Hello, The mic sounds great! The audio output is10 to 15dB lower than my U87 from 1987 even with the pad switch off…. is there a fix for this?
Hi Brett, the output of the U87i is about 10dB lower than the U87ai (like yours from 1987). As such, our DA 87i performs similarly and will be about 10dB lower than a U87ai. What you describe is normal performance.
This has become my favorite microphone in my locker. Silky smooth highs and rich mids. Their customer service was incredible, and super helpful.
My hat goes off to these guys who have done an amazing job. I received the pair a couple of weeks ago and put them through several applications. I understand that the most common chain is to run it through a 1073 or 512 however, I wanted to start clean so I went with my MILLENNIA HV on a acoustic guitar. WOW! The upper mids are forward but not harsh in addition to a very silky top end. On the vocal sessions, I went with the standard hand wired AMS 1073 side by side with a vintage 87. (BIG SMILE) The male vocalist preferred the vintage 87 and the female vocalist chose the DA 87! This is now one of my top 3 mics in the collection. Just as every 1073 does not sound the same nor will a vintage 87. Use your ears and grab 2!
I recently bought two Neumanns, a TLM49 and a TLM67, and was slightly dismayed that, despite their considerable price, they sounded fairly blah. Up close they were fine but a few inches back their reach was underwhelming. I put both up for sale after owning them a month. I saw an ad for the Dachman U87i and decided to try it - the price was very attractive and the claims of its performance were very bold.
When I received it I was impressed by the superb build quality, the fit and finish, the shock mount AND the compact mount both included. Then I began working with it, as a spoken word mic for an audiobook. It was the quietest self-noise of any mic I have tried, and over a few days, its sound become fuller and more lush - I’m unclear why as there’s no tube to be broken in. Now, after a week or so, it has a dreamy warmth and flattering top that I can use on anything. For once, the claims made in the promo are not exaggerated. It’s the real deal, and whether or not it exactly matches its Neumann counterpart, I couldn’t care less. For $699, free shipping, no tax, it’s the best option available to the serious recordist without an $8000 budget. Bravo, Dachman engineers!
DA 87i Vintage Condenser Microphone Studio Set
An extraordinary mic capsule. A perfect replica of the vintage circuit. Premium components throughout. Sonic performance you have to hear to believe.
The all-new DA 87i sets the standard for what an ’87 reproduction should be.
No ordinary capsule
We partnered with Arienne Audio to develop the most authentic K87 style mic capsule you've ever heard. Full stop. After over 200 design revisions and two years of development, the A87 is a remarkable achievement.
Based on the earliest K87 capsules from the 60s and 70s, the A87 features DuPont gold-sputtered mylar, precision-milled all-brass backplates, and clean-room assembly. The result is a warm, musical tone with remarkably smooth highs and unparalleled consistency from capsule to capsule.
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"The closest reproduction of the original U87 model I have experienced"
Historically true circuit design
The DA 87i combines our reproduction of the most sought after microphone circuit in history with premium, audiophile components that are sure to impress even the most discerning purists.
Why the DA 87i sounds authentic
In order to achieve the most faithful vintage sound, the DA 87i uses the highest quality materials throughout, including components from Vishay, Dale, WIMA, Panasonic, Fairchild, and more.
Authentic output transformer
Our custom-wound DA-BV13 output transformer was developed specifically for the DA 87i circuit. With a high nickel core and 9.5:1 ratio, the DA-BV13 delivers exceptional bandwidth and low phase-shift.
Old is new again.
The original, vintage U87i is one of the most sought after studio microphones of all time.
However, a used U87i can sell for over $4,000, often in poor condition, and can be over 50 years old.
If you’re after the sound of the original Neumann U87i from the 60s and 70s, we think you’ll absolutely love the DA 87i.
- Professional large diaphragm studio condenser microphone based on the vintage Neumann U87i design
- Perfect reproduction of the original U87 style circuit
- DA-K87 — a stunning reproduction of the K87 style mic capsule
- Custom-wound Dachman DA-BV13 output transformer
- Premium, audiophile components including polystyrene capacitors
- Cardioid, figure 8, and omnidirectional polar patterns
- Lo cut switch and -10dB pad switch
- Wood storage box and shockmount included