Using the same
tube and buffer amplifier circuit as the UM17R, the UM17 is designed as an entry point into the world of performance microphones
for serious enthusiasts or a reliable professional tool for studios on a budget. Built with a focus on sound quality, the
UM17 shares many attributes of the UM17R, making it one of the best value microphones in its class.
UM17 uses the exact same circuit, NOS tube, and AMI BV8LP transformer as the UM17R. To achieve a lower price-point, we replace
the Thiersch capsule with a custom Asian-built K47/M7 hybrid. We modify and complete the capsule ourselves, ensuring that
it's optimally tuned to the UM17. It’s then assembled on the same chassis designed specifically for
the R version. With sections made out of Plexiglas, it provides a painless platform to work on for those who at some point
would like to change the UM17's capsule down the road.
For its components, the
UM17 uses a Phillips 5840 (EF732) sub-miniature NOS tube, a custom AMI BV8LP transformer and the Blackspade K17 capsule. The
low profile power supply is modified and stringently tested in the US, providing the user with a remote control for 11 different
polar patterns ranging from Omni to Cardioid to Figure 8. The entire system is covered by our 5 year limited warranty, with
all units burnt-in and tested for 3-days prior to delivery.
With the low price-tag it's easy to underestimate
the UM17's performance. To describe its sound, as a guideline only, it makes for a very versatile mid-forward microphone with
a present but unimposing colour, and well balanced high-end. As with all our products, we highly recommend you contact your
dealer for a demo in your own room, to experience it first-hand.
UM17 Owner's Manual
- Oliver Archut designed
- Our BV8LP transformer manufactured here in Gaylord, Kansas
- NOS TPhilips 5840 tubes
- Shock Mount and wind sock
- 7-pin Connector Cable
- Flight Case
- Assembled, burned in and tested in the US
- 5-year limited warranty
on all components except the tube which has a 6-month warranty, customer pays for shipping
- Type: Condenser pressure gradient
- Capsule: K17 dual-sided gold sputtered, large diaphragm capsule
- Polar Patterns: Remote 11-position switch from Omni to Figure 8
- Frequency Range: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
- Impedance: 200Ω
- SPL: 128dB
- Sensitivity: 14mV/Pa = -37dB (0dB= 1v/Pa) -10dB
- Equivalent Noise: 17 dB, A-weighted
- Non-linear Distortion: 1% THD @ 1000 Hz (132dB)
- Mic Dimensions: 245mm long, 44mm diameter
- Weight: 775g
This unit available now. List price: $1299.