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B9 Audio - CM150

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Hi,

 

there is this Taiwan based mic manufacturer www.b9audio.com

I am interested in the Super Cardiod mic CM150 which is available in three different versions.

 

It´s difficult to find informations about them, because the ones I found are in Taiwanese.

 

On Youtube there are some videos. A demonstration of the CM170 and the CM150 can be found. All the others are used for classical recordings.

I assume, that the mics have to be more than good, when used for classiscal recordings, because normally these people are super picky about what gear they choose.

 

 

 

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I listened to a demo of the CM170 at Gotham a while back and it was clearly a knockoff of a MiniCMIT. Didn't sound nearly as nice as the real thing but not so bad as to be unusable. I'd class it in the same rank as an Oktava.

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Gotta say, the B9 mics are clearly better than an Octava.  Much better.  I will agree that they are not Schoeps, but they are pretty darned good.  I record almost nothing but classical music and have a locker full of top-tier mics and I demo'd the stereo figure-of-eight on a number of jobs, against Blumlein Schoeps Mk8s  and my Samar stereo ribbon and the B9 mic did not disappoint.  At the price, I would say that they are hard to beat.  They are great bang-for-the-buck mics for those without the bank to be able to afford the top tier.

 

Can't say anything about the B9 "movie mics" however.

 

Just my $.02.

 

D.

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@AttilaTony, the owner of B9, is very active on some other online audio forums - Gearslutz perhaps. He's a very friendly guy and will answer any questions you have. I own a B9 CM170 and it's definitely better in sound quality than an Oktava, at least the ones I've heard. The CM170 is clearly designed to look like a miniCMIT but it's not on that level either. However, like @tourtelot mentioned, it's hard to beat at it's price range.

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No risk no fun no chance to discorver somerhing new. I read a discussion about the B9 stereo mics and the user only said good things about it. Also I found some examples where the high end audio community uses the stereomics to record their high end systems.(little bit strange to listen to a recorded hifi system). Also the use of sound devices and cantar convinced me of the serouisity of the company.

Long story short, I ordered the CM150F and I report back.

 

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