Telefunken Elektroakustik M80 Dynamic Microphone
The Telefunken Elektroakustik M80 gives the user a superior alternative to the midrange-laden character of the "industry standard microphone."
Featuring a wider frequency response and higher SPL capabilities the M80 delivers condenser-like performance in a rugged dynamic design, producing a microphone equally suitable for voice, instruments or drums on both stage and in the studio.
Due to its low mass capsule and super thin (yet surprisingly rugged) capsule membrane the M80 presents a wider range of emotion from a live vocal with an intimacy that has been traditionally reserved for studio quality condenser microphones.
The head and capsule assembly has been designed to reduce proximity effect to which nets added low end clarity for vocals, while still providing "strength" and "authority" and an "open," "airy" character without adding danger of upper midrange feedback or "honk."
The M80 also features American made custom wound impedance matching transformer which is where the magic really takes place.
The M 80 is available in two versions: the "Standard Version" which includes a mic clip and bag; and the "Studio Set" which includes a mic clip, wooden box, and an additional black head grille.
|Unit Weight||387 g|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||50 Hz - 18 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-56.2 dBV/Pa (1.54 mV)|
|Max. SPL||135 dB|
very god Voice playback
We bought this for our female singer and upgraded from
an SM58. And it was an instant transformation. The M80 brings our her upper Mids, it can capture the breathiness (when desired). And is just overall more clear across the spectrum than the SM58. Never thought there’s be that much of a difference.
I've had this mic about 9 months now. I've used it exclusively on guitar cabs, so I can only comment on it in that capacity. I also got the M81 at the same time, so you can check out my review on that one as well.
Telefunken is right when they say it has a "condenser-like" vibe with the top end openness. It leans towards the brighter side of the spectrum. I commonly use an SM57 right around where the dust cap and cone meet of a V30. Without touching the amps eq, you'll likely need the mic a bit further away from the dust cap to compensate for the additional brightness. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just giving a reference for the brightness.That said, I still always find myself opting for something different when using V30's. Where I find this mic shines is on my old G12T75 cab. I have a couple of amps that sound great through that cab and I feel this mic does a fantastic job of capturing what's coming out of that speaker. If you find you have a hard time capturing what you're hearing in the room with some old G12T75s then it may be worth checking out this mic.
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