Sennheiser MZD 8000 Digital Mic Module, Dynamic Range 115 dB


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About Sennheiser

The fantastic sound of the MKH 8000 series can now be converted to digital directly at the microphone head, ensuring a natural sound without any loss of quality. The compact digital module is simply screwed onto the microphone head in place of the XLR module, turning the audio signal of the MKH 8020 (omni-directional), MKH 8040 (cardioid) and MKH 8050 (super-cardioid) into a digital one. The new digital module ensures that the warm, natural, yet fantastically clear and powerful sound of the MKH 8000 series is maintained in full quality along the entire signal chain. In contrast to conventional digitization, which uses a separate analogue/digital converter at some stage in the chain, the Sennheiser MZD 8000 digital module eliminates cable losses and, most importantly, features a converter and surrounding circuitry that have been optimally matched to the microphone.

Like all signal-carrying components in the 8000 series, the module is designed with two channels and converts the microphone signal according to the AES 42 standard. The microphones can be synchronized by any digital system. In addition to the A/D converter (24-bit, sampling rate up to 192 kHz), the digital module contains a highly integrated DSP unit. With the aid of dedicated PC control software and an AES 42 interface, the microphone allows settings such as the low-cut filter and attenuation to be remote-controlled. The required phantom power for microphones is provided by an AES 42 interface, e.g. Neumann's DMI.

Sennheiser Features

  • 2-channel 24 Bit-AD-converter, dynamic range 115 dB
  • Studio grade preamp and converter
  • Sampling rate 44,1 kHz, 48kHz, 88,2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176,4kHz and 192 kHz
  • Remote controlled DSP functions like low cut filter and attenuation
  • Digital output in AES 42 format
  • External synchronization via AES 42, Mode 2

Sennheiser Specifications

Frequency response
10 - 80,000 Hz
AD conversion
24 Bit/ 44.1 to 192 kHz delta-sigma
Sensitivity in free field
No load (1kHz): -31 dBFS (incl. MKH 8020)
Harmonic distortion
< -100 dBFS (at -1 dBFS)
Inherent self-noise
< -120 dBFS (mono mode, 40&Omega)
Group delay time
22/ 19/ 15 samples (single/ double/ quad speed)
Power supply
10V DPP (AES 42-phantom power)
Current consumption
< 160mA
Operating voltage (mains)
7V to 10.5V
Operating temperature
-10 deg.C to 60deg.C
Diameter 0.7 in. (19 mm), length 3.7 in (96 mm)
2.3 oz. (65 g)
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