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Manley Reference Silver Tube Microphone

Original price $4,199.00 - Original price $4,199.00
Original price $4,199.00
$4,999.00
$4,999.00 - $4,999.00
Current price $4,999.00
► New / Silver - ♫ In stock
Condition: New
Color: Silver
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The Manley Reference Silver Tube Microphone is Classic, Smooth, and Versatile

After 27 years since the debut of the first Manley Reference Gold and Reference Cardioid tube microphones which have since become modern classics, Manley unveils the Manley Reference Silver Microphone. The audio inspiration for this handcrafted beauty begins with the 1950s classic Sony C-37a microphone, and specifically with California capsule maker David Josephson's fantastic recreation of the C-37's C-3 capsule which features an adjustable acoustic chamber on the rear of the capsule for the user to switch between Cardioid and Omni pickup patterns (see the adjacent photo for a close-up). This distinctive capsule is the heart of the rich and creamy tone that the Manley Reference Silver Mic delivers today, and reliably with a five year factory warranty. The old SONY mics are super-rare at this point, if you can find a decent working example of one!

Inside the mic, Manley uses a different circuit from their other two microphones. The fragile high impedance signal from the capsule first hits a FET sitting underneath the 5670 vacuum tube's cathode which then amplifies the signal into a more robust voltage that the hand-wound Manley IRON® microphone output transformer sends out to your microphone preamplifier. Output level from this mic is a wee bit lower compared to Manley's other two microphones, but after careful consideration coming through the Beta-testing phase of development, they decided to leave it there as this mic will find a forever-home in front of your loudest instruments such as snare drum, guitars, and toms. It's a real natural there!

Sonic character of the Reference Silver is on the rich and warm side. You'll find this microphone stunning with female vocals and saxophones, with a round character that is never sibilant or boxy. A brass section will sound rich and cohesive. This microphone with its bountiful and warm middle tonality also is a natural for drum overheads where you might have too much brightness off the cymbals from other microphones. It is a very classic sounding microphone, which is to be expected since its innovative capsule design harkens back to the 1950s. Use the Manley Reference Silver Microphone where you might be thinking about a ribbon, and use it with confidence!

Driven By Manley Power

The trailblazing power supply is a brand-new derivative of the wildly successful MANLEY POWER® SMPS already in use in the Manley CORE® Reference Channel Strip, Manley FORCE® 4-channel microphone preamplifier, and Manley Nu Mu and ELOP+ Stereo Limiter Compressors designed by the worldwide experts in this technology, Bruno Putzeys and Nand Eeckhout. This power supply was designed for vacuum tubes, and designed especially for audio fidelity. Numerous listening comparisons again prove the sonic superiority of this power supply. All lines are regulated, all rails come out at super-low impedance, and there is zero 50/60 Hz ripple component present in the chassis as the module runs at a much higher frequency well above the audible range. It is an efficient design in the high 90th percentile, and it functions it any mains input voltage from 90 to 250 V AC meaning no reconfiguration is necessary when traveling around the world. Just plug it in! It is a well-smart invention light years ahead of older linear power supply designs.

Manley's proprietary precision suspension system is provided with each Reference Microphone (the capsule itself is mounted onto a rubber shock-mount.) Because the entire working "guts" of the microphone may be removed for service in one piece from the housing, it is envisioned that the microphone need not be removed from the suspension. We also provide a very useful swivel of our own design with every REFERENCE MICROPHONE; its T-bar handle and locking clutch action require no tools to adjust. And no MANLEY microphone would be complete without a genuine leather capsule protector which slips (and ties) onto the end of the microphone to protect the capsule when not in use.


SPECIFICATIONS

  • Condenser Transducer based on vintage Sony C-37A Hand Made in USA by Josephson Audio
  • Single-Sided Large Diaphragm Capsule Edge Tensioned
  • 5 Micron Evaporated Gold Diaphragm 1" diameter
  • Dual Pattern Cardioid or Omni Directional adjustable via vent on the backplate
  • 5670 Internal Vacuum Tube Head Amplifier
  • Constant Current Source for Tube Minimizes Noise and Tube Selection
  • Hand Wound Nickel Core Manley Iron Output Transformer
  • Output Impedance: 30 Ohms
  • High Pass Filter Switch -3dB @ 55Hz 6dB/8va
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-30kHz, AMP to 60kHz
  • Maximum Input SPL: 150 dB SPL at Capsule
  • Sensitivity: 7mV/Pa
  • Amplifier Type: 2 Triode Gain Block Lo Z Output
  • Output Polarity: Balanced XLR, Pin 2 Hot, Pin 3 Low
  • Amplifier Distortion: Less Than 0.05% THD+N BW 22-22 kHz (1kOhm Load, 1kHz -40dBV Output)
  • Amplifier Noise: Typically -108 dBV "A Weighted"
  • Body: Etched Silver Anodized Aluminum
  • Mic Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • PSU Weight: 2.35 lbs
  • Mic Size: 2" x 9.7" x 4.5" (including suspension)
  • PSU Size: 5" x 3.3" x 9.3" (including handle)
  • Power Consumption: 8 Watts
  • PSU Mains Fuse: 5mm x 20 mm, 2A @ 250V, CERAMIC, Slo-Blo
  • Custom Designed Outboard Switched Mode PSU 90V ~ 250VAC Universal Voltage Operation 50Hz-60Hz

Manufacturer: Manley Laboratories
Model: MRAG
SKU: I588697-1-WHXE


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