Your mics are rated to handle 135 db SPL. I’ve seen other ribbons rated for 165 dB SPL. Why are your mics rated lower?

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We call this “The Horsepower Race.” That 165 dB SPL rating is a bit misleading – it’s for signals at 1 kHz. While that is very loud, it’s not generating a massive amount of sound pressure. Our 135 dB SPL rating is at 20 Hz – a huge signal that generates a lot of sound pressure.