Vanguard V13 GEN2
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The Vanguard V13 GEN2
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.
One important design objective was
maintaining a low noise floor – no small feat when working with vacuum
tube circuitry. When tested against several $5000 European tube
microphones, the V13 had the lowest noise floor by a significant margin.
After hundreds of hours of listening and
testing dozens of design variations with world-class engineers, the V13
is a top-shelf microphone with an incredibly low noise-floor. This is
truly a professional, world-class microphone.
The VANGUARD V13 is very different from
other mics in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in
limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards.
We started with an extra-large 34mm
edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assembly and
custom-voiced it with a proprietary hand-tuning process, placing it in
an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal
reflections. We then designed a 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. We cryogenically
treated critical components in the signal path, including a
hand-selected European vacuum tube. We placed the low-frequency roll-off
and -10dB pad toggle switches on the rear of the microphone, where they
are easily accessible to the engineer. We topped off the electronics
with an ultra-linear, fully shielded, custom-wound, dual-bobbin
humbucking transformer for the output stage to drive long cable runs.
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. Machined into the rear of the microphone
is a cooling vent to prolong tube life. Your V13’s serial number is
laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.
The V13 was designed by a team of
experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by world-famous
award-winning engineers and producers.
The V13 was designed in the USA, and
undergoes final assembly in sunny Southern California. We perform 100%
quality control – every single microphone undergoes a series of
stringent audio and visual tests here in Southern California before
Every part of the V13 was designed to be
robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-specced.
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.
When you buy a V13, 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.
The V13 also comes with the PS-13 power
supply, which allows you to select any of 9 available polar patterns on
your microphone. We encourage you to experiment with the different polar
patterns, as each one changes the character and frequency response of
the microphone. The PS-13 can operate worldwide on 110-240V mains
outlets via a switch on the rear of the power supply.
When not in use, your V13 should be stored in its padded pinewood box.
The black aluminum locking carrying case
with the V13 keeps your microphone, cables, and power supply in one
place, and includes a slot for a spare vacuum tube. 12AX7, 12AT7, and
12AY7 tube types will work with the V13 microphone. Folks who experiment
sonically with NOS tubes can feel safe using these tube types.
- 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
- Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc metal construction
- Rear venting to prolong tube and component life
- Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
- Each V13 comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
- Over-spec componentry
- Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
- Polished nickel trim
- Precision-cast Vanguard badge
- 100% Quality Control
- 5-Year Warranty / 90-day warranty for vacuum tube
PS-13 Power Supply
VLSM Large Shockmount
Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
Locking Aluminum Carrying Case
7-Pin Braided Microphone Cable
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: 200O
Max SPL: 134dB (144dB with pad)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
Equivalent Noise Level: 13dB (A-weighted)
S/N Ratio: 82dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
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