Tim Gillett wrote:Subjectively is a can of worms but technically superior? Can anyone cite some examples?
All (passive) ribbons inherently have lower self-noise than all condenser mics for starters (no amplifier self noise).
The resonance of ribbon diaphragms is normally well below the audible frequency range whereas condenser mic diaphragm resonances are generally just within the top end of the audible range -- particularly for LDCs.
Ribbon mics have a greater dynamic range capability than capacitor mics (no internal amp to clip).
Ribbons introduce much lower phase shifts than condenser mics (no bandwidth-limited electronics adding to the mechanical response limitations).
How's that lot for an opener? :think: :ugeek:
Of course, condenser mics can be technically superior to ribbons in a few aspects, such as potentially having a more extended HF response -- although not always -- and a higher output level (if that's appropriate). And it's easier to provide a greater versatility of polar pattern options using a condenser capsule...