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Sennheiser MKH 8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)

BH #SEMKH8040ST • MFR #506290
Sennheiser MKH 8040 Compact Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Stereo Set)
Key Features
  • Cardioid Pattern
  • Modular Design
  • Ideal for General Recordings
  • Includes Capsule and XLR Module
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.
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Sennheiser MKH-8040 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Cardioid Pickup
  • 3Modular Design
  • 4Symmetrical Transducer
  • 5Wide Frequency Response

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 30 Hz to 50 kHz ensures accurate reproduction of instruments, ambiance, vocals, etc.
UPC: 615104131453

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Specs

Microphone
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid
OrientationEnd Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenFoam (Included)
Performance
Frequency Range30 Hz to 50 kHz
Maximum SPL142 dB SPL
Impedance25 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity-34 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level13 dB A-Weighted
22 dB CCIR
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption3.3 mA
Physical
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 0.75 x L: 2.95" / ø: 19 x L: 75 mm
Weight1.94 oz / 55 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.8 x 8.05 x 3.5"

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Reviews

A great mic but with possible reliability issues

By Nicholas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-23

I've used a pair of MKH8040's and a pair of MKH8020's for several years for classical music recording. They are uncolored and have very low distortion, low noise and exceptionally-wide bandwidth. The mics I own have been very carefully handled and never have been exposed to high humidity or any temperature extremes. They have only been used with high-end mic pres (Grace Design) and have always had phantom power turned off when connecting or disconnecting. However, ALL four of the mics have developed intermittent noise bursts which were traced to defective internal grounding of the mic capsules and internal FM modulation electronics. All were eventually repaired under warranty by Sennheiser-Germany, but this experience has not inspired confidence in their reliability. Now, whenever I uses these on-location, I make sure that I have another set of back-up mics. If you use these for any mission-critical applications, I'd recommend bringing along a pair of Schoeps, just in case. That's what I do. I personally know of at least three other audio engineers who have experienced the same issues as I have.

Highly recommend these microphones

By Louis Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-30

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.

Crisp and Clear

By Dwight
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-28

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.

Superb transparent precision

By JustinJames
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2009-08-20

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.

Excellent for choral recording

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2008-05-26

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.

natural uncolored detail

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-21

I am a classical trumpeter and former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The BSO currently uses the Sennheiser 8040 for recording the brass section and the were recommended by a friend who is one of the recording engineers for the orchestra so I tried a pair. For my purpose in my space and set up in the ORTF configuration they give me the most accurate clean sound of any mics I have tested and are perfect for my purpose.

Nearly Perfect

By Matt
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-16

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.

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