beyer m160 vs m260

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beyer m160 vs m260

Post by PT » Mon Jan 15, 2007 2:56 pm

There's a $250 price difference between these two mics.

What is the difference in sound?

They seem like very similar mics.

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Post by AGCurry » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:18 pm

They are very different.

The M160 has a double ribbon and features full range and flat response. It is made for musical instruments.

The M260 has a single ribbon and has a response curve tailored for voice work, i.e., the spoken word, so the bass response is attenuated.

That said (and I've not tried the M260.80), the M260 can be a very useful mic for music!

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Post by PT » Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:04 am

Of course, now I see the "built-in high pass filter" part about the 260.

The bass roll off is actually attractive to me.

Now, does the 260 simply sound like a 160 with bass roll off? Or are there more significant differences between the two mics?

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Post by eeldip » Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:13 am

hold up:

the m260.80 is the one made for speech. bass roll of at 80hz. note the secret code in the name...

the m260 is a single ribbon version of the m160. its less hi-fi, a super super useful mic. it does magical things to cymbals. it also has an uncanny ability to deliver a really nice snare sound.

no bass roll off.

get either one, m160 or m260 and you will be happy.

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Post by PT » Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:58 am

Seems like the M 260.80 is the only one in production right now?

On the Beyerdynamic site, they seem to use "M 260" and "M 260.80" interchangeably.

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Post by helmuth » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:03 am

Yup, the new ones are hipass only. I have a 70's with a switchable hipass, but I haven't seen that many of those. It's usually either or.

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Post by ubertar » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:11 am

eskimo wrote:Yup, the new ones are hipass only.
heh. I read that at first as hip-ass instead of hi-pass. Like only the hipsters use them. :lol:
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Post by eeldip » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:25 am

oh, neato, never seen one of those switchable ones.

i have one of the normal looking 90's ones, and an older one with a tapered body and a 58 sized head. they sound close enough that i use them for stereo drums.

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