Handheld supercardioid condenser microphone for live lead vocals
The sennheiser e865 is a handheld condenser microphone with super-cardioid pickup pattern.
It is the only condenser mic in the “evolution 800” lineup of sennheiser. Being a condenser, the e865 is far more detailed than the rest of the series. This makes it an excellent choice for those who want the performance and quality of a studio microphone on a stage. Its supercardioid polar pattern effectively minimizes feedback and stage noises which would have otherwise be evident due to its extra sensitivity of 3mV/Pa @1kHz.
It comes with a handheld form factor that’s exactly identical to dynamic mics visually. Sennheiser achieves this form factor by using pre-polarized ( electret ) capsule technology.
Speaking of tonal character, it sounds warm and clear with a balanced boost in bass and presence. The mic is well-suited for live vocal performances for a wide range of styles including metal/aggressive genres (thanks to its high SPL of 150dB) and cuts easily through the mix.
With a wide dynamic range, its effective frequency response ranges between 50Hz – 19kHz. The sub-bass is rolled-off which prevents handling noise and rumble effectively. The overall response amplitude is very smooth which makes it easy for EQ’ing.
There is a strong focus in presence and clarity/brightness with a smooth gain of +5.22dB centered at 6kHz. The air is also emphasized a bit which can be helpful in reproducing subtle harmonics in instruments.
Besides vocals, the Sennheiser e865 can also be used in recording instruments but the super-cardioid pattern might be a drawback there.
Frequency Response Graph
|Pickup Pattern||Super Cardioid|
|Frequency Bandwidth||40Hz - 20000Hz|
|Output Impedance||200 Ω|
|Rated Input Impedance||1000 Ω|
|Max. Spl||150 dB SPL|
|Signal to noise Ratio||N/A|
|On/Off Switch||Yes, Optional|
|POWER REQUIREMENT||P12-48 V|
|Dimensions||N/A(L) x N/A(B) x 193mm(H) x 43mm(D)|