Outstanding large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone, rivalling far more expensive options with improved sound staging and a lower signal-to-noise ratio. It embodies classic FET microphone characteristics, boasting a meticulously designed 34mm gold-sputtered Mylar dual-capsule assembly and a transformerless solid-state circuit. The choice of an ultra-high-grade FET transistor elevates its audio quality, headroom, distortion, soundstage, and noise performance. Rigorous testing and quality control ensure each microphone meets high standards. The package includes a VLSM heavy-duty shockmount and a padded pinewood storage box, all within a purpose-built aluminium carry case. Designed for robustness, the V4 Gen 2 features deep-cycle cryogenic treatment for electronic components and a stainless steel body, making it both reliable and enduring.
Sean Rogers, Hey World Productions
At a glance
- Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
- Three selectable polar patterns – Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
- -10dB/100Hz Rolloff
- Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade components
- Ultra-low-noise JFET design
- Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
The Vanguard Audio Labs V4 Gen 2 is an exceptional large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone, effortlessly competing with microphones priced significantly higher. It outshines its predecessor with enhanced sound staging and a lower signal-to-noise ratio. The V4 Gen 2 is purpose-built to be your go-to microphone, all without straining your budget.
In crafting the V4, Vanguard Audio Labs drew inspiration from classic FET microphones. They embarked on this journey with an oversized 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered Mylar dual-capsule assembly. This capsule was meticulously tailored using a proprietary hand-tuning process. It finds its home in an open-weave head basket, reducing internal reflections and delivering a natural sound. Subsequently, a transformerless solid-state circuit was designed, harmonising with the capsules' unique musical characteristics and laden with top-tier components.
With the transistor being a pivotal element in the signal path, Vanguard diligently examined multiple options before settling on an ultra-high-grade FET transistor. This choice witnessed tangible improvements in audio quality, headroom, distortion, soundstage, and noise floor.
Each microphone undergoes rigorous testing and quality control measures, ensuring that Vanguard takes pride in every microphone that leaves its workshop.
The V4 Gen 2 includes the VLSM heavy-duty shockmount, a redesigned marvel featuring an open front that enables users to position the microphone as close to the source as needed. This shockmount is fortified with aerospace-grade suspension rings designed to resist wear and maintain its integrity over time.
A padded pinewood box is provided to shield the microphone from potential impacts for safe storage. These components are then housed in a purpose-built aluminium carry case, guaranteeing protection during transportation or storage.
The Vanguard Audio Labs V4 Gen 2 was meticulously engineered for durability and dependability. Every microphone undergoes stringent audio and visual tests. Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment enhances the lifespan and performance of crucial electronic components, while the stainless steel body ensures secure containment.