Sennheiser MKH 800 TWIN Condenser Microphone

Sennheiser Updated: 2009-01-09 RSS
Sennheiser MKH 800 TWIN Condenser Microphone

The MKH 800 TWIN is a universal studio condenser microphone of exceptional quality. It includes a dual capsule consisting of two symmetrical push-pull transducers with high linearity. This is a "side fire" microphone with the two cardioid pick-up patterns of the transducer aligned back-to-back across the axis of the microphone. The signals of both transducers are not combined in the microphone in order to generate differing pick-up patterns but are available separately as two channels at the microphone output. This allows the pick-up patterns of the MKH 800 TWIN to be remotely adjusted. The signals can be combined in any desired way in the mixing console in order to create all pick-up patterns from omni-directional to figure-8 with an infinite number of intermediate stages. Based on the legendary MKH 800, this microphone opens up to a new dimension of studio recordings.


* Color: Nickel
* The remote adjustability and the variable pick-up patterns make the MKH 800 TWIN a universal main microphone, soloist microphone or supporting microphone.
* The pick-up patterns can be set and optimised under monitoring conditions. In other words, it is not necessary to fix the pick-up patterns definitively before recording.
* A wide range of mixes for stereo and surround are possible (including in parallel).
* Saving of the microphone signals in two channels also allows an unlimited range of mixes to be realised at a later date.
* The high sensitivity ensures interference-free signal paths as a result of high signal levels. The inherent noise of downstream microphone amplifiers is thus of minor importance.
* Very low inherent noise prevents the masking of filigree sound structures. The depth of the acoustic can be heard more clearly too.
* High linearity of the transducers minimises the signal distortions and ensures the transparency of the sound even at high sound levels.
* The frequency response extends to 50 kHz, thus improving the resolution for complex acoustic details.
* Stable pick-up patterns minimise sound distortion in the direct and diffuse field.
* Negative acoustic effects caused by the housing and the sound inlet basket are minimised.
* The small, slim design and the optionally dark housing design (Nextel) make it visually unobtrusive.

Delivery Includes

* MKH 800 TWIN studio condenser microphone
* MZQ 80 microphone clamp
* MZS80 shock mount
* AC 20 adaptor cable (1 x XLR-5 socket to 2 x XLR-3 connector)
* User manual
* Aluminium transport case

Technical Data

Pick-up pattern: variable
Frequency response (microphone): 30 - 50000 Hz
Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 40 mV/Pa (-28 dBV)
Nominal impedance: 100 Ohm
Min. terminating impedance: 2 kOhm
Equivalent noise level: 12 dB (A)
Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3: 20 dB
Maximum sound pressure level (passiv): 134 dB SPL
Dynamic range: 122 dB(A), 114 dB (CCIR)
Phantom powering: 48V +/- 4V
Current consumption: 2 x 3.1 mA
Dimensions: d 27 mm, l 136 mm
Weight: 172 g