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Sennheiser MD-42 Dynamic Omnidirectional ENG Handheld Microphone

B&H # SEMD42 MFR # MD42
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You Pay: $199.95

The Sennheiser MD-42 is a rugged handheld microphone designed for electronic-news-gathering (ENG) and field production (EFP) applications. The dynamic capsule features an omnidirectional polar pattern and that ensures maximum intelligibility without having the microphone pointed directly at the talker. The rugged MD-42 is built to withstand the rigors of use on the road. Shock-mounted capsule ensures low handling noise. The MD-42 is a professional choice for interviews, live broadcasts and more.

Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
The omnidirectional polar pattern picks up audio accurately without pointing the microphone directly at the talker.
Rugged Construction
The MD-42 features a durable metal housing and shock mounted capsule for maximum protection against the rigorous use on the road.
Sound Inlet Basket
Protective sound-inlet basket lines the metal capsule and protects against wind noise.
Transducer Dynamic
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 40Hz to 18kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Input Sound Level Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Requirements Dynamic Microphone, No External Power Required
Output Impedance Nominal Impedance: 350 ohms
Min. Terminating: 1000 ohms
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Pad No
Low Frequency Roll-Off No
Dimensions 9.84 x 1.93 (250 x 49mm) (Length x Diameter)
Weight 12.69 oz (360 g)
Sennheiser MD-42 Dynamic Omnidirectional ENG Handheld Microphone
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    SennheiserMD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone
     
    4.3

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (9)
    • Great sound quality (7)
    • Simple use (4)
    • Long lasting (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional (7)
      • Productivity (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Microphone Check 1,2...1,2

      Simply Amazing. I use this Microphone for ENG, and interviews and it works great. In a crowed club with loud music blaring from the speakers I was able to conduct an interview and...Read complete review

      Simply Amazing. I use this Microphone for ENG, and interviews and it works great. In a crowed club with loud music blaring from the speakers I was able to conduct an interview and I caught every word the person said in the mic. I like the quality and it has that professional look.. Better than the hammer. I think most people use the hammer only because it's free of any logo or product tag. But if you read the fine print of any audio product no rights are needed to use the item during regular use. So as long as you are not talking of the product in general there is no clearance needed to use the product. This mic has the word Sennheiser written on the side and trust me they would love for other's to see you using their product. Out with the hammer (i.e. Electro Voice RE50/B) in with the Sennheiser MD-42

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I'll keep it but I'm not impressed...

      Let's start with the best feature: The handling noise on this mic's body when people touch is minimal. Pretty quiet on people's hands at wedding interviews which usually they GRASP the mic and squeeze...Read complete review

      Let's start with the best feature: The handling noise on this mic's body when people touch is minimal. Pretty quiet on people's hands at wedding interviews which usually they GRASP the mic and squeeze its body (I'll never understand this)...Plus, I put a film protection on the mic's body (tube). Ohh no...Nobody's gonna scratch my Sennheiser!

      NO windscreen?? No XLR cable? No Stand mounting clip?? For the price it costs that's not cool. Had to buy everything separate! Most mics come with these items included, at least the screen foam and the stand clip.

      Now...This mic doesn't sound too far superior than my 39 Dollar Shure PG-48. That's right! (5 times the price of my Shure PG-48!)The Sennheiser MD42 in treble, mid range and crispness is nearly IDENTICAL to the Shure PG-48 either connected to a Mackie Mixer or a Sony UWP-V6 wireless on camera's XLR. The PG48 has even more bass response than the MD-42 by 20db. The only thing that is different is that the MD42 captures equal sound between two people and you don't need to speak too close while the PG 48 is NOT a omni directional and requires more proximity to mouth, however, with an omni directional mic you can't easily isolate loud background noise. If that's what you need, get the Shure PG-48 or the Sennheiser MD-46.

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      5.0

      Stic mic for on air talent

      By Hayzens Productions

      from Greensboro

      Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

      Im really impressed with the sound quality. Crisp and clear not muddy at all.

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      4.0

      Better than most!

      By Paco

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Detailed Sound
      • Durable
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Professional looking

      Cons

      • A Bit Heavy After A While
      • Hard To Keep In Pocket

      Best Uses

      • Event videography
      • Interviews
      • Professional

      Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

      A good handheld mic is a must for ALL event/lifestyle videographer- I had a Shure mic and it was ok but not very clear-I tried other Sennheiser mics but their cardiod pattern was too much for my work...I finally got my hands on a MD-42 and I can honestly say that voices sound much fuller and detailed-for a dynamic mic this is very good. It won't beat a condenser studio mic but it's very good. Coupled with a wireless system (G2) it really makes me feel very sure I will get the soundbites I need. It feels solid and the length it's perfect.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I'll keep it but I'm not impressed...

