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SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 77 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (49)
  • Easy to use (40)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Compact (27)
  • Durable (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (33)
  • Outdoor events / games (24)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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

an excellent and elegant solution

By Mark McBeth Projects

from San Francisco CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

The MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone is amazing and fits well with the compact size of my Canon XA30. I shoot a lot of black box theater performances and this mic gives me the quality I need without overwhelming the limited physical space I am often given to work in. Highly recommended.

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5.0

Excellent shotgun microphone for the $$$

By Brendan Chou

from Walnut, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

This mic gets me great audio quality when plugged in a Zoom H1 through the KA 600 adapter. Very low noise floor, great sounding audio. The shock mount that comes with it is not the best.

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5.0

Great mic, very versatile.

By Ash from Appleton

from Appleton, wi

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

I have only used it on a few gigs but mic is extremely responsive and great for ambient as well as on the boom pole. A friend of mine researched the best mic for me and came up with this option. I am a wedding videographer and I really like the compact design and great German design. Alles Gut!!

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5.0

Great Sound

By fastfreddy

from New York, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

    Use this mic with my Sony Pro camcorder. Its audio quality and build are absolutely top shelf and at a very affordable price. I will be purchasing two more in the near future for my other camcorders

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    5.0

    Worth the price

    By TheWinkman

    from Washington state

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

    This guys truly awesome! Clean, clear and crisp audio is always attainable even in the craziest environments like concerts and loud social gatherings.

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    5.0

    Great mic

    By Mike

    from State College, Pa

    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

    I use this mic while filming with my d750. Great sound, and low noise. A lot of complaints about picking up wind, but I didn't have that problem with only the supplied windscreen. Worth it.

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    5.0

    The up grade!

    By BC

    from Tampa, Fl.

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Cleanly top of the line Quality. No conflicts sorry no story here. It's great.

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      4.0

      Good Value

      By BD

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Interviews
      • Video Production

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Great budget shotgun microphone. If you don't have the budget for one of its more expensive brothers, this is a wonderful option. I use it for corporate interviews and have been very pleased so far.

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      5.0

      Clean, Crisp, Natural Sound. Used with Canon XF205.

      By John

      from San Ramon

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        Purchased in late Sept 2015. The purchase included both camera mic mount rubber rings plus a separate shockmount kit to mount onto the shoe mount as an accessory. Both pro fittings. Used to record ambient sound inside a house of worship with the Canon XF205 video camera supplying 48v Phantom power.
        Very crisp and clean for 95% of what event, ENG, RnG sound capture needs are. Used auto and manual and the mic worked perfect with both settings. Added balanced house mix to another channel and it sounded great together. Just like you were in the room. Looking forward to nature recording near water (ocean or river).
        Full audible frequency range sensitivity with a nice pleasing tone. I also like the fact that the supplied foam windshield does not advertise the brand name! Nice and black - simple and clean.

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        5.0

        fantastic product

        By Pcvideo.

        from Rio de Janeiro Brazil

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          The best

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          5.0

          Professional sound, awkward for camera-top use

          By Jim the Runner

          from Des Moines, Iowa

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Long

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          Before you buy, you should know that this microphone is enormous compared to the various Rode videomics, it extends over both ends of my D810 and 24-70 with the lens hood and I have to kind of duck under it to see the LCD. Otherwise it's pretty great but could probably benefit from a preamp.
          What makes this mike a better choice than the alternatives is that it renders voices with a very "professional" sound; I don't know how else to describe it, it just sounds like NBC or Universal rather than a cheap local commercial.
          Of course it sounds MUCH better when you get it off the camera, so buy a boom pole at the same time.

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          5.0

          Well worth the Price

          By G

          from NYC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independentcommercial

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

            I stopped in to B&H to talk to a few store associates on getting sound advice. Needed a shot gun and had a price range up to $. Had an old $ cheapo that I could finally begin hearing why it was the price it was.After listening to all of the mics in this price range, including the Rode I came in to buy - I very happily found the sound quality of this mic to be superb for the price range. Sennheiser doesn't make cheap mics - but this one is (price wise). Love the sound - clients love the sound - and I didn't have to spend 3k to get there.Use it right, and you will love this.

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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

              About Me Experienced

              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

                    About Me Experienced

                    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

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            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

                              About Me Experienced

                              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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