As a condenser microphone with a large diaphragm and a second diaphragm, which was specially developed for “high-resolution recordings”, the C100 has little competition. The Sanken CU-44X MkII uses two capsules, but for very different reasons, as explained elsewhere. Although the midrange is not as pronounced as some microphones, it is subjectively smooth. The C100 doesn’t get harsh when it gets loud, and if you need to boost anywhere between 500Hz and 5kHz or higher to cut through the source in a mix, you can do so without bringing out unpleasant resonances or jitters. According to Sony, the C100 uses the same “advanced noise reduction” as the C800, a claim that seems to refer to a design technique that isolates the capsules from vibrations transmitted through the microphone’s body.