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C-80 Uni-directional Studio Condenser Microphone

Sony C80

Features

  • Powerful and rich mid-low frequency range for excellent sound quality
  • Low-cut filter to help eliminate low-frequency noise
  • Pad switch (-10dB attenuation)
  • Dual diaphragm configuration

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  • Type: Audio Accessories

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Your next go-to home studio microphone

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Your next go-to home studio microphone

C-80 is unidirectional condenser microphone that can be used for a variety of recording situations in a home studio, including recording vocals/voice and acoustic instruments such as guitar/piano.

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C-80

Based on the microphone capsule of the C-100 and using the same diaphragm material with the C-800G, C-80 has a peak characteristic around 13 kHz, making vocal/voice presence stand out among other instrument sounds. It features a strong presence and rich reproduction of low and mid frequencies.

Environments where C-80 come to life

Dual diaphragms reduce the proximity effect. Natural vocal and voice recording is possible even when vocalization is made at a position close to the microphone. In addition, a low-cut filter to eliminate unwanted low-frequency noise and a pad switch function to minimize distortion caused by excessive input sound are equipped for recording in a home studio.

Vocal

Tight and rich mid-range capture provides a vocal sound with a clear core and presence, allowing vocals to stand out even when mixed with other instrumental sounds. The high frequency range with a sense of loss reproduces even the finest nuances, such as delicate breathing. The overall straightforward and natural sound does not require complex post-processing.

Instruments

In recordings of acoustic guitars and pianos, the characteristics of the instruments, such as the scrape of guitar strings and the resonance of the body, are realistically reproduced with a firm, extended low-end and natural overall balance. The dynamic and dense sound also brings the instruments closer to the listener.

Voice

Natural and clear voice recording is achieved by suppressing boomy low frequency and noise when vocalization is made close to the microphone. The forward-focused directional characteristics and low-cut filter prevent the microphone from picking up ambient and low-frequency noise, making it suitable for live broadcasts.

Capsule of C-80

Capsule of C-80 Following the microphone capsule for the C-100, which has an established reputation for high sound quality, a new microphone capsule for the C-80 has been developed.

1. Microphone case

The acoustic impedance of the back plate has been reduced to achieve higher sensitivity. Insulation structure material made of high-strength, high-insulation polyetherimide (PEI) with high-precision resin machining is used for the capsule case and back electrode, and brass with high-precision machining is used for the capsule case and back electrode. The diaphragm membrane is coated with 24-karat gold vapor deposition. By assembling and processing these materials with high precision, a high-precision, high-purity, low-distortion sound is realized.

2. Mesh

On the back of the capsule, an "acoustic shifting circuit" is employed to adjust not only the sound quality collected from the surface but also the sound quality collected from the rear side to achieve a unidirectional characteristic. In addition, a diaphragm is also placed on the rear side to suppress the proximity effect (dual diaphragm structure).

3. Sleeve

High specific gravity zinc die-cast is used to ensure anti-vibration and vibration damping properties.

4. Reflector

The same material as that used for C-100 was selected because it affects the extension of high frequency range and sound damping.

5. Shock damper

High specific gravity zinc die-cast is used to ensure anti-vibration and vibration damping properties.

Features

  • Powerful and rich mid-low frequency range for excellent sound quality
  • Low-cut filter to help eliminate low-frequency noise
  • Pad switch (-10dB attenuation)
  • Dual diaphragm configuration
  • Noise elimination construction
Audio Section
Capsule Type Condenser Microphone
Frequency Response 20Hz 20kHz
Directivity Uni-directional
Dynamic Range More than 125.5 dB
Sensitivity -30 dB (deviation 3 dB) (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
Output Impedance 90 15%, Balanced
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81.5dB
Inherent Noise Less than 12.5 dB SPL (0 dB=2 x 10 Pa) (IEC* 61672-1 A-Weighted, 1 kHz, 1 Pa)
Maximum Input Sound Pressure Level More than 138 dB SPL (output level for 1% waveform distortion at 1 kHz, converted into equivalent input sound pressure level: 0 dB=2 x 10 Pa)
General Section
Connector XLR-3-12C (male)
Mic Cable XLR 3-pin Cable Required (Not Supplied)
Power Requirements DC 44 to 52 V
Mass Approx. 215 g (7.6 oz)
SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES Cradle suspension (1) Operating instructions (1) Carrying case (1)
Dimensions Approx. 40 mm (1.57 in.) dia. x 158 mm (6.22 in.)

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  • Type: Audio Accessories

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