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Any cheaper alternatives to Earthworks QTC series?
Old 3rd August 2010
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Any cheaper alternatives to Earthworks QTC series?

Hi all,
Does anyone know if there are any cheaper alternatives to the Earthworks QTC or measurement series that have relatively flat freq responses up to 30,40, or 50khz? I have a QTC50 and love it but need to add more to arsenal and the $$$ start adding up fast. Not sure if there is anything that comes close for the money or not. Would be using this more for acoustic measurement analysis.

Old 3rd August 2010
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i had some QTC 1's (now sold as qtc 40) on loan for some time. my pal asked me if i wanted to buy them. just before that, i had purchased a pair of used avenson sto-2's, and passed on the EW's. the EW's sounded a bit clearer -more open or something - in the top end for sure, but for my purposes (drum OH's, acoustic gtr, strings), I am thrilled with the avensons. they sound damn good. I dont record classical, and i certainly havent used them for any kind of acoustical measurements, but for like, $400 +/- on the used market, you might as well give 'em a whirl. it's a purty cheap "experiment" me thinks. good luck!

Old 3rd August 2010
+1 for the Avenson ST0-2. Not positive about acoustic measurement analysis, but they are close to the Earth Works in performance.
Old 4th August 2010
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Old 4th August 2010
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DPA 4090 or 4091 might be a good choice here.
Old 5th August 2010
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thanks guys! thumbsup

some good suggestions.

Old 5th August 2010
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id never use earthworks mics for anything least not anything acoustic. way too noisy.
Old 5th August 2010
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Any cheaper alternatives to Earthworks QTC series?

I have three Shure SM-80 capsules. I use them constantly. Noise spec is better, and they are flat and true as the day is long. Cheap, too. Last capsule/body combo cost me $125. Unfortunately, they've been out of production for at least 10 years. Just didn't sell that well back in the day. Now more people are figuring out omni mikes are useful and new makes have emerged.

SM-80 capsules interchange on the same body as the cardioid capsule, the better known SM-81. Two of my bodies say SM-81 and the other says SM-80, but they are the same other than the label.


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