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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 11 reviews )
 4 reviews36 %
 5 reviews45 %
 1 user review9 %
 1 user review9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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James...10/12/2011

James...'s review"Monster for overheads on tour"

Samson Technologies C02
Very simple matches pair of condensers. No filters or any excess features. Just two cheap matched pair mics.

OVERALL OPINION

No let's be clear. Nothing beats a pair of $700 shure mics for overheads in the studio. Nobody is debating that. I'm not going to write this review and tell you that a pair of Samson cheapo mics for a little over a hundred bucks can compete with a pair of mics over five times the price. But am I about to bring my $1000 set of matches condensers on tour with me? NO. I've tried before and they've been destroyed, stolen, you name it. So case in point, if I ever do drum tech work, I need a go to matched pair that's reliable and cheap. The Samson C02 set is just that.

I'll start with the sound. They are very very clear. When I listen to a pair of overheads in a mix, I have a method for evaluating whether I like them or not. I isolate them in a stereo track. And I listen to them all by themselves. I listen to see if it sounds like I'm standing right above the drummer as he plays. (this is what the good pairs sound like) If I can hear that, it's a great pair. The Samson C02 comes pretty darn close to that and it's almost scary. No they aren't perfect and don't expect miracles, but for the money I'm impressed.

Now, durability. These kinds of mics are at a disadvantage because not only do they get dropped the most, but they are also the most fragile sometimes. I see matches pairs all the time with dents in the grills and it gets annoying. People drop them. Okay. The question is, have these held up to me dropping them? Well yes. Although as far as I can remember I've only dropped them 2 or 3 times in the couple of years I've used them, they haven't suffered as a result. So I'm satisfied. If they break I'll write another review. Till then, you can bet I'll be using these on every tour I drum tech.
MGR/Colby H.02/28/2005

MGR/Colby H.'s review"Samson C02 Condenser Pair"

Samson Technologies C02
I bought mine from AMS (American Musical Supply) For $119.00

Great mics! Very professional sound!
I recommend this set of mics to anyone recording or using live on acoustic instruments. I don’t have any thing really good to compare them to except for the Shure SM57 and the Audio-technica AT811 condenser, and it beats both of these easy. These mics are especially good for acoustic guitar, they give it a nice bright end, however I don’t think they wood make good vocal microphones.


There is really nothing that I don’t like about these mics

They are very well made. Looks even better than my Shure SM57 (the industry standard)

You will NOT beat them for the price!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Querelle08/28/2009

Querelle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Samson Technologies C02
Pair of microphones super-capacitors cardioid (side rejection of -10 dB to -6 dB miei for a cardioid microphone). Normal sensitivity (10 mV / Pa), a little noise High (22 dBA) compared to the standard but low enough that it can be understood that on low level sources in a soundproof recording studio, c ' is the same noise level as that of the best electret microphones very small capsules with CCA (4060, 4090) and Earthworks (QTC series). Nice finish. The cap is removable, but to my knowledge, Samson proposes no new capsule for now. Plastic box with foam containing the microphones mounted in their suspensions, the latter also being beautiful bills. -Given the price (I bought new € 119), I put 10/10.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I participated in a blind test of sixty small capsule microphones, the result has been published in Tape Op. Each member of the jury had to listen to the sixty mono folk guitar made and retain 15. Samson CO2 was my selection with Neumann, Schoeps, DPA, Sanken etc. It certainly was not the one I liked and he was not among the 15 most selected by all members, which included eight of my selection, I says to reassure you about the quality of my ears <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" /> .dropoff Window It was after this test I bought the
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Piano recording: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124934d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-6.mp3" target="_blank">Samson CO2
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compared with two to four times more expensive, of Rode NT5 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124929d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-1.mp3 ), The Oktava MK-012 cardio ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124930d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-2.mp3 ) And the Audio-Technica AT4041 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/127126d1246482748-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-5.mp3 )dropoff Window

and 10 to 20 times more expensive, Josephson C42 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/127127d1246482748-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-4.mp3 ) And Schoeps MK21 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124931d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-3.mp3 ) .dropoff Window

Yeah, it's worse than Schoeps but note must consider the price, so I put 10.
becbunsen12/21/2004

becbunsen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Samson Technologies C02
Pair of condenser microphones

OVERALL OPINION

I have bought as battery OH
I find it not so bad for recording acoustic instruments in stereo (pair xy) I had very good results in taking acoustic guitar
alone, I find the contrary they have little interest
I now also a pair of NT5 Rode NT5's are clearer and more precise but I made the catch with the C02 are ultimately warmer and more natural than those with NT5 (still acoustic guitar)
good for the price (110 € in studioshop), it sure is a good deal
looking back, I'll see what can be happening at a price Oktava intermediate between the C02 and NT5