Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic


About Sennheiser MKH-416

The Sennheiser MKH 416 transformerless, RF condenser is designed as a combination of pressure gradient and interference tube microphones. Very good feedback rejection, low proximity effect, 130 dB/SPL. Rugged and resistant to changing climate conditions. Ideal for boom, fishpole and camera mounting.

Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb all-around microphone for film, radio and television, especially for outside broadcast applications.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (3),Easy to use (3),Lightweight (3)

Sennheiser MKH-416 Features

  • Employs RF-technology to control residual microphone noise. Optimizing the transducer's acoustic impedance results in a further improvement in low noise performance
  • The RF-design yields exceptionally low noise levels and is virtually immune to humidity and moisture
  • The comparatively low RF-voltage across the elements of the transducer also eliminates arcing and DC-bias creeping currents
  • Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency, above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern
  • Very low inherent self-noise
  • High sensitivity
  • Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
  • Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions
  • Matt black all-metal body
  • Increased directivity
  • Optimum S/N ratio
  • Lower gain on input channels required
  • Lowest noise and greatest signal stability
  • Highly immune to humidity in all conditions. Extremely stable
  • Visually "low key"

Sennheiser MKH-416 Specifications

Pressure Gradient/Interference Receiver Condenser
Polar Pattern
Frequency Response
40 Hz - 20 KHz
Dynamic Range (Typical)
117 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
81 dB
Maximum Input Sound Level
130 dB, ( at 1 KHz)
Sensitivity 25 mV/Pa +/- 1dB
Power Requirements
Phantom Power 48v, (± 12v)
Output Impedance
Nominal Impedance: 25 Ohms
Minimum Terminating Impedance: 800 Ohms
Output Connectors
XLR-3M Type
Film, Radio and Television, Especially for Outside Broadcast Applications
Dimensions (DxL)
0.74x9.84" / 1.87x24.99cm
5.82oz / 164.9g

Sennheiser MKH-416 Reviews

Reviewed by 3 customers


There's a reason it's the standard.


from Philadelphia, PA  -  Gearhead

The 416 has been a go-to for productions for the past several decadades. It is the model that most professionals think of when you say the term "boom mic". There's a reason for this - the microphone works when you need it to, is adaptable to many recording situations, has excellent off-axis rejection, and it doesn't take much to get a decent sound from it. One of the interesting second functions for this mic is for ADR or standalone voice over functions. In both regards it does an excellent job, with high SPL and keeping with the expectation of Sennheiser's reputation. Big thing to remember is that as you are closer to the microphone, the resonance becomes amplified. This is great for promo reads and guys like Don LaFontaine (before he switched to a Manley), but for ADR and general voice over use you want to maintain some distance from the mic. The usual rule of thumb for VO is about 4" - 8" (depending on mic and talent), but you often find yourself using more for non-"announcery" reads and ADR. Makes sense when you think about it because you usually keep about 18" from the source when using a boom mic right?


Great sound.


from NYC  -  Technically Challenged

Great sound. Easy to use. A pleasure.


Solid, can't go wrong with Sennheiser


from NY, NY  -  Technically Challenged

Industrial, Educational, Docs, Reality TV.

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