Rode NT5 - Matched Pair

Small-diaphragm Matched Pair Cardioid Condenser Microphones
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An Incredible Deal on a Matched Pair of Condenser Mics!

RODE microphones have earned a great reputation in the past several years for providing excellent studio-quality microphones at a price that's more accessible to many people. If you're looking for affordable small-diaphragm condenser microphones, take a look at a matched pair of RODE NT5s. These mics give you the kind of performance that far exceeds what you'd expect from condensers at this price point. NT5s are excellent mics for recording practically any instrument — guitar, flute, violin, saxophone, drums, you name it! As soon as you start recording with RODE NT5s, you'll understand why they've become popular, not only in project studios, but in many pro studios as well.

These NT5s come as a carefully matched stereo pair for the cost of a typical single condenser. And since you also get a pair of windshields, a pair of mic clips, and a custom carrying case, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal. The NT5s have been seen parked over drum kits in countless studios of all calibers, but you can use them for many other instruments as well. The extremely flat frequency response has just a little dip in the low frequencies with small bumps in the presence range, making them great all-around mics for anything from acoustic guitars to violin.

RODE NT5 Matched Pair of Small-diaphragm Condenser Mics Features at a Glance:
  • True condenser transducers
  • Gold sputtered 1/2" capsules
  • Heavy duty satin-nickel-plated bodies
  • Full frequency response
  • Low-noise, surface-mount transformerless circuitry
  • Supplied as a matched pair in a custom carrying case
  • Includes two WS5 wind shields
  • Includes two RM5 stand mount, plus a 3/8" to 5/8" thread adapter
  • Requires +48V phantom power
When you get a pair of RODE NT5s, you get more mic for a less money!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.5" (12.5mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 143dB
Output Impedance 100 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 78dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 16dB (A weighted)
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number NT5

Customer Reviews

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amazing sound

Love the sound of the matched pair. What a difference between just using two mics and these. No hole in the tone, just rich and true sound. Love them!!!

Excellent for High School Choir

I run the sound system for our High School Choir. We host a choir competition every year for 30+ Choirs, ranging from jazz to acapella to show choirs, with a whole day devoted to show choirs. This year, I wanted to improve the sound quality, particularly for the show choir. Show choir is particularly difficult, as you have a lot of movement, with varying abilities. After looking for general advice on line, I found the consensus was to use two condenser mics, 8' on center, above the heads of the performers., pointed to so I sought out advice from a Sweetwater engineer. He recommended a matched pair of the Rode NT5's. I placed them on extra tall stands to get them over the front row of performers. This past weekend was our competition. Friday, during the concert, jazz, and acapella competition, one of the judges asked what mics we were using, because of how good the sound was. Then on Saturday during the show choirs asked the same thing. In addition, the videographer gets a feed from our sound board, and he said that the sound was the best he has had in a long time. I am very satisfied with these microphones, and would highly recommend them.

Excellent Quality Microphones

The matched pair of Rode NT5's is AWESOME!!! So much so, that they picked up my crackling fire in my fireplace, and some "creaking" in my log home...a great distance from where I play my harp...But, to top THIS off, they picked up the sound of my "spinner" ring around my wedding band!! Had to remove the ring while recording...unbelievable!!! I bought the matched pair so I could mic my harp in the upper and lower registers...after several different placements, I think I found where they will not only pick up some ambient sound but articulation as well. You never know how you sound until you hear yourself on a recording! And, with additional experimenting with placement and audio software I am sure these 2 mics will be all that I need, be it recording myself for a learning tool, or making a demo later on this winter. Thanks for the great recommendation! Now I just have to be sure I don't need a fire in the fireplace when I want to record!
Music background: Harpist

Great Value for Field Recording

These are simply a steal at their current price. I bought them to do field recordings of ambiance and various sounds for effects. Some people say the high end is a little harsh on these, but I honestly couldn't tell. When I put my headphones on to listen to what these recorded through my Zoom H6 (96khz/24bit) I looked around confused a couple times because I didn't expect a certain sound around me. I had to take my headphones on and off several times just to establish what was recorded was different than the sound going on out. Granted I am not a hardcore audiophile but I didn't expect these to sound nearly as good as they do. Highly recommended to anyone looking to do field recording on a budget.
Music background: Hobbyist

Best Bag for the Buck!

Best Bag for your buck on Small Condenser(s). Works great for both micing Drums Overheads and micing Choirs.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Schenkel

I bought these mics to "hold me over" until I could afford some of the more expensive small diaphragm condensers, and was absolutely amazed at how good they sound! I find myself using the NT5s more than I would have ever imagined, and loving the results. When I need a bright and detailed signal, these mics perform exceptionally well. Given the price, you owe it to yourself to give these a shot. I’m sure that you will be every bit as pleased with the results.

David Klausner

Really stunning sound quality for the money. You have to spend several times the price of these mics to get a small diaphragm condenser that performs even a little bit better.
See also: Condenser Mics, Rode, Rode Condenser Microphones, Rode Condenser Microphones