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BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM8500

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  • Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection
  • Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
  • Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through
  • Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback
  • Shock mount system to cut down handling noise
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BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM8500 + CBI MLC20 Low Z XLR Microphone Cable, 20 Foot + On Stage Foam Ball-Type Mic Windscreen, Black
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Product Description

BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM8500

Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone

  • Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection
  • Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
  • Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through
  • Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback
  • Shock mount system to cut down handling noise
  • Integrated spherical wind and pop noise filter
  • Microphone stand adapter and impact-resistant carrying case included
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

Few things are more essential to recording or live performance than dynamic microphones. BEHRINGER's XM8500 has the crucial features and durability to come through for your sound again and again.

What is a Dynamic Microphone?

Dynamic mics have several advantages that make them ideal for live vocal applications and for recording amplified instruments. They're robust, resistant to moisture and can achieve high gain before feedback. The XM8500's cardioid pickup pattern captures the source signal, such as a guitar amplifier or vocalist, while shunning off-axis sound.

Why the XM8500?

The XM8500 provides an amazing frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz, and includes a two-stage pop filter to minimize breath and pop noises. And with its tough metal construction and sturdy steel windscreen, you can count on it to come through after countless gigs and studio applications. We've even included a rugged hard case with a mic clip and stand adapter.

Value

Check out the XM8500 at your nearest BEHRINGER dealer and find out why these mics are becoming so common in practice spaces, bedrooms, professional studios and stages all over the globe. Compare them to the competition. We're sure you'll be impressed by the XM8500's performance - and the amount of money you'll save!


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 0.6 inches ; 11.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002KZAKS
  • Item model number: XM8500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 19, 2004

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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By William M. Pasternak on March 14, 2010
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I have spent my life in broadcasting, sound and video. I have used every conceivable mic you can name and several you likely never heard of. I have a fairly extensive collection of mics ranging from super cheepies from the old Lafayette Radio of the 1960's to the latest and greatest pro studio PR-30 from the genius of Bob Heil at Heil Sound.

That said, for pure dollar value vs. sound quality, the Behringer XM-8500 is a steal. It sounds every bit as good as similar mics selling at five times the price and is just as rugged.

Its only drawback is its propensity to be a little sibilant if worked straight on, very close without a wind screen. Put a $2 wind-screen on it and all that disappears and its the match of mics in the $100+ category. (Rule of thumb taught to me back when I was first getting started in radio: Never use this design of mic without a wind screen -- no matter what brand it is.)

I own several of XM-8500's and use them mainly for loan outs to friends who want to do a recording with something that sounds better than the mic built into their digital or tape recorder. I also have a dedicated pair that I use to do field interviews for an on-line news service I produce -- recording these days on a Zoom H4 digital recorder. Nobody who has borrowed one of my XM-8500's has ever complained. Nobody Ive ever interviewed has sounded anything but natural.

No, its not going to be the equal of an EV RE-20 or my Heil PR-30, but for $20, I dare you to find anything that sounds better or is constructed better than the Behringer XM-8500.
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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful By dotcomsean on May 5, 2011
Price and performance wise, this mic is as good or better than the sm58.

I have been using 3 the of Behringer xm8500 mics in my home studio for over 5 years now. The sound or 'flavor' of this mic is almost identical to an early 90's Shure sm58 that I also use in the studio. The only noticeable difference between the two (sound wise) is the xm8500 has a tiny bit more output, and the presence peak is slightly lower in the frequency scale - I would describe this as the sm58 peak being slightly airy and cutting, and the xm8500 being thick and meaty. If you are using this mic with a 3 band eq, you can bump the mids slightly and match the sound of the xm8500 to that of the sm58 with no problem.

Build wise, this mic is as beastly and tank-like as the sm58. It has a nice heft to it, solid metal housing, all that good stuff.

This mic excels on vocals, close mic'ing drums, bass cabs, guitar cabs,...basically anywhere you would normally use an sm58, you can use this mic there and it will perform like a champ. My favorite task for this mic is bass amps, and toms. The presence bump on this mic makes toms sit just right in the mix w/out having to fuss with the eq too much (you get the nice low end 'thwump' and the necessary mid range 'slap' to not only hear, but FEEL the toms in the mix).

Do yourself a favor and build some xlr patch cables with resistor(s) in them to better match the low impedance signal of this dynamic mic to the high impedance inputs of today's mic preamps. You will find that the mic will perform as it (or actually the sm58 it is modeled after) was designed to. Google 'taming the shure' for more info.

For about $20, this mic definitely beats out the sm58 in my book. Don't be a gear snob,...get your money's worth and try out this mic.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By home on May 21, 2011
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Using this with the cheap but good quality pre-amp from ART (around $30), see my review there as well. Before this purchase I didn't know a whole lot about the various types of Microphones and cabling and pre amps and amps and balanced versus unbalanced but finally have a setup that works though requires a pre-amp. Some things to consider:

1. Use a pre-amp for any dynamic cardiod mic (like Behringer xm8500). Low impedance microphones like xm8500 require pre-amps or perform better. Without the pre-amp, I had to turn my receiver full max to barely get any sound from it and I was afraid I was going to pop/blow the speakers if I switched inputs by mistake

2. Phantom power is NOT required for this Mic. This is not a condensor mic

3. Use XLR male to XLR female cable between Mic and pre-amp. I had ordered XLR to 1/4 headphone jack cable and even though it physically connected to the 1/4 input on the pre-amp, the gain was not sufficient (has to do with impedance, balanced versus unbalanced and so on)

4. The output from the pre-amp can be either 1/4 or XLR, I am using XLR to 1/4 cable (I had one so why not) and then a 1/4 female to RCA into my receiver. Of course if I wanted to, I could use a different connector to plug into my computer and record if I need to (haven't tried it yet)

Now that I know this, it all seems so trivial but I hope it helps someone who wants to just setup a decent Mic for vocals cheaply. The Mic is flawless and I am quite happy with it. It seems good quality for the price.

Happy singing.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2010
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This microphone, being used in a live performance setting, is equivalent to an SM-58, at only a fraction of the price. While not up to the standards of the SM-58B, this microphone has great sound and is very reliable.
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