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Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Condenser Microphone

9-pattern tube condenser with 34 mm edge-terminated capsule, PSU, and VLSM shock mount
MFR# V13

Product Description

The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Tube Condenser Mic offers a classic, warm, vintage tone that is comparable to other high end mics of its kind, but for a fraction of the price.

The V13 was designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience, and put to the test by award-winning engineers and producers. It uses capsules loaded with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world, including a hand-selected European vacuum tube which is cryogenically treated.

V13 is equipped with a 10 dB pad, and a high-pass filter, both located on the rear of the casing. Nine polar patterns are selectable via the external power supply, making it very versatile for any genre you are working on.

An innovative heavy duty VLSM shock-mount is also included. Unlike other manufacturers, Vanguard uses aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t break, sag, crack, or stretch over time. The heavy duty shock-mount uses M22x1 threading, so you also can use it with a number of microphones from other manufacturers.

Also included is a padded pinewood case. It is recommended that V13 be stored in the case when not in use. A larger more durable aluminum locking case is also included to store all that comes with V13, including the power supply, pinewood case, shock-mount, and cables.


  • Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34 mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 9 polar patterns (selectable at power supply)
  • Vacuum tube analog circuitry with premium-grade components
  • Hand-selected European vacuum tube
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal path components
  • Transformer-coupled output – humbucking, shielded, dual-bobbin transformer
  • -10 dB pad and low-frequency rolloff toggle switches
  • Robust power supply design for ultra-low noise floor
  • Construction
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc metal construction
  • Rear venting to prolong tube and component life
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Each V13 comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • Over-spec components
  • Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • 100% Quality Control
  • 5-Year Warranty / 90-day warranty for vacuum tube

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents V13 mic, PS-13 power supply, VLSM large shock mount, padded pinewood microphone storage box, locking aluminum carrying case, heavy gauge 7-pin microphone cable, power cable
Tube or Solid State Tube
Transducer Type Condenser
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Impedance 200 ohms
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity -35 dBV (17.8 mV)
Max. SPL 134 dB (144 dB with pad)

Product Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars.
Review Count (18)

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Good vibes and great clarity. I love this mic.

By Christopher C on November 14, 2021

Absolutely beautiful sound and looks. This mic punches well above its price. Vintage King support and shipping are first class!

By Jon R on May 30, 2021

Sounds great on nearly everything you put it in front of. There’s not a better all rounder at this price.

By Zach T on March 28, 2021

I find it hard to give anything a five-star rating but I'm loving this mic and would give it 4.5 if I could. Tons of body without being boomy or any annoying high frequencies to fix. I had a Lauten Atlantis as my main vocal mic before this and went through hell always trying to dip frequencies I didn't like. Especially high mids. I'm not having any of those issues with this mic at all. Sounds full, clear and has been easy to mix. Probably not for every singer but it would be acceptable if you only had this one available. Fully satisfied. Great work Vanguard!

By Stephen A on February 21, 2021

Work pretty good when she feels like it

By DONALD R on November 9, 2020

A no brainer, get the tube sound/ top quality without wrecking your whole life. Also, Insane customer service from Vanguard. All smiles.

By Alexander H on October 14, 2020

I love it!!!!

By Vosbeli T on May 24, 2020

This is a very unique and lovely vocal mic, with a larger than life presence. The quality of build and packaging are exceptional as well. I am extremely pleased with it. A fine purchase!

By Jesse C on April 23, 2020

Warm and vintage sounding at an unbeatable price point

By GEORG H on February 23, 2020

More than I expected! Great value and it is perfectly suited for me!

By Mickey R on February 2, 2020

Very smooth sound, i likeed it, thanks

By Huynh C on January 30, 2020

First and foremost shout out to WAVY WAYNE'S video of his purchase of this MIC- & Thank you Guys at VK for the excellent customer care. Now with that out of the way,This Mic is the Best and most IMPORTENT piece of gear in my set up.. It cuts clear for me along with my TUBEPREV2... I give it 8 stars plus 2 for $price, I love it, Reg Bernard Missoula MT Happy New Year 2020

By Reginald A on January 5, 2020

The V13 is handily one of the best condenser mics under a thousand dollars.

By Ryan B on October 28, 2019

Amazing!!!!!! I hate that I no longer use my more expensive microphone as much

By Olaf on July 21, 2019

Vanguard V13 is the best mic I have ever used!
So I finally got a chance to use this mic on vocals, background vocals and an acoustic guitar! This mic has exceeded all of my expectations! I have to admit I was skeptical, but after being in the music business for over 30 years, this mic is the last one I ever need to own! This mic just sounds sweet! This is the best mic I have ever used under $10,000! This one cost under $1,000 and worth every penny! I have used, AKG414 vintage and new, U87, 251s, U47 & U67s vintage and new, and the new love of my life besides my gal is the Vanguard V13! This mic has a sound all it's own and is so very, very special in it's own right! Warm, pleasing and sweet! Thank you Vanguard Audio Labs, you guys are it for me!

By Edward H on May 2, 2019

Absolutely love this mic. Warm smooth great top without harshness. For my uses it’s perfect. Just ordered a v4
Unheard based on how great this mic is !!! Keep up the great
Work guys

By Ed B on March 6, 2019

I’m not a pro by any means, but have been recording live gigs and home recording for about 20 years. This is not the most expensive mic I own, but it looks and sounds like it should be. It just sounds right, from the bottom to the top end and everything in between. It’s also a very quiet mic, something I was not expecting with a tube mic. I’m very happy with this mic, and it’s a steal at this price.

By Shawn C on February 8, 2019

Amazing Mic, I plan on buying more Vanguard Mics.

By Harleyman888 on January 6, 2019

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