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Shanghai-based manufacturer sE Electronics has recently begun shipping a new incarnation of the microphone which put the brand on the map, so to speak. The sE 2200 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone was used by the late Amy Winehouse and other well-known artists. It’s new stable-mate is the sE2300 – a multi-pattern version of the same design with figure-8, cardioid, and omnidirectional polar patterns.聽

sE promises that it’s honoured the original capsule design, custom-built transformer and class-A circuit topologies, but brought them up to modern manufacturing standards. sE, however, has added some meaningful improvements to the concept, such as a shorter signal path, new pad and filter options, and better fit and finish.

sE 2200 condenser microphone internal vew

Internal view of the updated sE 2200 studio condenser

The sE 2300 has two gold-sputtered diaphragms for improved “noise performance”. sE says each capsule is externally polarized, hand-crafted and individually tuned for optimal performance. As mentioned, the new 2300 has -10dB and -20dB pad switches for extended dynamic range alongside an 80Hz/160Hz filter cutoff for eliminating rumble and excess low end. The mic chassis is all-metal and the XLR connector is gold-plated, indicating good build quality.

Price and availability

The sE2300 is now available in most territories with a street price of USD 399. That’s aggressive pricing for a multi-pattern mic with premium characteristics. Perhaps it will go head-to-head with the new Vanguard Audio V4, another condenser mic that claims luxury build quality at a mid-range price.

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