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Sennheiser MD 46 - Cardioid Handheld Dynamic ENG Microphone

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The MD 46 handheld cardioid ENG microphone includes features found in today's interview mics, but with studio quality sound, according to the company. The MD 46 has a traditional long handle, wind attenuation and off-axis rejection and is designed to possess an extended high-frequency response, warm lows, and a clean midrange. The company developed the new microphone in response to the needs of NBC and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Omni microphones pick up everything equally, including background noise. The MD 46 cardioid interview mic focuses on the subject, increasing clarity. Designed to have low handling and wind noise, and to eliminate vocal popping, this microphone gives the ENG team an ideal interview tool.

Rugged all-metal body
Extremely low sensitivity to handling noise
Very insensitive to pop and wind noise
Uniform frequency response
Excellent sound quality
Integral microphone clamp thread
Double layer grille basket
Cardioid dynamic capsule
Low handling noise
Long handle with excellent balance
Transducer Pressure Gradient Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 18 kHz
Maximum Input Sound Level not specified by manufacturer
Power Requirements None Dynamic, Requires No Phantom or Battery Power
Output Impedance 350 Ohms (@ 1 kHz)
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Dimensions 9.84 x 1.92" (249.9 x 48.8mm) LxDiameter
Weight 12.7 oz. (359.9 g)
Sennheiser MD 46 - Cardioid Handheld Dynamic ENG Microphone
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    4.7

    (based on 30 reviews)

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      (5)

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      (2)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (27)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Durable (10)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (8)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (20)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Performances (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best ENG mic there is

    I teach at a journalism school and this is downright the best ENG microphone in the industry. This thing is like a rock.

    We had a student drop one in water...Read complete review

    I teach at a journalism school and this is downright the best ENG microphone in the industry. This thing is like a rock.

    We had a student drop one in water during a flood while filming her documentary in India. After returning, we let it dry out for about a week and the thing still works beautifully.

    Omni-directional microphones capture way too much ambient sound, especially in noisy situations. This has just enough cardioid to make it directional, but allow flexibility if the interviewee turns their head or the sound trails off.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice sound, reliable. But...

    Once the "cable lock" (little metal piece in the button edge of the XLR connection wears off a little bit, the cable (or transmitter piece) does not...Read complete review

    Once the "cable lock" (little metal piece in the button edge of the XLR connection wears off a little bit, the cable (or transmitter piece) does not "lock" anymore. That is a big problem.

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    5.0

    Sennheiser quality, worth the coin

    By NewsChopperBrad

    from Washington, DC

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

    I'm a news reporter with a hatred of my own voice, this microphone made me enjoy hearing myself talk. Rich sound, well constructed, quality packaging and materials. The ONLY thing I would have liked to see was a microphone clip included, but

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    5.0

    great mic

    By HD Projects

    from Poland

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

    I use this microphone for interviews and its just perfect. it has a very nice tone and matches almost any male or female voice.

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    5.0

    Great for on-camera interviews.

    By mdp

    from albuquerque, nm

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Nothing

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

    All around mic for interviews and general use.

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    5.0

    Solid reporter's mic

    By Nickname

    from Nogales, AZ

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

    This is the mic of choice for many public radio reporters because of its durability and fidelity. I use it with a Marantz 661, and it's great for recording in the field or indoors in a makeshift studio. As I'm not reporting anymore, I use it mainly to record oral histories in my family. It's very durable fairly heavy, and the sound quality is great for voices. Because of the mic's cardioid pattern, it's not so great for recording specific, faraway sounds such as bird calls. I tried and didn't get anything worth keeping.

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      5.0

      Great for Interviews in noisy settings

      By Anita

      from New York, NY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Interviews

        Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

        Wonderful results plugged into a consumer level camera with an adaptor. Professional sound quality while interviewing people in the loudest settings.

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        5.0

        AWESOME!

        By Red Dog Records

        from Cameron Park

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Well Made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • ENG
          • Events
          • On Location Interviews
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

          We love this mic. Currently we are using it for public comment, sitting on a stand with a Sony Wireless plug in the end. The wireless plug 'clicks' in and remains secure (not like other microphones) and the mic sounds great. There is a bit of low-end handling noise but that was because we had the general public using it. You probably won't notice with a professional holding it. No worries about feedback since the off-axis rejection is really good. We plan on using it for ENG as well and already know it will be a top performer.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By DGDC

          from Washington, DC

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

            Perfect for use with the Evolution G3 100 Series Wireless Microphone Combo System. The wireless adapter is a bit tricky to put on and get off the mic. Once you get used to it there is no problem. I've used the mic for on camera interviews with the subjects holding the mic just out of shot at wait level- it sounds perfect. I've also simply laid the mic down out of sight to record ambient sound- perfect for that too, even picked up conversations well.

