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Microphone Showdown: MXL V67G vs. 990 vs. 770 Comparison

by Stuart Charles Black
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Today we’ll take a look at 3 of MXL’s entry-level microphones: the V67G, 770, and 990, and see which one is most worthy of a purchase.

We’ll discuss build, sound, features, versatility, and I’ll include some personal demos that I recorded for your discernment.

By the end of the article, you’ll be well-informed and ready to make a buying decision!

Also keep in mind this article will house all MXL microphones that I demo, so bookmark, share, and revisit as I continue to try out new products. All specs towards the end!

With that, let’s get rolling!

What Are They?

MXL V67G vs. 990 vs. 770

If you’re new to the world of microphones, these are all large-diaphragm, cardioid condenser mics.

They feature a wider diaphragm compared to small-diaphragm models, capturing more nuanced sound details. 

The cardioid polar pattern focuses on picking up audio primarily from the front while minimizing background noise from the sides and rear; thus making it suitable for various studio recording applications such as vocals, instruments, and podcasting.

Because they’re XLR, you’ll need some sort of Audio Interface, Mixer, etc. to connect to.

In other words, they require 48V phantom power to reach line level, so plan accordingly.

I’m currently using the fantastic Universal Audio Volt 2 combined with an XLR cable and this Microphone Stand.

If you have any questions or need a hand setting up, contact me or leave a comment below!

Build & Design

All 3 of these microphones are built very well, with varying aesthetics and weights.

The MXL 990, designed in a champagne finish, is approximately 5 inches in height, and around 2 1/4″ thick.

The all-black, with a hint of gold, 770 shares the same thickness as the 990 but is a bit longer at around 6″.

The vintage-inspired Turquoise/Teal V67G is the most well-endowed out of the 3, standing 7″ tall but not having quite as much girth (1 1/4″).

Weight

  • V67G: 1.3 lb.
  • 770: 1 lb.
  • 990: 1.2 lb.

As you can see, they’re all roughly the same weight but the V67G does feel the most robust out of the 3.

Features

All 3 contain Class-A FET circuitry in addition to being side-address mics with gold-sputtered diaphragms.

FET Preamp

A FET (Field Effect Transistor) preamp, commonly used in audio circuits, employs FETs to amplify weak signals before they enter the main amplifier stage.

Its design allows for high input impedance and low noise, making it suitable for various audio applications, including microphones and musical instruments.

Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm

MXL V67G vs. 990 vs. 770

The gold-sputtered diaphragm on the V67G may look like it’s for show, but it actually refers to a thin membrane used in microphone construction, where gold is applied via sputtering; a process depositing a thin layer of gold onto the diaphragm’s surface.

This technique enhances conductivity, durability, and responsiveness, contributing to the diaphragm’s accuracy in capturing sound vibrations.

While both the 770 and 990 utilize a transformerless output, the V67G opts for a transformer-coupled output.

Transformerless Output

A transformerless output in condenser microphones omits the use of an output transformer, employing active electronics to enhance signal fidelity, resulting in a more transparent and accurate audio output.

This design choice often yields improved performance in terms of transient response, frequency range, and reduced self-noise.

Transformer-Coupled Output

Transformer-coupled output in condenser microphones involves using an output transformer to match impedance and transmit the audio signal.

This method can impart a unique coloration to the sound due to the transformer’s characteristics, which some users find appealing for certain applications.

However, it may introduce subtle harmonic distortion and alter the signal, while transformerless outputs aim to preserve the audio’s transparency by avoiding this additional circuitry.

Accessories

Shock Mount

It’s important to note that while both the 770 and 990 come with a Shock mount (with attached mic stand adapter) and hard-body carrying case, the V67G does not come with either.

It instead opts for a soft zippered pouch and standard mic stand adapter.

Pop-Filter

A pop filter is optional but recommended even though I didn’t use one for the upcoming tests.

I’ve used both Filters and Windscreens in the past. Here’s a windscreen specifically made for the 770. Here’s a pop filter I used quite a bit in many of my projects.

I find windscreens to be a lot more convenient, but the beauty of a pop filter is that it physically separates you from the mic, ensuring you’re not right up on it.

Most condenser microphones typically prefer you to be at least 6″ away for the best and cleanest results, and having a pop filter between you and the mic acts as a sort of barrier; helping to mitigate the issue of getting too close (in the middle of a heated take, for instance) which can result in plosives and the like.

Mic Stand

This is pretty much mandatory, and I’ve had a lot of experience with various types over the years.

Boom Stand

These are kind of annoying in my experience and rather bulky.

My advice is to find one sturdy enough to hold any type of mic.

I say that because the one I owned had trouble supporting my Samson C01 barbell. And yeah, the 770 is just as heavy as that wonderful mic; maybe even heavier.

I think a lot of these stands suffer from that sway issue (the stand swings around by itself due to the weight) and my experience was similar.

Desktop Stand

AT2020 as seen with the OG PS01 Pop Filter from the fine folks over at Samson.

Next, I tried a desktop stand with my AT2020 (pictured above), which was the complete opposite – it was incredibly heavy and robust!

The problem with it is that it was too bulky for my setup.

I had a place to put it, but the spot was kind of awkward and not really all that ideal.

Scissor Arm

MXL 770 Review

Like Goldilocks and the porridge, this stand from InnoGear is just right.

I can mount it to my desk and keep it out of the way when not in use – plus the adjustable arm is great for varying heights and angles.

So I can sit on my rump and record, or I can stand up. It’s just so incredibly convenient and easy to use.

