Sennheiser e865 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone


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Sennheiser e865 Handheld Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

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.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz-20kHz
  • Impedance:200 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 150dB
  • Power Requirements:+48v Phantom Power


Users report the mic delivers on its promise to bring studio sound on stage. Many are happy with how their vocals sound and the frequency response makes them easier to distinguish in front and on their monitors. Male and female vocals are handled equally well and the low frequencies don't get bloated with proximity.


Might thin out some already thin sounding vocals with its frequency response. Tight polar pattern absolutely requires the singer to have good mic technique and placement.


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.

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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