The Soundelux U195 is a cardioid FET condenser microphone with large diaphragm inspired by the legendary K67 capsule.
The Soundelux U195 has been reissued by David Bock, the original Soundelux designer, and is an exact reissue of the Elux 195 as it was also known then. It features a unique tone control switch that offers either a flat frequency response with a high- end boost or a Fat mode providing a boost between 10Hz and 400Hz recreating the tone of vintage valve microphones. The mode works by affecting the negative feedback built into the circuit. The U195 also includes a non-capacitive pad which reduces the mic’s sensitivity by 10DB, and a Low Cut switch which cuts by 10dB at 20Hz.
The electronics doesn’t include any surface mount components, using instead low ESR electrolytic capacitors, and a unique FET circuit. This results in impressively low noise and extended HF characteristics. The U195 also boasts impressive headroom avoiding the harshness of other FET microphones while a large output transformer ensures a coherent signal across the full audio spectrum. As a result this microphone is capable to deal with really large dynamics.
...- usable Rode NTK - usable Se 2200 - usable Se X1S - usable Shure KSM32 - usable Shure KSM44 - usable Soundelux U99 - great Soundelux U195 - usable Telefunken AK47 - unusable Telefunken AR-51 - usable Telefunken ELAM 251 - unusable - just too bright Telefunken U47 - great Warm Audio WA87 - usable
If you're still thinking about vocal microphones... Put the Bock Soundelux U195, on your short list. If you're curious why I said that, I'll explain. Chris
The Soundelux (or Bock) U195 is a cardiod large diaphram condenser with a "fat" switch and it sounds very good. Very good indeed!
Now trying to describe "good" in a review is kinda pointless, so is comparing it to a U87 or C12...because at the end of the day it sounds just like a U195. Which is...