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“You’re Gonna Like the Way You Look Sound…I Guarantee It.”
Men’s Wearhouse Vanguard Audio Labs

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In the age of the internet, it’s harder than ever to properly evaluate audio gear. Hype marketing, shady “pay-to-play” reviews & endorsements, “FR Charts” that are smoothed to the point of uselessness, audio clips delivered in hyper-compressed digital formats and no signal chain information…but how do you know what a mic REALLY sounds like?

We thought about this problem for a while, and came up with a simple answer…

the best way to properly evaluate a microphone’s performance is in your own studio, on your own gear.

We gladly invite you to put any Vanguard microphone up against your very best, most favorite-est mics in your locker. That’s why we’re calling it “Bring It On”. We’re confident that you can put any of our microphones against the best mics you’ve got, whether they’re $50 or $5000. We put exhaustive work into carefully testing every aspect of a microphone’s design…from individual components, to capsule voicings, to innovative shockmount design, down to the gauge of the wire mesh on the headgrill. Each of our microphones undergoes testing in real-life sessions, head-to-head against iconic vintage and modern microphones.

Hearing is believing, and we know that once you hear our gear, we’re probably not gonna get it back.

Not sure which of our mics to try? Check them out here.


Q: Will I have to pay shipping or anything else?

A: Nope. We will pay the shipping to you, and back from you in the event of a return. We do require a valid credit card in your name in order to participate, but we do not charge it unless you decide to keep the mic.

Q: Can I participate if I’m outside the US?

A: At this time, only US residents are eligible for the demo program. Our distributors are super-cool, and a lot of them do offer demos as well. You can find your local Vanguard Audio Labs distributor here…and if you’re in a place where we don’t have a distributor yet, please email us and we’ll see what we can do to help you!

Q: Do you charge me when you send me the demo unit?

A: We take and hold a valid payment method before shipping your demo gear, but we do not charge unless you decide to keep it (which, let’s be honest…you’re gonna keep it.)

Q:What’s your favorite color?

A: Not relevant. But it’s obviously Pinot Noir, the color of our microphones.

Q: What’s the catch?

A: No catch, honest. You can read our Terms & Conditions here.

Q: What if I want to try a bunch of different Vanguard microphones at once?

A: At the moment, we’re only offering one demo at a time. You can have triples on the Nova, but you can’t with the V13.

Q: Can I try the same mic twice?

A: We aren’t a rental house…you get one shot. Make it count.

Bring it on!

-Derek, Ken, and the Vanguard Crew