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Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule

B&H # SEME66 Mfr # ME66
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Product Highlights
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • For K6 & K6P Power Supplies

The Sennheiser ME66 capsule is a popular short shotgun microphone for use with the K6 or K6P power supplies. The modular design of K6-series microphones provide the freedom to adapt compatible capsules when necessary. The ME66 capsule is sold separately to accommodate those who may already own either of the K6 power supplies.

The capsule features a highly directional, cardioid polar pattern yielding great attenuation at the sides of the microphone, maximizing pick up at the front. The result is a focused pick-up in highly ambient environments. A wide 40-20,000Hz frequency response provides detailed, accurate signal reproduction. Its short size allows camera mounting while remaining free of the frame.

Exceptional Noise Rejection
The capsule features a highly directional, cardioid polar pattern yielding great attenuation at the sides of the microphone, maximizing pick up at the front.
Wide Frequency Response
A wide 40-20,000Hz frequency response ensures detailed, accurate signal reproduction.
Compact Camera Mountable
The ME66's compact design allows mounting to video cameras and is at home in event videography, ENG / EFP use, video depositions, corporate media applications and film.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz, (+/- 2.5 dB)
Dynamic Range (Typical) 115 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 84 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 125 dB, (@ 1 kHz, THD = 1%)
Power Requirements Supplied by K6 or K6P Power Modules (Optional)
Output Impedance 200 Ohms (with K6)
Output Connectors Attaches (Screws-On) to the K6, or K6P Powering Module
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None on Capsule, Bass Roll-Off filter is Found on K6, or K6P Power Modules
Applications Field recording, interviews, film, video and broadcast production.
Dimensions 8.7 x .885" (221 x 22.5mm) LxDiameter
Weight 2.32 oz. (65 g)
Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    SennheiserME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule
     
    4.7

    (based on 74 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (52)
    • Durable (43)
    • Easy to use (37)
    • Great sound quality (31)
    • Good audio (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional (37)
      • Professional recording (19)
      • Outdoor events / games (11)
      • Performances (7)
      • Productivity (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (28), Experienced (24), Gearhead (10), Technically challenged (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (40), Personal (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great!

      I've been using the ME66/K6 for four years, and I bought it after using the 416. Admittedly, the 416 is warmer, cleaner and more directional. But for the consumer camcorder or...Read complete review

      I've been using the ME66/K6 for four years, and I bought it after using the 416. Admittedly, the 416 is warmer, cleaner and more directional. But for the consumer camcorder or wireless non-phantom plug-on, the ME66 works whereas the 416 won't. A lot of filmmaker forums criticize the ME66 in favor of the cheaper Rode NTG-2, which they claim is warmer.

      The ME66 is very warm, specs drop it down to 40hz. But where I live is extremely windy year-round, so I have to sacrifice that warmth by engaging the low-cut switch, something the 416 doesn't have, then wrap a Rycote Softie or blimp around it. I lose some bass, I'd say below 80hz is gone, but so is the wind. However, I can get some of that low-end back in post by adding EQ. It sounds stellar sans wind and is usable audio for pro or casual projects.

      The ME66 has very good rear and side rejection. At noisy political rallies for spot interviews and eavesdropping, words are distinct and isolated. Maybe not as "wow" as a Schoeps, but the ME66 is killer for documentaries.

      The K6 is quite hot, so watch those levels. For consumer camcorders with auto gain, if there's an attenuator option, use it. I do on my Canon. Generally, however, even if your camcorder doesn't have attenuation, hopefully the limiter will kick in before clipping.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good mic, a little thin

      I like the concept of the ME66/67 and K6 modular system.

      After trying out the mic in a few different environments, I decided to return for the 416. The ME66...Read complete review

      I like the concept of the ME66/67 and K6 modular system.

      After trying out the mic in a few different environments, I decided to return for the 416. The ME66 pattern was a tad too wide for me and the tone was thinner than I'd like.

      There's nothing wrong with the mic, it just doesn't suit my purposes as well as I hoped.

      Reviewed by 74 customers

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      5.0

      Super Smooth

      By Caroline

      from Washington D.C.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

          Super smooth sounds-- in a quiet room its got that intimate NPR feel. Great on the streets too- light and portable.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I wanted!

          By Kenny Couch

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

              After using on older version of this mic on a friends project I realized it was exactly what I need for my one man band interviews. I've used twice so far and love the audio quality. Great product for the price point.

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              5.0

              Boom Boom

              By voxelbomb

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Gearhead

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                Good solid boom mic, great sound. Use this for interviews and studio shots with either an operator or on a stand and no complaints.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Awesome

                By Photo Frank

                from Breckenridge colorado

                About Me Cinematographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                  I couldnt be happier!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  Works well with a video camera

                  By Dazzle

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great Sound Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Presentations
                    • Professional

                    Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                    First, I was not going to spend this kind of money for a mic. However, now that I have used it in the field, I must say it really works well. I use this on a Sony HDR-AX2000. The mic is a bit to small to fit in the mic holder so I put some black tape around it and it holds it very well. This mic is very very directional which is what you want when you shoot video. When you listen to the sound with head phones it is very sharp. I did find if you touch the cable that extends from this you can hear it in the head phones. So keep your hands off of this and it will work well.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    This is our Go-To mic for studio work

                    By Parks - Media guy

                    from Wilmington, NC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                      Clean mic captures the warmth of the voice we want when we are in-studio.
                      Great sound for the price.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      Great mic

                      By Lindy

                      from Los Angeles

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                          Used in video interviewing to get great sound

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Incredible Sound and Quality!

