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Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone

B&H # SACS3E Mfr # CS-3E
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The Sanken CS-3E shotgun microphone provides convenient camera mountable size with the directional signal reproduction and range expected of larger, professional shotgun microphones. The CS-3E is designed for directional dialog capturing in studios or on location. The microphone implements 3 directional capsules arranged in a front-to-back array resulting in phenomenal super-cardioid directivity at high, mid and low frequencies.

The CS-3E is capable of maintaining high signal quality at longer distances, making it ideal for ceiling and overhead placement. In addition to exceptional super-cardioid off-axis rejection, the microphone capsule eliminates low-frequency proximity effect when used in close proximity to the signal source. Measuring only 10 inches in length, the CS-3E is a candidate for camera or boom pole mounting scenarios.

High Super-Cardioid Directivity
Three capsules arranged in a linear array provide a super-cardioid directional pattern that rivals conventional phase interference shotgun microphones.
High Pass Filter
A high pass filter switch eliminates noise and rumble caused by wind, handling and more.
Eliminates Proximity Effect
The CS-3E eliminates proximity effect and low-frequency overload caused by close microphone placement.
Convenient Size
Measuring about 10 inches, the CS-3E is perfect for both camera or boom pole mounting applications.
Transducer DC bias condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz to 20kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) No
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 15dB or less
Maximum Input Sound Level For 1.0% THD at 1kHz:
120dB
Power Requirements 48V Phantom +4V/-18V
Output Impedance 50 Ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off -3dB at 100Hz, switchable
Dimensions 10.6 X 0.75" (270 x 19mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 120g (4.23oz)
Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SankenCS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (10)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (8)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Compact (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (8)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The Microphone for video

      If I could have just one microphone for video work this is it! Good reach, short. quiet, well controlled side lobes, clean enough for all indoor work. It has traveled with me...Read complete review

      If I could have just one microphone for video work this is it! Good reach, short. quiet, well controlled side lobes, clean enough for all indoor work. It has traveled with me for 4 years, has some dents in the grille, but keeps giving the same sweet sounds as when new.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good sound, but poor coating

      I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after...Read complete review

      I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after several times of use with Rycote lyre suspension clip, cs3e's black coating start to come off. I don't know whom I should blame. Is the lyre too tight, or sanken's coating quality really bad?

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      5.0

      Tremendous

      By Lee

      from Puerto Rico

      Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

      I started out with borrowed Sennheiser shotguns, that were nice but had a destinct sweet spot that made switching between multiple sources a hassle. Then I bought a Rode ntg3 that was great but usually sounded just a bit farther away than it was. Just bought this Sanken and I have not put it down. It has the right amount of boost when aimed properly at the source without an ubnoxious sweet spot, great clarity and warmth, and the uniqe pattern on the tip gives it a natural compresion by favoring the mid frecuencies.

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      5.0

      Instead of a 416

      By Mike

      from NYC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

      Thing is ridiculous. Used it for a narrative shoot next to the Great Falls in Paterson and I was extremely impressed by its rejection and reach. I've also used it for indoor dialogue. Performed flawlessly in both situations. Much better than a 416, yet cheaper than a CMIT-5 with similar performance (though it lacks that sparkle that the Schoeps has.)

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      5.0

      Incredible Sound Quality

      By MJT

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

        This is an incredible microphone. I purchased this microphone to record interviews, vocals, music and field sound for video. I wanted to take my audio for video to a higher level, so I did my research and everything I read highly recommends this shotgun microphone. Although I have just begun using it, I am finding the quality of vocals and field sound recorded with this microphone to be stunning! I can already tell this microphone will be an integral part of my kit for many years to come.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works Great

        By VideoEd

        from Bethesda, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

          Works great on shotguns like the Sanken CS-3. Easy to mount the microphone, sturdy, nice and light. Much better than the Pearstone mount IMO.

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          5.0

          Great mic

          By merlindo

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

            one of the best stage adr mics

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            good sound, but poor coating

            By Jason Xin Zhou

            from Hong Kong

            About Me Experienced

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                  I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after several times of use with Rycote lyre suspension clip, cs3e's black coating start to come off. I don't know whom I should blame. Is the lyre too tight, or sanken's coating quality really bad?

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best all around

                  By Mayking Media

                  from Chicago IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                        I love this mic! It sounds great boomed over an interview inside and out. If you want good sound you have to pay for it. I highly suggest this mic for all around use.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great shotgun for sfx field recording

                        By JayC

                        from Singapore

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Isolates Well

                        Cons

                        • Handling noise

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                        I bought mine for SFX recording in the field. So far after a couple of recording sessions with it, the Sanken is well worth the price. The low-frequency directionality and absence of a rear lobe have been invaluable in uncontrolled environments, you get much better isolation compared to other short shotguns. Self noise is low and the sound is very detailed with a slight forwardness in the mids. Only downside is that the CS3e is very susceptible to handling noise - I use a Rycote pistol grip and Lyre suspension system and handling noise is audible if I make slight adjustments to my grip on the pistol grip. I've tried using the built-in high pass filter and it does help but doesn't cure the problem. Conclusion: Terrific sound but you need to be careful of handling noise.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful Rich Sound

                        By Justin

                        from Vancouver, Canada

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                          This is the only shotgun I use when out shooting. It maintains the richness in a persons voice while providing stunning off axis rejection.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The Microphone for video

                          By Petrus

                          from Espoo Finland

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Replaces hypers indoors
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Boom mic
                            • Events
                            • On-camera mic
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                            If I could have just one microphone for video work this is it! Good reach, short. quiet, well controlled side lobes, clean enough for all indoor work. It has traveled with me for 4 years, has some dents in the grille, but keeps giving the same sweet sounds as when new.

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                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            CS 3e

                            By Rick

                            from Florida

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                This is a excellent shotgun. The off axis noise rejection sold me when I was on the floor at NAB 2010. I bought one and sold my 416. I have used this mic on the beach. No Wave sounds! Only when I pointed in that direction.

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                                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great mic

                                By MadP

                                from Detroit, MI

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sanken CS-3E Short Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I'm using this mic for Indy features... It's great because it's good for both indoors and out... Also seems to be able to get rid of annoying noises better than most mics.

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