Item #1499453 Model #RN17-PAIR-U

sE Electronics RN17 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Pair Black


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Pair pf pencil microphones with large-scale, hand-wound, high-performance transformer.

With a 15mm diaphragm (the world's smallest production gold-sputtered diaphragm), the transient response of the RN17 is unparalleled. Such a small capsule reacts extremely quickly, and is therefore adept at picking up the most delicate of high-frequency content. However, a tiny diaphragm usually results in a lack of low-frequency response. How to counter this?

Large Transformer
Made obvious by the unusual chassis shape, the RN17's transformer is substantially larger than the norm. This full-scale transformer was custom-designed by Rupert Neve specifically for this microphone.

With an audio transformer of this magnitude, the RN17 is able to put out astonishing clarity across all frequencies—not just the highs. The midrange is detailed and forward, the lows are full and accurate, and the whole microphone has a balance and headroom never before achieved with a small-capsule microphone.

Matched Pair
When purchased as a pair, the transformers and cardioid capsules are factory-matched for perfect tolerance, guaranteeing the best possible stereo image. This configuration also includes a precision stereo mounting bar, two shock mounts, a wooden presentation case, and empty canisters for future capsule additions. The whole setup comes packaged inside a secure flight case.

Every RN17 includes a custom-designed, sturdy, protective, and easy-to-use shock mount, which is essential to reducing the unwanted effects of vibration or knocks to the supporting microphone stand.
  • Analog or digital: Analog
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Max SPL: 131 dB
  • Connector: XLR
Pattern and Type
  • Capsule: Condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Type: Ribbon
  • Switches:
  • Phantom power required: Yes
Size and Weight
  • Diameter: 44 mm / 17 mm
  • Length: 200 mm
  • Weight: 320 g
Included Accessories
  • Case: Yes
  • Clip: Yes
  • Shockmount: Yes


  • Perfect for acoustic guitar, piano, strings, percussion, and as a room mic
  • Low-profile and matte black for disappearing on stage or in studio
  • Fast transients but with pronounced low end
  • Sparkling detail captures, even at high SPLs
  • Custom shock mount included