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ratite

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KM 84A?
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:06:44 am »

Does anyone know the difference between the "i" and "A" iterations of this mic?
I suspect the latter may not have a -10 switch but can't tell from any photos I've seen.
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Re: KM 84A?
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 01:35:14 am »

To the best of my recollection, the "A" suffix was an export item, and mainly to Asia (Japan) where they did not want a -10dB option for some reason.

I have only seen them up to around serial number 10,000, and, unlike previous KM mics with lower case suffixes, the "A" on the KM84 was a capitalized letter, painted right on the (usually TV-model-gray) housing tube, right next to the "KM84" designation. I cannot imagine it being any different from the stock KM84 of the day, except for the missing attenuator switch rod.


Maybe someone else can fill in more details???
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Re: KM 84A?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2011, 07:56:52 am »

The KM 84 A was a version of the KM 184 which an important Japanese broadcast customer special-ordered (and got) from Neumann, with the capsule head and rear sound inlet arrangement of the KM 84. So it would have had a transformerless output circuit.

I asked at Neumann/Berlin ten years ago; no more were available.
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Re: KM 84A?
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2011, 01:58:55 pm »

If the capsule arrangement of this special edition was that of the KM84, the mic would sound less bright than a KM184 with its modified porting arrangement.

So in essence, this was a KM184 amp with a KM84 capsule inside a KM84 housing?
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Re: KM 84A?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2011, 10:18:30 pm »

That's as it was explained to me by a mutual friend we have at Neumann, although I don't think that the housing tube was either the stock KM 80-type sleeve nor the stock KM 180-type sleeve exactly, given that it had the rear sound inlet of the KM 84 but (evidently) no -10 dB switch.

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