It has been a few years since Warm Audio introduced a clone of the Newman U87. They are a classic and very expensive microphone that sounds very attractive and is definitely a reason for success. Warm Audio was of the opinion that some things could be improved and is now offering an update with the WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone.
The R2 in the name suggests that this is the second revision of the microphone. This has a discrete circuit design and has installed various premium components (New-Old-Stock Fairchild transistors, WIMA, and Nichicon capacitors). In addition, the Warm Audio WA-87 R2 is supplemented by an improved CineMag USA output transformer. The declared aim of the update is to bring the sound even closer to the classic from the 60s.
The capsule of the large condenser mic continues to be based on the model with the classic double diaphragm capsule. An in-house development with a gold-coated NOS Mylar membrane is used for this. As usual, it switches the direction of the microphone between Omni, cardioid, and figure 8. The frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz has not changed either. A pad switch (reduction by 10 dB) and a switch for the high-pass filter (80 Hz) are also part of the equipment.
The WA-87 R2 comes in two colors: one in the classic Nickel look and one in Black. It has a “B” at the end of the name. In addition to the microphone, you will find a wooden storage case, the hard mount, and a shock mount included in the delivery box.
Price and availability
The Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone is now available to pre-order via the Bhphotovideo.com website for $599 in Black and Nickel finish.
Warm Audio recently also announced the Foxy Tone Box and the Jet Phaser guitar pedals, priced at $149 and $199, respectively.