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            3.0

            Lots of handling noise from this mic

            By Randy

            from Oakland, California

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                I like this mic except for unwanted noise created when fingers are shifted against the body of the mic. It's as if the pickup is not isolated from the body. I have a tech support request pending now.

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                5.0

                works like a charm

                By lisa the videographer

                from boston mass

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Quiet handle
                • Very directional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Sporting Events

                  Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                  Performed as promised. I was looking for a mike to connect with my Sennheiser wireless G4 with quiet handle, to capture interviews in crowded noisy arenas. This mike did the job.

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                  5.0

                  Bought it before, would buy it again

                  By KB

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                    Used for professional TV and web productions. Works well with our wireless systems and looks good on screen.

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                    5.0

                    Eliminates ambient noise

                    By chiricano

                    from Panama

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                      We produce television. Some of our recording is at live events where the background noise is deafening. I am always stunned that interviews come through with crisp clear audio and just a low hum of background noise.We depend on this microphone to give us sharp clear sound and it delivers.

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                      5.0

                      All Around Great ENG Mic

                      By Dickson

                      from St. Louis, MO

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                        I use the mic in typical ENG fashion, on locations that are often noisy in the background. This mic, however, only picks up a low ambient background that add color to the recording. The handling noise that is common to many microphones is thankfully missing, even when persons handling the mic aren't careful about hand movements. The mic feels great in the hand, sounds great for many types of voices and has many useful applications.

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                        5.0

                        Solid Performance

                        By Kinetopod

                        from DFW, Texas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                          Used in loud crowds to gather interviews. Did a great job of isolating just the interviewer or interviewee. Loud music or noisy crowds were not much of an issue using this microphone. Solid build.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Nice sound, reliable. But...

                          By ger

                          from los angeles, ca

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                          Once the "cable lock" (little metal piece in the button edge of the XLR connection wears off a little bit, the cable (or transmitter piece) does not "lock" anymore. That is a big problem.

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                          5.0

                          Good

                          By Mark

                          from El Paso Tx

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                            Have had it for about 3 weeks and no problems yet.

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                            5.0

                            THE choice for reporters!

                            By buggy

                            from Sacramento / San Francisco / Portland

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                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                              I am a radio news reporter in a major U.S. market. I have used many different microphones in the field. Hands down, the Sennheiser MD46 is the best. At this point, I wouldn't take anything else out. It sounds clearer than other mics, rejects surrounding noise better, accommodates a mic flag nicely, has a great balanced feel in the hand and is the perfect size and weight if I had to defend myself behind police lines. That hasn't happened yet but you never know when what will happen when you report live from crime scenes. Watch your local news at night, chances are the reporters in the field are using the wireless version. Almost all reporters use the Sennheiser. There is a reason for that. If you are going to interview in a noisy area and want pro sounding audio...use what the pros use. Go with the cardioid pick up pattern, NOT the omni directional. Last week, I interviewed patrons in a noisy pub, Led Zeppelin was blaring in the background. When I cut up the audio for the story, it was barely there. The audio came out fantastic. I just bought my own just in case the station's were all checked out so I'll never be without my MD 46.

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                              5.0

                              Great Pro mic

                              By Night Stringers

                              from Portland Oergon

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Are there any

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Interviews
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                              This is a great mic has excellent sound .. A great mic for interviews ...... I'm a television news stringer I have to have a perfect mic well I found it in this mic.

                              I use it with a wireless transmitter I just plug the transmitter in the bottom and presto its a wireless mic. No cords to deal with.

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                              5.0

                              an interviewers friend

                              By B&H Guy

                              from Austin, Texas

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky/Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                              affordable high quality mic offers supreme rejection from background noises and most side noises. absolutely no power (phantom or PIP) is required for this mic to work efficiently.
                              The microphone is a little on the heavy side so get comfortable holding it before interviewing and get accustom to wearing headphones since there is handling noise but that would be the case for any microphone.

                              HIGHLY recommended

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                              5.0

                              Must buy for noisy places

                              By Josh

                              from New York

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • ENG
                                • Events
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                                I use this mic for noisy gyms and stadiums. I have no problems getting clear audio. It has a long handle so my mic flag fit and can hold it comfortably. It comes with a nice hard plastic case to store the mic in. It has a nice weight to it for holding for a long period of time. My only complaint is that it scratches easily.

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                                5.0

                                Great Interview Mic

                                By DSPhoto

                                from Phoenix

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MD 46 - Dynamic ENG Microphone:

                                  Low hiss. Voices are crisp and clear. Excellent low end

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