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Dead m201tg, anything worth checking?

Postby shufflebeat » Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:41 pm

I took a chance and bought an m201tg 2nd hand which sounded great for a while but on reflection has never been well. As it's famously low level I convinced myself for a while it was within tolerance.

No more, it's beyond use now so a couple of questions:

Is there anything obvious worth checking before I pronounce it dead?

Is there anyone other than Beyer in Germany who does repairs/service?

Is it worth it?

There are a couple of reputable places where they can be found at very reasonable prices so there's a definite cut-off point for repair costs but I hate throwing things away.
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Re: Dead m201tg, anything worth checking?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:55 pm

There's more inside an M201 than the average moving coil mic, but only two elements would kill the output. There's an LRC equaliser network across pins 2/3, but even if that fell off it wouldn't kill the output, and it's not likely to go short-circuit.

So that just leaves the moving coil itself -- which has the highest risk of failure -- and a series inductor which, again, is very unlikely to fail of fall off, but if it did it could kill the output.

I expect the capsule has blown. Replacement capsules are available (part number 903.276 I believe) but they're over £100 which is over half the cost of a new mic...

Try calling Polar Audio (the UK agent for Beyer) and see if they can help.
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Re: Dead m201tg, anything worth checking?

Postby shufflebeat » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:17 pm

Thanks, H, much obliged.
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