Most low-cost condenser microphones have a noticeable harsh and bright tone that makes them hard to sit in a mix and can sound fatiguing over time. The Stellar X2 is different in that we carefully tuned its capsule and circuit to produce a sound that is very smooth and easily sits in any mix without the tinny harshness of low-cost condenser microphones.
Furthermore, our custom-made low noise transformerless JFET circuit uses high-quality components such as German imported WIMA capacitors and high tolerance parts. Our K67 style capsule is made from Japanese imported Mylar and is gold sputtered with our proprietary technology. The combination of these features yields a microphone with a high output signal, extremely low distortion, low self-noise, and a very balanced sound. To ensure every microphone provides maximum gain without distortion, the JFET in every Stellar X2 is manually biased in-house so you can rest assured that your microphone will perform at its best. In addition, we use a high-quality steel body with powdered coated paint to ensure this microphone will last a lifetime.
Model: Stellar X2
Capsule Type: Gold Sputtered 34mm K67 style
Frequency Range: 20Hz - 18kHz
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sensitivity: -31dB (0dB = 1V/Pa at 1kHz)
Impedance: 140 Ω
Max SPL for .5% THD: 130dB
Equivalent Self Noise: Less than 13dB (A-weighted)
Power Requirement: 48V Phantom Power ±4
Dimensions: Height: 6in - Outer Diameter: 1.725in
Tape Op Magazine Review
"Finishing up with the standard (non-Vintage) Stellar X2, I put it through the same paces (acoustic guitar, vocals) and found it a tad bit brighter (although not harsh) while not possessing the same vocal pop and warmth of the X2 Vintage. To be honest, that isn't exactly a negative, as these are characteristics I might want in a mic for loud electric guitar and/or an overhead on a drum set. The Stellar X2 is more of a workhorse mic in my opinion – a tool you can use for almost everything – compared to the X2 Vintage, where you might reserve it for specific voice types or string instruments. It's a neutral microphone that handled everything I threw at it, and again, punched well above its weight class."
Sound On Sound Review
"On vocals the mic delivers a clean representation of the person in front of it, with no obvious coloration and a good balance of low‑end density and high-end detail, all the while sounding smooth rather than aggressive. The lack of significant presence peaks also means the mic should suit a wide variety of voice types. Female singers and males with high voices tend to show up any high-frequency coloration a little more so the smooth high end of this model could well be a benefit in such cases. I obtained good results on acoustic guitar too, using the common ‘where the neck meets the body’ position at a mic distance of 300 to 400 mm. Again, the playback sounded very much as I heard the instrument in the room, balancing solidarity of tone with clarity."
The Stellar X2 is designed to be flat and neutral with a slight boost in the presence region. Flat sounding microphones tends to fit many sources.
K67 Style Capsule
Carefully Tuned Sound: Balanced and Neutral frequency response. Unlike most condenser microphones, this microphone does not sound harsh and will not stand out in your mix or sound fatiguing over time.
High-Quality Capsule: Our capsules are made using pure brass and Japanese imported Mylar. They are manufactured with highly accurate machinery to achieve tighter tolerances. Due to their perfected design, our capsules obtain higher sensitivity making them able to reproduce even the most subtle sounds.
Highly Optimized Circuit
Our custom transformerless JFET circuit provides excellent performance with low noise (< 13dBa) and low distortion. High-frequency attenuation is added to remove any harshness commonly associated with the K67 style capsule. Our circuit is made using German WIMA film capacitors and components with tolerances as high as 1%. In addition, the PCB uses gold traces for better conductivity.
High Quality Construction
The body and frame of the Stellar X2 are made from high-grade steel. This gives it added durability and strength. Powder-coated paint is evenly applied and heat-treated to provide it with a smooth and scratch resistant surface.