Review: The Telefunken M80 Mic

The Telefunken M80 Microphone
Does this live vocal mic create a sound that justifies its high price?

A Microphone Icon to Represent the Mics and Microphones reviewed at SingdaptiveItem: Telefunken M80 Handheld Vocal Microphone

A Pice Tag Icon to Represent the price of Mics Microphones reviewed at SingdaptivePrice: £236 (UK), $249 (US)

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The Telefunken M80 is well suited to a wide range of singing voices, both male and female. Yet at twice the price of the ‘industry-standard’ SM58, some may find it not worth the added expense.

At a Glance

The Telefunken M80 is a handheld vocal microphone that claims to offer the sound quality of a condenser microphone in a dynamic package that is well suited to both stage and studio. Although it is primarily designed for live vocal performances, the mic also works well on percussion, brass, and guitar cabinets, making it a useful tool in the studio. The M80’s black chassis and silver grill looks great however it is currently also available in several limited edition colors, including gold and chrome.

High Notes

The M80 has a wide frequency response with a noticeable presence boost to help vocals cut through a mix and not sound muddy. It has a mid-range clarity that is seldom heard in live dynamic microphones that makes vocals sound detailed and expressive. The mic is well suited to a wide range of singing voices, both male and female, as well as working well with most musical styles – however it seems to have found particular favor amongst male rock singers. It can handle high sound pressure levels, has good feedback rejection and it is also available in a wireless format for performers who like to move around on stage.

Off Pitch

Although the microphone sounds great, there is a lot of competition in the live microphone market – at around twice the price of the ‘industry-standard’ SM58, some singers may find it hard to justify the extra expense. The M80 can be slightly more prone to plosive sounds than some other dynamic mics if you sing particularly close to it, however singers with a good mic technique should not find this to be much of a problem.

Audio-Savvy Reviewer Says

The M80 is available in two versions: the “Standard Version” which includes a mic clip and bag; and the “Studio Set” which includes a mic clip, wooden box, and an additional black head grille. Its claim to sound like a studio condenser microphone is slightly exaggerated, however it is still a great sounding live mic that is built to last for many years. Singers who like to hold their microphones will also appreciate its rubber finish, which makes it very easy and comfortable to grip in your hand without risk of it slipping. Overall the M80 is a microphone definitely worth checking out if you are looking for an upgrade from an SM58 or similar; however there are also several other great sounding microphones from other manufactures that you may feel suit your voice better such as the Heil PR35, Audio Technica AE 6100 or Audix OM7, as well as live condenser microphones such as the Neumann KMS 105 or Shure Beta87A. – Chris Kennedy

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