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sE Electronics sE8 Small Diaphragm Condenser Matched Pair

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Our Price: $499.00
UPC:
819032011225

Product Description

Microphones made in China have developed quite a bad reputation for bad quality control, noisy outputs and unpleasant frequency response, but the sE8 Small Diaphragm is NOT an example of these problematic budget mics. sE microphones ARE built in China, but they own their own factory Shanghai and are able to have a MUCH more exacting control over the entire manufacturing process. Capsules are made by the hands of seasoned veterans and the mics are assembled with true care and attention to detail. The sE8 may not cost an arm and a leg, but that doesn't mean it's a cheap mic. It is very balanced sounding and very responsive to transient detail, making it an excellent choice for any instrument recordings where you want to capture the instrument with the maximum amount of detail and accuracy.

 

Small in Stature, Huge in Sound

Fit for any challenges in the studio or on stage, the sE8 is a brand new high-performance handcrafted small-diaphragm condenser, fresh from the labs at sE.

Its new hand-made capsule implements a sophisticated backplate design that provides a perfectly balanced sound, so it's never harsh or aggressive - perfect for sources like high-hats and drum overheads.

It's also one of the quietest small-capsule mics on the planet - and with the highest dynamic range and SPL handling in its class, along with attenuation pads and low-cut filters for superb flexibility, the sE8 is ready for any sounds you’re making, whether in the studio environment or demanding on-stage applications.

Handcrafted True Condenser Capsule

  • gold-sputtered diaphragms ensure maximum reliability
  • every capsule is handcrafted and individually tuned in our very own factory
  • ultra-precision electrode design optimized for superb linearity and natural sonics
  • ultra-thin 3 micron gold-sputtered diaphragm for superior transients
  • newly-developed backplate design provides smooth, natural sound & truly consistent off-axis response
  • sophisticated acoustic design with precision components
  • avoids coloration in demanding applications

The Quietest Pencil Mic in its Class

  • sophisticated electronic design provides extremely low noise without the use of integrated circuits
  • transformerless design for excellent transparency and clarity
  • proven Class-A circuitry ensures a high dynamic range without distortion and brilliant transient response

Two Switchable Pre-Attenuation Pads

The -10 dB and -20 dB pad switches provide extended dynamic range, 

enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for brass 

instruments, snare drums, and more.  

Two Switchable Low-Cut Filters

Selectable at either 80Hz or 160Hz, these two filters help eliminate low-

frequency rumble or footfall noise, as well as help compensate for excessive 

bass (proximity effect) with close-mic techniques. 

All-Metal Housing with Gold-Plated XLR Connector, Premium Finish & Accessories

Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of some small-capsule microphones, the sE8's all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise - and the high-quality finish and gold-plated XLR connector ensures a great look and a loss-free, reliable signal connection for years to come.

The sE8 also comes standard with a newly-designed mic clip that will securely attach it to any mic stand.  

Why a Handcrafted Capsule?

As with all of sE's true condensers, the sE8’s gold-sputtered capsule is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is highly unusual for mics at this price, and is a great point of pride for us.

Building and tuning a capsule is a subtle, artistic process, and given the scale of the vibrations which they must perceive, this is the most vital element of the mic.

 

Specifications

Capsule Type: Hand-Crafted Small-Diaphragm True Condenser

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa   (-32 dBV)

Max SPL: 139 / 149 / 159 dBSPL (0/10/20 dB pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Equivalent noise level: 13 dB(A)

Dynamic range: 126 / 136 / 146 dB (0/10/20 dB Attentuation pad)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 81 dB

Low-cut filter: 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/Oct, switchable

Attenuation Pad: 10 / 20dB, switchable

Powering: 48 Volts according to IEC 61938

Electrical Impedance: 110 Ohms

Recommended load impedance: >1k Ohms

Current consumption: 2.7 mA

Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR connector

Dimensions: Diameter: 23mm (0.91 in), Length 120mm (4.72 in)

Weight: 141 g (4.97 oz.)

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