      By AVP

      from Alpha Centaury A

      About Me Pro Cinema Video

      Pros

      • Low Handing Noise

      Cons

      • No Good On Wind
      • Too Light

      Best Uses

      • Omni Directional Recordin
      • Professional

      Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

      Let's start with the best feature: The handling noise on this mic's body when people touch is minimal. Pretty quiet on people's hands at wedding interviews which usually they GRASP the mic and squeeze its body (I'll never understand this)...Plus, I put a film protection on the mic's body (tube). Ohh no...Nobody's gonna scratch my Sennheiser!

      NO windscreen?? No XLR cable? No Stand mounting clip?? For the price it costs that's not cool. Had to buy everything separate! Most mics come with these items included, at least the screen foam and the stand clip.

      Now...This mic doesn't sound too far superior than my 39 Dollar Shure PG-48. That's right! (5 times the price of my Shure PG-48!)The Sennheiser MD42 in treble, mid range and crispness is nearly IDENTICAL to the Shure PG-48 either connected to a Mackie Mixer or a Sony UWP-V6 wireless on camera's XLR. The PG48 has even more bass response than the MD-42 by 20db. The only thing that is different is that the MD42 captures equal sound between two people and you don't need to speak too close while the PG 48 is NOT a omni directional and requires more proximity to mouth, however, with an omni directional mic you can't easily isolate loud background noise. If that's what you need, get the Shure PG-48 or the Sennheiser MD-46.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good mic, as described

      By [@]

      from NY, NJ

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Den
        • Presentations
        • Productivity
        • Professional

        Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

        Sennheiser has a good mic here. I recommend it!

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So far the mic works well

        By mastmind

        from Brookline, NH

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Presentations
          • Productivity

          Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

          We have used this mic on several ouside shoots and so far it works great for interviews handheld. the mic does a pretty good job at directional, the audio quality is not bad at all, better than a boom, not very noisey handling wise but not as crisp as some lapel mics, but then again it al depends on what you are using it for, this mic is great for run and gun interviews.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Microphone Check 1,2...1,2

          By A.J. Miller

          from West New York, NJ

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

          Simply Amazing. I use this Microphone for ENG, and interviews and it works great. In a crowed club with loud music blaring from the speakers I was able to conduct an interview and I caught every word the person said in the mic. I like the quality and it has that professional look.. Better than the hammer. I think most people use the hammer only because it's free of any logo or product tag. But if you read the fine print of any audio product no rights are needed to use the item during regular use. So as long as you are not talking of the product in general there is no clearance needed to use the product. This mic has the word Sennheiser written on the side and trust me they would love for other's to see you using their product. Out with the hammer (i.e. Electro Voice RE50/B) in with the Sennheiser MD-42

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Durable Field Mic

          By Chris

          from San Clemente, CA

          About Me Gearhead

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Simple Use

          Cons

          • big

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

          A nice durable hand mic. I use for shooting with my Sennheiser G2 wireless system. Never had any major problems with it. My only complaint would be that it is a bit long, but it wouldn't stop me from purchasing it.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          4.0

          Pretty durable and good quality sound

          By Saraswa

          from Newark

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Long Lasting
          • Simple Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Productivity

            Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

            We use it for classroom teaching with high school kids, it can withstand the pressure and the sound quality is pretty good.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            Great Product, Good Price

            By Kaiser the YouTuber

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Simple Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

                We use this mic with our HVX200 and our Sennheiser ENG100 G2 microphone system. Great stick mic. Would absolutely buy again.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Recommend it.

                By Sal

                from Torrance, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • No controls

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

                I use it with the wireless adapter. A little heavy but very rugged. I throw the item in a bag with other items. Be sure to get a foam cover for the head. Have your interviewer practice the distance so you can tune your sound level or you will get fuzzy sound.

                I would buy again.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Great Quality Mic

                By Derek

                from Simi Valley, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Long Lasting
                • Simple Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Sennheiser MD-42 ENG Handheld Microphone:

                  I use this mic along with a wireless adaptor to record interviews. It is a very rugged mic, it feel very sturdy and and i don't have to worry about it being handled a little rough. The recorded audio is also quite good.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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