Microphone Array – The Ridiculously Expensive Side of Microphones

Not Price Efficient – The Opposite Side of the Microphone Array

RockinDiy.com was created as a resource for price efficient solutions. And when it comes to the large microphone array of models, there is a vast amount of budget options. I discussed several Shure SM57 alternatives here. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the opposite end of the microphone array spectrum. I decided to seek out the most expensive microphones I could find. And why, you might ask? I really have no idea. It is most likely just the result of boredom and the desire to have more content on the website. Here’s what I found.

Three Ridiculously Priced Microphones

Rich Person Microphone
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AKG C12VR Tube Microphone
– I’ve seen these selling new for $5000, used anywhere from $1500 to $3000.

Neumann Solution D – Currently selling for $8000 brand new, At one point in time, the retail price was around $17,000. The used price varies greatly. I guess microphones of this caliber can be a hard sale. Think about it. When was the last time you had thousands of dollars to blow on a microphone?

Telefunken ELA M 251E – Currently selling for around $9000 brand new, but I have seen them priced higher.

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Seriously, I am curious as to how many of these mics are sold each year. Now, I have never claimed to be an audiophile. I will be honest, I have no idea what any of the three mics above sound like. I am sure I have heard recordings where these mics have been used. But that is not really the point here. I actually have no use for ever hearing specifically what any of them sound like. This is mainly due to the fact that never in a million years, regardless of how much money I have, will I ever purchase one of these? There are too many other great microphones out there. I refuse to believe that any microphone in the $5,000 to $10,000 range is thousands of dollars better than mics that are $1000 and below. Yes, there is a large microphone array of crappy models. I try to stay away from them. But really, I just do not understand the concept behind a $10,000+ microphone. Just give me some quality dynamic microphones and a few great condensers, and I am satisfied. Maybe I am just ignorant. If so, I am okay with that.