Presence & Clarity....at a price?
Greetings world! I just did a review of an AKG C5, and thought to share my findings here.
I've had this mic for a couple years, and it's been great. I consider myself to have a bit of a thin voice, so I purchased an e865 to fatten/beef things up with it's "pronounced presence and vocal 'punch'", yet maintaining a clarity that cannot be found on nearly any dynamic microphone, and for these things, the e865 delivers as promised!
...but I also just purchased an AKG C5, and when I A/B the two mics, they sound nearly identical. The C5 features a "Presence cap" (a plastic cap with a hole, that snaps onto the capsule), which helps deliver the "pronounced presence and vocal 'punch'" as well!
Both mics seem built rugged, have a useful side and rear rejection (though the e865's pickup pattern is a bit tighter), and have very little handling noise, especially for condensers! The feel and weight of both are similar, except that the Sennheiser is a bit more comfortable with it's smooth curves. The C5 has a recessed AKG logo which may feel distracting, but the overall texture is less slippery so it gives a slightly better grip.
With the presence cap removed, the C5 sounds a bit thinner and yes, a bit more detailed...closer to how I remember an Beta87A sounding...
Unless you demand the slightly tighter SuperCardioid pickup pattern for optimal feedback rejection, anyone considering an e865 (or Beta87A), should consider a C5 and possibly save around 70 to 90 clams! :)