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Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones

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Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones

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  • Includes Stand Mounts
  • Includes Stereo Bar

You Pay: $59.99

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The Behringer C-2 is a stereo pair of condenser microphones designed for capturing vocals or instruments. The microphones are matched in frequency and sensitivity for accurate stereo recordings. The microphones feature a wide frequency response and a low-cut filter eliminates low-frequency noise. The -10dB pad switch provides additional headroom, minimizing noise when capturing peaking levels.

Matched frequency and sensitivity response for accurate stereo recordings.
Low-cut filter eliminates noise and low-frequency hum.
-10dB pad switch provides added headroom when capturing peaking signals.
Transducer Condenser, 16mm (0.63") Single Diaphragm
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not specified by manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 75dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 140dB (0dB); 150dB (-10dB)
Power Requirements +48V
Output Impedance Nominal: 75 Ohm
Load: >1k Ohm
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad -10dB
Low Frequency Roll-Off 6 dB/oct. @ 120Hz (switchable)
Dimensions 0.78 x 3.70" (20 x 94mm) (Diameter x Length)
Weight 0.21 lbs (95 g)
Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Custom Microphone Stand Adapters
  • Windscreeens
  • Stereo-bar
  • Case
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    BehringerC-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (23)
    • Good audio (23)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Versatile (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (21)
      • Home studio (17)
      • Performances (13)
      • Outdoor events / games (9)
      • Professional recording (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (17), Professional musician (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Amazing bargain

      Considering the specs, features, and accessories, I was skeptical of getting anything really usable at this price -- it's almost like a TV huckster pitch -- but after reading so many positive...Read complete review

      Considering the specs, features, and accessories, I was skeptical of getting anything really usable at this price -- it's almost like a TV huckster pitch -- but after reading so many positive reviews, I decided to get a pair of these for occasional use as external mics on an H4n portable recorder. Their size is very convenient for portability, since both fit in the fairly small case. So far, I've only used them for recording live bands in clubs -- X/Y pattern on the included stereo mount -- but for that, they work great! As others have reported, I've found them to have a pretty flat response and a natural sound with little coloring. The output level and sensitivity are lower than a pair of large-diaphragm MXL condensers I have, but not so low as to be a problem -- in fact, that's great for loud sources, anyway, and I haven't needed to use the pad yet (but that's a nice feature if I ever do need it). If you're looking for inexpensive mics but don't want to get stuck with junk, grab these. Five stars for the amazing bargain, and B&H has the best deal.

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      You get what you pay for

      I bought these because I was cramped on cash and was in a pinch for versatility over quality. These definitely give some great versatility of you don't own matching stereo small diaphragm...Read complete review

      I bought these because I was cramped on cash and was in a pinch for versatility over quality. These definitely give some great versatility of you don't own matching stereo small diaphragm condensors.

      I bought two sets in order to do on location surround sound recording. In the end, I've been using them more for stereo production recordings and for general fun. I've used them several times for classical recordings and live music and the results have been underwhelming. The microphone elements do not handle certain high frequencies well and at times can present harmonic distortions. These have proven very bothersome in post.

      At the end of the day, these mics are not quality enough for paid work and have become toys for me. I'm not complaining though as they're great at 60 bucks a pair. Sturdy metal build with a pad and bass rolloff? You betcha.

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      5.0

      Excellent value and quality!!

      By Scott M. (Riley Wills)

      from Dayton, Ohio USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

        These Behringer matched mics are of outstanding quality. I use them at my home recording studio, and they have made a huge improvement in the quality of my recordings, especially on acoustic guitar. The db dampner and / or the low end roll off switch makes it super simple to get "that" sound you're looking for, particularly when strumming hard. I totally recommend these mics. Also, the case is very nice and protective.

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        5.0

        Best service anywhere

        By Sound Dr. Media

        from Canby, Oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

            I purchased these for live broadcast situations for a stereo feed of the crowd ay sports events. The first set I received had a manufacturing defect and one mic was dead. I contacted B & H for a replacement and they shipped them to me immediately on a priority shipment. These mics work absolutely perfect for my application and I am very happy with them.

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            5.0

            great beginning mic

            By Matt

            from new york, ny

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

              So I'm using these to record acoustic guitar. when you spend the time to set them up properly (in an X/Y position), they sound great. Using one for voice is also a nice usage of them.

              Inexpensive doesn't mean cheap, and these are truly a good set of microphones.

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              3.0

              You get what you pay for

              By Matt

              from Seattle

              Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

              I bought these because I was cramped on cash and was in a pinch for versatility over quality. These definitely give some great versatility of you don't own matching stereo small diaphragm condensors.

              I bought two sets in order to do on location surround sound recording. In the end, I've been using them more for stereo production recordings and for general fun. I've used them several times for classical recordings and live music and the results have been underwhelming. The microphone elements do not handle certain high frequencies well and at times can present harmonic distortions. These have proven very bothersome in post.

              At the end of the day, these mics are not quality enough for paid work and have become toys for me. I'm not complaining though as they're great at 60 bucks a pair. Sturdy metal build with a pad and bass rolloff? You betcha.

