Vanguard Audio V4 Gen2 Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone (FREE Float Acoustic TF77 Premium Pop Filter)

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RM3,300.00(Approx. $ 713.05)

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Description

VANGUARD AUDIO V4 GEN2 LARGE-DIAPHRAGM MULTI-PATTERN CONDENSER MICROPHONE

 

We’re excited to introduce the VANGUARD AUDIO LABS V4 gen2!

The impact of 2020, the year of uncertainty, was felt in a number of ways by Vanguard Audio Labs, including its effect on our supply-chain partners. Some of our key suppliers became unreliable or shut down altogether. This forced us to seek out new sources and partners. Our new key supply chain partner has another client besides us, it’s some fruit company from Cupertino…

We took this opportunity to upgrade not only our supply chain, but the current mic line-up as well. From day one at Vanguard Audio Labs, we have always been seeking ways to improve our products and we always will…that is part of our mission. As a result, we have upgraded key components to audiophile-grade parts, including US-made low-noise resistors. These upgrades have netted us a lower signal-to-noise ratio (even though we already had a superb reputation for low noise mics), and vastly improved sound staging.  We undertook a ground-up redesign of every mechanical component to improve the fit and finish of the final product, so not only are they world-class performers, but they look damn good while they’re doing it!

The design team here at Vanguard Audio Labs has worked very long and hard this last year to implement these exciting improvements and we are proud to release these new creations!

 

Performance

We designed V4 with certain characteristics of classic FET microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology & design to meet the demands of today’s recording professionals. Our ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms are extraordinarily sensitive, ensuring that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured.

We heard from a number of Vanguard V44S users that they loved the clean and full character of the V44S so much as an alternative to their V13 and V1 microphones, they wanted a small “mono” version of the V44S for travel purposes. The signal and power paths of the V4 is identical to a single channel of the V44S, but because we had space for an extra PCB and switch, we couldn’t resist adding a simple pad/rolloff combo switch to the rear, as well as spacing the power conversion circuit as far as possible from the signal path.

After hundreds of hours of listening with world-class engineers in environments ranging from fully-equipped major studios to bootstrapped home setups, we can confidently say that this microphone will vastly exceed the performance of other microphones in its price range, and rival the performance of microphones costing several times more.

 

Design

The VANGUARD V4 is very different from other microphones in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards, with final assembly and 100% testing taking place here in Southern California. We feel that the sensitive nature of microphones requires a high-standards, no-holds-barred test battery to ensure that we’d be proud to use EVERY microphone that leaves our shop on our own records.

We started with an extra-large 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assembly and custom-voice it with a proprietary hand-tuning process. The capsule is mounted in an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal reflections.

We then designed a transformerless solid-state circuit that matches the unique musical properties of our capsules and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world, including Germany, Japan, and the USA. We deep-cycle  cryogenically treat critical components in the signal & power paths, including an ultra-high-grade FET that is many times more expensive than the standard transistor you’ll find in most sub-$500 microphones. As one of the most critical components in the signal path, we tested several premium-grade transistors before choosing this particular model, and the results are significant & audible improvements in audio quality, headroom, distortion, and noise floor vs. standard-grade JFET transistors.

Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass body is coated with our signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V4’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.

The V4 was designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by award-winning engineers and producers.

 

Quality

The V4 was designed in the USA, and undergoes final assembly in sunny Southern California. We perform 100% quality control – every single piece of your microphone kit undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests here in Southern California before being hand-packed.

Every part of the V4 was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-spec’d. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Brass, steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by our FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.

We run every one of our microphones through a series of tests to ensure that they meet our standards, and we strongly feel that any pair of V4s will match each other close enough for any critical recording applications. However, we also understand the level of detail and fastidiousness that we audio engineers hold ourselves to. At your request to your dealer, we can provide matched pairs of the V4 +/- 1.5dB at no additional cost.

 

Accessories

When you buy a V4, you also get a VLSM Heavy-Duty Shockmount. We wanted to rethink the standard “spider-style” shockmount of old, and designed the VLSM with a few nifty features. First is the open front, which allows you to position the microphone as close to the source as necessary. Second, we install aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t break, sag, crack, or stretch over time. This shockmount was designed to fit any microphone with M22x1 threading, so you also can use it with a number of microphones from other manufacturers.

When not in use, your V4 should be stored in its padded pinewood box.

 

Features

  • Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 selectable polar patterns – Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
  • -10dB/100Hz Rolloff
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with American-made audiophile-grade components (New)
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • Neutrik® interconnects (New)
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Each V4 comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • Over-spec componentry
  • Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Exquisite deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Laser-etched model and serial numbers

Specification

Transducer Type : Condenser

Capsule Size : 1.34″ / 34mm (dual-capsule)

Diaphragm Size : 1.04″ / 26.4mm

Capsule Diaphragms Thickness : 3µm

Electronics Type : Solid-state, electronically-balanced output

Output Impedance : 200Ω

Max SPL : appx. 135dB (145dB w/ Pad)

Frequency Response : 20Hz-20000Hz

Equivalent Noise Level : <=12dBA (A-weighted)

Sensitivity : TBA

Output Connector : Male XLR 3-pin, gold-plated

High-Pass/Rolloff Switch : 120Hz (either/or with pad)

Attenuation/Pad Switch : -10dB (either/or with rolloff)

Finish : Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir

Weight (microphone) : 0.83 lbs / 0.38 kg

Weight (in case) : 5.63 lbs / 2.56 kg

Dimensions (microphone) : 7.25″ long, 1.8″ diameter / 184mm long, 46mm diameter

Dimensions (case) : 12″L x 11″W x 5.75″H / 305mmL x 280mmW x 146mmH

Voltage Requirement : Phantom Power (+48V ideal)

Included Accesories

  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Aluminum Carrying Case

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1 review for Vanguard Audio V4 Gen2 Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone (FREE Float Acoustic TF77 Premium Pop Filter)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

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    First time buying from MRH, love the service, very responsive and friendly!
    This is a great sounding mic, highly recommended 👍👍 The price is very good too!

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