New for Musikmesse 2017, sE Electronics has announced the X1 S, an updated and refined version of their best-selling X1 condenser microphone. They say that, 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.
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."
Here's more detail direct from sE Electronics...
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.
Pricing and Availability:
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.