MXL USB.009 Review
Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices. MXL’s Studio 1, USB.008 and USB.009 microphones are prime examples of good solutions for any broadcaster or podcaster in the market for an affordable microphone that performs well and delivers consistently.
Now, I identified all three microphones as broadcast microphones and while they do make great broadcast microphones, they do have qualities that serve well in other vocal and instrumental applications. All three USB microphones are bus-powered cardioid condenser microphones that are easily USB 2.0 and 1.1 compatible with both your PC and Mac. There are no special drivers, phantom power, or installation software needed. Just plug and capture.
The final MXL microphone in this line up is Marshall’s MXL USB.009. And of the three, the MXL USB.009 offers the best sound quality. It’s a 24-bit/96kHz plug and play USB microphone. It doesn’t require phantom power or mixers or additional gear to run. It boasts a 6-micron gold-sputtered large diaphragm with a 32mm capsule for quality of sound. It’s USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible, features a 1/8-inch headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring and has Gain and Mix rotary dials.
The MXL USB.009 has a wide frequency range and flat response for the most natural sound. Also, it works reliably and easily with your Mac or PC. The clarity of the USB.009 is right in line with its 114dB dynamic range. This microphone picks up everything – from the smallest vibration or handling noise to the loudest guffaw with absolute distinction between the two. I love it.
Now, this baby debuted at $400 when it originally came to market. You can find it now for just under $300 if you shop around. You may wince at that price for a USB microphone, but the .009 is absolutely studio quality, comparable to phantom powered condensers in the same price range. You test. You be the judge, but it seems to me that the USB might be a better choice.
-By John Redick
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