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Thread: How do KSM141's compare to SM81's?

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    How do KSM141's compare to SM81's?

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    They both seem pretty good, but is one better than the other on the same sources?

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    I like both... but yes, sometimes I like one better than the other on the same sources... but which one I like best depends on what day it is. However, IMO the SM81 is a little more accurate... but no more than what you'd expect from a SDC as appose to a LDC.
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    i thought the KSM141 was a small diaphragm condensor.

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    141 dual pattern small diaphragm condenser
    81 unidirectional
    141 a roll off pad, a three position filter, transformerless preamplifier circuitry for linearity across all frequencies
    81 Condenser (electret bias)
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    sm81 also has a pad and roll off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstatic
    i thought the KSM141 was a small diaphragm condensor.
    Oops... my mistake, I misread the question... for some dumb reason (and I don't know why), but I had KSM44 vs SM81 in mind when I posted the above reply... please disregard my above reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xstatic
    sm81 also has a pad and roll off.
    Don't forget the low cut.

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    I can't speak for the KSM141, but my SM-81's have been excellent mics over the years... never had a problem with them technically, and they're very accurate IMHO. They're still pretty much a "fixture" SDC mic in many studios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sile2001
    Don't forget the low cut.
    Thats what I meant by roll off

    I certainly don't mind sm81's, and have only been able to use the KSM 14x's a few times so far. Every time though I liked them much better. Sm81's are known for being "acceptable" but never really "pretty". The KSM 14x's seemed top articulate things a little better and seemed to have a more prominent, yet at the same time clearer top end to me. I wouldn't say the differences were night and day though. Basically, if I were going out to buy them today I would get the KSM's. If I already owned the sm81's I would just keep them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstatic
    Basically, if I were going out to buy them today I would get the KSM's. If I already owned the sm81's I would just keep them though.

    Does that mean that you would perfer even the KSM109's over SM81's? The 109 doesn't have a low cut, but it does have a pad, and it costs about half as much as the 81's.

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