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SENNHEISER MD 421 SPECIAL EDITIONNovember 2003—To commemorate the 90th birthday of Sennheiser founder Prof. Dr. Ing. Fritz Sennheiser, the company released

July 2008—The MKH 800 Twin ($3,356) microphone from Sennheiser ( lives up to its name by offering a dual capsule comprising two symmetrical push-pull transducers. The signals of both transducers are available separately as two channels at the microphone output, which allows remote adjustment of the mic’s pickup pattern. The signals can be combined in any desired way in the mixing console to create polar patterns ranging from omnidirectional to figure-8, with an infinite number of intermediate stages — even after recording. The mic ships with a stand clamp, shock-mount, breakout adapter cable and aluminum transport case.

June 2008—Taking its lineage directly from its MKH 800, Senneheiser’s new “Twin” is equipped with both front- and back-capsule outputs via a 5-pin XLR that breaks out to twin standard XLRs. These signals can be recorded to separate channels and then phase-manipulated and combined later, effectively changing the pattern of the mic after the recording. Price: $3,356.

October 2007—Sennheiser has added three MKH 8000 Series mics. Priced at $1,299/each, the omni MKH 8020, cardioid MKH 8040 and supercardioid MKH 8050 each comprise a microphone head and separate XLR module, with bandwidth ranging from 10 to 60 kHz, depending on the capsule. For use in tight spaces, the XLR module is removable, with the mic head attached to an optional remote capsule accessory to create a compact mic assembly. Other accessories include floor stands, extension tubes, shock-mounts, remote cables, table stands, ceiling mounts, clamps and more. AES Booth #418.

September 2007—The Evolution 912 S ($375) boundary microphone from Sennheiser has a frequency response of 20-20k Hz and offers a maximum SPL of 134 dB (at 1 kHz). The pre-polarized condenser offers a half-cardioid pickup pattern and is acoustically optimized for speech applications. An internal DIP switch bank allows the e 912 S’ frequency response curve to match the response of the e 912, or may alternatively be switched to select low cut, low and high boost (factory preset), or low boost. In addition, the mic may be switched on or off using the integrated programmable membrane switch. A second internal DIP switch bank provides additional feature selection, including on/off (factory preset), push-to-talk button (PTT), cough button (PTM) or permanently switched on (ON).

May 2007—Sennheiser showed the MD 5235, a cardioid dynamic mic head for its top of the line SKM 5200 UHF wireless. Available in black or silver finishes, the head is ideal for use on high-SPL stages and can be used with all handheld transmitters of its 5000 Series—SKM 5000, SKM 5000 N and SKM 5200.

March 2007—Sennheiser bowed its updated e602II, which is better optimized for kick drum and other low-end apps.

February 2007—The Sennheiser MKE 44P ($795) is an electret condenser design with two cardioid capsules set at 90 degrees for X/Y applications. Its spring-mounted capsule is designed to suppress handling noise, and it features a two-position LF roll-off filter. The MKE 44P handles max SPL levels of 126 dB (with THD @ 1 percent). It features a 40 to 20k Hz response, and sensitivity is 6.3 mV/Pa (±2.5 dB). Operation is via 12 to 48V phantom power or 1.5V alkaline battery. Lastly, it has a transformerless output on a 5-pin XLR connector and ships with an adapter cable (comprising one 5-pin female XLR to two 3-pin XLR-M connectors), a velour-foam wind shield and a foam-lined case.

October 2006—Sennheiser’s e602 II cardioid dynamic mic is the successor to the famed e602 and is designed for use with kick drums, bass guitar, cabs, tubas and other low-frequency instruments. More than 40% lighter than its predecessor, the e602 II features more robust, lightweight aluminum housing that allows for greater stability when positioning it on a long boom arm. A shock-mounted capsule offers fast attack with extended low-frequency response.

August 2006—The e 602 II ($289) cardioid dynamic mic from Sennheiser is designed to work with kick drums, bass guitar cabs, tubas and other low-frequency instruments. The mic is 40% lighter than its predecessor, the e 602, making it easier than ever to tuck into tight spots at the end of a boom arm. The mic also offers high-performance voice coil construction, a shock-mounted capsule, fast transient response and extended LF response, and is housed in a rugged aluminum body. The e 602 II also features a hum-compensating coil to help eliminate electrical interference, and it comes with an integrated stand-mount and protective pouch.

May 2006—Sennheiser’s e912 ($345) boundary mic is targeted for a wide variety of applications, including recording kick drum, speech, acoustic instruments and piano. The pre-polarized condenser features a half-cardioid pickup pattern and has a frequency response from 20-20k Hz and maximum SPL of 136 dB. The handsome 12-ounce unit comes in black or white, and offers integrated preamp electronics and a rubber-coated underside, protecting its gold-plated XLR-3 connector by mounting it flush inside the mic enclosure.

July 2005—The e935 ($279) from Sennheiser is a cardioid dynamic microphone with a hum-compensating coil for reduced electrical interference and a magnet structure that maintains stable performance under varying environmental conditions. The e935’s polar pattern ensures high rejection of off-axis sound. Frequency response is 40 to 16k Hz and impedance is 350 ohms; sensitivity is rated at 2.8 mV/Pa (free field, no load at 1 kHz).

