What's with the different kinds of Sennheiser 421's?
I need to pick up at least a couple 421's but i'm seeing different kinds like the MKII, the U5, or sometime even an U4 or 412. Can anyone explain the difference between all these mics seemingly very similar mics?
I can't imagine that the newer update model is really anything more than a neodmyium magnet upgrade? It's a classic that has been around since the 1950s. They are quite consistent. They sound like an SM58 on steroids, only better!
My favorite bass drum snare drum mic mmmmmmmmm........
Ms. Remy Ann David
"There are four significant differences between the MD421-U and MD421 II.
-The metal inner chassis has better distribution of weight.
-The bass roll-off is contour fitted to the housing making the mic shorter and more "stylish"
-Housing is made of polyacetals: a glass composite
-Basket is hardened stainless steel
More immune to the elements:
-The acoustic components are enclosed in the inner chassis making the mic less sensitive to dusts and humidity.
-Individual components can easily be replaced
-Self-sealing acoustic connections: no adhesive or sealing compounds.
The MD421 II does sound different. It has improved transparency, thus a more natural sound. We changed because of improved technologies. New materials and production techniques which enable us to manufacture at even closer tolerances.
Coincidentally, this was not the first time we changed the MD421. We are constantly striving to improve our products. Over the years, the MD421 has seen upgrades in the housing, output connector, basket and capsule assembly.
In my personal opinion, the MD421 II has been accepted, for the most part, as the replacement for the original. However, as you know, there are die hards who swear by the original. Interesting enough, the biggest complaint on the original was the clip. I've not receive one complaint about the clip since the redesign. I attribute this to the mic being more balanced. Now the clip pivots on the mic's fulcrum point."