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              5.0

              Great overheads!!

              By MikeP

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Drum overheads
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                I ordered these mainly to use as drum overheads. I was hesitant in getting these, but I figured for such a low price, why not try and see how they work out.. I connected them to my old Roland vs1824cd track recorder and tested them out over my drum set using an X/Y config. I was amazed! These mics surpassed my expectations. Crisp, clear sound. No distortion. I'm glad I made the decision to purchase them.

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                4.0

                Do the job

                By DrummerDave

                from Naugatuck, CT

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                  I use these as drum overheads and they do the job. The project a clean sound I use them with the -10db and picks up the cymbals quite nice. They don't have the beef for standalone overheads in recorder man technique, but they aren't Rode NT5's. Haven't used them live yet but work great in a controlled studio environment.

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                  4.0

                  The C-2 for Film Production

                  By Gottfried von Sonnenbaum

                  from Melbourne, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Low Budget Film Productio

                    Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                    I bought these after reading about their potential use as a dialogue boompole microphone by a professor of film in New York. As an independent filmmaker, I'm always trying to get the best bang for my (limited) buck. It's fairly easy to find a decent shotgun microphone for not too much money, but it's much harder to find a decent hypercardioid for less than $500. So I took a chance and tried these. And I'm very glad I did. The Behringer C-2 does a creditable job for recording dialogue indoors. After a few weeks of testing it, I'm very pleased with the clean, clear adudio I'm capturing with the C-2. This is good quality for very little cost.

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                    5.0

                    Totally concur with added praise

                    By pinchpoint

                    from North East, MD

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                      Read all comments and went for it. Had small lingering worry about performance recording a live rock band because I hadn't read read any reviews that covered that. However, last night I used them to record my R&R 3 piece playing in a Baltimore bowling alley and with the mics placed high and fairly close, front and center on the provided mount ( \__/ ), they did a very nice job, clean and accurate enough for demo and enjoyable later listening. Lows, mids and high all captured and reasonably represented. I am using an ART USB Dual Pre and a decrepit linux notebook running Audacity, if your a cheapskate like me.

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                      5.0

                      Great sound, a bit low gain

                      By rdi

                      from Santa Clara, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                          I did the following experiment:
                          I played a song through my monitors, placed the microphones 1 meter away from the speaker and recorded. Then I played the recording through the speakers (note that any speaker non-linearities are added twice) and compared the sound.

                          I was impressed - it came out very similar to the original. The high-mids slightly emphasized and it seems a tight reverb was added, which I guess is expected since the speaker is next to a wall.

                          The sensitivity is a bit low, requiring me to increase the gain on my Behringer Xenyx X1204USB. This results in a quiet but audible noise at idle.

                          The mics come with quite solid holders and a separator if you'd like to place them close to each other. The setup is stable enough to place on a desk or a piano, but you'd likely need a tripod/mic stand.

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                          4.0

                          surprisingly good

                          By Buck Burgess

                          from Boston

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                            This matched set of small diaphragm mics sound good, They won't fool you into thinking that they cost $300 a pair but for [$] they do a petty darn good job.I got them because of the low price and was shocked that they sounded as good as they do. You get a true stereo image and they capture most acoustic instruments pretty well.They are solidly built and their small size lends well to spot mic placement.

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                            5.0

                            Great Inexpensive Condenser Mics

                            By Terry

                            from Lakeland, Florida

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fixed Locations

                              Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                              I needed to add the sounds of our congregation to my audio ministry CDs & our website inexpensively. These mics are wonderful. There are better sounding mics out there, but not for [$] for 2 mics! Behringer has kind of scared me off in the past with their super-low prices, figured I'd be buying junk. While these mics appear to be nowhere near as rugged as some higher cost ones, in my application of stationary use I see no problems arising.

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                              5.0

                              Outstanding value!

                              By OT Fiddler

                              from Texas --- what country are YOU from?

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                  This is the second pair of these that I've bought. I've become an ardent proponent of Behringer products, and these C-2 mikes demonstrate why: they sound good, are small and unobtrusive, and are priced low.
                                  I've used them singly and, using the included bar, have begun experimenting with binaural setups.
                                  Great mikes for the money!

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent product at an amazing price

                                  By Pancito

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                    Been using these condensors at school- daily use,with students handling them, for four years. They sound great, and work great. At this kind of pricing I had to get some for recording at church as well!

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By DR Recording Inc.

                                    from Laguna Niguel, California

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Compatibility

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Acoustic Guitar
                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Drum overheads
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Podcasting
                                    • Vocals

                                    Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                    I am a home studio owner. I record myself and my band. Which means recording drums vocals and guitar. I use this mic for all three. They work well as overheads. They pick up everything and the sound is very clear. These mic's especially shine when used for acoustic guitar. The roll off really comes in handy for this. Everything is clear but theres not too much high end. It picks up everything and gives you an accurate reproduction of the sound you hear. It gives vocals a cool sound as well being stereo and all. It gives them a real fullness. Overall for what your paying this product goes above and beyond. Everything that is included is made very well. I expect it to last. Only issue with this product is that the stereo bar doesn't fit on a normal mic stand. You would need an adapter of some sort.

