The Delphos II is a highly anticipated update to the original Delphos design, which featured an un-hyped and natural frequency response, high sensitivity, and low self-noise. “We originally built the Delphos for recording engineers looking for an ultra-clean FET sound,” says Roswell founder Matt McGlynn. “This new version has been updated based on user feedback and the result is another mic in our line that we’re very proud of, particularly on vocals and acoustic guitar where its balanced frequency response, low noise, and high output outperform most competitive offerings costing much more.”
The Delphos II uses a highly optimized transformerless circuit, which provides a pristine, low-distortion signal path. Two switches provide a choice of Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 polar patterns, as well as a 10 dB pad. The mic has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 16 kHz, with a response curve carefully tailored to provide full lows, neutral mids, and high-frequency detail without sibilance. Its sensitivity is 40mV/Pa, with a self-noise level conservatively rated at 12dBA.
The microphone’s circuit is built by hand in the US, using the finest components sourced from around the world, including low-noise NOS transistors and audiophile capacitors. Each Delphos II is assembled in California, burned in, and extensively tested after manufacturing to ensure the best possible performance.
"Because we build and test each Delphos II in-house, we take steps that mass-produced brands wouldn't dream of. For instance, we match capacitors within each mic, and manually bias every JFET to ensure the highest possible sound pressure level with minimal distortion. After assembly, we put each mic through an acoustic sweep test to measure its response. We modify each circuit individually to set its high-frequency peak and roll-off. After that, we burn in each microphone for 24 hours, and then conduct final listening tests and QC inspections. We defined this process to ensure that every Roswell microphone delivers superior performance," adds McGlynn
The Delphos II ships in a custom, heavy-duty flight case with a proprietary Roswell Cutaway shock mount. The Delphos II is now available from Roswell Pro Audio’s network of U.S. dealers, or direct from the manufacturer for $999 MSRP.
Microphone expert and historian, Matt McGlynn founded Roswell Pro Audio with the express goal of delivering boutique mic quality at affordable prices. As creator of the RecordingHacks.com website, with its extensive database detailing hundreds of microphones, McGlynn spent years researching and analyzing the best microphones in the world. He then applied that expertise to designing circuit upgrade kits and replacement capsules for the “DIY audio” community, via Microphone-Parts.com. Now, with Roswell Pro Audio, McGlynn has distilled this knowledge even further by creating a distinctive line of stellar-sounding boutique microphones that consistently perform far above their price class.