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Stellar CM5 or Stellar CM6?
Old 10th December 2011
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Stellar CM5 or Stellar CM6?

I'm about to buy a stellar microphone for christmas so I want to know which mic would have a more Warm and Vintage sound?

Stellar CM6


or

Stellar CM5


- Need one for vocals
Old 10th December 2011
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Haven't used the CM 5 but I do own the CM6 and truly love it. It really helps lots for vocals that are too sibilant.
Old 10th December 2011
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Check out the Shootout entitled hundreds to thousands female vocal. Both Stellars are featured.
Old 10th December 2011
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Originally Posted by LeeRoy View Post
I'm about to buy a stellar microphone for christmas so I want to know which mic would have a more Warm and Vintage sound?
- Need one for vocals
...the 2 Stellar mics you reference have noticeably different voicings...definately check out that recommended shootout:
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gear-...-shootout.html
...although, while it's a female vocal, you can clearly hear the difference in the mics...the CM-6 is very natural/neutral sounding, with very clear and detailed upper mids and a smoothtop-end...it also has a nice proximity effect when worked closely, which adds some warmth and thickness to the vocal...

...the CM-5 has character, with a more prominent low-end and low-mids, good detail in the upper-mids, but less air and detail on the top-end than the CM-6...

...if you want a silky/shiny modern-pop vocal sound, the CM-6 is the better choice, but if you want a slightly darker, more vintage sound, you will probably like the CM-5 a bit more...both are excellent values, and both mics benefit from tube upgrades (but sound fine with the stock tubes)...
Old 13th December 2011
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i read that the Stellar Mics are just 2 more re-branded Chinese Mics; the same as the Apex 460.....is that true?

If not, what are the differences?
Old 13th December 2011
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Old 13th December 2011
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...they share little in common other than origin...there's lots of info pertaining to your question..."search" is your friend...

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/produ...icrophone.html

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-e...r-cm5-yet.html

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-e...cm6-clips.html
That's great to hear as I have been pretty pumped about pulling the money together for this.

I think I will end up with both, but the mic sound I like is likely more vintage than modern (love the sound of Tony Bennett, Sinatra and those types of mic sound - although I am not a crooner....). Would you say the 5 or 6 is more appropriate?
Old 13th December 2011
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That's great to hear as I have been pretty pumped about pulling the money together for this.

I think I will end up with both, but the mic sound I like is likely more vintage than modern (love the sound of Tony Bennett, Sinatra and those types of mic sound - although I am not a crooner....). Would you say the 5 or 6 is more appropriate?
...you can hear both in this shootout (on female vocals):
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gear-...-shootout.html

...the CM-6 is great for a more detailed, shiny modern-pop/R&B kind of sound, while the CM-5 has a beefier bottom/low-mids with a bit less air on the top, so if you're looking for a more "vintage" sound, the CM-5 may be more of what you're after...of course, with careful ITB treatment, both can deliver that vibe...at these prices, the pair is a no-brainer IMHO...

...also, keep in mind that tube-swapping can broaden the tonal options of these mics...check out this thread for the Manley Reference tube mic:
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-...nstration.html
...similar results can be achieved with the Stellar tube mics, depending on your tube of choice (more so with the CM-5 because it uses a 9-pin dual-triode of which there are many applicable variants)...
Old 14th December 2011
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...you can hear both in this shootout (on female vocals):
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gear-...-shootout.html

...the CM-6 is great for a more detailed, shiny modern-pop/R&B kind of sound, while the CM-5 has a beefier bottom/low-mids with a bit less air on the top, so if you're looking for a more "vintage" sound, the CM-5 may be more of what you're after...of course, with careful ITB treatment, both can deliver that vibe...at these prices, the pair is a no-brainer IMHO...

...also, keep in mind that tube-swapping can broaden the tonal options of these mics...check out this thread for the Manley Reference tube mic:
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/high-...nstration.html
...similar results can be achieved with the Stellar tube mics, depending on your tube of choice (more so with the CM-5 because it uses a 9-pin dual-triode of which there are many applicable variants)...
I've heard the samples, and I have to say that the CM-6 is VERY nice sounding mic.....it is showing as SOLD OUT on the website; how long will that last?
Old 14th December 2011
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I've heard the samples, and I have to say that the CM-6 is VERY nice sounding mic.....it is showing as SOLD OUT on the website; how long will that last?
...generally speaking, the mics are back in stock within weeks, but I can't tell you when exactly that will be, you'll have to contact Peter at Stellar for that info: peter@stellarsoundtech.com
Old 26th November 2012
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If anyone has a stellar cm-6 for sale pm me
Old 14th November 2014
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Where are people finding the stellar for $350 or so? their site is selling cm6 at $500. was the price raised?
Old 14th November 2014
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Where are people finding the stellar for $350 or so? their site is selling cm6 at $500. was the price raised?
...that was the introductory price 4-5 years ago...
Old 14th November 2014
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Where are people finding the stellar for $350 or so? their site is selling cm6 at $500. was the price raised?
AFAIK that $350 price was more of an introductory thing when the mic was still relatively new and grabbing a lot of attention. It has been a while since then.
Old 15th November 2014
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AFAIK that $350 price was more of an introductory thing when the mic was still relatively new and grabbing a lot of attention. It has been a while since then.
is it still fairing well ? even for the $500 price range?
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is it still fairing well ? even for the $500 price range?
IMO, it's still worth the money in that price range. The Rode K2 for example, would cost you $200 more retail than the Stellar CM-6 costs buying it direct, and out of the box the K2 doesn't even come close to sounding as good for urban music.
Old 15th November 2014
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is it still fairing well ? even for the $500 price range?
...the CM-6 and CM-5 are manufactured in the very same facility as the well-respected Advanced Audio tube microphones...the CM-6
is essentially a modified version of the AA CM-47 ($735)...the CM-5 is a modified version of the AA CM12se ($845)...same build quality, same capsules, same quality transformers, tubes and metal-film capacitors, etc...maybe that will put the Stellar mic's value in better perspective for you:

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