The MXL has a sensitivity of 2mV/Pa whereas the 7B has 1.2. So it should require less gain than the 7B. Less gain than a 57 actually.It seems like a relatively recent thing. Maybe it's just coincided with the proliferation of podcasters.
Did the MXL require the same amount of gain as the SM7? What pre did you use on yours when you didn't like it?
Oh dear! Yes! I can see how the term "feeble" might come across as derogatory to our colonial cousins! Seems a slight against one of their most famous microphone companies? Let me say at once that I would LOVE a 7b? At least I would like my son to try one on classical guitar. He uses an SM57 and a Mackie LDC on it at the moment and has always liked the 57 but of course struggles for level. I have the Fet Head I must send him.Perhaps this is just a cross-Atlantic difference in semantics, but I wouldn't call it a 'feeble' mic. Just not high output is all.