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Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3

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  • Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube
  • Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency
  • Above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern
  • Dimensions: Ø 19 x 250 mm
  • Frequency response (microphone): 40 - 20000 Hz

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Technical Details
Item Weight499 g
Product Dimensions19 x 19 x 25 cm
Item model numberMKH416-P48
Material TypeMatt black all-metal body
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Best Sellers Rank 69,308 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight590 g
Date First Available1 Jan. 2001

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RF condenser microphone Pick-up pattern super-cardioid/lobar Frequency response 40Hz - 20kHz Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) 25 mV/Pa +- 1 dB Nominal impedance 25 Ohm Minimum terminating impedance 800 Ohm Equivalent noise level 13 dB Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3 24 dB Maximum sound pressure level 130 dB 48V phantom power Increased directivity due to interference tube principle Very low inherent self-noise High sensitivity Transformerless and fully floating balanced output Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions Matt black all-metal body Delivery includes 1 MZW 415 windshield and 1 MZQ 100 microphone clamp

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i just saw it on the game grumps "grump out" channel to see how expensive it was. jfc
i guess this is a review so uhhhh
i guess they have good audio
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think it's out of your budget? Think again... 28 May 2015
By Harry Neevus - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this mic exclusively for voice-over work. I purchased this mic with a bit of trepidation. What was I scared of? Quality? No, I was scared of getting a fake. When the mic arrived, the serial numbers were inexplicably covered by little white stickers. I can't imagine what the purpose would be so, I contacted Sennheiser with the serial number. They not only confirmed the mic was authentic but they confirmed that Amazon was an authorized reseller. They even gave me the date of manufacture and original sale! But I was still nervous. I just spent a thousand bucks!

I already own a Neumann TLM49 and wasn't sure this mic would offer me any real advantage. In my radio days and after, I heard people rave about this mic for V/O work but frankly, I couldn't seen the point. There are mics you can get good results with that fall well below the $1K threshold. I've owned RODE NTKs, SURE SM7's & KSM44s, Sennheiser 421s, ElectroVoice RE20 and several others. Even a few below $200... I used to have a home-made V/O booth but when I moved, I destroyed it. I had no room for it at my new place. Silly me. I forgot about room noise, birds chirping, sirens... Large diaphragm condenser mics seem to attract sounds you probably didn't even know were there.

So I began to research options and the SENNHIESER 416 kept coming back to the surface. I wanted a mic that would be more forgiving of my work area right now. My early tests surprised me. This mic's excellent but relatively small directional path made getting a good, clean quality recording possible even with minimal sound treatment. I paired it with a RODE swivel mount boom arm and cheesy but effective Eggsnow Universal Shock Mount and attached the whole thing to my desk. Despite my untreated office, there were few reflections from the untreated wall and computer monitor all under 3 feet away, behind the mic. My test produced a fairly room noise free recording. Noise rejection is outstanding. No birds. No chatter from the painting crew just outside banging ladders around and talking as they painted our townhouse.

Gain is ample. I don't have to drive the 416 hard to get a strong signal. The mic is tiny and light. I don't need a giant 3 wheeled mic stand and counter-weight system to hold this puppy in place. And it's double duty! If I decide to do field recordings for video, I now have a durable mic that is up to the task. This mic isn't going to solve your issue if you live in a cardboard box underneath the expressway but... It just might be the best investment you make before you blow your wad on acoustic treatments. Good voice-overs can be done on a budget. This may not seem like a budget solution but I can get good, reliable, professional results right now. So I can save, budget and plan for my next upgrade (a real V/O booth!) But since I'm already spending less time on edits and re-takes, I consider that money in my pocket.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shotgun Mic Shoots Straight 30 May 2015
By Bill Boys - Published on Amazon.com
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Extraordinary piece of equipment. Since buying it, I've learned that you have to have one of these bad boys in your arsenal if you want to give yourself the competitive advantage in the voice over field. Voice over is a tough world, and the first thing potential clients pay attention to is your studio sound. If all things are equal, but your studio doesn't match up to a competitors, you don't get the job. So don't think of it as letting go of a grand. Think of it as making an investment that could pay for itself by snagging just one job. After that, this magic wand is all profit. And it's so much more than a voice over tool. It's used in the making of motion pictures and Television shows. It's already a historic mic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth VOX Work 22 Jan. 2015
By severdog - Published on Amazon.com
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I still can't get over how smooth this mic sounds. Easily a 10x improvement over mics that I thought were adequate like the Yeti. Using a Scarlett 2i2 interface box. Not cheap but this is a lifetime investment.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like none other in its class 26 May 2011
By Andy Quiñones - Published on Amazon.com
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Sturdy built, slim and sleek look and feel. Purchased this gem mainly for Voice Over work and agree with other positive reviewers here. The main thing to take note is the relatively small pick up pattern--which is about the size of a circle you make while touching thumb and index finger with one hand (if that makes sense) to give you an idea of the "sweet spot" which only becomes an issue if you tend to move slightly off mic while recording.

But this can be remedied with a little practice and is NOT an issue otherwise. I don't find need for a pop filter for vocals if you angle it slightly off center instead of aiming it directly to the lips from an open palm distance so as to not have the mic take the brunt of vocal breaths directly.

I channel it through an Avalon 737 SP strip and find absolutely no need to apply ANY tweaks on the digital processing end whatsoever.

Another thing worthy of note is that this is an excellent cam mic with quite a range to it. While initially setting it up using headphones to get the proper setting on my mic pre, I had inadvertently positioned it out an open window and was shocked to be able to clearly hear what my next door neighbors were saying from about 30+ yards away!

Not that I recommend using it for such purposes but that range impressed the heck out of me just the same. Well maybe a handy feature to consider at pool parties and other gatherings--just saying.

This is a great mic well worth the price from a solid company well known for high quality audio gear.

I've read discussions on forums from audio engineers saying they can achieve the same sound quality with lesser priced mics by adding digital tweaks but that is like saying the imitation butter is just as tasty as the real thing--not so by a long shot.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mic! 17 April 2017
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Love this mic! Absolutely the best for getting good clear sound without background noise. I use it for voiceovers in my studio and it is the best!
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