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Subject: Re: comparing mic specifications...
From: "cfmspencer" cfmspencer
Date: Tue Jul 4, 2006 4:22 pm (PDT)
--- In  Walter Knapp <>
> Posted by: "cfmspencer"
> > I'll look into the Pearls.
> If I remember right the Pearls are about 16-18dBA self noise and
> 18-20mV/Pa sensitivity. Not the best though for louder sites they
> work.

thanks Walt.

in comparing the likely usefulness of mics for
quiet ambient nature recordings, I've been
dividing the sensitivity spec figure by the
noise spec figure and ranking mics relatively
based on the result.

by this method, a Sanken mic with 20db noise
and 50mV output would rank higher than a Sennheiser
with only 12 db noise and 25mV.

does this seem a reasonable way to compare, or is
lower noise ultimately more important than higher

yes, I know, it's not all about specs, and that
I will need to work with mics to truly determine
what works best for me.


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