I am considering purchasing a handheld condenser VERY SOON and I am hesitating between the Neumann 105 and the newly marketed Sennheiser e965.
I’ve read the specifications of both but would appreciate some urgent advice on the following:
1. Single (Neumann) v Dual (Sennheiser) diaphragm –
As far I understand the dual one relates only to the switchable pattern (cardio / super- cardioid) But, apart from that feature, will there be any other difference if I use only, say the supercardioid pattern of the Sennheiser?
2. Stage –
I perform on small stages in pubs, in a duo, two mikes, two wired electo-acoustic guitars. We rarely use wedgers and never ear monitors. PA speakers are often very close to the mike (less than a meter sometimes). Would the supercardioid pattern be appropriate for me?
Some sources list the Sennheiser as a hypercardioid, whereas others as cardio / super- cardioid. Which one is true?
Neumann have multilayer gauze (mesh grid), do Sennheiser use foam?
A) If yes, how greatly can that affect the frequency response and the hindrance of high frequencies passing through?
B) Do foam shields need be replaced after some time?
5. Diaphragm size
Sennheiser claim to have a 1” (large) diaphragm, whereas the Neumann is with a ¾” one. How does that affect the quality and could that be a decisive factor in my choice?
In a publication, Earthworks advise that onboard switches may reduce the sonar quality of a mike. The Sennheiser comes with 3 switches, whereas the Neumann has nil, bass roll-off being built in. How would you comment?
7. Quality of diaphragm components
Shure KSM9 has a “low mass” “gold plated” “Mylar” diaphragm,. Samson CL5 has a golden capsule as well. Neumann and Sennhsiser are silent on that point. I presume all condense diaphragms are low mass, but would the gold plating result in a very big difference in the quality of sound?
The Sennheiser has 7 mv/Pa (without preattenuation) and the Neumann 4.5 mv/Pa.
A) How would such a difference affect performance and shall I be influence by the difference in my buyer’s choice?
B) Is there a built-in preattenuation pad in the Neumann?
C) In the stage circumstance described above, will I ever need to have the preattenuation pad on?
I trust you will find the above questions on spot and will be grateful if you reply to them at your earliest convenience.