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Re: Details ...
Author: Trahern Jordan
Date: 09/12/2012
Uwe,

As a way to test the theory you put forth regarding the older capsules sounding different due to age and use, I am trying the following experiment:

I have placed the U87 that Neumann changed the capsule in a year ago (the one that I spoke of earlier that doesn't sound 'right' to my unscientific ears) next to a speaker that is playing a CD of Michael McDonald's greatest hits (big fan, BTW). I have put this CD on repeat and, today, it played for over 10 hours. I will do this for the next 5 days which should give it 60 hours of time to 'break-in'.

I will report back to you on how different it sounds compared to the way it sounded before it was broken-in.

Again, my overall feeling is that you're not taking into account the POSSIBILITY that the tools Neumann technicians use to evaluate the SOUND of a k87 capsule are not the proper tools for determining the audio qualities that I've been referring to (i.e. naturalness). The real tools that listeners of music (the final judges on what sounds 'good') use is their ears. If you're trying to tell me that Neumann technicians value frequency charts and distortion specs in lieu of what SOUNDS good then I really hope that's not the case (but it could explain this particular issue).  
 
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