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What mics are similar to the c800g Condenser Microphones
Old 25th May 2016
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Originally Posted by Piedpiper View Post
Just to be clear, the Akita is the only mic that is even close to being a true clone. It uses a very similar capsule and identical circuit, tube, and transformer, but with a little lower voltage, which ameliorates the short tube life issue the C800G is famous for.

The VTB has little relationship to the Sony. It just happens to sound similar to it. I've upgraded the capacitors in my VTB and it sounds much better as well as closer to the Sony.
The C800g runs the B+ @ 230v heater 5.7v . The Akita is at 203v heater 5.3v
When I was designing this mic, I spoke with Oliver Archut and he suggested under heating the tube to 5.3v. That has worked very well with the 6au6 tube.

The secret of the C800g sound is the 6au6 tube. It has a nice mild compression, clear, smooth and bright without being harsh. You cannot get the same response or sound from a different tube.

The Akita is different in that it I added 9 polar patterns. The circuit is the same and I use the same output and electrolytic capacitors. The mic is wired point to point with gold pins on a Plexiglas circuit board.

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Old 25th May 2016
3u Audio Warbler MKVID is inspired by the C800g.
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