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                                    4.0

                                    Unbeatable value

                                    By Chris

                                    from Norway

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                      Well, there's probably a few better sounding microphones out there. For this price however it's a no-brainer. If you are about to record a band in the home studio and have a few mikes, but need some more for that background guitar or extra drums, these are great. Their best feature is actually the tightly focused polar pattern. I recorded some guitar/ vocal tracks and the vocals had almost no bleed to the gutar track. The sound lacks a bit of dynamics. Some tube pre-amp emulation in the recording program adds extra juice, enough for typical background tracks. The metal construction quality is excellent.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good Bang For Buck

                                      By Codyman

                                      from San Clemente, CA

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                        Great addition to my home studio. So far I've only used these guys for a stereo spread on a Young Chang U-212 piano. Needless to say, I was impressed with the quality of sound that comes out of these little guys. I plan on testing them as overheads for drums too, yet I have not tested them out yet for that.

                                        Cons:
                                        * Wish the included stereo bar used a larger/standard thread size because now I need an adapter to make it work with my mic stands.
                                        Pros:
                                        * Very affordable
                                        * Good bang for buck / sound quality for price range

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                                        5.0

                                        Decent quality at a great price

                                        By Recorder J

                                        from Kokomo, IN

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • 2 on-mic filter options
                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Matched Stereo Mics
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Performances
                                          • Stereo Recording

                                          Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                          Overall this mic package is excellent. It comes with 2 matched stereo condenser microphones. The package comes with a plastic hard case that holds the mics and everything else listed below. The kit comes with 2 windscreens for the mics, two mic holders (they're plastic, but decent), and a stereo mounting plate, so you can mount these two mics to record stereo sound. All of this fits into a hard case with foam cutouts, so there is a place for everything, and everything is protected.

                                          I looked and I couldn't find a better mic deal. I am not an audiophile, however I can tell you I have tried recording with a USB microphone and a microphone with a 3.5mm plug, and both of these other methods produced a fairly noisy signal. I had to constantly use the noise reduction filter on Audacity to clean up my recordings before proceeding with the rest of the processing. With these mics and an audio interface (USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1) that has low noise preamps and phantom power, there is very low to no noise present. I don't need to do noise reduction on every single recording anymore. That in itself makes this worth the price.

                                          The mic has switch that allows you to select either 1) no change to the signal, 2) a low frequency noise reduction filter built into the mic or 3) a -10dB attenuator in case you have a projecting-type singer or instrument.

                                          I did quite a bit of research on lower cost, but decent mics, and I bought these because the quality seemed decent, and it allows room for stereo recording when I decide to try that. (Right now I just use one to record my instrument as a mono signal). I currently keep one at home for home recording, and the 2nd I keep with my laptop bag for when I play my alto recorder for a local senior center at lunch time.

                                          These are a perfect fit if you have or purchase a two channel audio interface for your computer or laptop. This will allow you to record 2 channel stereo with both mics, or record one voice and one instrument. I record my alto recorder (woodwind instrument) with one mic, and I use my laptop to create accompaniment by playing MIDI files.

                                          The mics are smaller and compact, so I don't feel like I'm playing my recorder into the end of a howitzer. They may be considered small for singers, but the sound quality is great.

                                          The mics have a solid build quality about them. These mics just do what they are supposed to do, and for the price they are hard to beat. From what I have read and researched, you would have to buy a mic costing hundreds more to get better quality.

                                          So if you just want a basic home audio studio, these mics work great. I would highly recommend these mics to anyone with fairly basic needs.

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                                          4.0

                                          For the money, no complaints

                                          By Mike

                                          from Indianapolis

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                          Look, they're [$] for the pair. Are they perfect? I don't know - my room sounds way to bad to worry about slight inadequacies in a microphone. When I listen to stuff I've recorded with these, I hear mediocre playing in a terrible sounding room. I don't hear imperfections in the mics. Someday if I have a nice room I'll think about spending more money on mics, until then these are fine.

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                                          4.0

                                          Without a doubt, a good

                                          By yishay1

                                          from israel

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                          Excellent for stereo recordings of the guitar. Recommended in addition to good hot condenser

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                                          4.0

                                          Great mic for the money!

                                          By alien guitarist

                                          from Asheville, NC

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Slightly noisy

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Performances

                                          Comments about Behringer C-2 Stereo Matched Studio Condenser Microphones:

                                          For the money, I'm pretty sure this mic cannot be beat! It looks sharp, is very well built, and produces amazing sound for the price. The response curve is fairly flat, and tends to give a nice warmth to acoustic instruments (especially guitars). There's a small amount of noise in the signal, but it's only noticeable when compared to mics that cost 8-10 times as much.
                                          The stereo bar and included mounts alone are worth the cost of this package! Behringer really found a golden balance of price and quality with these mics. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for decent quality mics at an amazing price!

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