Whereas most of those use an underpowered tube in the circuit to generate a little distortion (that can then be attributed to the tube), the Z 5600 A uses the 12AT7 in a traditional high-voltage circuit…

The Z 5600 A was awesome when I used it to mic stringed instruments, especially those with metal strings.

MusicTech, 2004-12

In cardioid mode, the slightly spiky high frequencies of the original 5600 have been tamed and, overall, the sound is more obviously “valvey” than both the old Z5600 and SE Gemini.

The SE Electronics Z5600a is also known as: Z-5600a.

The mic was released in 2004.


Frequency Response - OmnidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Z5600a Omnidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
Z5600a Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!
Z5600a Bidirectional Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (14.1 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 27mm
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Self-noise: 16.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
680g (23.99oz) 222mm (8.74'') 62mm (2.44'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Includes tube power supply

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