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Old 11th October 2015
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Originally Posted by Puffer Fish View Post

And I must say I am VERY intrigued by the '2B Beauty'---that could be a really nice addition to the mic locker.
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Originally Posted by kidvybes View Post
Surprisingly good tube-condenser LDC mic at a very reasonable price...we have one in the studio and it flatters quite a few voices...no hyped or harsh top-end...very even response...good detail and clarity...nicely built with a single-stage plate-follower circuit featuring German red WIMA capacitors and a nice dual-bobbin output transformer...Kris upgrades these with premium tubes too...this is one of those rare "good-right-out-of-the-box" tube mics...no need to mod (same nice 34mm K67 capsule as sold by the popular mod sites) or upgrade anything...and just to give you an idea of just how good Kris' prices are, here's a very similar model that is originating from the very same factory and branded for another line (and Kris upgrades the included tube):
Galaxy Audio St 834TL Tube Condenser Mic with Spherical Design Pop Fillter | eBay

The fact that iSK is the factory's own brand eliminates multiple markups...Kris buys at distributor prices direct from the factory, so that enables him to offer the best possible prices to his clients...and he's a stickler for quality-control...as you stated, he's clearly cherry-picked the entire iSK line, choosing to sell only the best products and at the lowest possible price-points...his business ethic is deserving of our support...I highly recommend Kris and his iSK line...we use quite a few of his mics and now his headphones in our studios...
+1 on the 2B Beauty, I haven't used it much, but have listened closely to it in initial testing, and I can't imagine you could find more sonic quality anywhere near this price point. IMHO the upgraded components really make a difference. The mic is as quiet and detailed as mics I've used costing much more. It is somewhat subjective too, I generally prefer the sound of a good center-terminated capsule, usually "bigger and warmer" to my ear. The transformer must be pretty decent too, given the cohesion in the mid and lower regions, and I am confident that the tube is indeed a very euphonic one as well, by the sound I am hearing. This humble mic at it's bargain-basement price really knocks it out of the park. Well done Kris, and ISK. IMHO.
PS oh yeah, the little pop filter works a treat! And the shock mount is better than average. Good stuff.

Last edited by edva; 11th October 2015 at 12:16 AM.. Reason: bit more +PS