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Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic

B&H # SEMKH416P48 MFR # MKH416-P48
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Product Highlights
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern

The MKH 416 transformerless, RF condenser is designed as a combination of pressure gradient and interference tube microphones. Very good feedback rejection, low proximity effect, 130 dB/SPL. Rugged and resistant to changing climate conditions. Ideal for boom, fishpole, and camera mounting.

Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb all-around microphone for film, radio and television, especially for outside broadcast applications.

Interference Tube Principle
Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube
Employs RF-technology to control residual microphone noise. Optimizing the transducer's acoustic impedance results in a further improvement in low noise performance.
The RF-design yields exceptionally low noise levels and is virtually immune to humidity and moisture.
The comparatively low RF-voltage across the elements of the transducer also eliminates arcing and DC-bias creeping currents.
Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency, above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern
Very low inherent self-noise
High sensitivity
Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions
Matt black all-metal body
Increased directivity
Optimum S/N ratio
Lower gain on input channels required
Lowest noise and greatest signal stability
Highly immune to humidity in all conditions. Extremely stable.
Visually "low key"
Transducer Pressure Gradient/Interference Receiver Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid/Lobar
Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 KHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 117 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level 130 dB, (@ 1 KHz)
Sensitivity 25 mV/Pa +/- 1dB
Power Requirements Phantom Power 48v, (± 12v)
Output Impedance Nominal Impedance: 25 Ohms
Minimum Terminating Impedance: 800 Ohms
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off None
Applications Film, Radio and Television, Especially for Outside Broadcast Applications.
Dimensions 9.84 x 0.74 (250 x 19mm) LxDiameter
Weight 5.82 oz. (175 g)
Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic
  • MZW-415 - Foam Windscreen
  • MZQ100 Quick Release for K3U, MD409 and MKH-416
  • Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SennheiserMKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic
     
    4.8

    (based on 87 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (73)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (73)
    • Durable (59)
    • Lightweight (50)
    • Easy to use (44)
    • Long lasting (39)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional (70)
      • Productivity (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (37), Gearhead (33), Technically challenged (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (67), Personal (12)

      Reviewed by 87 customers

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      5.0

      Nice and a clean sound

      By Rhino Huang

      from Taiwan

      About Me Soundman

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Film
        • Professional

        Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

        Nice sound and can pick up a clean voice during fimming.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        A Solid Workhorse, Has Never Let Me Down

        By Scadgrad

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

          The MKH-416 was recommended by a sound professor in graduate film school as a mic that I would have for a very long time, that sounded great, and was extremely versatile. My professor was right! I have used this mike in many Indie film productions and it has never let me down. It is also a very good value. I performed several tests of its off-axis sound rejection, and was VERY pleased. Much better than a similar, less expensive mic from "down under". That mic was very good, this one is excellent.

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          • Business

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          4.0

          Very good mic

          By Deborah

          from Gainesville, Florida

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • External Audio Capture
          • Professional

          Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

          I bit the bullet and purchased this mic as a result of rave reviews to use for several days of filming events that I cannot mic the participants. My hope was that I could be far enough away in case I could not set up close, to capture decent audio. Well, my plan was sound but I think I expected this mic to be able to work miracles. I found that about 6 feet away is the limit you can capture excellent sound (closer is better), and from there audio quality diminished in a linear fashion. About 15 feet is the maximum for acceptable audio, after that you might as well go with your camcorder's audio.
          That said, the audio captured in its range is truly awesome as promised. It is forgiving in its bore aim, being a short shotgun mic, which I find best for my uses. I am looking forward to improving the audio quality in my video productions with this mic for many years to come.

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          • Personal

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          5.0

          Industry standard

          By drummer_jeff

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

              I've worked for a production company/rental house for 17 years.
              The MKH 416 boom mic was a rental staple. Durable with quality sound.
              Now that I am freelance, I had to have this in my arsenal.

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              • Business

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              5.0

              Amazing sound

              By kidbklyn

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional

                Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                I use this for sound recording mostly of documentary interviews. I find that this provides a fantastic option for interviews in that there is no noise you get from a lavaliere mic. After testing several mice in different price ranges, this is far superior and worth the money.

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                • Business

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                5.0

                What a difference

                By Dangerous Dan

                from South Easton, MA

                About Me Tech Savvy

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                  We typically use a Lav mic for interviews, mainly because you can set it and forget it. If the subject moves around, great, just don't hit the mic. The sound quality is great. THEN, I bought this mic. We now use a boom stand or if the subject is moving, a boom pole. The tones are rich and true. Deep bass, clean highs and the mids are exactly where they should be. We plug this directly into an FS700. I know a PreMixer is optimal and maybe someday soon we'll step it up. The direction on this mic, if you're not used to a true shotgun mic, as I wasn't, is very narrow. You have to aim the mic in the exact direction of the voice source. Over the head or off to the side and you'll notice fair to poor quality. Hit the mouth, throat or chest region and it sounds simply amazing. We've used this indoors about a dozen times now and the quality was awesome, but just a little better than the lav mics we were using. Today we shot outside and it was windy. Cars whipping by in the background and ambient noise of lawnmowers, etc.. not a great scenario. The result was jaw dropping, as we properly positioned the shotgun, everything was pushed WAY back on the audio track and the voice came thru clean and rich. This was all with the stock windscreen that came with the mic. I know it'll sound even better with a dead cat.Strongly recommend this mic, it's built strong, has a flawless history and once you get used to positioning it, delivers the same sound you hear in TV shows and movies. I can't wait to see what it can do once I get a mixer.

