The Soyuz 1973 has been designed with a slightly wider market in mind, perhaps even the high-end home recording sphere. In true Soyuz style, it’s inspired by vintage FET microphones from the golden age of recording.
FET microphone technology began to steadily grow in popularity since its introduction in the mid-1960s. Compared to vacuum tube mics, field-effect transistor mics were cheaper to produce and more energy efficient. However, the difference in sound between FET and tube mics is noticeable.
Luckily we’ve come a LONG way since the 60s, and mics like Soyuz can be manufactured to the same standard regardless of their design.
What’s different about the Soyuz 1973?
For starters, it’s over $400 cheaper than the “most affordable” large diaphragm condenser microphone in the current Soyuz range. This makes it more accessible to musicians, producers, and recording engineers looking for a high-end vintage sound without the price tag that usually comes with it.
Although it uses the Soyuz Bomblet capsule which originates from the 1950s, it’s a completely different microphone format. The 1973 is a single-pattern cardioid mic with an impedance rating of 150 Ohms. This makes it a slightly more favourable choice than some high-end mics (like the U87) if you don’t happen to have a discrete mic preamp.
As an FET condenser, it obviously requires phantom power, and ships with a stand mount in two finishes: polished silver and matte black.
Pricing and availability:
The Soyuz 1973 S is currently available from Thomann.
More about microphones:
- Soyuz Microphones
- Tube vs FET mics
- Thomann’s guide to large diaphragm mics
- All about microphones
- Everything vintage
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