Blue Microphones enCORE 100, enCORE 200 Microphones Review

Aug 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Steve La Cerra

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The en•CORE 100 (shown) and 200 share the same capsule; the 200 is phantom-powered.

The en•CORE 100 (shown) and 200 share the same capsule; the 200 is phantom-powered.

Established as a leading manufacturer of high-quality studio mics, Blue Microphones has turned its attention to the live sound market with the en•CORE Series. Intended for onstage use, initial offerings in the en•CORE line include the 100, 200 and 300 (all of which are designed for vocal applications), and the 100i, an instrument microphone possessing a tight pattern for reduced leakage. For this review, Mix received the en•CORE 100 and en•CORE 200 models, each of which ships in a cardboard box, along with a microphone stand holder and a plush-lined, cloth mic bag.

The 100 and 200 share an identical profile, one similar to that of the Shure Beta 87. They both feature the same proprietary Blue capsule design; the sonic differences mainly arise from the active electronics in the en•CORE 200. The active preamp in the 200 is used primarily as a means of maintaining low noise and remaining sonically consistent over the long lengths of cable one might encounter in certain SR situations. The preamp circuitry yields a hotter output than that of the en•CORE 100, and results in the en•CORE 200’s very low 25-ohm output impedance (whereas the en•CORE 100’s impedance is 250 ohms). The en•CORE 200 should have no problem mating with any preamp input. A red LED set into the 200’s body illuminates to indicate that phantom power is being received. This feature really needs to be made standard among phantom-powered condenser mics. It would save a lot of time that is otherwise wasted on troubleshooting.

Published frequency-response curves for the mics are very similar, showing mild bumps at approximately 150 Hz in the upper-midrange (approximately 2.5 to 5 kHz) and at 10 kHz. At 2 kHz and 45 degrees off-axis, side rejection is about 15 dB, a figure similar to that of a Shure SM57 or SM58. The en•CORE 100 features a chrome grille with a silver-gray body, while the en•CORE 200 is strikingly finished in matte black with a dark copper grille. To reduce chances of slipping, the mic bodies feature a textured finish, and—as we have come to expect from past experience with Blue products—the mics’ fit and finishes are excellent.






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