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Old 15th November 2019
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Sanken CSS-5 mono vs CS3e

Can anybody with experience with both mics please tell me how the CSS-5 in mono mode compares to the CS3e? There doesn't seem to be much info out there comparing the two.

I'm considering the CS3e but also wanting a stereo option down the track, and the CSS-5 seems comparable to an MS setup and certainly appeals as an "all-in-one".

Specifically I'm wondering if the CSS-5 has the excellent rejection that the CS3e is well known for. Polar patterns look similar to me but not identical. I can see the CSS-5 lacks some low end which is backed up anecdotally. I'd also love to hear thoughts on the general sound quality - how does it stack up against newer offering such as MKH80X0 series etc?

The mic will be used for recording mono SFX outdoors (rock impacts etc) and stereo ambiences (winds, rainforest, urban environments etc)

Thanks in advance.