Bargain Microphone? M Audio Sputnik

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Rufio90210, May 14, 2015.

  1. Rufio90210

    Rufio90210 Active Member

    Jan 5, 2012

    Ive been scouting around for a microphone and have found the M Audio Sputnik at what seems a bargain price of £160 here Search Results - Page 1 - Thomann UK

    Other sites have it between 300 - £400 , am i missing something here in the model number or it this ridiculously cheap?

  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    I have no experience with this mic, so I can't comment, other than to say there are several budget-priced tube mics out there. It might in fact sound great - I wouldn't know, but understand that just because a particular mic has a tube in it, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good sounding mic.

    Maybe you could do a search for it on youtube, and see what others may feel about it, or, hear it in action ... although you should know that there have been videos from time to time, that have shown one mic being used ,while actually using another.

    I would also do a search for any existing reviews on it, but stick with articles from the more-trusted publications - like SOS, or Tape Op, or Mix, as opposed to trusting reviews that are connected to promotional articles for it.

    Here... I found the first one for you:

  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Sometimes a drastic price drop is just a sale price, often times it's signaling the product being dropped from production, or the release of a newer updated version. In any case, someone is trying to reduce inventory. If you like what you hear in the demo samples and what you've read in reviews, this looks like a good time to buy one.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    From Sound on Sound magazine:
    It's not a top-end microphone, but it looks good value at that price. Maybe you should get one before Thomann realise they have made a mistake.

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