sE Electronics RN17 Stereo Pair - Matched Pair

Matched Pair of Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Changeable Cardioid Capsule, 2 x Shockmounts, and Custom Flight Case
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sE Electronics RN17 Stereo Pair - Matched Pair
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An Amazing Set of Matched Pencil Condensers!

This sE Electronics RN17 stereo pair gives you a perfectly matched set of amazing sounding pencil condenser microphones. The first sE pencil condenser mic to sport a large scale, high-performance transformer and a slim 17mm gold-sputtered Mylar capsule, the RN17 gives you jaw-dropping definition and detail, delivering lucid transparency, with a silky shine. There are several interchangeable capsules available for the RN17, but this matched set ships with a pair of cardioid capsules, giving you the most common combination of consistent sound and off-axis noise rejection. The set also includes a duo of custom shock-mounts and a premium flight-case - everything you need to safely transport your sE Electronics RN17 stereo pair of condenser microphones.

sE Electronics RN17 at a Glance:
  • 17mm gold-sputtered Mylar capsule
  • All the extras
  • Elevate your studio
17mm gold-sputtered Mylar capsule

The sE RN17's newly developed 17mm capsule is the world's smallest production gold-sputtered Mylar capsule. The result is breathtaking. The detail from this capsule is uncanny, enhanced by the headroom afforded by the Rupert Neve transformer. The overall effect? Stunning clarity, with a luscious silken aura.

All the extras

The sE RN17 ships with a cardioid capsule, a lovely wooden presentation case, and five canisters to house optional omni, supercardioid, hypercardioid and figure-8 capsules which are available for purchase separately. The whole system is then packaged in sE's top-of-the-line signature series flight-case with a custom shock mount.

Elevate your studio

The sE RN17 is a compete system, consisting of the mic body, the included cardioid capsule, and optional omni, supercardioid, hypercardioid and figure-8 capsules. An investment in the complete set will usher your studio into a new dimension of world class audio quality.

sE Electronics RN17 Features:
  • A factory balanced, perfectly matched set of pencil condenser microphones
  • 17mm gold-sputtered Mylar capsule provides high-definition, low distortion, and dead-on accurate sound
  • Rupert Neve-designed, hand-wound, high-performance transformer delivers stunning sonic performance
  • Set includes a pair of custom shockmounts and a special flight case
  • Case features with five canisters to house optional omni, supercardioid, hypercardioid and figure-8 capsules (sold separately)
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Invest in world class quality, with a matched set of sE Electronics RN17 pencil condenser microphones!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 150dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 74dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 18dB (A weighted)
Connector XLR
Weight 0.547 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Wood Box
Manufacturer Part Number RN17 SP

Customer Reviews

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The impossible is possible

If you value faithful sound reproduction, record acoustic instruments and use ambient mics - RN17. The RN17 is both extremely sensitive and responsive. If you are not careful, even too much air flow in a room can be captured. But it reproduces a quickness of detail and depth of the source that is quite brilliant. When I heard Mr. Neve was quoted to say, "I want the impossible to be possible" and that result was the RN17 - I began to realize that a stereo pair might just be in my near future. It was. If you want a genuine, quality instrument - RN17. They are simply that good.
Music background: An expert is said to be someone who has made all mistakes possible, in a very narrow field. I suppose that would be me with audio and music.

The Color You Want

For many years KM-184s had been my go-to SDCs for stereo recording at the collegiate level. They were good, but conductors regularly requested I roll some top off, or some bottom up, or something. Probably because student musicians tend to have a less round tone than professionals - and play in less acoustically perfect venues. Now, these RN17s aren't dark per se, but that giant Neve transformer gives you a warmer, smoother sound than you'll find on any other SDC at this price point, IMO. I'm suddenly using these on sources that were "too bright" for other SDCs (e.g. hot-rodded grand pianos), and they sound great. I think the idea is that you get something reminiscent of Neve console mojo between your capsule and the mic cable. I'm not giving up my KM-184s, but the RN17s are first call now!
Music background: Classical Recording, Jazz

Completely Underrated

Its hard to find a pair of small diaphragm condensers that fit into a medium budget, without sacrificing quality. If you're searching the market, but can't afford Schoeps, DPA, or Sonnodore, then these are absolutely perfect.The Pros:-Clear, shiny sound. I would put this right up their with Schoeps, with a little boosted high end. I did a side by side comparison and it was a pretty subtle difference. Pleasant. A shade brighter. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. -EQ's very well-Great price point-Neve Transformer [always love me some Neve ;) ]The double edged swords:-The Flight Case: Love that this comes with a case. Super convenient! However, I don't necessarily agree with the locking mechanisms. They should be more like other flight cases. There are too many times when I've thought that I closed the case and latched it, hadn't, and picked up dropping things all over the place (Don't worry, the mics are OK, I've been much more diligent about this ;) Regardless, its nice that they come with a case-Interchangeable capsules: This is awesome! The case comes with cases for the other capsules for easy/safe storage. The only thing that sucks is that the capsules are A) hard to find, and B) a little pricey. Down the road, I hope to make the investment. A matched pair is about 700, so not awful, but not cheap either. -The Shockmounts: Very brilliantly built for the mic. Probably no other way to do it with that big juicy transformer in there. They make sense for the microphone. However the transformer being as large as it is, and the shockmounts having to be positioned the way they do, makes an ORTF pair impossible. I've tried other clips as well, still no luck. NOS works great, as long as you can elevate one mic higher than the other. I use the Grace Design 30cm stereo bar for this, and it works perfectly. Not much experience with the included stereo bar except with other applications. It's fine. Overall: I love these mics. I primarily do classical recording with them/on-location, but I have used them in studio applications as well and they work brilliantly. Drum overheads, acoustic, marimba, choir, and orchestra are my examples, and they've been brilliant every single time. Despite the minor downsides to the overall kit, it's been worth the money and the investment and I think it's only a matter of time before more people are eager to get their hands on these. Neve and SE have both outdone themselves, and I look forward to using them more very soon!
Music background: Audio Engineer
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