The X1 A: It could be your first mic, but it’s one you’ll want to keep forever.
There’s a new entry point to sE’s acclaimed X1 Series, and it’s breaking the performance barrier (again) for every mic in its class.
When it was introduced in 2011, the X1 brought a new level of quality to its price point, competing easily with microphones costing several times as much. But that didn’t stop sE from trying to outdo themselves again.
With a newly-developed condenser capsule and an exterior based on the rugged metal chassis of the X1, the X1 A offers first-class sound & specifications at an even better “home studio” cost, featuring an extremely natural frequency response, massive SPL-handling capabilities (150dB!), switchable attenuation and low-cut filters, and a perfectly balanced sensitivity level – so it’s at home on absolutely any source.
From vocals to acoustic instruments to electric guitars or percussion, the X1 A is the perfect choice for any musician seeking a high-quality microphone with an entry-level price tag.
Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of some other “entry-level” microphones, the X1 A’s all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise – and the high-quality finish ensures a great look for years to come.
Eliminates the need for an external pop filter, and provides an extra layer of safety and security for the all-important capsule.
COMPLETELY NEW ACOUSTIC DESIGN
The X1 A’s new condenser capsule design is a work of art, delivering stellar sonic performance on any source with incredible speed, accuracy, and well-balanced frequency response.
The electronics have also undergone a complete overhaul, and exhibit better specifications and sound – on and off the test bench – than any other microphone in its class.
ATTENUATION & LOW CUT SWITCHES
The -20 dB pad switch on the left provides extended dynamic range, enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for even the loudest instruments…think super-heavy electric guitars, fortissimo brass instruments, and heavy-footed kick drums.
On the right, the 100 Hz low-cut switch helps eliminate low-frequency rumble or footfall noise, and compensates for excessive bass with close-mic techniques (proximity effect).
GOLD-PLATED XLR CONNECTOR
Ensures loss-free, reliable signal connection for years and years and years and…
If you need additional rumble control, the X1 A integrates perfectly with sE’s Isolation Pack, as well as the Reflexion Filter X – recommended for an instant pro vocal recording setup for your home studio.
IN THE BOX
- X1 A microphone
swivel mic clip
mic stand thread adapter
- Capsule Type: 2/3″ Permanently-Biased Condenser
Directional Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance: <50 Ohms Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dB) Max SPL: 130 / 150 dB (0 / 20 dB pad, (0.5% THD @ 1kHz) Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB(A) Equivalent Noise Level: 16 dB(A) Dynamic Range: 114 / 134 dB (0 / 20 dB pad) Low Cut Filter: 100 Hz, 6 dB/oct, switchable Attenuation Pad: 20 dB, switchable Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR Power requirement: 48V phantom according to IEC 61938 Recommended Load Impedance: >1K Ohms
Current Consumption: 4.0 mA
Diameter: 58 mm (2.28 in.) x Length: 169 mm (6.65 in.)
Weight: 390 g / 13.8 oz
“The mic sounds transparent…realistic…calm, definitely not the hyped sound that is common for the price tag.”
“The microphone feels solid because of the metal chassis…I was pleasantly surprised that the mic has a low-cut filter. Some more expensive mics don’t have that feature.”
“Handles high SPL without any problems…even snare drums cause no issues…and the built-in pop filter performs nicely.”
“Whisper test is no problem at all. The ‘s’ sounds are not hyped, and that is a plus when recording.”
– Musicmaker.nl, July 2017 (full review in Dutch)
“With the sE Electronics X1 A an all-rounder appears on the stage of favorite condenser microphones, which can convince all around.”
“…I can hardly find a flaw on this microphone. The X1 A can convince you of its balanced frequency response, rich bass, unobtrusive yet present mids, as well as gentle highs, features such as high-pass filter and pad, right up to the fantastic presentation of the microphone.”
– Carsten Kaiser, Bonedo.de, January 2017 (full review in German)
“It can be very easy to be snobby and make negative assumptions about inexpensive microphones, and the X1 range has done an excellent job of deflecting that criticism with some exceptional qualities at absurdly low prices.”
“In particular, the microphone worked well on fingerpicked acoustic guitar, where the detail and focus of the X1 A worked perfectly with the already fairly bright nature of our dreadnought guitar.”
– Mike Hillier, MusicTech Magazine March 2017 (full review)
“This sounds like a mic costing hundreds of dollars more. For the price, and what you get, this mic is truly amazing and one you should add to your mike locker. Who said great sound has to cost thousands?”
“Could not believe how amazing this mic was. I’ve tracked vocals, acoustic guitar and amped electric guitars with it, for the price you can’t beat it. This thing will surprise you!!! Will def buy more sE GEAR!!!!”
“This sounds like a mic costing hundreds of dollars more. For the price, and what you get, this mic is truly amazing and one you should add to your mic locker. Who said great sound has to cost thousands?”
“Great great great, totally love it and sounds way better than other expensive mics. Super happy with the purchase.”
– Sweetwater customer reviews (via Sweetwater.com)