Similar to the SKM 5000 in forms, colors (money, black or blue metal) and modularity of the heads with condenser or dynamic capsules, Sennheiser SKM 5200 integrates from now on a menu setup by backlit LCD display with short temporization. The setup is accessible thanks to a external jog dial at the microphone bottom, unlike its elder whose interior selector wheel is particularly fragile. The on/off button located at the same place is however more accessible.
If the microphone acoustics did not evolve, electronics was completely redesigned with, ia, a 3 selectable low cut filter frequencies and a widerlatitude of frequency adjustments by steps of 5 kHz out of 36 MHz against 24 MHz before. In fact consumption was decreased by half ensuring eight operating hours with two AA batteries, whose capacity is visible on a mini five bars LCD display in replacement of the old three leds indicator of the SKM 5000.
In spite of similar dimensions, the weight is slightly higher. Sennheiser developed new colored caps for a better visual differentiation when using many similar microphones.
All accessories of the SKM 5000 are compatible with the SKM 5200 like the battery boxes, the rechargeable battery packs, the foam windshields with colored circle, the stand mounts and of course the heads of which the famous Neumann KK 104 and KK 105. Thus the cardioid capsule gives particularly warm and precise voices, but should give problems on broadcast TV set.