Avantone CV-12 B-Stock

B-Stock, Avantone CV-12 Multi-Pattern Large Capsule Tube Microphone - hand selected Russian made 6072A tube, 9-polar patterns (switchable on the PS-12 power supply): omni, cardioid and figure-8 etc, frequency response: 25Hz-20kHz (+/-3dB), 136dB maximum SPL, 80Hz hi-pass filter (6dB/oct), -10dB attenuation switch. Dimensions: 237 x 46mm. Weight: 800g. Includes padded wooden box, shockmount, metal road case and 7-pole connection cable., B-Stock with full warranty, may have slight traces of use

Further information

Tube Yes
Switchable Polar Pattern Yes
Omnidirectional Yes
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 Yes
Low Cut Yes
Pad Yes
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone No
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This time it's really true !!! Wow

Mario793, 11.01.2011
Sooo, ... I was already very skeptical when reading the reviews. Everywhere an outstanding result and highly praised CV-12 micro. It was tested against a Rode NT2A and an AudioTechnica AT-4040 and a MicrotechGefell M930 Art Ld ...

The Avantone was clearly more detailed and beautifully high. However, I had to order three CV-12 microphones to get the best out. All three were different in processing. One was the cable half defect (wobbly contact), the other the switches were extremely difficult to move .... etc. Finally, I finally had finally caught one that was OK. In my opinion, the Rode NT2A is best manufactured, but sound the Avantone significantly better.

Surprised, I was even, it even a little better solved than the expensive (M.Gefell M930 Art Ld. For ca.1400, -Euro)

Good microphone. Sound very good !!! Processing OK, price performance therefore very good.
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The insider tip? Not for me!

Markus515, 27.12.2010
The Avantone CV-12 is a tube microphone in the lower price segment. It is supposed to represent a replica of the famous AKG C12, which costs 6 times.

Has this succeeded or is the Avantone a self-considered tube microphone?

When I got it, I first realized that the wrong power cable lay at (3 pin connector for America) ... but I believe that this was not the rule, but the exception with me. Luckily, however, I still had a cold-plug cable here, with which I could test it.

The processing is very neat .... the mic AND the accessories make a great impression.

After I had everything connected and the tube 30min heated, I began to test.

Conclusion was that DAS Micro was NOT suitable for my voice (high baritone), since it was simply too much hissing and sounded slightly biting. The "snappy" was not "hard" but rather "soft" ...

Compared to the "real" AKG C12 loses it by length ....
For music (instrumentation) I could imagine the Avantone but GOOD.

My tip: Better a GOOD transistor micro, as a medium-well-bad tube micro.
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