Sennheiser e865 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

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Gearank Recommendation

The e865 appeared on our recommended list for Handheld Live Vocal Mics from April 2020 until April 2021 when it was out-ranked by other mics.


Sennheiser aims to bring the studio sound to the stage with the e865 handheld condenser microphone.

The e865 was tweaked to bring that broad spectrum large-diaphragm sound to a handheld mic without feedback by using a tight supercardioid pickup pattern.

This ensures only the sound in front of the mic gets picked up to minimize bleed and avoid feedback.

If you have a disciplined mic handling technique and the pitch of your voice doesn’t need excessive warming up, then this could be a good mic for you to get into higher quality condenser sounds.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance:200 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 150dB
  • Power Requirements:+48v Phantom Power
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Live Vocal Mics – Handheld / Wired.

Sennheiser e865 Frequency Response Chart:

Sennheiser e865 frequency response chart

Sennheiser e865 Polar Pattern Chart:

Sennheiser e865 polar pattern chart


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