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Old 28th March 2016
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Originally Posted by VO Guy View Post
I agree, but what about the Sennheiser 416 which is transformerless and yet known for its cut-through abilities?
Good point. I think maybe the 416 cuts through because it just plain isn't very clean. I don't know if what it does could be called "clipping" but if you put one up side by side with, say, a U87 and record a semi-energetic VO, play them back level-matched and listen, I think you'll find the U87 track to sound subjectively cleaner. And if you zoom in and look at the waveforms, the 416 one will be more spiky, jagged and peaky.