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SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (42)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Easy to use (35)
  • Compact (25)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (28)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best audio of video choice I've made

I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio...Read complete review

I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio more natural-sounding. I initially looked into the Rode Videomic series, but I knew that I wanted to us it in boomed situations as well as on-cam, so I ruled them out early because they are less-than-ideal for that context. So,knowing that I wanted an XLR mic, I then looked at the Rode NTG series. After listening, I found the Rodes to be decent, but a bit too tinny or thin-sounding. A lot of people who talked about the Rodes also talked about the MKE-600, so I listened to some clips recorded with this mic. Immediately, I hear the full-bodied sound, warmth and clarity for which I was searching.I purchased it from B&H about 2 months ago and, as mentioned, I use the MKE-600 in a boom and as an on-cam mic. When boomed, I plug into my Tascam DR-60D (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H), through which I monitor with its headphone out and send audio to my Rebel T4i with its "camera output." I thought that I wasn't going to be able to get a clean sound recorded directly to the T4i. But I can get a very clean and full sound! It's all about gain structure. I simply max out the level of the "camera output" on the Tascam DR-60D and turn the T4i's audio input down to about 25%. This almost completely bypasses the DSLR's terrible audio preamp and all the sound recorded is from the Tascam. As an audio tech, I am very happy.When I use this on-cam, I plug directly into the T4i's mic input using the Kopul LMT-100 cable (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H). I believe this cable has an impedance-matching XFMR in it, but I'm not quite sure. I do know that, when using only this cable to connect the MKE-600 to my T4i, with the cam's audio input set to 50%, I get VERY clean, full-range sound. Again, as an audio tech, I am very happy.I love that I have the same single AA batt installed since day 1 and it is still going strong. I even left it on overnight once...I am not a fan of the shoe shock mount, but I still use it because it is adequate. Although I fear that it may not last very long. The jury is still out on the Senn version of the deadbeat. Not sure about my thoughts on that... Seriously, the best audio for video choice I've made. Second best if the Tascam DR-60D. I mount them all to the same rig using shoe mount rails. I mount the Tascam behind the camera instead of underneath it. This allows me to have everything in one neat and compact package.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No disappointments

I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic,...Read complete review

I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic, for the extra dollars its really worth it. Good, crisp, clean sound. Runs for days on a single AA battery. All in all it was exactly what I was looking for, something to pick up acceptable sound to sync with my dslr footage. I played around with the Rhode series and wasn't impressed, especially with the build quality. This mic is nicely built and looks saucy. The shock mount that comes with it is a joke, I went ahead and bought a Rycote mount for it and it is perfect. I do wish that it came with the xlr to male mini cable needed. I am very happy with this product, and while it is not perfect, it suits my needs beyond expectations. I first used this for a wedding and reception and was very pleased. Not the mic I would use for say filmmaking, but very good for capturing sound during a live event and interviews

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5.0

Performs as you'd expect

By NTexHiker

from Plano, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

    I usually use this on my Panasonic HC-X1000 camcorder as either the primary mic when using the built-in mic as secondary, or as secondary when I'm using a lav with a stand-alone recorder. It captures clean sound and has the benefit of either using phantom power or a AA battery in the tube. Comes with a nice pouch and just a foam windscreen. I've found that even activating the wind reduction switch is not enough to totally counter the effect of wind when just using the foam windscreen, but I won't ding it star for that -- my Rode Videomic suffers the same performance in the wind with just foam. Plan to buy a dead cat if you shoot outside in windy conditions. For the quality of sound, I consider this a good value.

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    5.0

    Great Mic

    By Alex

    from New York, NY

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        I use this Mic on my FS7 to shoot run and gun and the sound is nice and crisp, clear. Not much room echo.
        A great buy.

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        5.0

        Pleased

        By Mullen It Over

        from Laramie, WY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          This is my first shotgun microphone and thus far I'm pleased with the results. Clean sound, sturdy design, and a fairly good price. My only disappointment has been in customizing my Canon C100's mic holder to fit the MKE 600. (Which is more of a problem with the camera than it is the microphone).

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          4.0

          Good audio quality, bad if windy

          By Alexandra

          from New York

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

              I haven't had any problems with this mic except if it's really windy out. Then you have to buy an extra wind protection, otherwise the sound is unusable.

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              4.0

              I've used better. I've used much worse.

              By Brad

              from Cypress CA

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Interview
                • Student Films

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                I use the product for interview style shooting and short film production. This mic is great compared to many low price shotgun mics. I would definitely recommend it to someone working on a budget. You get good quality sound (not GREAT) that you can work with in post.