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                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  6 Star rating out of 5 - The Best!!

                  By Jim aka Le Grand Fromage

                  from Highland Park, IL

                  About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Professional

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                    I use my 416 for Run and Gun, Studio, Interviews, TV. I have never found a reason to go to another mic unless I needed more than one mic; then I usually reach for another 416.

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                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    A proven winner

                    By scott

                    from atlanta

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                    This microphone has been consistent with my project. I am sunned over how well it picks up sound.

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                    5.0

                    The Best Mic

                    By Tom

                    from Kerala, India

                    About Me Location Sound Recordist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Location Sound For Film
                    • Professional

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                    I bought a Sennhiser MKH 416 with T Power in 1990 and i am still using it with out any problem after 24 years. None what so ever, it is probably the best Shotgun Mic money can buy.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    This Classic Continues to Shine

                    By Carl

                    from Savannah, GA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Off Axis Noise Rejection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor Booming
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                      I use the mic primarily for booming outdoors on Indy and student films. I was using the Rode short boom, but was not happy with the off axis noise rejection. I also thought I could do better on the overall sound quality. The Sennheiser has really delivered on both counts. It sounds great. I have not experienced any negatives. The cost is the cost: you get what you pay for.

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                      4.0

                      Great mic -- not perfect

                      By Sound Chaser

                      from Toronto, Canada

                      About Me Gearhead

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Great Sound Quality
                      • Industry standard
                      • Rugged All Weather Use

                      Cons

                      • Sibilance On Some Vocals
                      • Uneven Side Response

                      Best Uses

                      • Film
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                      Great mic for the price but, with a few short commings. This mic more than any other I know of has the unique ability to make the subject sound closer than they are. This is partially accomplished by a 'rising' frequency response. While the sound of the mic is excellent, this response also results in undue sibilance in some vocals. Anther peculiarity is the unevenness of side pickup. So end result, you really need to be "on axis" to get the proper sound.

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                      5.0

                      A powerful addition to your sound kit

                      By Videoman

                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                          As a videographer with 35+ years experience, I've tried just about every mic designed for professional boom operation, from the Neumann 82i to the Audio-Technica AT-897. For overall sound quality, dependability, affordability and service you just can't beat the MKH-416. The hyper-cardioid pattern is narrow but not too narrow. The noise is virtually non-existent. If you can only buy one mic for boom work, this should be it.

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                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Excellent microphone

                          By Kevin

                          from Pittsburgh, Pa

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                              produces crystal clear sound. I use this mic for independent film and video. this microphone has never let me down. I used this in the Pittsburgh 48hr film festival last year and we won the award for best sound design. I run this mic into a Wendt X3 mixer and they make a fantastic combination. Highly recommended microphone.

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                              5.0

                              Sounds Beautiful!

                              By Tall Chris, The Sound Guy

                              from Los Angeles

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                  I instantly recorded as much as I could when I got this. It's my first real shotgun after having a Rode NTG-2. No noise going through to my Zoom H6 either. I'm in love! Be careful about the size however. You need a small enough shock mount to work with this. I just adjusted mine with gaff tape and it works fine but don't be cheap like me!

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                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  One sweet mic

                                  By pkripper

                                  from portland, OR

                                  About Me Gearhead

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Great Sound Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                    Don't mess with anything else.

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                                    • Business

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                                    4.0

                                    Beautiful Microphone!

                                    By Drew

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Gearhead

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • Hard to Clean

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                    Biggest downside is that it's the P48 model, meaning all you DSLR users will NOT be able to plug and play. if you have a Zoom or other external recorder with phantom power, you should be fine. Something to think about!

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                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    a standard in the industry

                                    By northwind

                                    from beirut lebanon

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                      this 416 shotgun is used as a back-up for my schoeps cmit 5u, the 416 stands humidity, and will come handy in such cases , so, I am glad I have it now in my bag and I am sure I will use it.

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                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect shotgun for interviews

                                      By George Wiley

                                      from Indianapolis, IN

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                            We have been using the Rode NTG microphones for the last few years and have finally upgraded to the MKH-416. I've heard great things about this microphone but it wasn't until we shot with it that I was able to fully appreciate the mic. It's beautiful!

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                                            • Business

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                                            5.0

                                            Industry Standard

                                            By Dave the Mixer

                                            from NYC

                                            About Me Audio professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                            • A Little Flat

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional
                                            • Vo

                                            Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                            Its either this or a U-87 for voice over recordings. And the 416 is a lot more forgiving.

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                                            • Business

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent Microphone

                                            By thejustinbyrne

                                            from New York City, NY

                                            About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Presentations
                                              • Professional

                                              Comments about Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic:

                                              When I read that this Mic had the "film sound" I took it with a grain of salt, but after firing it up and using it on a dozen shoots, I can report that that is in fact the case. The sound is remarkably clear, and the mic requires terribly little babysitting. It even sounds awesome hooked up to a cheap zoom. I can't recommend it enough. I just want one more of these. The included wind screen isn't enough for adverse weather conditions, but under normal circumstances it's more than sufficient.

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