Sennheiser announces the launch of the MKH 8000 series of RF condenser microphones, which you can try at DCA from now on.
This series MKH 8000 is available in three sets:
- MKH 8020 omnidirectional
- MKH 8040 cardioid
- MKH 8050 hypercardioid
Like all MKH series mikes, these three mikes are based on HF polarization theory, delivering a very low background-noise audio signal, with very low output impedance, while eliminating the use of field-effect transistors (FET), which often tend to generate random noises. Thus, thanks to this HF polarization technique, these mikes can be equipped with small capsules, which offer excellent response in low frequencies, and of course significant improvement in high frequencies. Transducer symmetrical design provides unchanged acoustic impedance and very low distortion; it has high output level, with less background noise, and thus a clearer signal..
Sennheiser has finally decided, after Neumann and Schoeps, to separate capsule and preamplifier module, whose dimensions are now 74 mm long (instead of 41 mm), with a diameter of 19 mm. Thanks to its offset cable and its charcoal grey colour (darker than the famous Schoeps grey), it will be much easier to hide this mike for cinema and TV use.
Another new feature will be available at the end of this year: a digital module, transmitting audio signals according to AES 42 standard with 24-bit resolution and 192 kHz sampling rate. The parameters for pre-attenuation, high-pass filter, compressor and limiter are set via a DSP module.
As with a Stradivarius, the instrument quality is not everything, the performer's is paramount.