The quality of measurement of heat capacity by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is based on strict symmetry of the
twin calorimeter. This symmetry is of particular importance for temperature-modulated DSC (TMDSC) since positive and negative
deviations from symmetry cannot be distinguished in the most popular analysis methods. The heat capacities for sapphire-filled
and empty aluminum calorimeters (pans) under designed cell imbalance caused by different pan-masses were measured. In addition,
the positive and negative signs of asymmetry have been explored by analyzing the phase-shift between temperature and heat
flow for sapphire and empty runs. The phase shifts change by more than 180° depending on the sign of the asymmetry. Once the
sign of asymmetry is determined, the asymmetry correction for temperature-modulated DSC can be made.