Sennheiser Esfera 5.1 Complete Surround System

Sennheiser Esfera 5.1 Complete Surround System

Sennheiser Esfera 5.1 Complete Surround System

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Product Highlights

  • For Broadcast, Recording, and Post
  • SPM 8000 Stereo Microphone
  • 35 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • SPB 8000 Processing Unit
  • Basket Windshield
  • Suspension and Pistol Grip
  • Hairy Cover
  • Stereo Cable
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Built-In Compressor
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  • 1Description

The Esfera 5.1 Complete Surround System by Sennheiser is for capturing audio. It can be used in various environments to provide 5.1 surround from two channels of audio for applications such as studios, broadcast, live stage, theater, houses of worship, post production and more. The system consists of the SPM 8000 stereo microphone, and the SPB 8000 processing unit, that converts the signals of the microphones into a complete 5.1 audio signal.

The Esfera SPM 8000 stereo microphone features two RF condenser cardioid microphone capsules in XY configuration with a frequency response of 35 Hz to 20 kHz. When used in conjunction with the SPB 8000 central unit, the two microphones can create a 5.1 channel surround effect. The microphone is supplied complete with basket windshield, suspension with pistol grip, hairy cover and stereo cable (XLR-5 to 2x XLR-3).

The SPB 8000 processing unit converts the signals of the SPM 8000 stereo microphone into a complete 5.1 audio signal and also supplies 48V phantom power to the microphone. It features switchable input between analog and digital AES3 signals, switchable compressor, and has 4 programmable presets for storage of 5.1 surround parameters. The SPB 8000 is also adjustable via a web interface.

  • SPM 8000 Esfera Stereo Microphone

    For capturing audio, the SPM 8000 Esfera Stereo Microphone by Sennheiser makes complicated surround mic installations a thing of the past. This microphone can be used to provide 5.1 surround sound from two channels of audio, for applications such as recording, live sound, theater, rehearsals, and much more. It features two RF cardioid condenser microphone capsules in an XY configuration, with a frequency response of 35 Hz to 20 kHz each, and is powered by 48V phantom power. When used in conjunction with the SPB 8000 central unit, (sold separately) the two microphones can create a 5.1 channel surround effect. The microphone is supplied complete with basket windshield, suspension with pistol grip, "hairy" cover and stereo cable (XLR-5 to 2x XLR-3).

    Can be used as a stereo microphone or with the SPB 8000 as a compact 5.1 microphone
    Very natural and detailed sound
    The SPM 8000 is built to be durable and is weather-proof and rugged
    Exceptionally low inherent self-noise prevents masking of delicate sound structures
    Transformerless and fully floating balanced microphone outputs provide no coupling of spurious signals
    Supplied complete with basket windshield, suspension with pistol grip, hairy cover and stereo cable XLR-5 to 2x XLR-3
  • SPB 8000 Esfera Surround Sound Process Base

    The SPB 8000 Esfera Surround Sound Process Base by Sennheiser is for converting stereo microphone signals into 5.1 surround. It can be used in various environments when capturing audio in studios, live stage, theater, rehearsals, houses of worship, and more. The system consists of the SPM 8000 stereo microphone, (sold separately), and the SPB 8000 processing unit that converts the stereo signals of the microphone into a complete 5.1 audio signal. The DPB 8000 supplies the microphone with 48V phantom power, is input switchable between analog and digital AES3 signals and has a switchable compressor built-in. In addition it features 4 programmable presets for storage of 5.1 surround parameters. The SPB 8000 is adjustable via a web interface.

In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Suspension with Pistol Grip
  • Basket Windshield
  • Hairy Cover
  • Y Adapter Cable (XLR-5 Socket to 2x XLR-3 Connector)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • 3 x Mains Cables (US, EU, and UK Version)
  • Network Cable
  • 4 x Self-Adhesive Feet
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • SPM 8000 Esfera Stereo Microphone
    Frequency Response 35 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 142 dB
    Pick-up Pattern Cardioid
    Phantom Power 48 + 4 V (P48, IEC 61938)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C)
    Equivalent Noise Level DIN-IEC 651: 13 dB(A)
    CCIR 268-3: 22 dB
    Current Consumption 3.3 mA
    Sensitivity - 34 dbV/Pa (20 mV/Pa)
    Dimensions (L x Diam) 9.3 x 4.2" (237 x 106 mm)
    Weight 21 oz (595 g)
    24 oz (670 g) with hairy cover
  • SPB 8000 Esfera Surround Sound Process Base
    Microphone Inputs
    Impedance Approximately 4 kOhms, balanced
    Phantom Power 48 V, switchable
    Connection 2 XLR-3F sockets, transformerless balanced
    Power Supply
    Connector Mains: 3-pin, protection class I as per IEC/EN 60320-1
    Power Consumption Maximum 15 W
    Fuse 115 V AC: T 160 mA L 250 V, T 315 mA L 250 V
    Voltage Range 115 V / 230 V, 50/60 Hz
    Audio Characteristics
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.03% at 64 dBu: Gain: −12 dBFS at 1 kHz
    0.004% at 30 dBu: Gain: −12 dBFS at 1 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio CCIR 468: -82.6 dB, 64 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    CCIR 468: -106,1 dB, 30 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    A-weighted: -85.5 dB, 64 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    A-weighted: -109.3 dB, 30 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    Unweighted: -84 dB, 64 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    Unweighted: -104,3 dB, 30 dB gain at 48 kHz sampling rate
    Gain +64 dB (max)
    Dynamic Range 130.3 dB 30 dB gain (A-weighted)
    Crosstalk -70 dB at 10 kHz (-30 dBu input, 30 dB gain)
    Frequency Response Measured at AES3 Out 1/2:
    At 44.1 kHz Sampling Rate: 10 Hz-21 kHz
    At 48 kHz Sampling Rate: 10 Hz-22.5 kHz
    At 88 kHz Sampling Rate: 10 Hz-42 kHz
    At 96 kHz Sampling Rate: 10 Hz-45 kHZ
    Digital Inputs
    AES3 Input Channels L/R
    Connection 1 XLR-3F socket
    Digital Outputs
    AES3 Audio Outputs Channels L/R, C/LFE, SL, SR
    Sampling Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
    Bitrate 24 bits
    Format Professional
    Connection 3 XLR-3M sockets
    Ethernet
    Communication HTTP (POST request method), JSON-compliant
    Ports 80, 9050 with multicast
    Connection RJ 45 socket
    Firmware Updates Via HTTP
    Sync
    Word Clock Via input socket B (BNC)
    AES3 Input Clock: Via in socket D (XLR-3F)
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 19 x 11" (44 x 482 x 275 mm) depth with controls and sockets
    1.7 x 19 x 10" (44 x 482 x 260 mm) depth with sockets
    1.7 x 19 x 9.4" (44 x 482 x 240 mm) depth of housing
    Weight 8.6 lb (3.9 kg)

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