When people hear the name Sanken, they mistakenly think of decaf coffee, rather than a microphone company. While Sanken isn't as well known as Sennheiser or Neumann, their sound is everywhere. Any time you watch TV or movies, you're likely listening to Sanken's COS-11 lavaliers and its CS3e shotgun. Sanken recently announced the new CS-2 shotgun mic, which offers a longer pick-up pattern in a short body. Think of it as the world's first caffeinated short shotgun mic.
This week one of my co-workers asked me which inexpensive shotgun microphone I recommended for use with a Zoom H4n portable recorder. His one requirement was that the mic could not cost more than $150. I looked at the available options in this price range for a few minutes and eventually came back with nothing. The simple answer was that the best shotgun microphone in the $150 price range costs around $250.
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