$1,245 and $895 list (AT4080 and AT4081, respectively)
Audio-Technica has expanded its 40 Series with two intriguing new offerings: the AT4080 and AT4081 bidirectional active ribbon microphones. The AT4080 and AT4081 are the company's first-ever ribbon microphones. A-T's R&D team in Japan engineered and manufactured the AT4080 and AT4081 from the ground up. With 18 patents pending, the AT4080's footprint is that of a side-address condenser, and the AT4081 resembles a pencil condenser.