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SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (86)

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    (14)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (49)
  • Easy to use (40)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Compact (27)
  • Durable (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (33)
  • Outdoor events / games (24)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best audio of video choice I've made

I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio...Read complete review

I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio more natural-sounding. I initially looked into the Rode Videomic series, but I knew that I wanted to us it in boomed situations as well as on-cam, so I ruled them out early because they are less-than-ideal for that context. So,knowing that I wanted an XLR mic, I then looked at the Rode NTG series. After listening, I found the Rodes to be decent, but a bit too tinny or thin-sounding. A lot of people who talked about the Rodes also talked about the MKE-600, so I listened to some clips recorded with this mic. Immediately, I hear the full-bodied sound, warmth and clarity for which I was searching.I purchased it from B&H about 2 months ago and, as mentioned, I use the MKE-600 in a boom and as an on-cam mic. When boomed, I plug into my Tascam DR-60D (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H), through which I monitor with its headphone out and send audio to my Rebel T4i with its "camera output." I thought that I wasn't going to be able to get a clean sound recorded directly to the T4i. But I can get a very clean and full sound! It's all about gain structure. I simply max out the level of the "camera output" on the Tascam DR-60D and turn the T4i's audio input down to about 25%. This almost completely bypasses the DSLR's terrible audio preamp and all the sound recorded is from the Tascam. As an audio tech, I am very happy.When I use this on-cam, I plug directly into the T4i's mic input using the Kopul LMT-100 cable (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H). I believe this cable has an impedance-matching XFMR in it, but I'm not quite sure. I do know that, when using only this cable to connect the MKE-600 to my T4i, with the cam's audio input set to 50%, I get VERY clean, full-range sound. Again, as an audio tech, I am very happy.I love that I have the same single AA batt installed since day 1 and it is still going strong. I even left it on overnight once...I am not a fan of the shoe shock mount, but I still use it because it is adequate. Although I fear that it may not last very long. The jury is still out on the Senn version of the deadbeat. Not sure about my thoughts on that... Seriously, the best audio for video choice I've made. Second best if the Tascam DR-60D. I mount them all to the same rig using shoe mount rails. I mount the Tascam behind the camera instead of underneath it. This allows me to have everything in one neat and compact package.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No disappointments

I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic,...Read complete review

I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic, for the extra dollars its really worth it. Good, crisp, clean sound. Runs for days on a single AA battery. All in all it was exactly what I was looking for, something to pick up acceptable sound to sync with my dslr footage. I played around with the Rhode series and wasn't impressed, especially with the build quality. This mic is nicely built and looks saucy. The shock mount that comes with it is a joke, I went ahead and bought a Rycote mount for it and it is perfect. I do wish that it came with the xlr to male mini cable needed. I am very happy with this product, and while it is not perfect, it suits my needs beyond expectations. I first used this for a wedding and reception and was very pleased. Not the mic I would use for say filmmaking, but very good for capturing sound during a live event and interviews

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5.0

Great mic, really close in quality to the MKH 416

By Peter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Fantastic Mic. I took this into the sound room at B&H superstore and listened to it next to the MKH 416 and they sound so similar. The MKH 416 picks up a bit more in the highs but for the additional couple hundred dollars, i couldn't really tell the difference. Definitely recommend going to their superstore if you live in the greater NYC area so you can listen to them through your own ears.

 
4.0

Great microphone for the price

By Nadine

from undisclosed

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Excellent microphone. Clear pickup, excellent noise floor. I have had issues with a higher sensitivity to RF interference when using this microphone, but with an RF filter in-line it is manageable and something that is more to blame on faulty building wiring than the microphone itself.

The only issue I forsee is the XLR connection is a tad wobbly. I worry that it may be the first point of failure, but after a month of very hard use shooting a film for a local company it held up just fine.

 
5.0

Very pleased.

By Laurie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Very pleased with my purchase. I did a lot, and I mean A LOT of research before deciding on this mic. It came down to Sennheiser vs Rode and this Sennheiser mic beats the Rode NTG2 hands down. Better sound quality, less noise, etc. i use it mainly for filming interviews and the results have been fantastic. Worth the money amd no regrets.

 
5.0

Good buy!

By Peter M

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

I've been using this mic in doc shooting, both run and gun and in controlled interviews. For such an inexpensive shotgun I'm impressed! The presence and richness of sound are great without being boomy on the low end. Definitely would recommend.

