Charter Oak SA538B


The Charter Oak SA538B is a condenser microphone that employs two large, ultra-thin, side terminated gold diaphragms and a vacuum tube head amplifier using a selected low noise tube, and output transformer.

As a result, the Charter Oak SA538B has very low inherent noise and broad dynamic range. Its rich and balanced sound makes it an ideal choice to ensure extremely high quality sound reproduction.

The parts of the CharterOak SA538B are machined from solid brass and high quality electronic components are used throughout. The process of creating this mic involves a seven (7) day burn in of the vacuum tube and no less than 1/2 hour spent with each microphone in a studio environment. Careful listening tests employ high quality microphone preamplifiers and high resolution monitoring systems.

Quality checks on every component of each kit complete the process. It is only after this exhaustive finishing and quality control process is complete, that an SA538B will be cleared for sale to the customer. From the research and development to the delivery of every SA538B, it is this attention to detail that makes the SA538B truly unique in its class.

Charter Oak SA538B main features include:

  • Acoustical Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Diaphragm: Dual 1.07" 6 micron thick gold sputtered Mylar
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 12mV/Pa 0dB=1V/Pa@1kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8, and intermediate stages selectable from power supply
  • Impedance: < 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load: > 200 Ohms
  • Equivalent Input Noise: 20dB A weighted IEC651
  • Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 125dB for 0.5% total harmonic distortion @ 1kHz
  • Power Requirements: Custom supply 115V or 230V operation with IEC type 2 AC Cable
  • Connection between Mic & Power Supply: 7 pin XLR