Video Chat with a Pro Audio Expert - Live

Sennheiser MKH418S - Stereo Shotgun Microphone

BH #SEMKH418S • MFR #MKH418S
Sennheiser MKH418S - Stereo Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Shotgun Mic Ideal for Stereo Recordings
  • Dual-Capsule Design for Recording in M/S
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 130 dB SPL
The Sennheiser MKH 418S professional stereo shotgun microphone incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement, within the Left / Right Stereo field.
In Stock
$1,699.00
$142/mo. suggested payments for 12 Mos.
with the credit card.§ 
Protect Your Gear
Add a protection plan from $235.99
Ask Our Experts
212.465.0191

Sennheiser MKH 418-S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2M/S Technique
  • 3Incorporates Dual Microphones
  • 4Dual Channel Output

The Sennheiser MKH 418S professional stereo shotgun microphone incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement, within the Left / Right Stereo field.

The MKH 418S features 2 independent acoustic systems for generating the mid and side signals. The mid (M), or mono signal is generated using an internal shotgun microphone. With its frequency range of 40 Hz to 20 kHz, the shotgun accurately reproduces audio with extreme focus, emphasizing pick up of signals at the direct-axis section (front). The shotgun also rejects signal at the off-axis sections (sides) of the microphone, minimizing noise and further strengthening the pick up area. The Side (S), or stereo signal is generated using a separate, internal microphone system that features a figure-of-eight polar pattern. This system is responsible for reproducing the spacial character needed for accurate placement of signal within the stereo field. It can also handle 130 dB of SPL. 

The output features a 5-pin XLR male connection, capable of sending the separate signals of each internal microphone system to discrete channels of a console, field mixer, recorder or matrixing system. Each internal microphone requires +48V phantom power, supplied via two Sennheiser MZA 14 P48 battery power supply units, or any mixer capable of supplying at least 2 discrete channels of phantom power.

M/S Technique
The MKH 418S incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement.
Incorporates Dual Microphones
An internal shotgun microphone is used to capture the "mid" signal, a separate element with a figure-of-eight polar pattern is integrated for the "side" signal.
Dual Channel Output
5-pin XLR male output is capable of sending signals of each internal microphone system to two discrete channels of a console, field mixer, recorder or matrixing system.
UPC: 615104052840

Sennheiser MKH 418-S Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Shotgun Mic
Element Type
2x Condenser
Polar Pattern
Figure-8 / Supercardioid / Lobar
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Maximum SPL
130 dB SPL
Analog Output
1x XLR 5-Pin Male
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
Audio for Video, Location Sound, Field Recording
Form Factor
Shotgun Mic
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals
Sound Field
Mono / Stereo
Element Type
2x Condenser
Polar Pattern
Figure-8 / Supercardioid / Lobar
Pad
No
High-Pass Filter
No
Gain Adjustment
No
Performance
Frequency Range
40 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Maximum SPL
130 dB SPL
Impedance
1000 Ohms
Load Impedance
1 Kilohms
Sensitivity
25 mV/Pa / 10 mV/Pa (1 kHz)
Equivalent Noise Level
Supercardioid: 14 dB A-Weighted
Figure-8: 22 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 5-Pin Male
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
48 V
Physical
Color
Black
Mounting Thread Size
No Mount Included
Construction Material
Brass
Dimensions
ø: 0.7 x L: 11" / ø: 19 x L: 280 mm
Weight
0.5 lb / 220 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.9 x 5.4 x 2.9"

Sennheiser MKH 418-S Reviews

See any errors on this page? Let us know

Does it include the y cable?

Does it include the y cable?
Asked by: James
No, the Sennheiser MKH418S does not include the Sennheiser ACS5 5-pin XLR Female to Dual XLR Male Y Cable (BH #SEACS5).
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2023-03-21

Use as a dual purpose field mic: I shoot a ...

Use as a dual purpose field mic: I shoot a considerable amount of interviews/news where a normal mono mic (416) is all that is required. Every so often however, I find myself needing to record a musical performances or needing a audience mic (ENG style, not for critical listening) where having a stero mic would help. How well does this mic work in mono mode? Does it work/sound as good as the 416 when just utilizing the center element? I have a 552 field mixer, so dual phantom power isn't an issue. I guess I would need to find a boom cabled for 5 pin XLR, any suggestions?
Asked by: Matthew
Yes, this mic will sould as good as the 416 when in mono mode. The specifications are nearly identical, and the tonal quality will be the same. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/308955-REG/Remote_Audio_CAXSTE25_5_Pin_Stereo_XLR_Female.html
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-05-07

question

Does it fit the DPA RYCOTE WINDSHIELD RWK4017B??
Asked by: Pamela C.
The Sennheiser microphone is several inches longer than the DPA and will not fit this windshield.This would be the appropriate Rycote Windshield kit:Rycote Modular Windshield WS 4 Kit (XLR-5F) B&H # RYMWS4STKIT
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Shorter than 25 ft of 5-pin XLR cables?
Asked by: Mike T.
We have several 5 pin XLR cable options available for Special Order in lengths below 25 feet. https://bhpho.to/2p6St3n
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I need to shout live music performances in ...

I need to shout live music performances in varying stage and acoustics. Want hi quality sound using a Sony XHR-NX80, Best Mic?
Asked by: Greg
You can use the Sennheiser MKH418S Stereo Shotgun Microphone with your camera if you want an on-camera mic to record live music.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2023-02-26

Is it good for folly too ?

Is it good for folly too ?
Asked by: Gurprasad
Yes the MKH418S is an excellent model to consider for foley recording.
Answered by: David M
Date published: 2019-03-14
  • y_2024, m_5, d_28, h_3CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.42
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_6
  • loc_en_US, sid_283358, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HAS_STAFF_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo