Sennheiser MKE 600

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Condenser Camera Directional Microphone

  • Characteristic: Supercardioid / Lobar
  • Frequency range: 40 - 20,000 Hz
  • Max. SPL (P48): 132 dB
  • Max. SPL (battery): 126 dB
  • Power supply via 48 V phantom or 1.5 V AA battery up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions: 256 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 128 g
  • Includes KA600 cable, MZS 600 boom mount, MZW 600 foam windscreen and carrying bag
available since October 2012
Item number 296554
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Battery Powered Yes
Directional Microphone Yes
Stereo Pair No
switchable lowcut No
switchable pad No
characteristic hyper-cardioid
Polar Pattern Cirkel, Supernyre
Accessories Shoe Mount, Foam windscreen
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Versatile and high-quality
LennertK 08.09.2019
I use this microphone for both video and audio work, mostly as a boom mic or on-camera in run-and-gun situations where I still want cleaner audio than what I get with the built-in microphone on the camera.
I love the fact that I can use it with an internal battery yet also supply phantom power when available, it allows me to use the mics built-in pre-amp on a small DSLR that has poor pre-amps yet bypass the internal circuitry when connected to a mixing desk or a field recorder that has great pre-amps.

This allows me to use it in many more situations than for example a Rode Videomic Pro that really only works well with small cameras, or a MKH416 on the other end of the spectrum where you would not want to plug it into a small camera. This boy can do both, and does it gracefully. Of course, if you're really only going to use it with a camera you might be better off using a specialised on-camera mic while if you're only going to use it with a mixer/fieldrecorder that will supply the phantom power you might be more interested in a different mic (although I really like the characteristics even when ignoring the whole battery part).
I've even used it to mic a guitar amp cabinet while the drums were playing with about 0,5m of space in between but I placed the mic at a 90 angle from the drums with the low-cut on and the recording was almost completely clean.
I've never had it shut down on me unexpectedly because the low battery warning comes in well before it actually runs out. Talking about battery life, it is amazing. One battery lasts for days and since it's only one cell you can just have a reserve ready in the carrying pouch at all times.

The thing I actually don't like as much is the coldshoe-shockmount that is included in the box. It only has a camera screw at the bottom, not a microphone stand screw which, while I can see the reasoning behind it, still doesn't make a lot of sense to me because it's much easier to adapt from mic screw to cam screw than the other way around. The shock absorbing mechanism also doesn't seem to do that much in terms of shock absorption (it probably does help agains very small shaking and small movement, just not against when you bump into the stand for example) but it does keep the microphone locked very tightly which is nice.

All in all that's a very minor complaint. The mic clamp isn't really that bad and you can buy your own that holds it with elastic bands if you feel that's necessary. Considering the quality and versatility the MKE 600 gives you this should not be holding you back.
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Luchian 01.07.2019
So about MKE 600:

Amazing sound quality.
Low cut filter.
Maximal rejection of side noise.
Phantom or battery powering.
Well-designed controls.
Works with DSLR cameras.
Light-weight.

Basically, Sennheiser MKE 600 is (one of) the best short shotgun microphone.
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Le micro canon par excellence !
Antoine LGS 27.07.2021
J'ai longuement hésiter entre le Rode ntg4+ et le MKE 600.
Ce sont deux micros fort identique en terme de qualité sonore et de fabrication, mais mon choix ses porté sur le MKE 600 pour les raisons suivantes:

Après de nombreuse comparaisons et tests entre ses deux micros, je trouve que le MKE 600 rejette beaucoup plus les sons parasites sur les côtés et semble plus directionnel.
Le bruit de fond est moins présent que sur le ntg4+ (même si il est plutôt faible et très correct sur ces deux micros).
La batterie rechargeable du ntg4+ peut sembler un atout pour les tournage, mais je suis encore méfiant sur ce qui est des batteries rechargeables (sur les micros), sachant que a forcer de les charger-décharger cela peux vraiment diminuer la durée de vie de celle-ci. Comme je n'enregistrer que sur un enregistreur externe avec une alimentation Phantom, pas besoin de batterie intégré.

Pour moi le Sennheiser MKE 600 est une valeur sûr et vous sera utile dans pas mal de situation !
Néanmoins Le Rode ntg4+ reste un très bon micro et fort similaire au MKE600. Ils ont chacun leurs petites subtilités.
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Overall a great microphone
ivgeluid 02.12.2021
My first shotgun microphone, which I already have used in many productions in the field (outdoors and indoors). It has a great sound and not even considering the fact that its so affordable. By turning its canceling side, I have effectively been able to get clean sound even in very noicy locations. Lastly, when holding, its buid feels like its not gonna be the end of the world if it drops down!
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