There are many great microphones in the world, for all types of applications, but few can claim to be a truly elite microphone. Unfortunately, with that highly vaunted status comes certain exclusivity. An elite microphone like the C-800G attracts an elite price tag. Until now.
The SA-800 is like no other microphone you have ever used. It is a large dual-diaphragm condenser, which can switch between cardioid and omnidirectional polar patterns. Its key feature is a 6AU6 vacuum tube, with its own cooling system designed to maintain an optimal operating temperature for the tube. We use the finest K67 replica capsule in the world, as well as the original 6AU6 tube and a custom replica output transformer produced by Beesneez in Australia, one that carefully matches the ratio and frequency response of the original.
By committing to only the highest build quality and making no compromise in component selection, we can finally offer a true replica of the microphone that even the largest studios dream about. The almost noiseless operation, incredible sensitivity and beautiful detail is what makes the original C-800G so sought after. The SA-800 performs identically, capturing silky smooth vocals as well as mirroring the intimacy of acoustic instruments.
Let’s start with the capsule. Since the capsule represents 90% of the microphones tone, naturally we had to start with the best replica capsule in the world. The Heiserman Audio HK- 67 capsule is based on a 1960’s vintage set of original back plates, which offer a much greater vintage tone than alternative offerings. It utilizes brass rings to secure the Mylar and nylon screws to isolate the capsule halves. Unlike similar offerings that feature Chinese-made capsules, all of the HK-67 capsules are 100% hand made by Eric Heiserman in the USA and are professionally skinned with DuPont Mylar in Chicago. This capsule, made with standards as high as our own, was perfect for the SA-800.
It wasn’t enough for us to use similar vacuum tubes. We obtained NOS 6AU6 tubes, so that we can boldly claim that the SA-800 strictly follows the original schematic. In combination with the accurate K67 replica and a custom output transformer, this no-compromise process has allowed us to faithfully recreate the frequency response, tone and magical top end of the original microphone at a fraction of the cost. We have remained 100% faithful to the original vintage circuit and schematic and have made not a single concession in parts, which ensures that you are get the best possible sounding microphone.
ZERO COMPROMISE. SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE.
Stam Audio Engineering products are about sound quality first and foremost. Every component of every single unit is premium quality and carefully selected to ensure our units match or even surpass the quality of high end boutique-gear.
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