Roswell Pro Audio Unveils Delphos II Condenser Mic
An update to the Delphos brings new features in a bigger body
Roswell Pro Audio introduces Delphos II, an update to their popular all-purpose studio condenser mic.The original Delphos featured an un-hyped and natural frequency response, high sensitivity, and low self-noise. The Delphos II retains the characteristics of the original and adds a third polar pattern (figure 8) and a newly designed, low noise power supply housed in a new, larger body in a custom metallic blue paint job.
“We originally built the Delphos for recording engineers looking for an ultra-clean FET sound,” said Roswell founder Matt McGlynn. “This new version has been updated based on user feedback and the result is another mic in our line that we’re very proud of, particularly on vocals and acoustic guitar where its balanced frequency response, low noise, and high output outperform most competitive offerings costing much more.”
The microphone uses a highly optimized transformerless circuit, which provides a pristine, low-distortion signal path. Two switches provide a choice of Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 polar patterns, as well as a 10 dB pad. The mic has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 16 kHz, with a response curve carefully tailored to provide full lows, neutral mids, and high-frequency detail without sibilance. Its sensitivity is 40mV/Pa, with a self-noise level conservatively rated at 12dBA.
The microphone’s circuit is built by hand in the US, using the finest components sourced from around the world, including low-noise NOS transistors and audiophile capacitors. Each Delphos II is assembled in California, burned in, and extensively tested after manufacturing to ensure the best possible performance.
Describing his exacting construction and testing standards, McGlynn said, “Because we ?build and test each Delphos II in-house, we take steps that mass-produced brands wouldn’t dream of. For instance, we match capacitors within each mic, and manually bias every JFET to ensure the highest possible sound pressure level with minimal distortion. After assembly, we put each mic through an acoustic sweep test to measure its response. We modify each circuit individually to set its high-frequency peak and roll-off. After that, we burn in each microphone for 24 hours, and then conduct final listening tests and?QC inspections. We defined this process to ensure that every Roswell microphone delivers superior performance.”
The Delphos II ships in a custom, heavy-duty flight case with a proprietary Roswell Cutaway shockmount. The Delphos II will be available in March 2019 from Roswell Pro Audio’s network of U.S. dealers at a US MSRP of $999.