Notebookcheck Logo

Sony C-80 Condenser Microphone is touted to bring pro-grade voice recording to the home-based audio creator

The new C-80. (Source: Sony)
The new C-80. (Source: Sony)
Sony Electronics' latest stand-alone condenser microphone is a relatively affordable new offering from its Pro Audio division; however, it has inherited design elements from higher-end and "revered" counterparts such as the C-800G. Accordingly, the OEM asserts that the new uni-directional mic will deliver high-end audio specifically optimized for voice recording at a more accessible price.

Sony Electronics claims to have packed some of its most benchmark voice-recording tech and design into the new C-80 condenser microphone. The new audio accessory has a uni-directional field of pick-up rather than one of a cardioid or bi-directional nature; however, this might make it ideal for pursuits such as home or home-studio voice recording, podcasting or vlogging.

The OEM does imply that the C-80 will put a professional shine on that kind of content with the same Noise Elimination Construction (comprising a 2-part metallic "anti-vibrational" chassis) of the "industry-standard" C-800G or ~US$1,000 C-100. The newer model has also acquired the same mic capsule of the C-100, as well as a "dual diaphragm configuration" rated to correct for movement in front of the mic during recording.

Accordingly, Sony touts the C-80 to capture "natural and clear" vocals with the "tight and rich" reproduction of the mid-range a creator might wish for when working on spoken-word content. Then again, the OEM also backs the new mic to deliver the "realistic reproduction of the characteristics of an instrument" as well, and to make vocals distinct from music while recording.

This will apparently be done by "suppressing boomy low frequencies and noise when close to the microphone", which might be particularly impressive as the C-80 seems not to include a pop filter in the box. Sony projects that it will start to become available in North America from November 2022, and that it will, unlike the much higher-end C-800G or -100, cost just ~US$499 on its release.


Read all 2 comments / answer
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 10 > Sony C-80 Condenser Microphone is touted to bring pro-grade voice recording to the home-based audio creator
Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-10- 9 (Update: 2022-10- 9)