The Monoprice 600850 Multipattern Condenser Microphone Monoprice sells direct its own branded products ranging from band/orchestral to rock band gear and associated portable PAs—and pro audio products such as a 2.25 lb multi-pattern studio microphone: the 600850 Lollipop-Style Large Diaphragm Condenser (at $349 direct), reviewed here.
The 600850 is an attractive, pressure gradient, condenser with a gold-sputtered, 8-micron diaphragm and large 1.26-inch capsule. Three selectable polar patterns—cardioid, omni and figure eight—are available with switchable HPF and pad. Mono-price’s provided specs show a maximum SPL of 130 dB and a relatively flat 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response with a very slight dip between 500 to 750 Hz. The 600850 ships with a notably nice shockmount and a flight case.
I had the opportunity to evaluate a 600850 pair in a variety of studio applications, most notably piano and drum room/overheads in both spaced omni and cardioid X/Y configurations, and male and female lead vocal of various styles and stringed acoustic ensembles.
To my ears, the 600850 is a completely capable multipattern LDC that provides pro-competitive results. Visually, it’s on par with microphones four to five times its price; it can inspire talent just as well as a $2,000 LDC.
Notably, the 600850 is heavy and its shockmount, though effective, adds significantly to overall weight; 600850 users will need to sandbag and secure stands accordingly.
Monoprice deserves commendation for its impressive baseline multipattern LDC microphone—one that many users (and listeners) won’t sonically distinguish much from pricier competition.