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                4.0

                Works very well

                By Just John

                from North Barrington, Il

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                  Used slightly but tried it on both xa20 and d800. Xa20 performed great through xlr. On the 800 is good but not spectacular. Still highly recommend

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                  5.0

                  Best Shotgun Mic For The Price

                  By Steve the sound guy

                  from Bethesda, MD

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                    I do a lot of professional sound mixing for films, TV shows and commercials. The MKE 600 is a great addition to the other mics I use. I was at B&H's store in NYC around the time the MKE 600 first came out. I was able to compare this mic to several much more expensive shotgun mics, and I was surprised how well it performed against the others. It is by far the best mic for the money you can buy, and a Sennheiser at that. It is especially perfect for amateur/novice users looking for a mic to use with DSLRs. It has very good directive capture and off axis rejection for a short shotgun mic. The low cut filter is a nice feature, and having battery power is key to save on phantom power. The sound wave it captures brings out the rich, deep tones of voice recordings you don't normally get from mics in this price range. I highly recommend this mic for novices and professionals as an addition to their sound kit.

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                    4.0

                    Fantastic Microphone

                    By Jeff

                    from Los Angeles

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                      Fantastic microphone. I didn't know what to expect, one of my soundie friends recommended it. When testing it, I wondering why I wasn't getting a great deal of signal, both phantom powered and AA powered, however I realized the microphone was only capturing sound within a specific range.

                      The audio came out crystal clear, and I was extremely impressed Great product. Low signal quality however.

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                      5.0

                      Sound Better than Rode NTG2

                      By Francky Studios

                      from Orlando, FL

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                          I'm freelance Filmmaker, I use this on short film, corporate and Television show. Battery power shotgun mic is must for me because, when i'm on location and don't have accesses to shure power, save me a lot battery when not using phantom power off the recorder.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Microphone for the Price!

                          By Jellico25

                          from San Antonio, TX

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            Great-sounding mic. Better and cheaper than more expensive models (I'm looking at you, ME66). Only time will tell, but because of the all metal construction I suspect it'll end up being more durable than other more expensive shotgun mics (again, I'm looking at you, ME66, with your plastic body that wears out after normal use).

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic Mic!

                            By Rick

                            from Allentown, PA

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                              I am amazed at how this shotgun mic picks up voices quite far from it. It is the best shotgun I have used and I highly recommend it.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome!

                              By Boy Hollywood

                              from La

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                              Great mic! Good price!

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                              5.0

                              Works great

                              By LC

                              from New York, NY

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording

                                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                Using this mic for a super low-budget short documentary project and it is working wonderfully for the price. Would definitely recommend.

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                                5.0

                                Clear, Full Sound

                                By SevereWX

                                from Dowling Park, FL

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                  I use this for recording sound when shooting videos with my Nikon D610 HD-DSLR. The mic has a wonderfully clear, full sound. It is not thin or midrangey sounding like a lot of shotgun mics tend to be.

                                  The construction quality of this mic is excellent, the fit and finish is superb. The overall design of the mic looks very professional.

                                  I use this with the Sennheiser MZH 600 windscreen with no loss in clarity.

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                                  5.0

                                  Simply Amazing Microphone

                                  By Tjake

                                  from Post Falls, ID

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                    I've had many shotgun mics but, this one is the BEST bar-none! I am very impressed with the sound quality even using ghost mic power. I've used it on a boom for product videos and the quality was better than the lav mic. Only drawback was the mic is super sensative and picked up the HVAC cooling fan but, was easily removed with soundbooth.

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                                    4.0

                                    unreal clarity

                                    By davepr

                                    from princeton

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                      dont know how people lived without these microphones!! highly recommended

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                                      4.0

                                      Couldn't ask for more

                                      By Cody

                                      from Albuquerque, NM

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                        Paired with a digital audio recorder and the appropriate accessories, this thing is an excellent production microphone for student filmmakers and videogaphy professionals alike. When used properly, this thing captures beautiful dialogue and works great for basic foley sounds as well.

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                                        5.0

                                        super claro y muy funcional

                                        By EPSTUDIO

                                        from BAyamon PR

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                          La calidad de esta marca es super increíble.Fue utilizada sin parar por tres días de producción y no se cambio de batería ni una ves

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                                          5.0

                                          THE Photojournalist Mic

                                          By Wanderlust17

                                          from CO

                                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                          It's Sennheiser. I plan to use on my Canon Mark 5D3 for interviews.

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                                          5.0

                                          "THE PERFECT SOLUTION"

                                          By Clyde

                                          from Atlanta, GA

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                              I bought this Sennheiser mic for shooting video with my Canon DSLR - EOS 60D - and must say that, as expected from Sennheiser, a company that has been manufacturing microphones for almost 70 years, it performs very well/easily, allowing the user to focus attention elsewhere. It runs on either phantom power or a single, AA battery, which provides approximately 800 hours of performance, while its "auto-off" feature assures conservation of the same. This mic also features a frequency-cut mode, which helps reduce low-end "boom" during windy, outdoor recording. So far, I've yet to experience any "downside" while using this mic, other than the overall limitations in frequency response that is characteristic of any "shotgun" microphone of this type.

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