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Re: KMS 105 Problem
Author: Tony DeSare
Date: 02/09/2006
I have owned a KMS-105 for a year and a half and also have really liked the sound. I no longer can use it, though, because it has become too unreliable with the same problem that Rob described. The mic works fine for a while and then all of the sudden drops out for 10-20 seconds while making strange hisses and pops. It has happened on numerous power supplies, mixers and mic cables. The problem is the microphone. It has given out on me in jazz clubs across the US to headlining a casino in Atlantic City. I sent it away to be serviced about 6 months ago. It did seem to work fine for a couple of months when I got it back with a new capsule, but it's now doing exactly what it did before. I'm thinking of sending it away yet again, but I still feel that I can never trust it.

I will keep the mic and use it in my home studio, but my advice is not to use this mic for anything that is important. Shure is coming out with a competitor to the KMS105 called the KSM9 this spring that I am going to get as soon as it becomes available.

It's been embarrasing touring around these clubs with this supposedly great mic, only to end up having to use a beat up SM58 to finish the night. I've read similar posts to yours before on this site before I sent my mic away the first time so it appears to be a definite model-wide problem and not an anomaly. Stay away from the KMS105 unless you just plan to use it in the studio where you can wait 20 seconds for it to come back on.  
 
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