For anyone who owns troublesome mics in the 8000 series, best to wait
until Sennheiser tells us what the problem is.
Definitely there IS a known problem and it is repairable, but whether
it is just contacts or not, I don't know.
Jeremiah, I've tried 3 sets of cables, I get periodic fizzing with
all of them, so not that.
I thought maybe it was humidity but in checking my recordings I see
that I got fizzing on a warm, dry and sunny afternoon.
Also, my first noisy pair of 8020s were professionally cleaned under
warranty, but it did not fix the problem.
Ongoing discussion can be found in gearslutz forum in which I am
> Bad issue! I'm following w/ interest as I depend on an 8040
> You might unscrew the capsule from the body and clean the
> connectors. I'm
> not sure the best method for this, but seems you couldn't go wrong
> with a
> clean dry lint-free cloth.
> Also check your cables.
On 24/09/2011, at 8:12 AM, Avocet wrote:
>> You might unscrew the capsule from the body and clean the
>> connectors. I'm
>> not sure the best method for this, but seems you couldn't go wrong
>> with a
>> clean dry lint-free cloth.
> Smear the insulators of the capsule and body with a touch of silicone
> grease, making sure you avoid any vents or apertures. That should
> prevent any tracking due to moisture. The BBC Film Unit workshops used
> to do this with the original AKG 451 series including VR extensions
> which were prone to frying in the damp. I'm old enough to have used
> AKG valve (tube) mics which got got hot but still fizzled.
> If the problem is internal, keep the mic in a "dry box". Silica gel is
> inconvenent to keep dry and saturates easily, but woollen cloth irons
> dry quickly and then absorbs moisture.
> XLR's with 48V across them can track with moisture and here you can
> simply spray inside and out with silicone.
> Don't use heat to dry equipment - it drives moisture inwards.
> PS my MKH 416's have been outdoors protected only by a tent in all
> weathers all summer and not a whisper of a crackle or plop.
> David Brinicombe
> North Devon, UK
> Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce