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Sennheiser Pro Audio Wireless Microphone System, Black (MKE600)
|Brand||Sennheiser Pro Audio|
|Power Source||Battery Powered|
About this item
- Pronounced directivity
- Maximal rejection of side noise
- Switchable "Low Cut" filter minimizes wind noise
- Phantom or battery powering
- Supplied with foam windshield and shock mount. Frequency response - 40 Hz to 20 kHz
- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) - 21 mV/Pa at P48; 19mV/Pa with battery powering. Max. sound pressure level - 132 dB SPL at P48. 126 dB SPL with battery powering
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Wherever the magic moment occurs: The success of your work depends on achieving the perfect interplay of image and sound – and under the most difficult conditions. No matter if you’re shooting outdoors in the city or indoors with poor acoustics: Sennheiser has the perfect solution for first-class video sound.
- Plug and play
- Maximum attenuation of background noise for clear, rich sound
- Low-cut filter for minimizing wind noise
- P48 phantom power or battery power
- Battery switch with a Low Batt indicator
- Rugged, all-metal housing
Switchable "Low Cut" filter minimizes wind noise
The low-cut filter reduces handling noise and wind noise. With the MKE 600, you can enjoy perfect sound without the noise.
Switchable "Low Cut" filter
Maximal rejection of side noise
Perfect sound for perfect pictures.
The MKE 600’s main strength is its rich sound with its excellent reproduction of low frequencies. This allows you to record speech easily and ensures high intelligibility. Its high directivity means that even audio that was recorded from a distance sounds as if the speaker had been much closer to the microphone. Furthermore, lateral interference noise is reliably suppressed.
No phantom power required.
Since not all video cameras are equipped to supply phantom power for a microphone, the MKE 600 can also be operated using standard AA batteries. Battery power can be switched on easily and then switched off again when the camera is no longer in use – this keeps the battery from discharging too rapidly. An LED on the battery switch lets you know when the batteries are running low while there is still a reserve of approximately eight hours – enough time to finish your shoot successfully.
More flexibility for demanding shoots.
The success of your work depends on achieving the perfect interplay of image and sound – and under the most difficult conditions. No matter if you’re shooting outdoors in the city or indoors with poor acoustics: When you need to switch locations and change camera settings quickly, this shotgun microphone is your ideal companion for demanding shoots.
|MKE 400||MKE 440||MKE 600||MKH 416|
|Microphone Type||Shotgun Condenser||Dual Shotgun Condenser||Shotgun Condenser||Shotgun RF Condenser|
|Frequency Response||40 Hz to 20 kHz||50 Hz to 20 kHz||40 Hz to 20 kHz||40 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Polar Response||Lobar, Super-cardioid||Stereo, Super-cardioid||Lobar; Super-cardioid||Lobar; Super-cardioid|
|Sensitivity||8 mV/Pa at 1 kHz||23, 42, 63 mV/Pa, switchable||21 mV/Pa (Phantom Power) or 19 mV/Pa (Battery Power)||-32 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz|
|Max Sound Pressure Level||126 dB SPL / 118 dB SPL (Max Gain)||132 dB SPL||132 dB SPL (Phantom Power) or 126 dB SPL (Battery Power)||130 dB SPL|
|Self Noise (A weighted)||21dB||16, 21, 40 dB||15dB (phantom), 16dB (battery)||13dB|
|Power Type||Battery; 1 x AAA||Battery; 2 x AAA||48V Phantom Power or Battery; 1 x AA||48V Phantom Power|
|Approx. Battery Life||300 hours||>100 hours||150 hours||N/A|
|Approx. Dimensions||ø: 2.44 x L: 5.12"||2.6 x 4.2 x 5.0"||ø: 0.79 x L: 10.08"||ø: 0.75 x L: 9.84"|
|Included Accessories||(1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS Mini cable, (1) AAA Alkaline battery and (1) foam windscreen||(2) AAA Alkaline battery and (1) cable with 1/8" (3.5 mm) jack||(1) MZS 600 camera shockmount and (1) MZW 600 windscreen||(1) MZW 415 windscreen, (1) MZQ 100 quick-release clip and (1) case (18.0 oz)|
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|Item Dimensions||10.08 x 0.79 x 4.02 inches||11.30 x 7.70 x 2.70 inches||13.31 x 5.43 x 3.46 inches||3.15 x 0.83 x 0.83 inches||0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00 inches||17.17 x 2.90 x 6.85 inches|
The MKE 600 is the ideal video camera/camcorder microphone able to handle even demanding filmic challenges. Due to its high directivity, the MKE 600 picks up sounds coming from the direction in which the camera is pointing and effectively attenuates noise coming from the sides and rear. The switchable “Low Cut” filter additionally minimizes wind noise. Because some video cameras/camcorders do not provide phantom power, the MKE 600 can also be battery powered. A battery on/off switch prevents the battery from discharging prematurely; “Low Batt” is displayed.
