BEYER BEYERDYNAMIC M260 VINTAGE CARDIOID RIBBON MICROPHONE WITH XLR CONNECTOR
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good cosmetic condition, perfect working condition
XLR connector. No cable, case, clip or manual
The M 260 is a hypercardioid ribbon microphone.
The current production version, called the “M 260.80,” has a reduced low-end frequency response; the “.80” suffix denotes a fixed high-pass filter at 80Hz, implemented within the mic’s output transformer. This filter is not switchable. It is designed to reduce the natural proximity effect of the ribbon transducer to improve its utility for close-miking applications.
Unusually for a ribbon microphone, the M 260 has slight presence accentuation in the upper mid-range, which makes it sound lighter and more assertive than [the M 130 and M 160]. Due to the fixed low cut filter the M 260 is designed for close miking. It has [a] hypercardioid polar pattern but unlike the M 160 it is equipped with a single ribbon. In spite of this, it is even slightly louder — presumably as the M 260 is somewhat larger overall. It is only a little bit smaller than a Shure SM 58 and in principle actually robust enough to be used as a microphone for singing on stage or in the studio.
The mic’s hypercardioid pickup pattern reduces off-axis noise.