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Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone


Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone

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Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone
The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern valve condenser microphone. Crafted by experts over the course of 2 years, it combines vintage warmth with smooth modern detail. After extensive testing and listening by world-class engineers, we can say with pride that the performance of this mic will rival or exceed that of both iconic vintage and modern microphones at a fraction of the cost.

Vanguard Audio Labs designed the V13 with the character of yesteryear’s iconic vintage tube microphones in mind, while also utilizing the latest technology to ensure that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured. They specifically engineered the V13 with warm, full lows, a precise and detailed midrange, and buttery-smooth high end. The result is a microphone that unifies warmth with clarity, depth with detail, and character with precision. The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 is particularly forgiving when it comes to vocal style and timbre. Oftentimes, microphones can be a bit choosy when it comes to how they mesh with different vocalists, but the V13 sounds great with almost any vocal complexion. Tested on both male and female vocalists in a diversity of ranges, styles, and genres, the V13 was usually the top option, despite being matched against microphones several times its cost. One important design objective of the V13 was maintaining a low noise floor – no small feat when working with vacuum tube circuitry. When tested against several $5000 European tube microphones, the V13 had the lowest noise floor by a significant margin. After hundreds of hours of listening and testing dozens of design variations with world-class engineers, the V13 is a top-shelf microphone with an incredibly low noise-floor. This is truly a professional, world-class microphone.

The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 is very different from other mics in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards. Vanguard Audio Labs started with an extra-large 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assembly and custom-voiced it with a proprietary hand-tuning process, placing it in an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal reflections. They then designed a circuit that matches the unique musical properties of our capsules and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world. They cryogenically treated critical components in the signal path, including a hand-selected European vacuum tube. They placed the low-frequency roll-off and -10dB pad toggle switches on the rear of the microphone, where they are easily accessible to the engineer. They topped off the electronics with an ultra-linear, fully shielded, custom-wound, dual-bobbin humbucking transformer for the output stage to drive long cable runs. Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass body is coated with a signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Machined into the rear of the microphone is a cooling vent to prolong tube life. Your V13’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone. The V13 was designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by world-famous award-winning engineers and producers.

The V13 was designed in the USA, and undergoes final assembly in sunny Southern California. Vanguard Audio Labs performs 100% quality control – every single microphone undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests in Southern California before being hand-packed. Every part of the V13 was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-specced. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Brass, steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by our FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.

Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone Features

Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
9 polar patterns (selectable at power supply)
Vacuum tube analog circuitry with premium-grade components
Hand-selected European vacuum tube
Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal path components
Transformer-coupled output – humbucking, shielded, dual-bobbin transformer
-10dB pad and low-frequency rolloff toggle switches
Robust power supply design for ultra-low noise floor
Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc metal construction
Rear venting to prolong tube and component life
Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
Each V13 comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
Over-spec componentry
Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
Polished nickel trim
Precision-cast Vanguard badge
100% Quality Control

Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone Specifications

Transducer Type: Condenser
Capsule Size: 1.34″ / 34mm (dual-capsule)
Diaphragm Size: 1.04″ / 26.4mm
Capsule Diaphragms Thickness: 3µm
Electronics Type: Valve/Tube, Transformer-Coupled Output
Output Impedance: 200Ω
Max SPL: 134dB (144dB with pad)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
Equivalent Noise Level: 13dB (A-weighted)
S/N Ratio: 82dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
Sensitivity: -35dBV
Output Connector: Male XLR 7-pin gold-plated
High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: 125Hz (6dB/octave)
Attenuation/Pad Switch: -10dB
Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
Weight (microphone): 1.07 lbs / 0.48kg
Weight (in case): 11.67 lbs / 5.29kg
Dimensions (microphone): 8.18″ long, 1.98″ diameter / 208mm long, 50.5mm diameter
Dimensions (case): 16.73″L x 12.80″W x 5.25″H / 425mmL x 325mmW x 142mmH
Voltage Requirement: 110-240V

Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Microphone Includes

PS-13 Power Supply
VLSM Large Shockmount
Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
Locking Aluminum Carrying Case
7-Pin Braided Microphone Cable
Power Cable
5-Year Warranty