Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone

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Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone
PROS
  • 11 REVIEWS INDUSTRY STANDARD
  • 9 REVIEWS SHOTGUN MIC
  • 3 REVIEWS WORTH EVERY
  • 3 REVIEWS DIAPHRAGM CONDENSER
  • 11 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 7 REVIEWS VOICE-OVER WORK
  • 15 REVIEWS USE THIS MIC
  • 34 REVIEWS MICS
  • 5 REVIEWS NOISE
  • 12 REVIEWS RECORDING
  • 3 REVIEWS MKH-
  • 5 REVIEWS VIDEO
  • 6 REVIEWS STUDIO
  • 3 REVIEWS TEST
  • 4 REVIEWS EXPENSIVE
  • 4 REVIEWS HEAR
  • 5 REVIEWS INVESTMENT
  • 14 REVIEWS MICROPHONES
  • 5 REVIEWS PAY
  • 5 REVIEWS PROFESSIONAL

Increased directivity due to interference tube principle

Top Positive Review

I changed my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars after listening to the test multiple times. The extra bass does sound better after you listen for awhile. I could EQ the AT-8035 but I am going to keep the 416 and use it. A lot more expensive but as I listened more there is a richness in the mic that does make things sound better. My review below was BEFORE I decided to keep the mic.

I just received this mic a few days and just finished testing it. I use a shotgun mic for recording Coach Bronner episodes. The 416 is a great mic BUT {and the important info in most situations always comes after the BUT}, I have an Audio Technica AT8035 which is the original mic that I’ve been using and when I A/B’d them both, I couldn’t tell the difference!

The 416 seemed to be a little more bassy but the 8035 seemed to be clearer with the slightly less bass. They were really so close that you can barely tell the difference and even if you can tell a difference it’s hard to prefer one over the other. The big issue is the AT 8035 is $270 and the 416 is $1,000.00. You can buy almost four 8035’s for the price of one 416 and I just cannot tell the difference. They both look the same and are the same dimensions and housing design. I am returning the 416 and buying another 8035.

Maybe there are some other advantages to the 416 that I just couldn’t hear or that my environment did not test for. Perhaps the 416 has better off axis noise rejection but if you are recording in a studio setting (I am) and want a shotgun mic to record the subject a few feet away, the 8035 is great and virtually indistinguishable from the MKH416.

I have attached the video test file of both the Sennheiser and Audio Technica mics. The first test is the expensive $1,000.00 Sennheiser MKH416-P48U3. The second mic tested is the Audio Technica AT-8035 currently priced at $269.00. I called it the original mic because I couldn’t remember the model number (or brand either for that matter) as I was making the video. i really was only testing it for myself and hadn’t thought of posting it on Amazon. I am approximately two feet away from the mics. You be the judge.

Top Critical Review

Buyer beware!! This was a fake! A $1000 fake microphone! I use this mic for a living. I have a real one and compared them side by side. It looked and felt real. The packaging was excellent. The weight and basic look was right, but it sounded TERRIBLE when plugged in. Super noisy and crap fidelity. Visual identifying factors: It was missing the set screw near the base (see pics). And the engraving on the mic itself was blurry and too big. Also the paint job was shinier than the real one and the plastic case looked like the European version with the raised blue lettering, but didn’t close well. DO NOT BUY THIS! GO TO A REPUTABLE SENNHEISER DEALER. Bought another one through Sweetwater and it was perfect. Maddening that people do this. Thank you, Amazon for processing my return so quickly.

Customer Questions & Answers

Will this give me pro audio? I am going to be using it with the tascam DR-40. (I am also going to be editing in Adobe Audition)
Answer: Thank you for your question. This is a professional-grade microphone built to deliver high-quality audio. It is designed for loud/challenging exterior environments like film and broadcast.

Can this mic be used for outdoor use? If not what would someone recommend? Thanks
Answer: This is a great mic and would be fine for a outdoor use as long as you keep suitably protected from the elements.

will this work with samsung nx1
Answer:

You would need to phantom power the microphone as I dont believe the samsung has Phantom powering at the mic input. We have other Sennheisers that can be internally powered via batteries that may work better. Perhaps the affordable MKE400 or MKE600 or our K6 series with ME capsules. Feel free to call and we can discuss??

How far back from your talent does this mic have to be? I need something with distance. My current mic requires 18 inches, way too tight.
Answer: This mic can pick up sounds very well from 5′ ft back and further if you really wanted it too. But The sound quality would be muddied by background noise, the closer the better.

Here’s a video that might help you out better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOfP4mrSBMs

Okay you VO guys – which would you use in a booth for VO: this Sennheiser 416 or a Neumann U87?
Answer: Neumann U87. The MKH416 is a super shotgun microphone designed to record audio when background noise reduction is important. If you are a booth go for sound quality, not noise reduction.

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Expert Score 9.8
PROS:
  • 11 REVIEWS INDUSTRY STANDARD
  • 9 REVIEWS SHOTGUN MIC
  • 3 REVIEWS WORTH EVERY
  • 3 REVIEWS DIAPHRAGM CONDENSER
  • 11 REVIEWS SOUND QUALITY
  • 7 REVIEWS VOICE-OVER WORK
  • 15 REVIEWS USE THIS MIC
  • 34 REVIEWS MICS
  • 5 REVIEWS NOISE
  • 12 REVIEWS RECORDING
  • 3 REVIEWS MKH-
  • 5 REVIEWS VIDEO
  • 6 REVIEWS STUDIO
  • 3 REVIEWS TEST
  • 4 REVIEWS EXPENSIVE
  • 4 REVIEWS HEAR
  • 5 REVIEWS INVESTMENT
  • 14 REVIEWS MICROPHONES
  • 5 REVIEWS PAY
  • 5 REVIEWS PROFESSIONAL
Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone
Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone
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