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Re: what you can't measure
Author: Posted by arthur
Date: 04/13/2004

Oliver got exactly right. And furthermore: The mentality of which he speaks can be referred to as 'HLO' (Hard Line Objectivist), the kind of narrow minded 'scientist' who is religiously convinced that the phenomena being measured can be qualitatively described by rigid parameters that may or may not be relevant.
One is reminded that legend has it when the U67 was discontinued in favor of the U87, Neumann's official HLO position was that the two mics sound the same, since it is the capsule, not the preamp that determines the sound! The hue and cry was such that Neumann was compelled to re-issue the U67, in spite of the 'fact' there was no sonic difference between it and its transistorized twin. The marketplace has made its qualitative judgement, in that a used U67 is more valuable than a new U87.
Funny thing is, that it takes a bunch of real HLO's to create these mics in the first place. I doubt that it's luck that the Neumann engineers have consistently made such great mics. Maybe it's that consistency that engenders the HLO stance, or maybe you need the HLO mentality to create such advanced products. Or maybe I'm just rambling . . . .  
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