The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Gen2 tube condenser microphone improves its predecessor in some places while embodying its decisive qualities. The promise of vintage character meeting modern expectations remains, owing to the mid-range detail and smooth highs. So do the 9 switchable polar patterns which contribute to the microphone’s versatility.
Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Gen2
The American manufacturer’s flagship tube condenser microphone relies on a 34 mm capsule with gold-plated Mylar membrane. Switching between the 9 polar patterns is done from the power supply unit. While the V13 Gen2 is assembled and tested in the USA, the tubes are sourced from European manufacturers. A high-pass filter with a 125Hz cutoff frequency and 6 dB/octave slope is integrated, as well as switchable -10dB attenuation.
Vanguard Audio Labs took the time to upgrade the power supply, too. It is said to deliver very low inherent noise and additional headroom owing to the new components. All connections have been upgraded with Neutrik parts and new US-made resistors have been added to the signal path.
The manufacturer also made a few improvements to the spider mount. Its open-front design allows for very close placement to the sound source. The suspension rings are now of “aerospace quality”, which must be good for interstellar recordings. The microphone itself is constructed from brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and zinc – you know, the heavy stuff!
- Capsule Size: 34mm
- 9 switchable polar patterns
- Output Impedance: 200 ohms
- Max SPL: 134 dB (144 dB mit Pad)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Noise level: < 13 dB (A-weighted)
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB (A-weighted)
- Sensitivity: -35dBV
- Low-cut filter at 125 Hz, 6 dB/octave
Price and availability
The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Gen2 is available now, priced at USD 999. The scope of delivery includes a storage box made of pine wood, matching microphone cable, power cable, and an aluminum carry case for the microphone, accessories, and power supply unit.