Sennheiser MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)

B&H # SEMKH8040ST MFR # 506290
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Product Highlights

  • Cardioid Pattern
  • Modular Design
  • Ideal for General Recordings
  • Includes Capsule and XLR Module

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The MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone from Sennheiser is a stereo set of professional low-profile condenser microphones for capturing vocals, instruments and ambiance in recording and sound reinforcement applications. The modular design consists of the MKHC-8040 cardioid capsule and the MZX-8000 XLR module output stage.

The cardioid capsule minimizes feedback and off-axis audio. The symmetrical transducer with two back-plates yields extremely low distortion. The wide frequency response provides exceptional detail and transparency. With its pristine audio quality and compact design the MKH-8040 is great for many applications.

Cardioid Pickup
The cardioid polar pattern yields a generous pickup area while minimizing off-axis noise and feedback.
Modular Design
The modular design consists of the MKHC-8040 cardioid capsule and the MZX-8000 XLR module output stage.
Symmetrical Transducer
The capsule features a symmetrical transducer with two back-plates resulting in extremely low distortion.
Wide Frequency Response
A wide frequency response of 30Hz to 50kHz ensures accurate reproduction of instruments, ambiance, vocals, etc.
UPC: 615104131453
In the Box
Sennheiser MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)
  • 2 x MKH 8040 Microphone Heads
  • 2 x MZX 8000 XLR Module for MKH-8000 Capsules
  • 2 x MZQ-8000 Standard Microphone Clip for MKH-8000 Microphones
  • 2 x MZW-8000 Windscreen for MKH8000 Series Microphones
  • Aluminum Transport Case
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser MKH-8040ST specs

    Analog Performance
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Range 35 Hz to 50 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 13 dB A-Weighted
    22 dB CCIR
    Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL
    Impedance 25 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3.3 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Operating Temperature 14.00 to 140.00°F / -10 to 60°C
    Length 2.95" / 75 mm
    Diameter 0.75" / 19 mm
    Weight 1.94 oz / 55 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 7.9 x 3.6"

    Sennheiser MKH-8040ST reviews

    MKH-8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb transparent precision These are exquisite gems. Their finish, numbered, solidity promote them to pride of place in my microphone cabinet. They are small and, in conjunction with their purpose-made mic stands, look divine when they actually get in shot. In action they are so true that I am at a loss where to or how to equalise or improve the recording - they are so true and transparent. They are enormously versatile having used them for the clash, ride and high hat in a drum kit. My favourite use for them is above an open grand piano where hardly any post-production was later necessary. Quite incredible mics.
    Date published: 2009-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crisp and Clear My purchase was for the intention of outdoor Nature recordings, These are near perfect matched pair with very good ambient pick up when configured in an ORTF stereo between 90 & 110 degree axis. The recordings are as near perfect to what you hear on site while recording, with almost no coloration added by the microphones. Being an RF type Cardioid design they can handle the great outdoor environment with little worry. The pair also performs extremely well with indoor setups, for instruments or voice microphones with low self noise, non-intrusive coatings, about 3 inches in length you can fit them in to almost any situation. Set comes with foam covers, Mic Holders, and a nice lockable carry case, and of course Sennheiser's Top Quality performance guarantee.
    Date published: 2016-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for choral recording I use the MKH-8040ST set with Korg MR-1000 recorder for organ and choral concerts. Small size, and extended frequency response on both ends of audio spectrum results in very accurate recordings. No negatives come to mind.
    Date published: 2008-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly Perfect These mics have remarkable clarity and response, and are well worth the price. My chief complaint is the self-noise at higher frequencies; while they do indeed capture sources up to 50kHz, it is bathed in noise that, when pitched down, is an audible wash around anything that was recorded. It's countered well enough with some heavy noise reduction, but the extra steps involved easily knock off a star in this rating.
    Date published: 2018-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend these microphones Absolutely love these little microphones! I use them for recording sound effect and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the sound. They are crisp but yet amazing on what they pick up in the bass frequency. They were actually a little smaller than I realized they would be but that is actually good. Very happy with these microphones.
    Date published: 2017-10-30
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