How is the U89 in terms of DETAIL and DYNAMICS?
The TLM170, in my opinion, is very detailed and dynamic... and I love it.
But, having a transformer, I wonder if the U89 loses a bit of detail and/or dynamics by comparison? If so, how much?
Anyone know of any U89 sound examples / comparisons?
Being a TLM170 fan, I am intrigued by the concept of the U89 (a "170 with transformer"). But I'll mention that with some other mics I've used (the AKG 414 for instance), I much preferred the transformerless version and did not like the transformer version at all. But of course I cannot apply this specific AKG situation to a Neumann situation.
I'm still in a position where I could probably use another pair of 170s, but before I go that route, I'm trying to figure out if it would be wiser to go for a pair of U89s instead. Trying to determine if they are close enough to each other to be "interchangeable", but yet different enough (in a good way) to be worth getting for the sake of a little extra sonic variety.
But, if they are "lacking" too much in detail / dynamics, I probably won't like them regardless and thus would not wish to have them taking up space in my mic cabinet.
The transformer 414s (that everyone seems to love)... I found them dull, mushy, dirty, lacking detail and lacking dynamics... I'm exaggerating a little, they weren't "horrible", but not enough to my taste to warrant me keeping them. Maybe they'd be ok on vocals, but not much else, at least the way I like to hear things. I still have some transformerless
414s though that get used here and there.
I suppose for me, the "safe" thing is to pass on the U89s and stick with 170s. But, the gearslut in me keeps me thinking that maybe I'm missing out on something, maybe the 89s would really round out my kit nicely and make me extremely happy for certain sources etc.
Of course, all this babble here would be unnecessary if I had a pair of U89s to try first-hand, but since I do not have this opportunity at the moment, please entertain the babble and give me something to read or listen to in the meantime.... thank you.