Sennheiser e835 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone Meta-Review

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91 out of 100. Incorporating 550+ ratings and reviews.

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$100
Sennheiser e835 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

The Sennheiser e835 is both designed and manufactured in Germany and comes with a 10 year manufacturer warranty.

When I was analyzing customer and expert reviews one of the aspects of this microphone that was continuously praised was its solid build and quality construction.

As you might expect, many reviewers compare the Sennheiser e835 with the Shure SM58. The results of those comparisons are mixed with some saying they prefer the 'presence boost' of the e835 while others prefer the SM58 for the same reason.

One negative comment that I found in several reviews is that the Sennheiser e835 is a bit 'muddy'. What they seem to be referring to is that it has a stronger proximity effect than the Shure SM58 - this means that when you sing very close to the mic that the bass frequencies will become louder than they do with the SM58 in the same situation.

Although this mic is designed for live use, there are some who like using it for recording everything from vocals to guitar amps and even drums, however the people who most like it are those who reviewed it as a live vocal mic.

Overall the SM58 and the e835 are equally liked by people who own and use them. The Shure SM58 is more popular in terms of units sold, but based on all the discussions and reviews I read there doesn't seem to be a clear winner between the two. If you're trying to choose between them then go with whichever one you like the sound of most - listen to the comparison videos below to hear the differences.

The standard model doesn't have an on/off switch, so if you need that you'll have to spend a little extra to get the e835-S instead.

Sennheiser e835 Basic Specifications
Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Connection XLR
Impedance 350 ohms
Frequency Response 40Hz - 16kHz

Here's a graph of the frequency response:
Sennheiser e835 Frequency Response Chart

And here's it's Polar Pattern:
Sennheiser e835 Polar Patter Chart

It also comes in another variation called the Sennheiser e835 FX. This version has an additional button - TC-Helicon Mic Control - which allows you to turn on and off TC-Helicon vocal effects processors the same way you would with a foot switch.

Sennheiser e835 Demonstration

Sennheiser e835 Comparisons