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Royer 121 matched pair? Modular Synthesizers
Old 22nd September 2006
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Royer 121 matched pair?

Picked up a royer 121 about a week ago, and what do you know... I HAVE to have another. Should I consider returning the one I already bought to buy a 'matched' pair? Does royer even match 121s? Would I even notice a difference if I bought another single and compared the two? Thanks for the insight!
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Old 22nd September 2006
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I got a non matched pair, use it all the time without problems. I think this "matched pair" thing is more about marketing, no one has absolutely the same ears left/right, no one positions his speakers in a 100% symetrical environment.
Old 22nd September 2006
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I got a non matched pair, use it all the time without problems. I think this "matched pair" thing is more about marketing, no one has absolutely the same ears left/right, no one positions his speakers in a 100% symetrical environment.
I dont agree.It isnt just "marketing" Some companies do not have exacting standards(or have changed standards over the years)..and I really like to have microphones that are close in terms of Db and freq. response.Makes things a little easier. I think royer's specs fall within a certain tolerance, so you should be fine just buying another.
Old 23rd September 2006
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FWIW I have found that "non-matched" pairs can net a larger overall soundfield than "matched" pairs.

I have 2x R-121's. One is a proto-type with a 200 ohm output transformer, the other is a production model with the standard 300 ohm output transformer. I use them as pairs all the time [from drum overheads to two mics on a guitar cabinet to room mics] and have to say that I have never seen nor heard a need to get a third R-121 that is "matched" to my production model unit.

As always, YMMV.
Old 23rd September 2006
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Thats a good point Fletcher, I was going to say something similar, like if the 2 mics aren't perfectly matched you seem to get a more "stereo" sound field. I often in mixing will do something different to one side of a pair of stereo tracks to mess them up a little and give them some character and width so the same goes for mics IMO. I would say though as a general rule, the cheaper the mics/less QC from the company, the more you might want to have 2 mics that were made somewhat close together: for instance alot of the Chinese mics, some Russian etc. But overall I wouldn't worry about it.
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