Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head

Sennheiser ME66 Supercardioid Mic Capsule with K6 Power Module Kit

Sennheiser ME66 Supercardioid Mic Capsule with K6 Power Module Kit

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  • K6 (Battery/Phantom) Power Supply
  • Short Shotgun Condenser Capsule
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Sennheiser ME66 overview

  • 1Description

The ME66 Supercardioid Mic Capsule with K6 Kit from B&H is a popular choice among video, film, and ENG/EFP professionals. The capsule features a highly directional, cardioid polar pattern, yielding great attenuation at the sides of the microphone while maximizing pickup at the front. The result is a focused pickup in highly ambient environments. A wide 40 - 20,000 Hz frequency response provides detailed, accurate signal reproduction. The kit also includes the K6 modular power supply. The K6 houses a standard AA alkaline battery and is also capable of accepting phantom power from outside sources. Its compact design allows for video camera mounting. The ME66 is at home in event videography, ENG and EFP use, video depositions, corporate media applications, and film.

  • Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head

    The Sennheiser ME 66 is a supercardioid shotgun condenser microphone designed to provide focused sound pickup for boom operators, sound engineers, and videographers in ENG, EFP, video and television production, broadcast, and interviews. Its supercardioid/lobar polar pattern delivers a tight, focused pickup area with effective rejection of sounds from the sides and rear of the mic. A wide 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response ensures accurate signal capture across the frequency spectrum, making it welcome for recording dialog, Foley, sound effects, and ambient noise.

    With high sensitivity and maximum SPL ratings, it works well with a variety of preamps and can handle both hushed and loud sound sources. Its low self-noise yields an improved signal-to-noise ratio appropriate for typical digital recording systems.

    The ME 66 easily attaches to a K6 or K6P powering module (required and available separately) for simple integration with standard microphone preamps. Its compact body allows camera and boompole mounting while remaining out of the shot.

    Effective Noise Rejection
    Highly directional supercardioid/lobar polar pattern yields enhanced attenuation at the sides of the microphone and maximum pickup at the front
    Wide Frequency Response
    40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response for detailed, accurate signal reproduction
    High Maximum SPL
    High 125 dB maximum SPL provides distortion-free recording of loud sources
    Compact Design
    Compact enclosure enables lightweight use on video cameras and boompoles
    Powering Options
    Easily attaches to K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately) for stable power
    Protective Finish
    Matte black, anodized, scratch-resistant finish
  • Sennheiser K6 Microphone System Powering Module (Phantom/Battery)

    The K6 Microphone System Powering Module by Sennheiser is the compatible base for many modular capsules. It features high output levels with low noise, a switchable bass roll-off, and transformerless balanced output.

    The K6 can operate on a single AA battery (not included) or phantom power. Its on/off switch also has a battery test position, so you can be sure you have enough juice. The K6's anodized, matte-black finish will resist abrasions to maintain a professional appearance, even under rigorous usage.

    K6 Microphone System Powering Module
    • High output, low noise operation
    • Switchable bass roll-off filter @ 100Hz
    • Transformerless balanced output
    • On/Off switch with battery test position
    • Battery or phantom powered
    • Anodized scratch-resistant finish
  • Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid/lobar
    Frequency Response 40 Hz to 20 kHz ( 2.5 dB)
    Maximum Input Sound Level 125 dBA at 1 kHz (THD = 1%)
    Impedance Nominal: 200 Ohms (with K6)
    Minimum Terminating: 1 kOhm (with K6)
    Sensitivity 50 mV/Pa ( 2.5 dB) in free field, no load (1 kHz)
    Equivalent Noise Level 10 dB (weighted as per DIN IEC 651)
    21 dB (weighted as per CCIR 468-3)
    Power Requirements Supplied by K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately)
    Output Connectors Attaches to K6 or K6P powering module
    Pad None
    Low Frequency Roll-Off None on capsule
    Bass roll-off filter on K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately)
    Dimensions (Diam. x L) 0.9 x 8.7" / 22.5 x 221.0 mm
    Weight 2.3 oz / 65 g
  • Sennheiser K6 Microphone System Powering Module (Phantom/Battery)
    Gain 0 dB
    Impedance Minimum Terminating: 1 kOhm
    Nominal: 200 Ohms
    Frequency Response 30 to 20,000 Hz (-1 dB)
    Low Frequency Roll-Off On/off switchable
    -10 dB @ 100 Hz / -20 dB @ 50 Hz
    Output Voltage 2 V
    Phantom Power Requirements 12 to 48 V (± 4 V)
    Current Consumption 2.2 mA
    Battery Requirements 1 x AA battery
    Battery Life 150 hours maximum
    Dimensions (Diam. x L) 0.9 x 3.7" / 22 x 94 mm
    Weight 1.6 oz / 45 g

