• Shop by Department
  • Hot Deals

6-12 Month Financing

Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone  

  • Write a Review
Product #270492

We're sorry—this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Similar Items:
  • MXL Guitar Cube Pro
    MXL Guitar Cube Pro $79.99
  • See All Behringer Condenser Microphones
    Behringer

    Affordable small-diaphragm condenser mic.

    The Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone features interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules and a gold-sputtered diaphragm. It is perfect for acoustic instruments, vocals, and overhead miking. Its ultralow-noise, transformerless FET input eliminates low-frequency distortion. The -10dB attenuator can be used with high-volume signal sources, while the low-cut filter eliminates floor rumble. Behringer delivers the B-5 Condenser Microphone in a rugged hard case with stand adapter and windscreen.
    Requires phantom power.

    Features

    • Condenser type
    • Interchangeable capsules, for cardioid and omnidirectional patterns
    • Gold-sputtered diaphragm
    • Low-noise transformerless FET input
    • -10dB attenuator
    • Low-cut filter

    You should have several for your studio. Order today.

     
    Customer Reviews
    Loading....

    Review Snapshot®

    by PowerReviews
    BehringerB-5 Condenser Microphone
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home studio (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        A very good, affordable microphone

        I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference....Read complete review

        I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference. My old ones seemed to add a harsh, distorted frequency to the snare that I stupidly thought was just the sound of the wires for a long time (I won't even go into the cruddy cymbal sound), even with minimal gain and a reasonable distance from the set (I'm not a hard hitter, so I don't think that it was an issue of the SPL overloading the mic capsule either) and the B-5 gave an incredibly warm, clean sound to the snare that I previously thought was unachievable with my setup. After that comparison I was convinced that I could record a good, quality (home studio quality, anyway) drum track only using two of these microphones and optimized placement. I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone looking for some drum overheads to get their home studio started. I'm sure these aren't the best by any means and that if I had the budget I would have gone for a slightly higher-end matched pair of mics, but as far as bang-for-the-buck goes this is a pretty sweet deal. I have been using these for about a month now and the only thing that I can recommend are in-line attenuators (I like sound of the high pass function in the mic much more than the one in my DAW, it sounds more mellow) because these mics do seem to run a little hot for some of the louder notes I hit and my interface doesn't have a -20dB switch on it, which I imagine might be even more of a problem depending on a drummer's use of brute force. Although, if you're not worried about using the high pass at the same time, then the -10dB pad on the mic also works very well. I have also found that, with a very little bit of EQ a pair of these mics captures an incredibly decent stereo acoustic guitar track as well. I've read that sometimes Quality Control on these (as well as other Behringer products) is not always the best, but I had also read that Behringer is very good about replacing defective equipment with few questions asked. I, personally, am glad that I took that risk; I have never been happier with raw drum tracks than I have been using two of these as overheads.

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Average...Barely

        I used teh Behringer B-5 mics for my congas in live venues and found them to be disappointing. During sound checks they are fine, but once the groove starts, they cannot push...Read complete review

        I used teh Behringer B-5 mics for my congas in live venues and found them to be disappointing. During sound checks they are fine, but once the groove starts, they cannot push the sound. The sound guy has me maxed out, and can barely get me in the mains w/the rest of the band. I've used them w/different boards and sound dudes so this isn't an equipment problem or a bonehead sound guy. For the price I guess I can't complain, but if you're playing percussions live I would stick w/ the Audix D2/D5 setup. It is worth every penny.

        Reviewed by 33 customers

        Sort by

        Displaying reviews 1-10

        Back to top

        Previous | Next »

         
        4.0

        Good if you have a good interface

        By Ran

        from Llano, Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

          If you have a good audio interface, this mic will do well for vocals and drum cymbals, and it will do pretty good for acoustic guitar. I did compare this mic to a Rhode NT-1, and they are very similar in sound on my voice and acoustic guitar. I also compared this mic to the expensive AKG C451b. If the AKG C451b microphone could be rated at a 10.0 on acoustic guitar, the B-5 could be rated at a 8.0. Remember, acoustic guitars need a good sounding room, proper mic placement (I measure about 8 inches directly in front of the 12 fret), and saliva on your fingers to reduce string noise. Elixer strings are also the quitest strings for recording. Another good thing about this mic is the price. I've had two of these mics for two years, no problems so far.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          A very good, affordable microphone

          By Kyle

          from Fredericksburg, VA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Possible Qc Issues

