sE Electronics has announced the sE8 condenser microphone. They tell us that the sE8 utilizes a handcrafted gold-sputtered small-diaphragm true condenser capsule manufactured by sE in their own capsule room, with this capsule's brand new backplate design resulting in a more even, balanced sound and superior transient response as compared to any other small-capsule condenser of comparable price and beyond.
According to sE's Product Manager Thomas Stubics, "You can apply any shelving filters or peak EQ without harshness, unpleasant colorations or distorted transients – it just stays natural." This is accomplished with an extremely short, efficient signal path, without the use of ICs or transformers - and according to Stubics, the sE8 is "one of the quietest SDC microphones available today – and by far the quietest in its class. Sonically, we feel it can easily be compared with mics that retail for more than $1,000 USD per pair."
The sE8 also includes two low-cut filters (switchable between 80Hz and 160Hz) and two attenuation pads (-10dB or -20dB), which sE says provide it with the highest SPL handling capability and dynamic range in its class. The body is finished with the same new high-quality paint as sE's latest microphones, plus a unique diamond-cut edge around the capsule, and the XLR connector is gold-plated for loss-free, reliable, and long-lasting use.
The sE8 ships with a newly-designed mic clip, mic stand thread adapter, and protective wind screen.
The sE8 is also available as a matched stereo pair, which comes complete with a precision-machined stereo mounting bar, two mic clips, two wind screens, and a sturdy flight case. Stubics says, "All matched pairs of sE8s are really matched perfectly – we select them from hundreds of mics to ensure the highest possible consistency."
Pricing and Availability:
The sE8 will arrive in stores worldwide August 2017, with a suggested retail price of $299 USD / €229 EUR (incl. VAT).
Matched pairs will also be available worldwide August 2017, with a suggested retail price of $599 USD / €399 EUR (incl. VAT).