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The Electro-Voice Model RE11
dynamic supercardioid microphone

Electro-Voice RE11

An Electro-Voice RE11 with an Electro-Voice 423B Desk Stand.

Description and Applications
The Electro-Voice RE11 is a Variable-D dynamic supercardioid microphone created specially for professional applications requiring a sharply con­trolled supercardioid directional pattern. It is much like the Electro-Voice RE16, in that it employs a blast filter which is an integral part of the microphone. The blast filter allows close-up, handheld use without P-popping and also allows outdoor use without excessive wind noise. Though the RE11 is similar to the RE16, it meets requirements where there is less need for precise unit-to-unit matching.

Utilizing the major technological breakthrough of Variable-D design (a means of deriving directionality), the RE11 features a degree of directional control so effective that frequency response is virtually independent of angular location to the sound source. The result is a microphone that gen­erates little or no off-axis coloration, yet provides the greatest possible re­jection of unwanted sounds. A supercardioid, the RE11 provides greatest rejection at 150° off axis. This assures greatest rejection in the horizontal plane when the microphone is tilted in its most natural position 30° from horizontal, as on boom or floor stands. (Typical cardioids provide greatest rejection at 180°.) An easily operated bass-tilt switch corrects spectrum balance for boom use and other longer-reach situations.

Using the mechanical nesting concept of design, by means of which the internal transducer parts are nested one within another, the RE11 trans­ducer is a nearly solid mechanical structure that is highly resistant to damage from mechanical shock. The exclusive nonmetallic Electro-Voice Acoustalloy diaphragm is virtually unaffected by extremes of atmospheric conditions. A carefully designed steel outer case provides excellent mag­netic shielding and additional mechanical protection. Finish is fawn beige. The RE11 has a Memraflex grille that bounces back to retain its shape.

Text and illustrations are provided via the courtesy of Electro-Voice, Inc.

Frequency response Polar pattern


  • Element: Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 90-13,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Impedance, Low-Z Nominal: 150 ohms
  • Output Level (0 dB = 1 mW/10 dynes/square centimeter): -56 dB
  • EIA Sensitivity Rating: -150 dB
  • Diaphragm: Electro-Voice Acoustalloy
  • Case Material: Steel
  • Dimensions, Length: 187.3mm (7.38 in.)
  • Dimensions, Diameter: 45.2mm (1.78 in.)
  • Dimensions, Shank diameter: 19.1mm (0.75 in.)
  • Finish: Fawn beige
  • Net Weight: 170g (6 oz)

The Electro-Voice Model PL11
dynamic supercardioid microphone

Electro-Voice RE11 with 422A

An Electro-Voice PL11 with an Electro-Voice 422A Desk Stand.

Electro-Voice PL11

This is an Electro-Voice Model PL11. Please read the explanation below,
which compares E-V’s RE and PL models of dynamic microphones.

Hello, Stanley! Good to hear from you. I hope that retirement is treating you well.

Ah, the PLs vs. the REs. It’s a tale of great mics and marketing. At the time the PL Series was conceived, the RE Series was well established as a broadcast and ENG standard. However, people discovered how great these mics sounded on all sorts of other sources in the studio and on stage. So, a decision was made to sort of relaunch some of the RE series in a new line—the PL Series.

Most notable of these were the RE20 and RE11, but the 635A was also pulled in and remarketed. There were also some mics that were unique to the PL line (the PL76, for example), but the main pillars of the line were the PL20 and the PL11, which, aside from the prefix and color of the mic itself, were exactly the same as their RE counterparts.

For various reasons, the PL line has gone away, but the RE line lives on. So, at the end of the day, the PL20 is the same as the RE20, the PL11 is the same as the RE11 and the PL5 is the same as the 635A. The only real difference is color and marketing.

Some people will claim they can hear a difference, but that is due to factors other than design and components: age, condition, etc.

Hope that clears things up. If you need anything else, as always, just let me know.


Ethan Wetzell
EV Technical Services
RE11 data sheet

Download the data sheet for the RE11.

PL11 data sheet

Download the data sheet for the PL11.

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