I am curious why people have a negative opinion of the c1000s. What is the source of these negative comments?
In a nutshell, they don't sound that good. It's as simple as that.
They represented a good performance/price balance a number of years ago, when alternatives were like hen's teeth. Now, you can pick from a number of better sounding, comparably priced microphones.
Are the others mentioned here that much better?
The C1000 has it's uses [knocking in nails, assaulting intruders etc] and I've used it to good effect on otherwise-dull snares, as an 'FX' mic, live etc. It's by no means the best choice for overheads, acoustic guitar or the like though; even if you are on a budget.
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