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Old 17th September 2009
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Hello Listener,

May I say that among the new crop of SD mics, the KSM 137 and 141 are outstanding.
I should know since I helped to develop and voice these mics.

The electronics and the capsule are indeed a step up from the venerable SM-81, still a good mic. The differences that you will hear include less noise, ability to add more snap to the sound with much improved transient response, more resolved sound and less bright sound than the SM-81.

They work very well as distant main pairs and are recommended as a budget alternative in this application.

Both KSM series mics are Shure's version of the Schoeps CMC microphones. The Shure KSM-141 is like the Schoeps CMC65.