                          By john proctor

                          from new jersey

                          About Me Experienced

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                            This microphone has been the best purchase ever! I had a Rode NKG-2 and after a year and a hlaf the XLR connector begaun to pull out of the bottom. Then on it's final shoot upon disconnecting it, the wires pulled from the mic...and it ahsn't worked since. With this one having a seperate module for the battery I don't foresee this happening. not to mention the different sounds I am able to pick up on, and the extremely good clarity it provides. The Rode couldn't come close.

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                            5.0

                            Great sounding mic

                            By JLScott

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                Not much to say. I bought it based on reviews. Love the sounds it captures.

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                                5.0

                                Better than what came with the camera

                                By Behind the Camera Drew

                                from Round Rock, TX

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                  I had the opportunity to rent this mic to see if it would work with the productions I record. I was very pleased with the results. After figuring the annual total to rent vs. buying it outright, it was more cost effective to buy and own my mic and have use of it for years to come.

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product over and over

                                  By Al

                                  from East Moline, IL

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                    Best shotgun microphone on the market. I use it on my Sony pro camcorders. Great clear sound with perfect levels.

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                                    4.0

                                    Reliable Professional Microphone

                                    By Florida Doc Film

                                    from Miami, FLA

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                      Purchased this mircrophone with the intention of using it for documentary field production. It's dependable, reliable and delivers excellent results. Not the tone of a 416, but does the job.

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                                      4.0

                                      Sensitive

                                      By Aaron

                                      from Indianapolis

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video Interviews

                                        Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                        Not an audio pro, but so far this is doing what I want. (I do a lot of interviews where people are coming and going so using this as boom mic speeds up set up process.
                                        It is very sensitive, and allows me to drop the gain significantly on my camera and still picks up a strong signal.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Mic

                                        By Nick

                                        from CT

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                          Great mic for the money no issue or complains at all

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                                          5.0

                                          As expected, excellent

                                          By DGDC

                                          from Washington, DC

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                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional Recording

                                            Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                            Because I am building out from scratch I purchased this in a B&H boom kit. Love the kit.

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                                            5.0

                                            The standard for lower budget work

                                            By gk16blman

                                            from Lincoln, NE

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Events
                                              • Professional Recording

                                              Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                              There are of course several, higher microphones, out there. Used by many professional audio recordists. However, the ME66 is a really good microphone for the money. It is better than many on sound quality. Decent signal to noise and very good directionality. In post it is pretty easy to EQ as needed. At this price point, it is a micrphone you can actually get more than one if you are running a couple of different cameras on a shoot. Durable and reasonably affordable, it is the perfect step up away from those little directional mics that are placed on top of some many cameras.

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                                              5.0

                                              Good so far

                                              By ator

                                              from New York, NY

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Versatile

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Professional Recording

                                                Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                                Use with Zoom H4N & Canon 5Dm2
                                                clean audio, a bit bulky

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent Mic!

                                                By Chorder the Sound Recorder

                                                from Regina, SK

                                                About Me Experienced

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Clear Sound
                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Professional Recording

                                                  Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                                  Professional quality results from this mic, is as described.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Really sensitive, but selective

                                                  By Christian

                                                  from Florida

                                                  About Me Experienced

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Sound
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Events
                                                    • Field recording

                                                    Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                                    I've used this mounted on my Panasonic HVX and on a stand. It does a great job of getting only the sound you point it towards with minimal atmospheric sound (especially compared with the cameras built in mic). The sound is rich. It picks up the soft spoken very well. My only issues have been is in a really loud atmosphere, like a concert, I was not able to turn it down on my camera enough. At the lowest setting it was still overmodulating. In the future I would just move it further away from the source, this could also be a camera issue not a mic issue.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great results

                                                    By Pam

                                                    from near Flagstaff

                                                    About Me Experienced

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Sound
                                                    • Compact
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Breaks Easily

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Journalistic interviews

                                                    Comments about Sennheiser ME66 - Short Shotgun Mic Capsule:

                                                    I used the ME66 as a field recording microphone for journalistic interviews. I used it in conjunciton with a lavalier microphone to increase the richness of the voice in a sound recording. The ME66 was mounted on a boom pole and attached by xlr cable to a Zoom H4n. The resulting sound was exceptional. This is a good basic short shotgun microphone.
                                                    Like all condenser mics it is fragile and has to be handled with care. This makes it a bit tricky for field work. But the sound is worth the extra care in handling.

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