 
5.0

Good price, great quality

By Kevin

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

To be honest, I'm a pro photographer but a video novice. However, I do know what I want the audio to my videos to sound like. The Sennheiser has been giving the quality control I was l looking for. It was a toss up between the Rode NTG4+, but I don't like the idea of have a battery you can't remove. That and the difference in volume of reviews due to release dates. 

Out of the box, I paired it up with the Zoom H6. After a some time spent fiddling with placement of the mic coupled with the optimum settings, the MKE 600 gave me clean full sound while drowning out surrounding ambient. I did however buy the Rode Blimp for the mic which has a the Rycote shock mount system. Though I have yet to use the blimp, the shock mount system is a brilliant pairing with the MKE 600.

 
5.0

Love it

By Jeremiah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

A warm clean sounding mic. No complaints

 
5.0

Really happy

By Bonnie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Really great sound, happy with this shotgun.

 
5.0

Would buy again in a heartbeat

By Jeff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

I gave this little guy a 5 star because of what it is for the price. It by no means can compete with my 416 or other shorts costing 3 times as much but for the money it is a very nice unit. If you're on a budget this one is a must.

 
5.0

A proper shotgun microphone for most applications

By James

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Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

The best performance I've seen from a microphone in a long time. Side rejection is really good. I was able to hear the footsteps of a runner from 40' away over some mild traffic. Wind rejection is also good but even better when paired with the optional windscreen sold here as well. Don't even bother with the shock mount that comes with it. Go ahead and purchase a proper one.

 
5.0

Great sound, great quality, tad long but no issues

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

I use this for videography on top of a Canon 5D Mark III camera with a 24-105 F4 lens. This mic sounds great. Much better than the camera mic of course. It picks up great from 3-5 feet away. Nothing to be desired in terms of sound quality fantastic.

It does mask noise from other angles, but when I talk behind the camera it does pick it up of course but in a slightly muted way.

Love the fact that it uses a AA battery which is easy to replace. Love the fact that phantom power isn't therefore required if using it with a voice recorder or a certain type of sound mixer that requires it.

The length however is a bit longer than some alternatives. The good news is it doesn't come into frame with my 24-105 F4 lens. It does stick out a little on the back side of the camera given where it best fits on the Auray Dusm-1 Universal Shock Mount that i use. But given that it just sits on a tripod and isn't often used on a skateboard or something, there's no issue. I use it walking around the house on my DSLR too.

The fit of this mic with a third party Auray Dusm-1 Universal Shock Mount is a bit snug. It takes some minor effort to slide it in there, but then again it gives me great confidence that the mic won't slide out - very important.

One behavioral downside is that i sometimes forget to turn the mic on before I shoot. So there are some clips yesterday that didn't have any sound. Oops.

I would definitely purchase this mic again.

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5.0

Very Nice!

By Chad

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

This mic sounds great! I can't compare it to any other shotgun mic, but it's a great mic. Sound very nice and has good sound rejection.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid shotgun for low price

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Good shotgun at affordable price

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Mic

By Jamaal

from Jacksonville, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Love this mic, low noise floor very clear. Using with Zoom h4n Pro.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Forget R�de.

By EL

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

This mic far outperformed my expectations! After using this mic for on-camera work in a very busy and loud convention hall, this microphone made isolating my main subject's audio very very easy. The result was warm and clear and I didn't struggle removing any white noise.

I cannot stress the quality of the result for the cost of this microphone and recommend it for anyone capturing video journalism in noisy settings, as well as any other audio you need to catch directly in front of the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great product

By Mike

from Scranton, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

The MKE 600 has low noise and requires little gain. You can't go wrong with this one if on a low budget.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific audio

By Micheal

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Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

Having used mics from a Videomic Pro to a top of the line Sennheiser, this little mic really impressed me. I was looking into the Rode NTG equivalent, having borrowed a friend of mine's to test it out, and this was the clear winner. Much better range, way more directional, you can't go wrong with this model.

 
5.0

Superb microphone

By Digital printer

from Northampton, MA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Very clean sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Sensitive, clear, easy use professional shotgun microphone.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works beautiful

      By BSim

      from Los Angeles

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I chose this over the NTG 2, and glad I did. A little more money, but worth it. Have been using a Rode video mic pro, which is beautiful, but has a limited reach.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds and feels great!

      By Justin

      from South Carolina

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      This mic is used as a tool to catch dialogue from testimonial videos we shoot. I throw it on a c-stand and position it towards the chest of the individual talking.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great microphone.

      By Peter

      from Glens Falls, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I've owned Sennheiser mics for years. When we purchased the MKE 600 to replace an older shotgun, we were pleasantly surprised at the performance. It is everything you would expect from Sennheiser and more.

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