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Old 5th October 2019
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Hardware AES 2019: Manley Labs Reference Cardioid XXX Anniversary Limited Edition Microphone


Manley Labs Introduces Reference Cardioid XXX Anniversary Limited Edition Microphone

Chino, CA (October 7th, 2019) – In continuing the celebration of the company’s 30th Anniversary, Manley Laboratories is proud to announce a limited run of their classic Reference Cardioid tube microphone in a custom pearlescent white finish with red accents, dubbed the “Reference Cardioid XXX Anniversary Limited Edition.” According to the company, the Reference Cardioid is “the world’s most popular modern tube vocal mic, heard everywhere from Don LaFontaine’s famous movie trailers to classic singers like Etta James to chart-topping hits from artists like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Panic! at the Disco and Avril Lavigne” since its introduction in 1990.

This XXX Anniversary Edition Reference Cardioid microphone production will feature the MANLEY POWER® Switch-Mode Power Supply, currently used in the Manley Reference Silver Microphone. Based on the same technologies already proven in the Manley CORE®, FORCE®, ELOP®+, and Nu Mu processors, this new PSU is “empirically quieter” than the microphone’s original linear PSU. According to Manley Labs, “Sonically, we hear faster highs, generally more clarity, and ‘blacker blacks’ in the silence.” The new power supply is also universal, allowing it to work anywhere in the world without a voltage changeover switch or power transformer rewiring.

The Reference Cardioid XXX microphone is limited to 100 pieces worldwide and begins shipping end of October. It will be available through select Manley resellers with an MSRP of $2,999 USD.

For more information, please visit https://www.manley.com
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Old 5th October 2019
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Manley 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Reference Cardioid

Saw this from a dealer on reverb:

https://reverb.com/item/28497857-new...hone-pre-order

This XXX Anniversary Edition Reference Cardioid microphone production will also feature the MANLEY POWER® Switch-Mode Power Supply, currently used in the Manley Reference Silver Microphone.

Based on the same technologies already proven in the Manley CORE®, FORCE®, ELOP®+, and Nu Mu processors, this new PSU is empirically quieter than the microphone’s original linear PSU. Sonically, we hear faster highs, generally more clarity, and "blacker blacks" in the silence.

The new power supply is also universal, allowing it to work anywhere in the world without a voltage changeover switch or power transformer rewiring.

$2999.99 ($3000)
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Old 19th October 2019
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Is the improved power supply available for purchase by current card ref owners for use with the reg version?
Old 20th October 2019
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One of the best tube mics for a modern vocal.
Old 20th October 2019
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You know it Glenn!! Love mine as well.

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One of the best tube mics for a modern vocal.
Old 3rd December 2019
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Just ordered one. Tried a ref C last week and was blown away. The xxx seems like a no brainer upgrade.

Last edited by seethelight; 3rd December 2019 at 03:28 PM..
Old 3rd December 2019
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Just heard from Thomann that they are receiving 10 of the 50 being sold outside the US. 2 of those are already spoken for. I got 1 of those 10.

So excited!

EDIT: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ser-microphone

Sweetwater is sold out!

EDIT:

I note there's two versions of this mic being shown online... one with a bass cut filter and one with a pad...




Thomann just confirmed it ships with the pad not the filter... kinda mad!

Last edited by seethelight; 3rd December 2019 at 03:48 PM..
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