Sennheiser ME66 reviews

ME66/K6 - Super-Cardioid Mic Capsule with K6 Kit is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have had this 10 years! Immediately after having an outing with my VX2000 and hearing the horrible noise (hiss) of the onboard, I ran down to B&H and bought this mic in 2001-2002. I think we were shooting sketch on the streets of Brooklyn then. Anyway, I'm currently pricing out gear for a new company and just had to marvel at how well this mic has performed to this day. I've interviewed artists in the loudest of NYC clubs, literally infront of booming bass bottoms and mids, loud trebly horns, and I must say I've been stunned at the clarity and directionality. I'm probably gonna get some AT mics or the 416/418s cause they're paying for it, but I brag about this mic often.
Date published: 2012-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic, awesome price I've used this mic as an on-cam B option for my 416 and I've never been let down. The reason I wrote this review, is because the price dropped about $100! For under $400, it could very well be the best sound for the $. It might not be a AT 4071 or a rode NT, but it's several hundred dollars less, rigid build quality, and more than acceptable audio. I have even used it a few times for ADR and even a voice over and clients were outspokenly impressed with the clean audio. Overall, I would absolutely buy this again. But If I had the option to try out some of the Rodes and AT's in the same price class, I absolutely would.
Date published: 2009-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Basic Mic This mic has a pleasant, clean signal. For a starting mic it is probably one of the best. It has not really let me down or given me any huge problems. It is a professional piece of equipment though, it works best with XLR cables and when put into a mixing board. The only downside is that if you start doing a lot of sound recording you will find limitations to the mic. It doesn't excel at picking up voices over background sounds. It isn't focused enough for certain applications. Sometimes back noises bleed in, meaning it is not as cardioid as the manufacturers state. This is a good starting mic, but you will need to expand to really do sound right.
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pro Quality Mic I've used the ME66 for 5 years, as an on-camera mic and boom mic for documentary-style shoots, and use with the EX3 and also into the Zoom H4n to link with 5D, and have always gotten clear, clean professional sound. It doesn't isolate the speaker as well in a noisy packed room, but does exceptionally well for the price in low/moderate noise situations, and has perfectly clean audio (for my ears) for studio voice-over recording.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hi-End Broadcast microphone Broadcast quality microphone used by televisions and studios around the world as boom mics, shotgun mics, and on-camera mics. Sound itself is clear and concrete. Body is made out of magnesium alloy which is basicly unscratchable. Our company uses these for 8 years now and there have been no problem with any of them.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic for the money This is a great value---nice clean sound at a very attractive price. I've compared against our MK416 ($1,200) and it's pretty darn good for the money. I was pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Constant crrosion issues with the K6 I've lived in Thailand and Cambodia for the past decade and it is a tad humid here, but I've had constant corrosion issues with the K6. Twice, I had to send it in to Sennheiser to be overhauled and both times, within six months, the problem returned. I then bought a backup ME66 and encountered the same problem. I would give up entirely on the K6 if I didn't also use and like the ME64. But my confidence in it is so low in the product now that I've bought a Rode NTG-2 as backup. fyi- I also wonder why the ME66 is more expensive than if you buy the two parts separately.
Date published: 2011-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound! Had a Rode that was acceptable, but this is a big improvement!
Date published: 2016-11-29
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