Dizengoff Audio Germanium Microphone

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The Dizengoff Audio Germanium is a transformer-coupled large diaphragm FET microphone that combines modern FET based designs with vintage Germanium semiconductor technology for natural tone with just a touch of sizzle and edge.

The Germanium uses a 26mm cardioid pattern capsule for excellent frequency response, and pairs it with a next-gen low noise Burr Brown FET. It also uses something I call Capsule Compensation Technology (CCT).  This is a patent-pending technology that reduces the need to match or grade capsules.  In many cases, the Germanium microphone exhibits better frequency and transient response than microphones with larger 34mm capsules, and its size, dimension, and tonal  response mirrors microphones that are 4 or 5 times its price.

The Germanium microphone's off-axis behavior is excellent.  In situations where low frequency response needs to be curbed, positioning the microphone about 45 degrees off-axis is a great way to achieve this while still maintaining a solid audio image. Thanks to its Burr Brown based FET circuitry, it has extremely flat response and low self noise.  

There are loads of Neumann or AKG inspired condenser mics on the market these days, so I like building mics that have unique elements to their designs.  The upper mid Germanium sizzle makes it a perfect tool for acoustic guitar, strings, backing vocals, room mic'ing, piano, and a variety of other applications where flat response, detail, and extended low end are desirable. It's quite a work horse microphone.

In addition, the Germanium makes use of an output transformer style borrowed from early Western Electric designs. It gives a quality that’s clear and revealing, yet it has a richness, weight, and unique nuance.


  • 26.5mm pressure gradient transducer
  • Cardioid pattern
  • Sensitivity -34dB +/-2dB (0dB=1v/Pa)
  • Freq response 50Hz-20kHz
  • Max SPL: 130dB @ 1kHz
  • Output impedance: 50 ohms
  • SNR 80dB
  • Equivalent Noise 12dBA
  • Weight 3.5lbs 1.58kg
  • Black wrinkle coat finish
  • Comes with shock mount