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