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Sanken Introduces New CSS-50 Short Stereo Shotgun Microphone at NAB 2016

At NAB 2016 in Las Vegas, Sanken, based in Japan, introduced its CSS-50 short stereo shotgun microphone (price TBA). The CSS-50 is Sanken’s new and more affordable, easy to operate and flexible stereo shotgun for use in broadcasting and film. The CSS-50’s 3-diaphragm electret condenser mic offers innovative technology in a short, practical form factor.

The selectable CSS-50 is designed to clearly capture stereo center-targeted sound with moderate ambience. To achieve this, Sanken developed the three-capsule CSS-50 to capture the center sound like a normal shotgun with the addition of two mic capsules for variable stereo imaging.

The CSS-50 offers three distinct operation modes. Mono mode offers sharp shotgun directivity, normal (stereo) mode provides precise stereo localization, and wide (stereo) mode allows for expanded 140-degree stereo, ideal for cinematic ambience and sound effects. Unlike conventional approaches, the CSS-50 is said to be especially effective in the 400 to 3k Hz range for optimum stereophonic perception.

Thanks to Sanken’s original thin square capsule design, the capsules can be stacked in the short sound tube, providing performance equivalent to the CSS-5 in a more compact body. The high-performance electret condenser capsules are equivalent in response to DC-biased capsules.

Learn more about Sanken at plus24, Sanken’s exclusive North American distributor: