Sony C-80


Sony C-80 / C80 Unidirectional Condenser Microphone

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Dual Diaphragm Configuration
  • Noise Elimination Construction
  • Low-Cut Filter
  • Pad Switch

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Sony C-80

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Large capsule captures superior sound presence

Featuring the same diaphragm material as our legendary C-800G tube condenser microphone, and with a capsule based on the unqiue high-resolution large capsule C-100 – both revered tools in the world's best studios – the C-80 is built from sound design pedigree. The C-80's characteristic peak around 13 kHz delivers outstanding vocal presence in any mix, as well as capturing the fullness of acoustic instruments.

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Dual diaphragms reduce the proximity effect

Natural vocal and voice recording is possible even when vocalisation is delivered close to the microphone. A low-cut filter eliminates unwanted low-frequency noise and a pad switch function minimises distortion, caused by excessive input sound. Both are built-in for polished recordings in a home studio.

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New technology for high-precision sound

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.

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 produced with high-precision machining is used for the capsule case and back electrode. The diaphragm membrane is coated with 24-carat gold vapour deposition. By assembling and processing these materials with great attention, a high-precision, high-purity, low-distortion sound is realised.

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Capture your performance

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 reproduces even the finest nuances, such as delicate breathing. The overall straightforward and natural sound does not require complex post-processing.

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Never miss a note

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.

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Record your authentic voice

Natural and clear voice recording is achieved by suppressing boomy low frequency and noise when vocalisation 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.

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Excellent Sound Quality

Powerful and rich mid-low frequency range provides vocals and voice recordings with a core sound and presence.

Dual Diaphragm Configuration

Dual diaphragm configuration realizes stable recording/distribution by suppressing sound characteristics changes with distance (proximity effect).

Noise Elimination Construction

Two-part metallic body structure succeeded from C-800G/C-100 microphone prevents acoustic vibration resulting in low noise and clear sound.

Low-Cut Filter

Low-Cut filter switch helps eliminate low-frequency nose and proximity effect.

Pad Switch

An -10dB pad switch on the microphone provides added headroom and minimizes distortion caused by transient peaks.


Capsule Type
Condenser Microphone
Frequency Response
Uni directional
Sensitivity *[1]
-30 dB
(deviation ±3 dB)
(0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz)
Output Impedance *[2]
90Ω±15%, Balanced
Dynamic Range
More than 125.5 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio *[3]
Inherent Noise *[4]
Less than 12.5 dB SPL
(0 dB=2 × 10-5 Pa)
(IEC* 61672-1 A-Weighted, 1 kHz, 1 Pa)
Maximum Input Sound Pressure Level *[5]
More than 138 dB SPL
(output level for 1% waveform distortion at 1 kHz, converted into equivalent input sound pressure level: 0 dB=2 × 10-5 Pa)
XLR-3-12C (male)
Mic Cable
XLR 3-pin Cable Required (Not Supplied)
Power Requirements
DC 44 to 52 V
Dimensions *[6]
Approx. 40 mm (1.57 in.) dia. × 158 mm (6.22 in.)
Approx. 215 g (7.6 oz)
Supplied Accessories
Cradle suspention (1)
Operating instructions (1)
Carrying case (1)
0 dB = 1 V/Pa, at 1 kHz
Output impedance at 1 kHz
A-weighted, 1 kHz, 1 Pa.
0dB SPL = 20μPa.
0 dB SPL = 20μPa.
The values for dimensions are approximate.

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