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BidirectionalStager Microphones SR-2N

Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone

The Stager SR-2N is a passive ribbon microphone. As with most ribbon mics, the SR-2N features a bidirectional (figure-8) polar pattern. The pickup pattern is symmetrical, unlike some modern ribbon mics with an offset ribbon. The ribbon and its motors are made in-house with a custom corrugating machine. The ribbon itself measures 2 inches long by 0.2 inches wide with a thickness of 1.8 microns.

While the SR-2N features the same large ribbon and custom-wound toroidal transformer (made in-house) as its much larger sibling, the Stager SR-1A, the magnets in the SR-2N are rare-earth, neodymium types. These magnets are much lighter and typically stronger than AlNiCo magnets, and allow the SR-2N to employ a smaller, lighter-weight form factor. As with all Stager models, the SR-2N utilizes a grille pressed by company founder Matt Stager, who also does the powdercoating and performs all wiring and assembly. The metalwork is done in the US by a machinist friend.

The original iteration of this mic featured a captive XLR cable and ball-and-socket mount. The current version uses a stalk extending from the bottom of the mic with an XLR connector and a separate mic clip.

Most technical specifications are not provided by the manufacturer.

The SR-2N ships in a foam-lined wooden box. Stager offers a lifetime re-ribboning service. Matched pairs are available but will ship in separate boxes to avoid interaction between the mics’ magnets. A stereo shock mount is provided with matched pairs.

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Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Bidirectional (Unpublished)
Ribbon Construction Impedance SPL/Noise
Length: 51mm
Width: 5.1mm
Gauge: 1.8 microns
100 Ohms (Low)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
400g (14.11oz) 130mm (5.12'') n/a
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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