MXL 770 Vs AT2020 Comparison

The prices of MXL 770 and Audio-Technica AT2020 on the market are quite similar to each other. As the two products are both condenser microphones, a lot of potential buyers often get confused in choosing between them. Neither MXL nor Audio-Technica should be underestimated, as these companies have manufactured various high-quality products that have received a lot of positive responses from the users. So, what are the differences between MXL 770 and Audio-Technica AT2020? Which is the mic that you should get?

MXL 770 Vs AT2020

Tonal Characteristics
As both MXL 770 and Audio-Technica AT2020 are condenser microphones, they share some similar characteristics. As you may have expected from condenser mics, they are both typically quite bright in audio reproduction. They can capture excellent details and accurate tones, with decent clarity and pleasant crispiness. Also, they both require the 48V phantom power in order to operate. They both are cardioid, which means that they pick up sounds the best from the front, while attenuating the sides and especially the rear. (See also: MXL V67G Vs MXL 770)

Technical Specs

MXL 770AT2020
- Frequency Range: 30Hz-20kHz- Frequency Range: 20-20,000 Hz
-Polar Pattern: Cardioid- Cardioid
- Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa- –37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
- Output Impedance: 150 ohms- Output Impedance: 100 ohms
- Equivalent Noise: 20dB (A weighted IEC 268-4)- NOISE: 20 dB SPL
- S/N Ratio: 74dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)- SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- Power Requirements: 48V phantom power (+/- 4V)- PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS 48V DC, 2 mA typical
- Size: 59mm x 158mm/2.32 in. x 6.22 in. - Weight: 1 lb/453.59g- DIMENSIONS: 6.38" (162.0 mm) long, - 2.05" (52.0 mm) maximum body diameter

However, like many other MXL mics, MXL 770 can be very bright. It is certainly brighter than Audio-Technica AT2020, to the point where it may sound a little bit too raw at times. This is good for weak vocals and instruments that struggle to keep their presence in the music. However, for louder sounds and more powerful voices, it may sound too harsh. Though, MXL 770 can indeed handle louder voices than Audio-Technica AT2020, as MXL 770 has a slightly higher maximum SPL handling of 144 dB, compared to Audio-Technica AT2020’s 137 dB max SPL handling.

On the other hand, Audio-Technica AT2020 can be quite more versatile than MXL 770. Audio-Technica AT2020 comes with a wider frequency response range than MXL 770. Audio-Technica AT2020 has a frequency response range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, while MXL 770 comes with a frequency response range of 30 Hz – 20 kHz. As you can see, Audio-Technica AT2020 is especially able to reach lower frequencies. As the effect, it can deliver better bass performance, with fuller and more solid lows. The slightly smoother audio reproduction is suitable for a variety of vocal types.

Additional Features
Perhaps you would like to know that MXL 770 is a little bit heavier than Audio-Technica AT2020. MXL 770 is also slightly bulkier to the sides, though Audio-Technica AT2020 is the taller one.

Coincidentally, both mics have similar self-noise levels. They each has an equivalent noise level of 20dB-A, which is not too noisy and acceptable for professional purposes.

MXL 770 is also equipped with some additional features: a pre-attenuation pad and a high-pass filter. The pre-attenuation pad can be switched on to -10 dB to tame down excessively loud voices. Meanwhile, the high-pass filter is switchable to attenuate sounds under 150 Hz with an attenuation of 6dB/octave.

MXL 770 Vs AT2020

- Gold-sputtered, 6-micron, low distortion diaphragm
- FET preamp with balanced output
- Switchable bass cut and -10dB pad
- Legendary MXL sonic characteristics
- Comes with shock mount and rugged carrying case
- The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
- Ideal for project/home-studio applications
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

While the two are very similar to each other and perhaps are both quite versatile, MXL 770 is more suitable for rap and female vocals, in which the brightness can create a good audio effect. On the other hand, Audio-Technica AT2020 is more suitable for different vocal types and instruments. For naturally lower voices, Audio-Technica AT2020 is the better choice here due to the lower edge of its frequency response range.