sE's "no-frills" small-diaphragm condenser, the sE1a puts on a serious performance.
With a hand-crafted capsule otherwise unheard-of at this price point, the sE1a helps sE blur the line between "affordable" and "professional" in a big way.
Great for strings, acoustic guitars and pianos, the sE1a uses a capsule built and tested by the same skilled technicians as the more expensive sE5 and Rupert Neve Signature RN17 SDCs, housed in a chassis alongside super-quiet electronics.
Even though the sE1a does not include any pads or roll-off switches - which helps keep costs down - you won't miss them. It can handle a massive 137dB sound pressure level, which is more than enough for the loudest drums and guitars. No frills, no switches...no need for them.
sE1a Factory-Matched Stereo Pair
When purchased as a pair, the capsules are factory-matched for perfect tolerance, guaranteeing the best possible stereo image.
This configuration also includes a precision stereo mounting bar and two mic clips, all packaged inside a sturdy flight case.
Frequency Response: 30Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa - 40 ± 2dB (0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz)
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Impedance: ≤ 300 Ohms
Equivalent Noise Level: 17dB (A weighted)
Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 137dB
Power Requirement: Phantom power 48V±4V
Connector: 3-pin XLR
"...even though the mic comes with no pad or filter switches, it can handle pretty much everything it is likely to encounter in day-to-day studio work. A very subtle presence hump centered at around 8kHz adds a natural airiness to the sound."
"It is a ridiculously inexpensive microphone by professional standards, but it certainly doesn't look or sound cheap in any way that I could tell."
- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)
"I have a friend, a self-proclaimed audio snob, who swears that if he ever heard a great-sounding Chinese microphone, it would be one of the signs of the Apocalypse. After reviewing three small-capsule mics from sE Electronics, I told him to cash out his 401k, buy the Ferrari and 100 gallons of ice cream, and wait for the flash."
- Kevin Becka, Mix Magazine (full review)
"...after owning them and used them countless times, I've never looked back. They were exactly what I expected and more. I always use them on drum overheads - I've thought about trying other mics and I own a bunch of other mics, but since these give me exactly what I want I've never seen the need."
- Gearslutz user 'PreacherX' (full review via Gearslutz.com)