Sony has not forgotten about its strong legacy in studio microphones, it seems. The Japanese giant is shipping the C-100 dual-diaphragm condenser mic announced at AES 2017; it’s Sony’s first new microphone in around a quarter of a century.
Sony says this model continues the legacy of the classic C-800/C-800G dual-capsule model and offers an extremely broad frequency range — from 20Hz all the way up to 50kHz. This is to facilitate compatibility with the Sony Hi-Res standard for audio recorded and played back at high sample- and bit-rates. Supposedly, this is the first microphone built to conform to it. Unlike the C800/G, though, the C100 isn’t a tube condenser, but solid-state.
The C-100 has three switchable polar patterns — omni-directional, cardioid, and figure-eight. There’s a low-cut filter as well as a -10dB pad switch. Sony claims the microphone delivers “detailed, transparent, and balanced sound”. With such a wide frequency range, the mic certainly won’t suffer from a lack of highs, that’s for sure!
The Sony-C100 will be sold by the company’s dealers at a suggested price of EUR 1523. That’s a reasonable price for a high-end Sony microphone capable of varied studio work.