Lewitt debuts new ‘better than your ears’ flagship mic
Austrian microphone manufacturer Lewitt is showing a brand new flagship mic at the forthcoming New York AES. the single-pattern large-diaphragm condenser LCT 540 SUBZERO.
‘My urge for perfection usually leaves behind a slight undertone of, “If only we’d done this-and-that instead of or in addition to…” – but with the LCT 540 SUBZERO, it’s really hard to find anything that hasn’t been done to make this thing epic. Even for me,’ says Lewitt’s CEO. Roman Perschon. ‘We questioned A LOT of our endorsers about what they want in a single-pattern microphone. All of them are leading experts in their fields, and they had a huge influence on the final outcome. Their requirements plus lots of very helpful feedback went into developing the LCT 540 SUBZERO, shaping and fine-tuning its crisp, clear sound and turning it into the hero-mic that it now is. From a technical standpoint, “just max out everything” would’ve obviously been a dream assignment for any R&D department – if it weren’t for the caveat that the price shouldn’t be out of this world. But even that worked out just fine. We’ve done a great job on this microphone, and I’m really happy with the result!’.
The SUBZERO boasts some impressive specifications, not least electrical self-noise at -1 dB (A) at a sensitivity of 41 mV/Pa, -28 dBV/Pa, and it increases the dynamic range to 132 dB (A).
Head of Product Management Moritz Lochner explains: ‘Everybody thinks 0 dB SPL is the hearing threshold, but that’s in fact only true at 2 kHz. At this point, the LCT 540 SUBZERO actually has self-noise of below -7 dB SPL – hence the name. The acoustic self-noise of 4 dB (A) is caused by random molecules bouncing against the diaphragm. But that’s a cumulative value; if you look at self-noise across the full frequency spectrum, you’ll see that the LCT 540 SUBZERO is all the way below the hearing threshold. It’s literally better than your ears. Describing something frequency-dependent in one single value is nowhere near detailed enough at this level of engineering. We even went and redesigned our self-noise measuring equipment especially for this microphone. To make a long story short: if you want to capture everything without ANY compromise, you’ll need to get an LCT 540 SUBZERO – because ultimately, it’s the details that turn a good recording into something magical.’
An initial small batch of microphones will be available within the next couple of weeks, with the final roll-out planned for January 2018. Lewitt is aiming for a very competitive price point, so a street price well below US $1,000 is to be expected.
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