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maddizzar 25th September 2010 10:57 PM

New condenser mic, i need a pair. Please advice.
Hi, i have a U87 and C414. I should buy a pair of another brand or another U87/C414? Thanks

Albert L. 26th September 2010 12:25 AM


MasterCrab 26th September 2010 12:30 AM

Usually it's best to get matched pairs.
But don't know how consistent the U87's are.
And i haven't tried any matched pair against two separate. So don't know how big the difference is.

What do you need them for?

maddizzar 26th September 2010 12:50 AM

Overheads, percusion, choir and other uses. I find C414 about $600 and U87 about $2,000 (a little expensive for me). I also consider a pair of AT4050. No mistakes alowed, because a live in Brazil and import gear is very hard. Thanks.

BLUElightCory 26th September 2010 03:23 AM

I would get another 414. It's not really important to get a factory-matched pair with most modern mics and the 414 is pretty much the definition of "desert island mic."

maddizzar 26th September 2010 12:02 PM

Thank you for answer.

Baroque 26th September 2010 01:31 PM

Another 414 would be better than another U87, but you might want to consider a matched pair of Oktava MK012. That would give you a third flavor, and great value. Something like 600 bucks for a new pair and they sound great! If you don't yet have a small di mic, that'd be a good place to start.