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Old 11th June 2006
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I haven't played with the NT5, I like the 81 on things like fiddle and HightHat. They have a bit of warmth in midrange and a smooth top end that can warm up a fiddle/ give the HH some body and keeps the bow-scratch from getting too annoying or the HH from getting too sizzly.

The frequency response spec is flat, but the transient response makes a difference. I would assume that the NT5 is a bit more precise and transients are better preserved (just a guess).

I don't think I'd reach for either one for a nylon string guitar first...