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Behringer C-1

Pricing & Availability

  • MSRP: $87


C-1 Documentation

CardioidBehringer C-1

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Behringer C-1 is a side-address, transformerless condenser.

The capsule is a small-diameter cardioid electret, mounted behind a perforated plastic plate that influences the polar pattern. The capsule’s housing has an outside diameter of 17.2mm; the diaphragm diameter is presumably 10-14mm.

Behringer’s claim that this microphone is a “Professional, large-diaphragm condenser microphone for unsurpassed audio quality” is therefore at least partially untrue.

Behringer C1 PCBThe circuit is built of a mixture of leaded (through-hole) and surface-mount components. The JFET is a Fairchild J202 (TO92 package); the capsule connects to the JFET gate through a 470pF ceramic disc capacitor.

In a signal-injection test, the circuit exhibits linear performance from 20Hz–2kHz, then a broad boost, +1dB @ 10kHz, +2dB @ 20kHz. Distortion performance is typical of transformerless condensers.

The C1 is made with a die cast metal body, and is distinguished by a red LED +48V indicator.

The mic ships with plastic hardmount and plastic foam-lined case.

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Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (22.4 mV/Pa; 40 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 14mm
100 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 136 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
450g (15.87oz) 169mm (6.65'') 54mm (2.13'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 36–42v

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