The e865 ($399) is the first condenser mic in Sennheiser’s Evolution Series. The e865 features a supercardioid pickup pattern with low off-axis coloration. The electret condenser capsule handles SPLs up to 150 dB and can be powered via 12 to 48V phantom power. The e865-S adds a silent on/off switch. Frequency response is 40 to 20k Hz and impedance is 200 ohms; sensitivity is rated at 3 mV/Pa at 1 kHz (free field, no load).

November 2004—Two new Sennheiser headsets, HSP2 (omni) and the HSP4 (cardioid), are designed for professional broadcast, theater and touring applications. Both are very unobtrusive, extremely rugged and lightweight, with integrated windscreen and clean, clear sound. The line has a 1.1mm diameter, fully adjustable boom arm, mountable on either side and an integrated windscreen. Constructed of beta titanium materials, the units are flexible and comfortable to wear.

Sennheiser e904

November 2004—The Evolution 900 Series comprises seven new backline mics: 901 (kicks/drum), 902 (kicks/bass guitar/brass), 904 (drums), 905 (snare), 906 (guitars, percussion/horns), 908 (brass and percussion) and 914 (all-purpose electret condenser), plus the three previous 900 Series models. All feature transparent sound, low handling noise, excellent transient response and feedback rejection. Tight and uniform polar patterns and gold XLR pins are common to the entire line TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

SENNHEISER EH150/250/350
SEPTMEBER 2004—Fresh from Summer NAMM, this trio of headphones from Sennheiser delivers pro performance at an affordable price. The EH150 and EH250 offer a sealed design, while the EH350 uses Sennheiser’s trademark Open-Aire design. All three units feature high-quality, 10-foot oxygen-free copper cables, and are priced at $59.95, $99.95 and $139.95, respectively.

November 2003—To commemorate the 90th birthday of Sennheiser
founder Prof. Dr. Ing. Fritz Sennheiser, the company released the new
MD 421 Special Edition. The mic utilizes the legendary large-diaphragm,
dynamic element of the original microphone, and is limited to just 990
production units. Each limited-edition microphone features gold-plated
hardware, comes with a velour-lined wood box, a desk stand and includes
a numbered certificate of authentication personally signed by Prof. Dr.
Jörg Sennheiser.

October 2003—The Evolution 900 Microphone Series has three wired
mics designed to handle the most demanding live performance
environments. The E 935/E 945 vocal mics provide condenser-like
performance from a dynamic mic. Both feature shockmounted capsules
minimizing handling noise and improving gain-before-feedback. For
snare/instruments, the E 903 delivers outstanding response while
tolerating maximum SPLs. With a tapered, black handle and hip gunmetal
blue grille, the 900 Series has a feel, look and sound its own.

September 2003—Sennheiser introduced three new vocal microphones
to its 800 Series of entry-level mics. The E 815S, E 816S and the E
817S are cardioid mics housed in rugged metal bodies for performance
durability and suppression of handling noise. Each mic comes with an
XLR/XLR or XLR/1/4-inch cable and a mic clip.

April 2003—A cost-effective and elegant choice for broadcast,
film, television and multimedia use, the MKH 418S M-S incorporates a
mid-capsule from MKH 416, combined with a new figure-8 side-capsule
system. Mid-Side (M-S) stereo allows the adjustment of stereo imaging
through the use of an independent dual-capsule system. The outputs
support variable matrixing capabilities and multifunctional use in
post-production. With standard 5-pin XLR male connector, the rugged,
weather-resistant mic is powered via 48-volt phantom supplied to each

April 2003—The MKE Platinum subminiature mic is designed for
television, theater and broadcast. Insensitive to handling noise and
moisture, the MKE Platinum utilizes low-capacitance, ultrathin and
flexible, rugged, damage-resistant cable to ensure easy, unobtrusive
attachment and years of trouble-free service. The unit is virtually
invisible, built to exacting tolerances, and features an optimized
treble response for improved headroom. Bass response is optimized
through precise capsule ventilation design, with a very smooth THD
curve. Handles SPLs up to 142 dB.

March 2003—The Evolution 609 and legendary MD409 dynamic mics
have long been a favorite on electric guitar, amps and vocals. Shown at
Winter NAMM, Sennheiser offers the E609 Silver, a side-address
supercardioid mic with a punchy tonal character that’s tailored like
the original MD409. Retail: $199.95. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

June 2001—Sennheiser has introduced the MD-46 handheld cardioid
interview microphone, a product developed for and tested at the 2000
Sydney Olympics. Features include a traditional long handle, excellent
wind attenuation, superior off-axis rejection, extended HF response and
a rugged design. An Omni version is under development.

June 2001—Sennheiser’s handheld line includes the MD-431 II ($495) and ED 865 ($399). The dynamic MD 431 II is an improved version of its predecessor, featuring a steel-mesh grille, shock-suspended capsule, a humbucking coil, recessed On/Off switch and internal electronics for refining proximity effect. The ED 865 is the first condenser handheld mic in the company’s new Evolution Series that’s great for live performance or recording vocals in the studio. This supercardioid mic sports a metal housing and steel-inlet basket.

October 2000—The MKH800 condenser microphone for recording
studio, broadcast and film is capable of handling new high-fidelity
audio storage mediums such as Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio. Its
frequency response extends to 50 kHz and offers a dynamic range of 126
dB. Self-noise is 10 dBA. The MKH800 utilizes the wider frequency
response and dynamic range of 24-bit/96kHz standards. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.