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Three omni SDC paqirs on grand piano
Old 25th December 2012
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i vote for #9. most emotional, hyper realistic.
#8 sounds together, hifi, but not as interesting.
Old 25th December 2012
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I like 8 in all the three..the freq are smooth throughout and imaging is real good..

Sent from my Micromax A110
Old 27th December 2012
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Can I get the key for this please?
Old 29th December 2012
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KEY please....
Old 30th December 2012
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And the Answer is: ?

Thanks for the terrific samples. Based on listening with AT ANC7 headphones, my favorite would be number 7. This is quite a challenge for the listeners! My hearing memory needs tuning. Like the others said, great sounding recordings and piano. Please send the answer key.

Thanks, terry M
Old 1st January 2013
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Thank you Terry for your kind words.

My tests on Gearslutz:
Comparison of 6 cardio SDCs | Comparison of 3 omni SDCs | Brauner Valvet vs. Neumann M149 | Rode K2 - FLEA 49 - Brauner Valvet Oktava MK012 vs. Schoeps CMC6-MK21 & RME Fireface 400 vs. Steinberg MR816X | FLEA 49 - FLEA 50 - Brauner Valvet | Brauner Valvet vs. Manley Gold | DAV Electronics BG1 vs. Steinberg MR816X | Vovox vs. Cheap cable | Nevaton MC48 - AKG C414B-XLS - Audio-Technica AT4047 - Schoeps CMC6-MK21 | Audio-Technica AT 4047 and 4050 - AKG C414 Ltd | Schoeps MK21 vs Rode NT5 cardio and Rode NT5 omni | Superlux S502, Oktava MK-012, DPA 4021 | DPA4060 vs. DPA 4021 (inside the piano) | Neumann M149 vs. FLEA 49 and Manley Gold Reference | Line Audio Design CM3 vs. Schoeps MK 21 | Line Audio Design CM3, Josephson C42 , Schoeps MK 21 | Fireface 400, DAV BG1, Fearn VT-2 (Schoeps MK 21) | Fireface 400, DAV BG1, Fearn VT-2 (Beyer M130) | AKG C300B + Fearn VT-2 vs. Brauner Valvet + Fireface 400 | Rode NT5 - Oktava MK-012 - Line Audio CM3 - Schoeps MK 21 | Audio-Technica AT4041 - Oktava MK-012 - Line Audio CM3 - Schoeps MK21 | Sontronics Apollo - Schoeps MK21 - Beyerdynamic M 130 | Neumann M149 - Manley Reference Gold - Rode Classic II | Manley Reference Gold vs Rode Classic II DPA 4041 vs. Neumann KM 133 D Neumann KM 133 D vs. FLEA 50 Preamps: DAV -_Line Audio - RME - Little labs et al. Avenson STO-2 - DPA 4060 - Schoeps MK 21 Line Audio CM3 - Josephson C42 - Schoeps CMC 621 - DPA 4021 Manley Reference Gold in living room vs. famous DG recording in good hall Neumann KM 143 D vs Schoeps CMC6-MK21
Old 31st January 2013
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Very interesting comparison.
And very curious about who's who...

Please PM me the results ?


Old 20th February 2013
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Hey Didier,
8 Is musical and balanced definitely my favorite.
Can you inbox me the key as well.

Old 7th March 2013
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I prefer all the omnis over the cardioids.
Here I liked 8 the best.
please pm me the key
Old 9th March 2013
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nice shootout!

7 seemed the most sterile sounding to me, more overall-clarity than the other mics.

8 has a light bump in the lower mids, makes it a little warmer but blurry the same time.

9 i liked the most. softer sounding than 7, very natural.

key please
Old 14th April 2013
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9, 7, 8

i like the presence of 8, but the noise was problematic in this clip for me

would be curious to hear which mic is which.
Old 4th August 2013
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Originally Posted by didier.brest View Post
This is a complement to a previous shootout with 6 cardio SDC pairs. Same Chopin nocturne, same piano, same room, same mics placement. Here the mics are omni.

Avenson STO-2,
DPA 4060,
Oktava MK-012 with omni cap.

Tell here your mind about them and I will tell you by PM who is who.
I really liked #8! I'm still searching for the best sounding mics for my bright Yamaha C5A. Quite tricky. Any advice? Thanks for all your great shootouts!
Old 20th October 2013
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Another very useful test. 9 seemed to be the clearest sound for me. Please PM the answers. Many thanks.
Old 15th December 2013
Please provide key. Otherwise the test is useless to others.
Old 11th January 2014
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i like #9 best, 7 is also ok. please PM. thanks!
Old 17th February 2014
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9, 7, 8 - descending order of brightness. No first hand experience with, Steibgraeber, but feel 9 would be more accurate relative to your mic placement. The beautiful upper harmonics in the melody line suffer with 7 & 8. As close as the mics are and with the significant pedaling, not only do you get the brightness from the aliquots, but from the sympathetic resonance of all the sustained notes as well. 7 & 8 certainly sound "nice" but not so realistic as you would hear with your head in the mic position.

Very nice examples.
Old 17th February 2014
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Originally Posted by blanneau View Post
No first hand experience with, Steibgraeber,
It is a Steingraeber 205.
Old 21st May 2014
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Hi Didier, I prefer 8, then 7, then 9. In terms of clarity.
Please send me the key and thank you for this shootout!
Old 12th July 2014
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Hi Didier, Thanks for the test. I like 7, 9, 8. Can you send me the key? Im thinking of getting the oktavas...
Old 17th August 2014
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thanks for tests, 8th has best sound for me but 7th sadness is very appropriate
key plz
Old 3rd November 2014
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Thanks for posting the samples - I'd like to see the key.
I prefer 8 over 7 and 9. It struck the right balance between clarity and softness for the mood of this piece. All three mics are definitely usable; the "best" mic just depends on your application (piece/player/room).
Old 26th November 2014
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I prefer 8 then 9
Old 2nd January 2015
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Prefer the #8

I prefer the #8 , it has some character.

The #7 sounds not precise et all.

So : #8 , #9 , #7

Key please ?
Old 28th January 2015
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I prefer 9 because, of the three, it has both a spatial 3D depth and open air around the piano. I prefer 8 over 7 because of its spatial depth, but 8 could use a little EQ to open it up more.
Old 7th April 2015
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Can you send me the key?
Old 10th April 2015
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7 sounds best, most refined to me. 8 sounds good and 9 a bit bold. Could you send me the key too, thanks!
Old 26th December 2015
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I liked the imaging of 8 and 9 the best, 7 had more meat and i liked it, but maybe a little too much midrange and muddiness going on. could be the 3rd middle mic for the stereo pair 8 or 9. it seemed 8 was louder, so i gravitate towards 9, but even 7 seemed to have a good signal to noise ratio. if I had to pick I'd say 9 probably - but id be thinking of a 3rd mic to use for body. can you PM me what they were?
Old 18th February 2016
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7 is the best because of the noise level. The other 2 is too loud for my dt990pro headphones. The sound of the 8 seems a little better for me though.

Please send me the keys

I would like to hear 4099 as well...
Old 3rd May 2016
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Does anyone have the answers? Seems the OP is MIA!

Old 3rd May 2016
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OP still here.
Key send by PM.
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