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.