Monoprice LTM500 Tube Mic
« on: September 16, 2020, 04:48:14 PM »
Monoprice appears to have just released a multipattern LDC tube mic at $200
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=625879

Along with solid state multipatern and cardioid only mics

Anybody cracked one open yet? Curious about the circuit and build quality as compared to other chinese tube mics. Not a bad retail price, I imagine the'll be cheaper street price down the road. Here's hoping it's mod-friendly, or even just a decent mic as-is.


Re: Monoprice LTM500 Tube Mic
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2020, 11:40:56 AM »
Monoprice appears to have just released a multipattern LDC tube mic at $200
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=625879

Along with solid state multipatern and cardioid only mics

Anybody cracked one open yet? Curious about the circuit and build quality as compared to other chinese tube mics. Not a bad retail price, I imagine the'll be cheaper street price down the road. Here's hoping it's mod-friendly, or even just a decent mic as-is.
Looks like the Alctron and Nady tube mics. Expect a K67 capsule, flat circuit, and it'll probably have the same filtering caps as well. I'd be cautious as some of the Chinese tube mics are soldered in place rather than socketed but also a pain to access.

I'd just buy an Apex 460 or the Alctron U47 looking one since I thinking those have tube sockets.

If the frequency response is accurate (which I doubt on a super cheap Chinese mic) it could be interesting. Pretty flat, then +2 dB at 5K, then what looks like +5 at 10K. That pretty much confirms it's a Chinese K67, just not the worst around. I would expect it to be a bit sibilant if you don't mod it. Not harsh, but a bit airy like the Behringer B2 Pro or CAD M179.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2020, 11:52:18 AM by Icantthinkofaname »

Re: Monoprice LTM500 Tube Mic
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2020, 11:48:59 AM »
I have a handful of the Alctron/Nady/Apex/etc. mics and have modded them, including some with the soldered in place tube (FYI K&K Audio sell some individual pin sockets which make it possible, with care, to convert to socketed).

Monoprice is local and I use their A/V gear a lot for work and am generally very happy with their quality/price ratio. I'm hopeful that extends to these mics, and that they are in fact mod-able.


 

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