The Vanguard V13 Gen2 tube microphone works to improve on many features of its predecessor, while maintaining its decisive qualities too.

The midrange and high frequency detail that the Vanguard V13 Gen2 microphone captures bring a full sound character to any recording. With 9 switchable polar patterns, the microphone’s versatility is exceptionally high. You can switch between the 9 polar patterns directly from the power supply unit. As a result, the Vanguard V13 Gen2 is an audio tool that puts so many possibilities in the palm of your hand.

The Vanguard V13 Gen2 tube microphone offers warm and detailed recordings. In this image, a lady sings into the microphone using one of 9 polar pick up patterns.
The Vanguard V13 Gen2 tube microphone offers warm and detailed recordings, Source: Gear News

Relying on a 34 mm capsule with gold plated Mylar membrane, the vintage audio character doesn’t compromise any signal detail. While the V13 Gen2 product assembly and testing take place in the USA, the tubes themselves are actually sourced from European manufacturers. Brass, aluminium, stainless steel, and zinc make up the microphone itself.

The V13 gen2 refines the lauded design of the original V13. Key upgrades include low-noise audiophile-grade resistors sourced from a US manufacturer, as well as Neutrik® Group audio connectors on the microphone, power supply, and cable. 


The power supply of the microphone has seen an upgrade. Because of the upgrade, the new power supply delivers low levels of inherent noise to your recording. Additionally, due to the new components, extra headroom is readily available on every recording. The connections available on the Vanguard V13 Gen2 are now Neutrik parts, and the signal path includes US-made resistors.

A high-pass filter with a 125Hz cut off frequency removes rumbles and unwanted noise from interrupting your recording with a 6 dB/octave slope and optional -10dB attenuation.

Included with the microphone is a shock mount which has seen updates with the new model too. As a result of the new open-front design of the shock mount, you can place your microphone up close to your sound source.

Technical Specifications

  • Capsule Size: 34mm
  • 9 switchable polar patterns
  • Output Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Max SPL: 134 dB (144 dB mit Pad)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Noise level: < 13 dB (A-weighted)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 80 dB (A-weighted)
  • Sensitivity: -35dBV
  • Low-cut filter at 125 Hz, 6 dB/octave

The Vanguard Audio Labs V13 Gen2 is now available now for $999.

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