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SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 85 reviews)

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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)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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

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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      • No

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      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.

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      5.0

      Sounds and feels great!

      By Justin

      from South Carolina

      Verified Buyer

      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.

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      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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      4.0

      Great Mic

      By BB

      from New York

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I use this product for documentary, attached to the top of my camera, and it picks up great sound—not too much from the back!

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      5.0

      If this can handle the winds of Waimea, Hawaii.....

      By Aaron

      from Kamuela, Hawaii

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I am a teacher, content creator, and webmaster at an international boarding school in Hawai'i. I teach a digital journalism class where we create authentic content for the website and social media. The shotgun mike has allowed us to match beautiful sound with beautiful imagery. Thank you.

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      5.0

      Excellent mic with great side rejection

      By Tony V

      from Pennington, NJ

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Extremely happy with this mic. It's definitely a great value. Works extremely well for capturing dialog and rejecting other noise from the side. Seems to provide a very good signal to noise ratio. I don't nearly as often need to use noise reduction in post.

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      5.0

      Solid Product

      By Alex

      from Hawaii

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Durable, well made. Love the simplicity. Very clear sound, even at far distance. Most pleased with the purchase!

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      5.0

      an excellent and elegant solution

      By Mark McBeth Projects

      from San Francisco CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      The MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone is amazing and fits well with the compact size of my Canon XA30. I shoot a lot of black box theater performances and this mic gives me the quality I need without overwhelming the limited physical space I am often given to work in. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Excellent shotgun microphone for the $$$

      By Brendan Chou

      from Walnut, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      This mic gets me great audio quality when plugged in a Zoom H1 through the KA 600 adapter. Very low noise floor, great sounding audio. The shock mount that comes with it is not the best.

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      5.0

      Great mic, very versatile.

      By Ash from Appleton

      from Appleton, wi

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I have only used it on a few gigs but mic is extremely responsive and great for ambient as well as on the boom pole. A friend of mine researched the best mic for me and came up with this option. I am a wedding videographer and I really like the compact design and great German design. Alles Gut!!

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      5.0

      Great Sound

      By fastfreddy

      from New York, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        Use this mic with my Sony Pro camcorder. Its audio quality and build are absolutely top shelf and at a very affordable price. I will be purchasing two more in the near future for my other camcorders

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        5.0

        Worth the price

        By TheWinkman

        from Washington state

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        This guys truly awesome! Clean, clear and crisp audio is always attainable even in the craziest environments like concerts and loud social gatherings.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great mic

        By Mike

        from State College, Pa

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        I use this mic while filming with my d750. Great sound, and low noise. A lot of complaints about picking up wind, but I didn't have that problem with only the supplied windscreen. Worth it.

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        5.0

        The up grade!

        By BC

        from Tampa, Fl.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          Cleanly top of the line Quality. No conflicts sorry no story here. It's great.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Value

          By BD

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

          • Interviews
          • Video Production

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          Great budget shotgun microphone. If you don't have the budget for one of its more expensive brothers, this is a wonderful option. I use it for corporate interviews and have been very pleased so far.

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          5.0

          Clean, Crisp, Natural Sound. Used with Canon XF205.

          By John

          from San Ramon

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

            Purchased in late Sept 2015. The purchase included both camera mic mount rubber rings plus a separate shockmount kit to mount onto the shoe mount as an accessory. Both pro fittings. Used to record ambient sound inside a house of worship with the Canon XF205 video camera supplying 48v Phantom power.
            Very crisp and clean for 95% of what event, ENG, RnG sound capture needs are. Used auto and manual and the mic worked perfect with both settings. Added balanced house mix to another channel and it sounded great together. Just like you were in the room. Looking forward to nature recording near water (ocean or river).
            Full audible frequency range sensitivity with a nice pleasing tone. I also like the fact that the supplied foam windshield does not advertise the brand name! Nice and black - simple and clean.

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            fantastic product

            By Pcvideo.

            from Rio de Janeiro Brazil

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

              The best

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Professional sound, awkward for camera-top use

              By Jim the Runner

              from Des Moines, Iowa

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Long

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

              Before you buy, you should know that this microphone is enormous compared to the various Rode videomics, it extends over both ends of my D810 and 24-70 with the lens hood and I have to kind of duck under it to see the LCD. Otherwise it's pretty great but could probably benefit from a preamp.
              What makes this mike a better choice than the alternatives is that it renders voices with a very "professional" sound; I don't know how else to describe it, it just sounds like NBC or Universal rather than a cheap local commercial.
              Of course it sounds MUCH better when you get it off the camera, so buy a boom pole at the same time.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Well worth the Price

              By G

              from NYC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independentcommercial

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                I stopped in to B&H to talk to a few store associates on getting sound advice. Needed a shot gun and had a price range up to $. Had an old $ cheapo that I could finally begin hearing why it was the price it was.After listening to all of the mics in this price range, including the Rode I came in to buy - I very happily found the sound quality of this mic to be superb for the price range. Sennheiser doesn't make cheap mics - but this one is (price wise). Love the sound - clients love the sound - and I didn't have to spend 3k to get there.Use it right, and you will love this.

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