Product Comparison: Rode NT1 vs Rode NT1A

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General Specifications
About the Product
NT1 marries innovation and tradition, starting with the capsule which is a completely new design. Codenamed HF6, it features a sound signature reminiscent of famous microphones of old, while at the same time exhibiting extremely low self-noise.
The RØDE NT1-A 1" cardioid condenser microphone has become an industry standard; delivering the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability typically only featured on some of the world’s most expensive microphones.
Key Specs
Microphone Type
Polar Pattern
Minimum Frequency Response
20 Hz
20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response
20 kHz
20 kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone
  • Awesome, awesome! Captures my friend's soprano voice perfectly where many many recording mics failed.
  • Excellent quality microphone for entry level professionals looking to record music or get into voice acting.
  • Just want I needed to start voice over work! Awesome!
  • This Rode microphone is excellent for the money. We have purchased more expensive microphones and this one is as good or even better. We can't recommend it enough.
  • It has a rich but very clear sound, possibly with a little boost on the bottom end, but that may just be a result of how close you work it.
Rode NT1A Ultra low noise
  • Besides the noise issues in the microphone, the frequency response of the mic was fantastic. Very good presence in the mid range, with a gentle 1K boost.
  • I love this mic. It has an extremely well balanced frequency response, and has massively improved the sound of guitars, vocals, and drums in my recordings. And for the price, it is an absolute steal, fit for anyone's mic locker.
  • Excellent low frequency response, (I record church organ concerts,) and low noise. Also sound great on vocals.
  • This microphone is one of the few microphones that can stand up against the more expensive microphones with a warm sound. It delivers audio very well at all frequencies.
  • Crazy harsh high end frequency response that won't be solved with amateur EQing. I suggest spending a little more on a better mic like Neumann's but this is a great beginner's mic. This will need an audio interface for A/D conversion and 48v Phantom powering.
  • The frequency response chart is what separates an amazing mic like Neumann, Telefunken, and AKG from the rest, and the Rode NT1-A has an average frequency response. It has a harsh high end and no body or warmth in the mid range.
Size & Weight
7.36 in.
7.36 in.
1.97 in.
1.97 in.
1.97 in.
1.97 in.
0.97 lbs.
0.72 lbs.
Equivalent Noise Level
4 dBA
5 dBA
Maximum SPL
132 dB SPL
137 dB SPL
Output Impedance
100 Ω
100 Ω
Microphone Sensitivity
Power Options
+24V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface, +48V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface
+24V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface, +48V Phantom power required from mixer or inteface
State-of-the-art surface mount electronics, Ultra low noise, Large 1" capsule, Internal capsule shock mounting
Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm, Ultra low noise, self noise of only 5dB (A), Wide dynamic range, True condenser (externally biased), Internal capsule shock mounting, Includes RØDE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover
What customers say about "Features"
Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone
  • I love this mic. It has a great frequency response pattern for so many instruments. It's also perfect for vocals.
  • Perfect for small studio projects. Frequency response is good, but not as crisp in the high end as I am accustomed to with higher end mics. Low noise. SPL is good.
  • The fit and finish of the mic are flawless, and the construction feels very solid. I am very impressed with this product, especially for the moderate price.
  • Very rich and full sounding audio and the included mount and pop filter are incredibly high quality. It also has very little self noise.
  • Get a good preamp, compressor and equalizer, along with this mic and you're home studio is set!
  • Only draw back is it's proprietary design. Not as universal as other filters.
Rode NT1A Ultra low noise
  • Very sensitive, and sounds great! Excellent package for the money.
  • The mic is warm and extremely sensitive, but you'd pretty much have to stick it in front of a jet engine to overload it. The fidelity is awesome.
  • The need to apply any effects or to do any background noise cleanup is completely gone - there simply is no background hum nor hiss of any kind as I've isolated properly from the noise of my PC fans.
  • The microphone has excellent range as well. It works fine on acoustic instruments such as a mandolin or acoustic guitar at distances of well over a meter with great clarity, almost as if a small diaphragm condenser microphone was used in conjunction with it.
  • A shock mount, pop screen and XLR cable was included which made the price very reasonable for the quality.
  • Its an OK mic.... i really hate it, but have heard worse. i have a bunch of tracks that were recorded with this mic and the sibilance ("S" sounds) are horrible! distorted and pain inducing! and the singer wasn't shouting or singing in a high vol. its really muddy too.
  • When people say its harsh, believe them. The p's and s's peaked alot. I'm not great at recordings so for a beginner who is kinda breaking his pockets to buy a mic in this price range I would look else where.
  • It's a great mic. A bit heavy on the lower spectrum of the frequency range but descent enough for starters.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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