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X/Y StereoSanken Microphone Company, Ltd. CUW-180

X/Y Stereo Condenser Microphone

Sanken’s CUW-180 is a unique stereo condenser microphone with twin Cardioid capsules that can be rotated independently through any angle up to 180°. The two egg-shaped capsule headbaskets are mounted on either side of a narrow shaft; the mounting mechanism has a detent every 15°, through ±90° for each capsule.

The capsules are externally-biased and require phantom power.

The CUW-180 includes a mic clip (Sanken p/n H-21F), a 1.8m XLR5F-to-dual-XLR3M breakout cable (p/n SC-532), and a vinyl storage case.

An elastic shockmount (p/n GS-180), an oversized headbasket (“cage screen”, p/n WS-180 and WS-180W), a flight case (p/n TC-180), and a variety of other accessories are available separately.

Additional details on this mic are forthcoming.

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The mic was released in 2003.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
X/Y Stereo (28.2 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 16mm
180 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 137 dB
Self-noise: 17.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
224g (7.90oz) 160mm (6.30'') n/a
  • 5-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

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