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Old 18th June 2008
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Originally Posted by popmann View Post
The Rodes have a much more smiley faced sound...81s have more midrange detail. The NT5s made my 122 sound a little like an overly pleasant "synth organ"...where the 81s get every groan and whir.
Very interesting comment. I describe them-the NT5's- as sounding "electronic," not because they are bad sounding, but sometimes it's as if someone removed all of the odd partials and kept the even ones. On a piano, they make the piano sound synthetic or electronic. They don't sound bad at all, really, and the effect is subtle. My experience with them has been very limited. No reason to count them out.