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The X1 S Reviewed by Bonedo

"Good sound must be expensive? No!"

"Good sound must be expensive? No!"

Just two days after its announcement, the first X1 S review is in!

"Cons: None"

"Cons: None"

"Capsule: Made in China. Stop! Before anybody raises a cry of shame, something should be clarified. The sE company does not buy these capsules in one of the few OEM factories in China, putting their own logo on it. sE Electronics operate their own production in their own small factory, and this is located in Shanghai...this true condenser capsule with front center termination has therefore been specifically designed for the X1 S. The capsule is made of brass, not plastic."

"Even without pre-attenuation, the proportion of distortion products in the overall signal is only half a percent at 140 dB (SPL). With a two-stage pad one achieves values of 160 dB (SPL). This is enormous for a microphone of this price range."

"...it generates a flexible, technically accurate signal...required of a modern studio large diaphragm, but not necessarily [found] at this price range."

"in the bass, [it] does not become bulgy and spongy even with a small distance...The mids and centers have proper meat. Many instruments and voices get a great weight in the mix."

"Together with a brisk, dry transient reproduction, a clear, clean and completely detailed picture results in every case. Cheap condenser microphones often suffer from biting, edgy, and scrabbling heights. The X1 S also shows class here by being remarkably round, balanced and almost warm. Together with the uncolored and distortion-free character, the suitability as an all-rounder is again shown."

On off-axis response: "Even here the new sE mic is good. Particularly up to a distance of 90 degrees, there are no strong differences in level and phase, the naturally occurring high-frequency attenuation has a pleasantly smooth course, the sweet spot in front of the microphone is pleasantly large."

"[Self noise] is quiet, not just on paper...headroom is now really massive."

"If you want to buy a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with fixed cardioid characteristics, which fulfills many tasks without problems...if you want to have a high budget [sound] for a small budget...the X1 S is a 'must-hear'."

 
 

New Products, Events

sE Electronics Introduces Newly Revamped X1 S Condenser Microphone and Bundles

 
 

New for Musikmesse 2017, sE Electronics is proud to announce the X1 S, an updated and refined version of their best-selling X1 condenser microphone.

With expanded features, completely overhauled circuit design, and superior performance - including the highest dynamic range and SPL handling capabilities in its class - the X1 S is the first major update to the X1 since its introduction in 2010.

Utilizing a hand-crafted gold-sputtered large-diaphragm condenser capsule manufactured by sE in their own capsule room, plus the same robust all-metal chassis design as its predecessor, the X1 S now includes two low-cut filters (switchable between 80Hz and 160Hz) and two attenuation pads (-10dB or -20dB), as opposed to the X1’s single filter and pad options. The body’s finish has also been updated with the same new high-quality paint as sE’s latest X1 A, and the XLR connector is now gold-plated for loss-free, reliable, and long-lasting use.

 
 

For this launch, sE’s best-selling Vocal Pack and Studio Bundle have also been updated. The X1 S Vocal Pack includes sE’s Isolation Pack shockmount and pop shield plus a 3-meter XLR cable, and the X1 Studio Bundle includes the same plus sE’s successful RF-X Reflexion Filter® to provide an instant professional recording solution for any singer, musician, songwriter, or engineer.

According to sE’s General Manager Ling Zou:

“We have updated the X1 microphone design to optimize its sound and build quality. Bundled with our RF-X, I believe we have delivered the best possible recording setup for our customers - especially for new musicians. I hope it will be like owning your first car; it will be a useful tool for a very long time, and you will never forget the beautiful memories you have created together.”

The X1 S will arrive in stores worldwide in May 2017, with a suggested retail price of $249 USD / €249 EUR. It ships with a newly redesigned mic clip and mic stand thread adapter, and is fully compatible with sE’s Isolation Pack shockmount / pop filter system.

The X1 S Vocal Pack and X1 S Studio Bundle will have a suggested retail price of $299 USD / €299 EUR and $399 USD / €399 EUR respectively, and will also be available worldwide May 2017.