The Rode NT1-A studio condenser mic is the world's quietest condenser microphone. This redesigned version of RODE’s classic NT1 offers the lowest self-noise on the market (5dBA), while providing the warmth, extended dynamic range and incredible clarity of the most expensive large-diaphragm condensers. The NT1-A has quickly earned the praise of the industry’s top magazines, who cite it as the perfect all-around tool for capturing vocals, acoustic instruments, strings and more. If you could only buy one mic for your studio, the NT1-A is it. Large-diaphragm studio condenser mic with incredibly low noise specifications (5 dBA). Extended dynamic range and depth over classic NT1 model. High SPL capability (137 dBA) for recording loud sources without distortion. Perfect all-around studio mic for capturing vocals, acoustic instruments and more. State of the art surface-mount electronics with unparalleled construction and attention to detail. Attractive satin nickel finish body designed to last a lifetime. Includes shock mount and zip pouch. Matched Pair
I don't believe normally developed adults should become emotional discussing electronic equipment. The only standard I go by when evaluating microphone quality is a blind test. I don't consider brands, price tag and prestige. Provided the build quality isn't seriously lacking, I make all decisions solely based on a blind test, my gold standard.
I've heard from an engineer that many people prefer the AKG 414 compared to the U87 for vocals. However, the Rode NT1A sounds great aswell!
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