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What's inside of a Sony c800g that makes it so special?
Old 7th December 2015
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I think the mike is designed for low distortion. keeping the tube at an even temperature is part of that.
the engineering of the dome under the capsule is probably another aspect.
Old 1 week ago
In the 1980s, Japan was in a huge bubble. It caused things like Lexus to happen. It caused the Toyota Supra MkIV to happen. It also caused the Sony C800G to happen. They had access to cheap capital and favorable trade terms so "spare no expense and build the best in the world" was the mantra. When that all came to an end in the mid 90s, Japanese goods lost their luster and fell victim to the same cost cutting that everyone else was doing(shipping manufacturing to malaysia, china, the Philippines, etc. )
Old 1 week ago
Originally Posted by Karloff70 View Post
The mic contains a tiny, yellow mushroom.
I thought it was a tiny blue mushroom.
Old 1 week ago
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This thread is exhausting.

Could someone with credible intelligence to the "how" behind a C800 please speak up?
Old 1 week ago
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It has a k67 clone capsule, which has a rising frequency response. The circuit they used lets that run wide open without really rounding it off any, and has a few aspects that make it run cleaner and with more output than some of the tube mic classics from previous decades. That helps the sibilant range of the uncorrected k67 from pushing the circuit into saturation.
Old 1 week ago
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As with other mics (U87 or U47 for example) the end result is the sum of all of the parts "and" the manufacturing process steps. All of these things together make a product what it is. If you change just one of them, sometimes even slightly you have a different product.

It is nearly impossible to make an exact copy of any product. Even when manufacturers change their own process they will usually assign it a revision number.

Neumann did a meticulous job on the U67 reissue but some folks believe it sounds different.
Old 1 week ago
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I doubt that anyone can delineate (probably not even the designers and manufacturer) exactly how the C800 creates such satisfyingly "finished" sounding tracks, right out of the box with far less EQ and comp. It's one of those things that came together in design, where 2+2 ended up equalling 5. There are plenty of products that had equal R&D invested, and came out 2+2=3.
Old 1 week ago
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Aside from mushrooms of course I feel like the real question here is what does it cost to make/how much headroom lol do Sony have on such a high price tag
Old 1 week ago
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Wasn't this the first microphone to use Trinitron technology?
Old 1 week ago
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magic fairy dust
Old 1 week ago
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I will just say: materials in use, their sources and purity both on molecular and in manufacturing side, finishing, R&D...

We're hearing similar things when comparing new, contemporary vacuum Tube production and old (vintage) production. It's not like Molybden or "whatnot" material is "now/future/yesterday" invention. Purity, percentage, mixture, thickness, limit ("enough is good") and finishing etc. etc. etc. of every single material which is being used and R&D behind it all has major implications to the whole picture.

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