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I recently received a new Sennheiser MKH 416 for my VO projects and can now directly compare the two microphones. In my opinion, the MKE 600 is still the better microphone for voiceover despite the long and storied history of the 416. The 600 just has a smoother overall tone, particularly on the highs. The 416 has a "big" sound but can easily become quite boomy and sibilant. The 600 does not have this problem thanks to a more forgiving EQ curve. For most VO talent, I would recommend the MKE 600 over the 416, unless you have a client or studio that specifically requires a 416. The battery option on the 600 also means that I can use it as a travel microphone or for quick auditions and reads away from the studio.
UPDATE 1 - November 2017
I've now used my MKE 600 to record hundreds of voiceover jobs for several well-known American brands. This mic has performed superbly through all of it. I no longer use the high-pass filter but instead speak at an angle into the mic; this controls plosives while also yielding a fuller sound. The MKE 600 will continue to be my go-to voiceover microphone for the foreseeable future.
I purchased this microphone for voiceovers. I have not found any reviews online of the MKE 600 for voiceover purposes, but I figured I would give it a try since its big brother, the MKH 416, is a voiceover industry mainstay. After recording about a dozen demos with the MKE 600, I can say it's by far the best microphone I have ever used for spoken word. The pickup pattern is very tight -- much more focused than I thought it would be since this is a shorter shotgun mic. Off-axis noise rejection is very good. I personally find the frequency response of the MKE 600 to be outstanding. My voice is deep and boomy; and the high-pass filter works great to roll off that boominess. The high frequency boost is also in a different place than is found on most condenser mics. This one boosts around 7 kHz instead of 10 kHz which gives the mic a smoother sound with greater presence. For anyone looking for a great voiceover mic, particularly those who might not be working in a fully treated space, get this MKE 600.
After browsing Amazon, reading hundreds of reviews and Reddit posts, I decided to try the Rode VideoMic Pro. That was a mistake. The mobility of that mic is great, but not the quality.
After returning that one, I switched to the MKE600 and was blown away! The quality is near perfect and the audio quality in my videos has substantially improved.
Now, I don't have the mobility with this mic (see setup below) but that's fine since I'm not a vlogger and on the move all the time.
I use this with the Canon 70D, Zoom H4N and the Comprehensive XLR Plug to Jack Audio Cable. It's quite an advanced setup, especially for YouTube videos, but I'm a perfectionist and the audio quality this beast puts out is top notch! Just be sure that your equipment is compatible with XLR before buying this.
If you want to hear the mic in action, you can search my name on YouTube and watch the videos where I'm standing in front of the mic. I use a different mic in the other videos.
Best mic I've used in my 8+ years filming!
PS: The packaging is awesome as well!
If you are looking at other mics in this price range I would highly recommend this one!
You'll need a C-stand and key is to get it right above your head, slightly out of frame for deepest audio.
Top reviews from other countries
Its 5 times the price and I would say its only 2 times improvement for my purpose.
This mic has a nice proximity effect and warmer sound compared to the SM48. For long duration hearing the sound from this mic will be more pleasant than the sm48 atleast. But the ambient sound rejection and noise floor will be almost same or slightly worse than the SM48. The gain knob is set at around 2 o' clock on my pre amp to get a signal between -12 to -18 dbfs. the noise floor is slightly below -70 db rms which is good, but not great. It doesn't sound great one feet away from your mouth for voice over purposes. But if you go closer to chew on the mic you can get a nice big sound for those promo voice, which the sm 48 cant give. It is also very EQ friendly because of its smooth frequency response. hope this helps
Da muy buena calidad, casi no gasta batería y el estuche que incluye protege al micrófono muy bien.
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