The Josephson C705 is a versatile studio microphone using a large-diameter, centre-supported single-diaphragm cardioid capsule derived from the US company’s C715, and the discrete FET cascode input circuit and symmetrical balanced transformerless output circuit of the C716.

Josephson C705 large-diameter studio micThe capsule uses a 5μm gold-metallised diaphragm and precision machined surfaces, providing a smooth and very extended high end with the enhanced proximity effect characteristic of single-diaphragm mics. This combination assists in reducing sibilance when recording vocals, with a variety of tone colours possible by careful selection of distance and angle to the microphone. It is also excellent for detailed instrument pickup without the harshness typical of many large-diaphragm mics, and works well with a variety of preamps and input stages due to its low output impedance.

The mic housing is made of case-hardened steel with a unique offset grille support structure that reduces internal reflections. The entire capsule assembly is internally shockmounted, so the microphone can be attached directly to a stand through its yoke mount. The black finish from the hardening process is very rugged for long life in studio and stage applications.

The design of the C705 incorporates parts of several Josephson microphones, at a more affordable price point due to using a cardioid-only capsule, a steel housing with a rugged industrial finish rather than a cosmetic plated finish on brass, and an output connector on the microphone body rather than an attached output cable.

Key features:

  • Pressure-gradient condenser microphone transducer.
  • Cardioid directional pattern.
  • Frequency range 20-20kHz.
  • Sensitivity 15mV/Pa.
  • Equivalent noise level <16dB SPL, A-weighted.
  • Overload sound level 130dB SPL.
  • P48 phantom power, 5.5mA.
  • Diameter 63mm (100mm wide at yoke), length 261mm.
  • Weight 1.2kg.

The C705 is shipping now, and available in the UK through KMR Audio at £2,549 inc VAT (£2124.17 ex-VAT).

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