If you are on a really tight budget but you need a pair of condenser mics to get working as soon as possible, you may consider getting Samson C02 or Behringer C2. These are pairs of compact condenser microphones. These mics are all very small and ultra-lightweight, allowing for not only easy travel and storage but also versatility in placement. Both Samson C02 and Behringer C2 are sold as pairs of stereo mics. They are very affordable, yet they have sufficient qualities that will let you work before upgrading to a higher model. So, between Samson C02 and Behringer C2, which one should you choose?
Samson C02 and Behringer C2 are very compact and portable, yet they are designed quite distinctively. Samson C02 is marketed as a pair of pencil condenser microphones. Its mics are slender and slim, much like pencils. The color is metallic silver. On the other hand, Behringer C2’s mics are more of minimalized version of regular mics. The mics of Behringer C2 are indeed quite considerably smaller and lighter.
|Samson C02||Behringer C2|
|- Polar Pattern Supercardioid||- Polar Pattern Cardioid|
|- Diaphragm 0.47" (12 mm)||- Diaphragm Size 0.63" (16mm)|
|- Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz||- Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz|
|- Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL< 0.5%||- Max SPL 140 dB|
|- Impedance 200 ohms||- Output Impedance 75 ohms|
|- Dynamic Range 112 dB||- Signal to Noise Ratio 75dB|
|- Equivalent Noise Level 22 dB A-Weighted||- Self Noise 19dB (A weighted)|
|- Sensitivity 10 mV/PA||- Pads -10 dB|
|- Operating Current Consumption 3.5 mA||- Requires +48V phantom power|
|- Output Connectors 3-pin XLR||- Connector XLR|
One crucial difference between Samson C02 and Behringer C2 is the polar pattern. Samson C02 is omnidirectional. It picks up sounds equally from any angle. This characteristic is excellent for capturing a room sound and creating a true stereo image. On the other hand, Behringer C2 is cardioid. Behringer C2 picks up sounds only from the front side while rejecting the rear. Such design is great for music and studio recording, in which case you want to focus on the sounds coming from a single direction while attenuating other noise.
Performance and Output Quality
Unfortunately, however, some users have an issue with Behringer C2’s high self-noise level. The design of Behringer C2’s impedance causes the model to hum. The hum may not be very apparent in live performances, such as in a choir, but is noticeable in a quiet, controlled recording. There are, however, some guides available online about how to tweak the mics to reduce the humming. On the other hand, Samson C02 does not have as much problem. The audio reproduction is largely satisfying, with decent brightness, crisp, and clarity.
One nifty plus point goes to Behringer C2 for the built-in switchable low-frequency roll-off and input attenuation. It may seem astonishing that such small mics are able to handle sound pressure levels up to 136 dB, or 146 dB with the -10dB pad turned on. Any kind of loud vocalists or overzealous cellists can be handled easily without distortion. Meanwhile, the LF roll-off switch is very handy to reduce infrasonic noise like mic handling noise and breath sound.
Samson C02 comes along with shock-mounted mic clips and a carrying case, while Behringer C2 features custom stand adapters, a stereo mounting bar, a transport case, and windscreens.
Samson C02 Vs Behringer C2
Behringer C2 is indeed an excellent, feature-packed product. Unfortunately, the humming is a little bit annoying. Nonetheless, Behringer C2 is still a great choice for live performances. For studio recording, Samson C02 may be more convenient.