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Subject: Re: Figure 8 mics
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_rob
Date: Thu Jul 27, 2006 8:44 pm (PDT)
At 2:48 PM -0400 7/27/06, Walter Knapp wrote:
>  What I do pay attention to is results, and the
>MKH-80 are very desirable mics. Excellent, clear sound, high
>sensitivity, low self noise, just the thing for nature recording. IMHO
>they are better than the MKH-30 & 40 as a M/S pair.

Increased clarity is how I'd describe the difference as well. I used
a 30/40 pair for the front M-S on my 744T surround rig for two years
and switched to a 80/40 pair a year ago. The 80 seems to have
extended response under 50Hz and noticeably smoother lower-mid
response.  The most evident upper end noise on my 80 is about a 1/3
of an octave higher. There's less graininess to notch-out around 8K
Hz (compared to the MKH-30). In quiet natural locations, the output
of my MKH-40  (which was bench- tested with the 30 by Sennheiser)
typically produced 2-3 dB more output than the MKH-30. My MKH 80
produces 2-3 dB more sound file saturation than the 40.   There are
several solid plusses with the 80.  Rob D.


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