The X1A is the perfect entry point into sE's acclaimed X1 series. X1 microphones have been praised by engineers and studio owners alike for their acoustic performance, particularly when compared with other brands in the same price range.
The X1 A is the newest addition to the series, and features a newly developed acoustic design and a complete overhaul of the electronics, combined with a carefully selected condenser capsule. As a result, you get a clear, transparent sound with a well-balanced frequency response.
The Perfect 1st Microphone
The X1 series microphones have always been a staple choice for someone building up their studio arsenal. The new X1A is even more affordable for the budget conscious beginner, and its natural balanced response is perfect for recording a wide range of instruments, from vocals to acoustic instruments. It’s even brilliant at capturing the general room sound of any performance.
In a studio, particularly when starting out, it's a great investment to have one of these all-rounder microphones, which will basically sound great on anything. So, while it may be your first microphone, it's also one that you will still be using years down the line – even when your mic cabinet has grown exponentially!
Here's what sE Electronics Say About the X1A
Completely New Acoustic Design
The X1 A delivers the best sound in its class thanks to its newly-developed acoustic design, with a carefully selected condenser capsule. Its pristine sound quality without coloration ensures a wide range of applications. Thanks to its carefully selected capsule it offers an even, well-balanced frequency response. Also, the electronics have undergone a complete overhaul, and exhibit better specifications and sound - on and off the test bench - than any other microphone in its class.
Attenuation Pad & Low-Cut switch
The -20dB pad switch provides extended dynamic range, enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for even the loudest instruments...think super-heavy electric guitars, fortissimo brass instruments, and heavy-footed kick drums. The 100 Hz low-cut switch helps eliminate low-frequency rumble or footfall noise, and compensates for excessive bass with close-mic techniques (proximity effect).
All-Metal Housing and Premium Finish
Unlike the cheaply constructed bodies of some other "entry-level" microphones, the X1 A's all-metal chassis provides efficient rejection of any electrical interference and noise - and the high-quality finish ensures a great look for years to come.
Eliminates the need for an external pop filter, and provides an extra layer of safety and security for the all-important capsule.
Gold-plated XLR Connector
Ensures loss-free, reliable signal connection for years and years and years
The X1 A comes complete with a rock-solid, newly designed swivel mic clip and thread adapter to fit with any mic stand. If you need additional rumble control, the X1 A integrates perfectly with sE's Isolation Pack, as well as the Reflexion Filter X - recommended for an instant pro vocal recording setup for your home studio.
From vocals to acoustic instruments to electric guitars or percussion, the X1 A is the perfect choice for any musician seeking a high-quality microphone with an entry-level price tag.
- Capsule Type: 2/3" Permanently-Biased Condenser
- Directional Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Impedance: <50 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dB)
- Max SPL: 130 / 150 dB (0 / 20 dB pad, (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
- Signal to Noise Ratio: 78 dB(A)
- Equivalent Noise Level: 16 dB(A)
- Dynamic Range: 114 / 134 dB (0 / 20 dB pad)
- Low Cut Filter: 100 Hz, 6 dB/oct, switchable
- Attenuation Pad: 20 dB, switchable
- Connectivity: 3-pin male XLR
- Power Requirement: 48V phantom according to IEC 61938
- Recommended Load Impedance: >1K Ohms
- Current Consumption: 4.0 mA
- Diameter: 58 mm (2.28 in.) x Length: 169 mm (6.65 in.)
- Weight: 390 g / 13.8 oz