Behringer SB 78A

Behringer SB 78A, Condenser Cardioid Microphone, Smooth mid-frequency presence rises for excellent voice, and acoustic guitars; Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound; Extremely high signal output lets your performance cut through; Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback; Integrated spherical wind and pop noise filter; Shock mount system to cut down handling noise; 3-pin XLR connector for highest signal integrity; Microphone stand adapter and impact-resistant carrying case included; Designed and engineered in Germany; Frequency range 50 - 16000 Hz; Impedance 200 Ohm; Max SPL 136 dB; Phantom power 48 V; Sensitivity -48 ± 3dB /Pa; Weight 240g

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On/Off Switch No
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Color Blue
Lo Cut No
Pad No

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A decent low-cost stage capacitor mic
WonkyWabbit, 17.04.2020
This is a stage capacitor microphone, so should provide a nice detailed sound with an extended high-end compared to the majority of dynamic mics. And whilst not particularly standing out in any way, this is a decent mic with a good, almost flat, frequency response that I measured extending right up to 20kHz with almost no drop off (a lot higher than Behringer's quoted 16kHz. It does get rather bassy on a male voice when used up against the mouth, so the use of the built-in high pass filter is recommended here.

Apart from that slight bass boost, enhanced further by some proximity effect, the frequency response is almost flat, so it's not a mic with its own character, or for helping a weaker voice cut through a busy FOH mix. But it does give a very natural sound, faithful to the original voice. Sibilance wasn't an issue for me and plosive control was fairly standard for a stage mic, noticeable but not excessive.

Being a capacitor mic, it does require 48v phantom power, but as a result, gives an output that's around 10dB hotter than an SM58, which can help if the mic isn't being used from a very close distance.

Handling noise is good, and feedback resistance is roughly on a par with an SM58.

Despite the Behringer copycat naming style for their mics, it's not really a clone of a Shure Beta 87C, but a very decent mic in its own right. The smooth, flat response won't be suitable for all voices or applications, but for the quieter stile of performance, singer/songwriter gigs, backing vocals or even as a podium mic, it could be ideal. And it doesn't cost a lot so you can afford to experiment.

Probably the best of the bunch of recent Behringer issue of stage mics.
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Recording vocals? Buy one!
Jim H, 02.01.2020
Impressive. I waited for this mic for six weeks because it looked like it would be good, and I'm not disappointed. I've just recorded some vocals with it and they sound bright, spacious, punchy and full of life.

Well done Behringer. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find a use for this mic. If it's the only mic you can afford, go for it. If you want another mic for your collection, also go for it.
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Medium condenser
Dario Joel, 29.04.2020
This is quite a medium condenser microphone, with a lot of emphasis on mid, and few clarity in the high.
I believe it is quite good for registering instruments, while it lacks a bit of clean high sound on its signal.
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Great sound
Alexey Glushkov, 05.03.2020
Visually not very good quality, but sounds great. Super value for the money it cost.
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