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Manley Labs Reference Gold

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REFGOLD - Manley Reference Mono Gold Mic - Multi-pattern Tube Condenser Microphone

Manley's GOLD REFERENCE MULTI-PATTERN microphone is simply one of the finest microphones that money can buy. The Gold Reference Series employs Manley's own design of large capsules measuring 1.25" overall, with a 1" diameter diaphragm. These are manufactured to precise tolerances by micro-milling machinery. Its capsule rings and back-plates are milled from solid brass. The gold diaphragm film is of German origin and tensioned using proprietary techniques by David Josephson to ensure capsule-to-capsule consistency. These production techniques, coupled with design flair and attention detail give Manley's Gold Reference Mic a response, speed, "air", and superb ultra-high frequency performance for wonderfully accurate musical sounding recordings.

The all-tube electronics in the Manley Gold Reference microphones are built around two triodes (12AX7WA) in cascade forming an entire gain-block. Output is coupled through a Manley output transformer of unparalleled quality and substantial physical size employing nickel laminations with "hum bucking" bi-filar windings, encased in mu-metal. The polar pattern control is continuously variable between the OMNI, CARDIOID, and FIGURE 8 positions vastly increasing versatility. It's possible to exactly tailor proximity effect to achieve a desired character. A very open weave stainless-steel grille for the capsule window allows all highs to reach the capsule unimpaired, so an engineer can choose if, when, and how much pop screen is appropriate. As a result, the Reference Gold reaches to the furthest extremes of highs and lows with gorgeous natural acoustic smoothness. A locking 6-pin XLR connector for the 9 meter power supply cable carries the stringently filtered B+ and regulated heater voltages from the separate dedicated power supply. The microphone body is machined from brass providing excellent shielding properties, polished to a high lustre, then plated with 24 karat gold for an impressive finish.

A precision suspension system is provided with each unit (the capsule itself is mounted onto a neoprene-rubber shock-mount.) As the entire working body of the microphone can be removed for service in one piece from the housing, it is envisaged that the microphone need not be removed from its mount. The unit has a very useful swivel too, its T-bar handle and locking clutch action require no tools to adjust. Each Manley Gold Ref microphone is supplied with a leather capsule protector with soft velour lining which slips (and ties) onto the end of the microphone to protect the capsule when not in use.

Each REFERENCE MICROPHONE is packaged complete in a strong locking carrying-case.


- Continuously variable polar patterns through cardioid, omni and figure-8
- All-tube triode design
- 10dB switchable pad
- Frequency response: 10Hz-30KHz
- Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa
- Noise typically -120dB EIN
- Max SPL: 150dB
- Output impedance 200 ohms
- Body: 24 karat gold cover machined brass
- Included accessories: External power supply, sturdy case, 6-Pin micophone cable, power cable, neoprene-rubber shock-mount, leather capsule protector

Technical Specifications

- Capsule type: dual large diaphram capacitor
- Poloar patterns: Continuously variable (cardioid through omni through figure-8)
- Diaphram size: 1”
- Diphrahm thickness: 5 micron; gold sputtered
- Frequency response: 10Hz-30KHz
- Max SPL: 150dB
- Sensitivity: 17mV/Pa
- Amplifier type: 2 triode gain block lo Z output
- Tube: 12AT7
- Ouput type: transformer coupled, XLR
- Amplifier distortion: < 0.05%
- Pad: -10 dB switchable
- Noise: typically -120dB EIN
- Output impedance: 200 Ohms
- Body: 24 karat gold cover machined brass
- Power Supply (external): 100V, 120V or 220-240VAC / 50~ 60Hz
- Power Consumption: 8.4 Watts
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 114 x 114 x 246 mm (Mic), 127 x 208 x 87 mm (PSU)
- Weight: 1,03 kg (Mic), 1,2 kg (PSU)
- Included accessories: External power supply, sturdy case, 6-Pin micophone cable, power cable, neoprene-rubber shock-mount, leather capsule protector