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Sony C-800G tube microphone

Sony C-800G

4.2 4.2 out of 5, based on 4 Reviews

Excellent for vocal recording in studios and film post production houses, Sony's C-800G Studio Tube Condenser Microphone is designed for the highest possible sound reproduction quality.

9th December 2011

Sony C-800G by Chris Lago

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Sony C-800G tube microphone

The C-800G is an incredible microphone and has become a favorite among professional recording artists. the sound is crystal clear, the bass is huge (especially in cardioid) and the high end frequency is incredible, very sparkly.

Nevertheless, it is not a microphone for everyone. The mic is so detailed that it can hurt a singer's performance if they aren't incredible singers, and can accentuate the wrong frequencies as well. Also, I have heard that there can be hum problems with the power supply (never had that problem) and the tubes are expensive and don't last long at all.

The microphone is great for male/female singers as well as rappers. It's used on a ton of hit songs and has become an industry standard. The price is ridiculously high, but well worth it if you have a critical session with a talented singer.

31st January 2012

Sony C-800G by 100below

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Sony C-800G tube microphone

Frequently maligned on audio forums, the C-800G remains a very popular mic in top professional circles.
Although it is best known as a vocal mic, this is a flexible high-end sounding microphone that can, in fact be a very versatile tool for a variety of uses. The electronically selectable pick-up pattern is effective and helps to extend the usefulness of the microphone.
Acoustic instruments love the C-800G in the same way that many vocals do. It is not known as the most accurate mic, but rather as a flattering tool and in that context can be used for guitars, flutes, pianos and variety of solo instruments.
The Sony exhibits the exact sound that classic tube mics are sought after for. Extended range, fat sound and a bigger than life quality that keeps producers and engineers picking it over other well respected choices time and time again. Artists also love the mic for the same reasons.

In a classic R&B setting, the C-800G is a perfect match for a pre amp like a discrete Neve, although my personal favorite setup is C-800G into GTQmkIII into CL1b.

The most common complaints about the C-800G are concerning its tendency to exaggerate faults. Faults can be made larger-than-life by any high quality microphone, but perhaps more so by the Sony. Put one in front of a world-class singer and you will rejoice in the magic that drew you to audio in the first place.

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28th January 2016

Sony C-800G by Prince Vision

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 3 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Sony C-800G tube microphone

The Sony C800G has become a staple in popular contemporary music since the early 90's. Most notably gaining popularity though being used on classic recordings by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Usher, Michael Jackson, etc. Originally known for its sound on R&B records, in recent history it has become more universally used through out various genres. The mic is known for its clear and Hi-Fi sound, which is why it is used so much in contemporary and urban pop today.

Sound Quality:
This microphone on the right source is nothing short of amazing, and can sound great on almost any source, but the later requires some understanding of how to work the microphone properly, which leads me to...

Ease of Use
This microphone is significantly sensitive to many variables in your recording setup. Unlike many microphones that sound relatively the same in most situations, the C800G responds in a variety of ways depending on your setup/technique. First off, the microphones polar patterns (omni and cardioid) pickup audio in distinctively different ways. cardioid is beefier, with more low end and more sensitive to proximity effect. While in omni the mic seems to become more neutral, and the high end becomes more detailed, with less sensitivity to proximity. While in omni, it is possible to produce various tones and colors by changing the axis in which you perform into the mic.

This microphone is also very sensitive to which preamp it is paired with, as you can get a number of different sounds depending on what pre you use. I have used a number of different press and they all sound good, just different.

and lastly this microphone is also very sensitive to the prime life of the tube, as it will start to loose high end detail and the transient response will deaden after a relatively short time. The tube will still have plenty of life, but for this microphone to operate at full spec sonically, the tubes need to be fresh. I suspect many people who have claimed this mic sounded less than stellar were in need of a fresh tube.

This mic does not have many additional features, like high pass filter, or pad. There is only 2 polar patterns omni, and cardioid.

Bang for Buck:
This mic is expensive, approximately $9,000-11,000 brand new. It definitely make this mic out of the price range of the many artists budget, but it can be found for about 4-5k used. I think this mic should definitely be priced more reasonably, considering maintenance costs ($70 per tube from Sony), and a lack of other features that are pretty standard on most modern microphones.

7th January 2020

Sony C-800G by jml designs

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 2 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Sony C-800G tube microphone

I love my 1lbs C-800g! I sold my house to get it now I live in this wonderful little mic.

My only qualm is that with all the amazing mics out there, is there really a space for this mic in my locker? Both my close friend and I both own this mic and we love the low noise and openess this mic provides but I have other mics that do this pretty closely. The dual diaphram like the little brother, the C100 is an awesome idea and the R&D to achieve what it is doing must have been daunting.The C-800g emplys a 6AU6 and features two polar patterns: cardioid and omni-directional. It sounds incredibly bright and clean but not my go to for every voice. When I need to capture something very quiet and need detail, this is the mic (boasting -33 dB/Pa). The grill on the back is apparently for cooling like a radiator and provides and incredibly low noise floor, the likes of which are unparalleled imo. If I owned a Folley studio or VO studio I would consider this mic indispensable. If I owned a studio tracking bands and groups exclusively.. maybe.

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