Demos

What Is 48v Phantom Power?All of the following takes/recordings employ the Universal Audio Volt 2 with the gain set to 75%, no EQ or post-processing, and no filter/windscreen.

More on that in a sec.

All are raw recordings at the same position and distance away (roughly 6″) and I did my best to use the same cadence, speed, tone, and volume.

  • DAW used: FL Studio. Audacity is free for those just starting, and Reaper has a 60-Use Free Trial. Both are great!

MXL V67G vs. 990 vs. 770

MXL V67G

MXL 990

MXL 770 (Flat)

MXL 770 w/ HPF (Hi-Pass Filter)

Fifine K669

Impressions

MXL V67G Review

You might notice that among the microphones discussed, the MXL990 and K669 offer brighter and more open sound qualities, while the 770 and V67G present a warmer, reminiscent of a radio broadcast, tone.

Even though I typically lean towards and support gear that delivers a clearer and more neutral sound, there’s an undeniable allure to that radio-like quality found in the V67G or 770, especially considering their affordable price tag of around $100.

Given that the 770, 990, and V67G are similarly priced, selecting one depends on your personal preference.

If you favor a warmer tone, either the 67G or 770 would suit you well. However, if you prefer a more neutral and airy sound, the 990 stands out as a fantastic choice.

MXL 990 Review

Let’s delve deeper into the comparison. If your inclination leans towards a warmer tone, which one should you opt for: the 770 or V67G?

Well, the 770 offers greater versatility with its -10dB switch and Hi-Pass Filter/Flat switch. The latter option proves quite beneficial, as some users prefer a slight reduction in low-end frequencies while others appreciate that radio-like character.

Effectively, the 770 provides the benefits of two microphones in one.

Additionally, the inclusion of a sturdy carrying case is perfect for those on the go, and the included shock mount significantly adds value by ensuring effective isolation from handling noise and vibrations, thereby contributing to consistently clear recordings.

MXL 770 Review

MXL 770 Review

Female Vocal Test

Rap Test

If you’re particularly drawn to the aesthetics of the V67G (and who wouldn’t be?), it’s definitely worth considering.

Personally, I’m holding onto all of them for experimentation purposes!

With that said, while all options have their merits, it’s worth noting that the K669, though a great mic, does have some issues, as highlighted in my review: Fifine K669 Review: Crystal Clear Sound With A Caveat?

Final Verdict

MXL V67G vs. 990 vs. 770

Additionally, there’s another aspect worth considering: Will you be recording any acoustic guitar sessions?

If that’s the case, opting for the MXL990 bundled with the 991 (Small-Diaphragm Pencil Condenser) presents remarkable value, effectively offering the 991 for just an extra $30 or so.

Despite its seemingly modest feel in hand, rest assured, it excels in capturing acoustic guitar recordings exceptionally well.

Small-diaphragm microphones are commonly employed for recording acoustic guitars, and with the 991, I’ve achieved flawless recordings that beautifully complement my over two-decade-old Gibson Epiphone.

Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that obtaining an excellent take is relatively straightforward on the initial attempt, minimizing the need for extensive mic adjustments often required with other microphones.

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That said, my top choice overall, not considering the 991, is the 770 since it’s the most versatile out of this bunch.

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MXL 770

Price: Also Check Sweetwater, B&H, and eBay!

In The Box

MXL 770 Multipurpose Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

High-Isolation Shockmount

Rugged Carrying Case

Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty


Specifications

Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 22 mm. diaphragm

Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid.

Sensitivity: 10mV/Pa

Impedance: 200 Ohms

S/N Ratio: 80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)

Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB (A-weighted IEC 268-4)

Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD: 134dB

High Pass Filter: 6dB/octave, 150HZ

Attenuator Switch: 0/-10dB

Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/-4V

Size: 60mm x 154mm

Weight: 420g

Metal Finish: Black/Gold

MXL 990

Price: Check Amazon, B&H, Sweetwater, and eBay

In The Box

MXL 990 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Champagne)

Custom Shockmount

Mic Stand Adapter

Carrying Case

Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty

Registration Extension: 1-Year (US Only)


Specifications

Analog or digital: Analog.

Frequency response: 30Hz to 20KhZ.

Max SPL: 130 dB.

Connectivity: XLR.

Capsule: Condenser.

Polar pattern: Cardioid.

Type: Mounted.

Applications: Studio.

Diaphragm size: Large diaphragm.

Switches: None.

Phantom power required: Yes (48V).

Width: 2.4″

Height: 5.11″

Weight: 1.2 lb.

Case: Carrying case.

Clip: Yes.

Shockmount: Yes.

MXL V67G

Price: Check Amazon, B&H, Sweetwater, and eBay

In The Box

MXL V67G Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Green with Gold Grille)

MXL-MT001 Hard Mount Mic Stand Adapter

Zipper Pouch

Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty


Specifications

Type: Condenser pressure gradient mic with large 25mm diaphragm capsule.

Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz

Polar Pattern: Wide Cardioid

Impedance: 200 ohms

S/N Ratio: 74dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)

Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB(A weighted IEC 268-4)

Max SPL for 0.5% THD: 130dB.

Power Requirements: Phantom Power 48V +/-4V

Current Consumption: <3.0mA

Size: 47mm x 184mm

Weight: 1.3lb

Metal Finish: Gold/Teal

Well, that’s about it for today my friend. I hope you enjoyed this MXL 770 vs. 990 vs. V67G Shootout and came away with some valuable insight.

What are your thoughts on these mics? Which of them sounds best? What are you looking to record? I would love to hear from you…

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All the best and God bless,

 

 

-Stu

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