The John Madden Starter Kit


Sennheiser HMD25-XQ Headset with SuperCardioid MicHave you ever dreamed of becoming a professional sports commentator? Do you constantly chatter about the activity on the field when you watch sporting events? Do you drive your family and friends crazy with your armchair sportscasting? Maybe it's time you started taking your untapped skills more seriously. In this post I'll show you the most commonly used tool in sportscasting, and give you tips on how to train for the big leagues.

The number one headset used in sports casting is the Sennheiser HMD25-XQ. It has an incredibly tough build quality, and it's famous for providing excellent rejection of ambient sound. When the underdog team scores the winning point in the final moments of a game and the stadium filled with fans erupts into screams of victory, you'll still be able to accurately monitor your voice and cues from the producer through the HMD25-XQ. Take a close look at this headset. You'll recognize it the next time you're watching a major sporting event.

Sennheiser HMD25-XQ Headset with SuperCardioid Mic

One of the ways you can start training to become a professional sports caster is to buy one of these headsets and wear it for the duration of a professional sporting event. The HDM25-XQ headphones used in sportscasting are very similar to the Sennheiser HD-25-1 II headphones (which are popular for DJ'ing). The HD-25-1 II do not have a microphone. A byproduct of the build quality and noise rejection of these headsets is that they're extremely tight. I once bought a pair of HD-25-1 II's for my home studio, and I couldn't take how tightly they fit over my fat head. I always feel a great deal of respect for famous broadcasters who endure entire games with these headsets clamped to their heads.

The HDM25-XQ features a supercardioid dynamic microphone that also does s great job of rejecting ambient noise.  If you've ever watched a professionally broadcast sporting event, chances are you're already familiar with how good this microphone sounds. The mic is optimized for picking up intelligible speech. This model features a balanced XLR connector for the microphone, and a 1/4" stereo jack to connect the headphones.

So there you have it, the sportscaster's secret weapon! In the event that future sports broadcasting legends are reading this post, what advice would you give them to help them succeed in their career?