Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone

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Sennheiser MKH 8020
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Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone

Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone, as part of Sennheiser's MKH 8000 series, is the professional's choice for when absolute sound quality is required

Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone Details

The Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone is ideal for recording large and small sound sources, for a "Decca Tree" or for use in an OSS "Jecklin Disk" array. As it does not suffer from a proximity effect, it is also a good choice for close-miking. If the acoustic ambience is right, this microphone will provide very impressive recordings. The extra octave at the bottom end makes the MKH 8020 perfect for recording pipe organs, grand piano and acoustic double-bass.

The new MKH 8000 Series has been designed to capture the soul of sound, reproducing the music with an unprecedented warmth and transparency. Without taking away from the unique clarity that MKH symmetrical microphones are famous for, the newer 8000 series has a natural subtle warmth that has to be heard to be appreciated. Voices will sound rich and detailed, piano, strings and wind instruments will have that special "character", while percussive instruments benefit from a fast attack and a dynamic, powerful reproduction. And now, the Sennheiser MZD 8000 is a digital module for the new MKH microphones, taking their superb sound into the digital area.

With these unique microphones, Sennheiser has succeeded in creating a superb synthesis of sound aesthetics and engineering perfection.

Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone Features

  • onmi-directional pick-up pattern
  • modular design
  • wide frequency response 10 to 60.000 Hz
  • symmetrical transducer with 2 backplates providing extremly low distortion
  • extremly low inherent self-noise
  • accurate directional pattern
  • non reflective Nextel coating
  • Ideal for stereo and surround recordings, as an M microphone and for ambience

What's Included

  • Microphone head MKHC 8020
  • XLR module MZX 8000
  • Microphone clip MZQ 8000
  • Windshield MZW 8000
  • User manual
  • Aluminium transport case

Sennheiser MKH 8020 Omnidirectional Compact Microphone Specifications

  • Dimensions: 19 mm diameter, length 74 mm (41 mm excluding XLR module)
  • Transducer principle (Microphone): RF condenser microphone
  • Weight: 55g (25 g excluding XLR module)
  • Audio output: XLR-3M balanced, transformerless, floating
  • Pick-up pattern: omni-directional
  • Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 31 mV/Pa (- 30 dBV/Pa)
  • Nominal impedance: 25 Ohm
  • Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ohm
  • Phantom powering: 48 V +/- 4V
  • Equivalent noise level: 10 dB(A)
  • Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3: 21 dB
  • Maximum sound pressure level (passive): 138 dB SPL
  • Current consumption: 3,3 mA

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  • 5
    Great Sound, Poor Quality Control

    The sound of this mic is not in question; it's one of the best flat omnis available today. However, Sennheiser seems to be having difficulty with their Nextel coating process. It just flakes off the mic. Removing the mic from the mount that came in the box and from Sennheiser's own shockmount destroys the finish on the mic. I've had it for a few days and it already looks like I've been abusing it for years.