Priced almost identically, MXL 770 and Audio-Technica AT2020 are excellent options for a budget-friendly high-quality condenser microphone. Neither of the two products is likely to break the bank, but they provide exceptional performance. Previously, we have compared AT2020 with MXL 990, which is pretty cheaper, and AT2020 won the duel. But, now, MXL 770 is entirely different with MXL 990. Which one will serve us better? (see also : MXL V67G Vs MXL 770)
MXL 770 is a condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern featuring a high-quality FET preamp with balanced output for dynamic range. The audio output is characterized by silky and powerful high-ends as well as solid lows, loved by many recording artists especially rappers. Another unique feature is the switchable bass cut for deep noise attenuation whenever needed and the -10 dB pad. The frequency response range is 30 Hz – 20 kHz while the maximum SPL is 137 dB.
AT2020, also a cardioid condenser microphone, has a custom-engineered diaphragm that helps in extending its frequency response range to 20 Hz – 20 kHz. Its output is somehow more stable compared to MXL 770, as well as more neutral and natural. Therefore, it is more suitable for users who demand versatility. AT2020 provides a higher maximum SPL than MXL 770 with 144 dB and is noticeably lighter in weight. Both MXL 770 and AT2020 require 48 V phantom power input.
MXL 770 Vs AT2020
|MXL 770||Audio-Technica AT2020|
|Key Features||- Gold-sputtered, 6-micron, low distortion diaphragm
- FET preamp with balanced output
- Switchable bass cut and -10dB pad
- Legendary MXL sonic characteristics
- Comes with shock mount and rugged carrying case||- Ideal for project/home-studio applications
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source|
|Ratings||4.7 out of 5.0 stars||4.4 out of 5.0 stars|
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Due to its typical sound properties, MXL 770 is excellent for vocals. Meanwhile, if you want to use the mic for several purposes or for an instrument, then AT2020 is the way.