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The Chameleon Labs TS-1 MKII is a comparatively affordable, small-diaphragm tube condenser ($559 MSRP) with lots of notable features. The MKII power supply features an adjustable tube heater voltage control, which allows guitar tube amp-like sonic options: starving or overdriving the tube, for example. This first feature is complete with a precision voltage meter for repeatability.
The MKII package ships with omni and cardioid capsules; also available are a hyper-cardioid, a large-diaphragm capsule (selectable omni or cardioid) and the ADP-1 adapter, accommodating AKG CK series heads along with a range of capsules from other manufacturers that conform to the CK series standards.
The MKII uses a plate-loaded, triode-strapped, pentode design with an American-made MILSpec 5840 NOS tube. The gold-sputtered, three-micron capsule transduces to 130 dB before distortion. Frequency response is +/- 4 dB from 30 Hz (omni), 70 Hz (cardioid) and 80 Hz (hypercardioid) to 20 kHz. Also included with the TS-1 MKII are a shock mount; 25-foot, seven-pin microphone cable; windscreen; aluminum carrying case and one-year warranty.
Between now and November 15, TransAudio Group — the worldwide distributor for Chameleon Labs — is offering buyers of the TS-1 MKII, the TS1-L large-diaphragm capsule at no additional cost.