Vanguard Audio Labs V13

£795.00

The Vanguard 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.

We 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. We 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 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 we have found that the V13 sounds great with almost any vocal complexion. Tested on both male and female vocalists in a diversity of ranges, styles, and genres, we found that the V13 was usually the top option, despite being matched against microphones several times its cost.

  • 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
  • Open-weave headgrills for natural sound with low internal reflections
  • Vanguard’s proprietary hand-tuned custom voicing
  • 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