Earthworks SR117 Versus Telefunken M80

Why settle for a dynamic microphone that wants to be a condenser when you can have an Earthworks condenser mic that performs like a dynamic?

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The Earthworks SR117 or the Telefunken M80 — which vocal microphone is right for you?
Let’s first look at the specifications for each mic:

Specifications

FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz – 20KHz
POLAR PATTERN Supercardioid
SENSITIVITY (1KHZ) 5 mV/Pa (-46 dBV/Pa)
POWER REQUIREMENTS 48V Phantom Power (P48), 10mA
PEAK ACOUSTIC INPUT 140 dBSPL
MINIMUM LOAD IMPEDANCE 1kOhm
SELF-NOISE (A-WEIGHTED) 20 dBSPL-A
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 74 dB
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES Microphone Bag, Clip
DIMENSIONS (L X D) 7″ x 1.93″
COLOR Black with Stainless Steel Band
WEIGHT 0.85 lbs (0.38 Kg)
MANUFACTURER PART NUMBER SR117
MICROPHONE TYPE Condenser
USER GUIDE

Key differences

The first significant difference between the Earthworks SR117 and the Telefunken M80 is their microphone type. The M80 is a dynamic microphone, while the SR117 is a condenser. 

One might think that this means the M80 is more suited for a live environment, but that simply isn’t true. The SR117 has the sound quality of a condenser, but it’s built and designed like a dynamic. It truly is the best of both worlds.

During live performances, the SR117 provides a clear and transparent sound without the worry of feedback or sound leakage. In a studio setting, you benefit from a hassle-free microphone with a flat frequency response and minimized proximity effect.

The second major difference between the Earthworks SR117 and Telefunken M80 is the frequency response. Earthworks microphones are world-renowned for their balanced frequency response, which capture any sound source with stunning clarity. (Seriously, try the SR117 on snare drum — you’ll be blown away!) The SR117 is sonically neutral, making it great for creative EQ and crafting the sound you want. 

On the other hand, the Telefunken M80 tailors its response for a specific tonal character. This might be preferable for musicians/engineers who want that particular sound as soon as they plug it in. In contrast to the prevalent midrange emphasis found in numerous popular handheld microphones, the M80 utilizes a low-mass capsule, an ultra-thin membrane, and a specially designed impedance-matching transformer.

The third difference — and arguably the most important — is price. The M80 retails for $249, while the SR117 is only $199. 

In conclusion, you should choose the mic that gives you the best sound at the best price. If that’s the SR117 for you, get in touch with us and we’ll personally connect you with a reseller.

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