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BidirectionalShinybox 46

Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone

The original ShinyBox 46 was an affordable long-geometry passive ribbon microphone.


The 46 [has] high output for a ribbon microphone, and has a frequency response that has a rise in the high end and low end when compared to other ribbon microphones. In many applications, this presents you with a “ready to mix” sound. The smaller body dimension [than the ShinyBox 23] exhibits less proximity effect.

The ribbon is approximately 2 inches in length, making it a “long ribbon / short path” style motor. It is capable of handling very high SPL.

It was available in three configurations:

ModelDescription2006 Cost
ShinyBox 46Stock (presumably Chinese) output transformer.$150
ShinyBox 46CCinemag output transformer.$250
ShinyBox 46LLundahl output transformer.$325

All models include an L-shaped metal mounting bracket, a canvas bag, and a flight case that holds the mic vertically to help prevent ribbon damage.

ShinyBox offers a hand-matching service for customers wishing to purchase a matched pair.

The Shinybox 46 is also known as: 46L, 46C.

The mic was released in 2005.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Bidirectional (30 - 18,000)
Ribbon Construction Impedance SPL/Noise
Low tension, 2 inch, 2 micron aluminum ribbon 200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 165 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
1230g (43.39oz) 185mm (7.28'') 69mm (2.72'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications

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