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Sanken - CS-3e Shotgun Microphone

Sanken - CS-3e Shotgun Microphone
Product Code: CS-3e
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The CS-3e stands out among shotgun microphones because it maintains directivity over an extremely wide frequency range, especially in the low frequencies. Because of its unique design, the CS-3e is an excellent choice for use in difficult applications, such as close-to-ceiling positions or locations near a noisy camera. Even in such challenging situations, the excellent side and rear rejection of the CS-3e helps to capture only the targeted dialogue without ambient reverberation problems. The CS-3e delivers sharp directional sound even in the lower frequencies. Sanken's original design results in a low proximity effect which facilitates working in a scene close-up and wide, while producing little change in sound character.

In the CS-3e, three directional capsules are arranged in a front-back array to combine line microphone performance and second-order pressure gradient response in a single system. With this unique design, the CS-3e achieves phenomenal super-cardioid directivity in the lowest frequencies and throughout the full range in a microphone only 27cm (10") in length. It is significant that the CS-3e picks up the targeted frontal sound sources with exceptional clarity over a wide frequency range - even in noisy ambient environments or in long reverberation spaces - by rejecting undesired noise and sounds coming from the rear and sides.




DC-biased condenser

Frequency Range

50 Hz - 20 kHz

Sensitivity (nominal at 1kHz)

40mV/Pa (-28dB, 0dB=1V/Pa)

Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted)


Max SPL (1% THD)

120 dB SPL

Output Impedance at 1 kHz

50 Ohms


+48 ± 4V phantom

Current Consumption

< 2.5mA

Surface Finish

Matte Black


270 x 19 mm (diameter)


4.2 oz (120 g)

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