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

          I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference. My old ones seemed to add a harsh, distorted frequency to the snare that I stupidly thought was just the sound of the wires for a long time (I won't even go into the cruddy cymbal sound), even with minimal gain and a reasonable distance from the set (I'm not a hard hitter, so I don't think that it was an issue of the SPL overloading the mic capsule either) and the B-5 gave an incredibly warm, clean sound to the snare that I previously thought was unachievable with my setup. After that comparison I was convinced that I could record a good, quality (home studio quality, anyway) drum track only using two of these microphones and optimized placement. I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone looking for some drum overheads to get their home studio started. I'm sure these aren't the best by any means and that if I had the budget I would have gone for a slightly higher-end matched pair of mics, but as far as bang-for-the-buck goes this is a pretty sweet deal. I have been using these for about a month now and the only thing that I can recommend are in-line attenuators (I like sound of the high pass function in the mic much more than the one in my DAW, it sounds more mellow) because these mics do seem to run a little hot for some of the louder notes I hit and my interface doesn't have a -20dB switch on it, which I imagine might be even more of a problem depending on a drummer's use of brute force. Although, if you're not worried about using the high pass at the same time, then the -10dB pad on the mic also works very well. I have also found that, with a very little bit of EQ a pair of these mics captures an incredibly decent stereo acoustic guitar track as well. I've read that sometimes Quality Control on these (as well as other Behringer products) is not always the best, but I had also read that Behringer is very good about replacing defective equipment with few questions asked. I, personally, am glad that I took that risk; I have never been happier with raw drum tracks than I have been using two of these as overheads.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          B-5

          By GFish

          from winter park, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Poor Sound Quality
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            i bought this mic and as soon as i got it i know i waisted my money. this mic sound like you are using a tin can to record. i wish i returned it. you need to open the trim almost all the way to get a good single and then the mic clips early easy like all Behringer gear in my experience. do not waist you money and get a better mic for the price like CAD GXL1200BP.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            B-5 Condenser Microphone

            By Terrance Arford

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            Having both omni and cardioid pickup pattern capsules available, on hand, in the case, ready to go, and with 3 attenuation settings at hand, as needed for every sound situation, makes me a much more effective sound engineer.
            Compact size, 3 attenuation settings, interchangable omni and cardoid pickup pattern capsules, 48V phantom power, XLR
            Before I purchased these mics, I rented from my local stage, studio and on-location movie shoot rental establishment for a live-on-stage show of a local babershop chorus and these mics performed splendidly. When the chorus asked me to purchase PA gear for their road gigs, I didn't hesitate to purchase 3 of these.
            By comparison, these have all the performance of more expensive brands at a fraction of the cost. Our chorus would not have been able to begin purchasing their own equipment if it weren't for the price and quality of these mics.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I record with one of these all the time

            By Tyler-4w6CG

            from Bakersfield, CA

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            For what this thing is worth, I've gotten my guitar to sparkle when I'm doing acoustic recordings. I myself have never used a super high quality small diaphragm condenser, but you can get some super decent tones out of this, if I had two I'd use them for drum overheads.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow! Great value mic!

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            I needed a couple of general purpose condensors to have available so I bought a pair of the B-5 mics. They looked ok and I did a quick sound check and they were working so in the bag they went. The first time I used them I put them up against my Neumann KM184 just to see how they would do. Amazing (for the price). Would I trade my Neumanns for them, NO WAY! Would I buy another pair, YES.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Mic

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            The Behringer B-5 Condenser Mic is a great option for live sound and recording! I've used it for vocals and guitar and it sounds amazing, just make sure you're not cranking up the volume to insane levels or you will get feedback. All in all a sweet piece of equipment!

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great for the price

            By The Parasprinter

            from Tempe, AZ

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            I bought a few of these when I first tried recording my drum kit and was on a very small budget. They worked great as overheads on the snare/toms/cymbals. Not as good on the bass drums (not designed to be), but still a passable sound.I now have a good set of drum mics, with the Behringers set as overhead/ambient, which sounds GREAT (and is much more what the B-5s were designed to handle). What I'm trying to say is, if you're just starting out or money is tight, Behringer mics are a great way to go.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            It works, but not well

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            I own one and it is not usable live for micing guitars. it will feedback instantly. It works for recording but not great in any way. I also own an sm81 which blows it away in every respect. If you can, wait save some money and stay away from Behringer gear. I have tried their guitars, mics, and a full P.a. system and they are all subpar.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Average...Barely

            By CongaBongoLife

            from Lompoc, CA

            Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

            I used teh Behringer B-5 mics for my congas in live venues and found them to be disappointing. During sound checks they are fine, but once the groove starts, they cannot push the sound. The sound guy has me maxed out, and can barely get me in the mains w/the rest of the band. I've used them w/different boards and sound dudes so this isn't an equipment problem or a bonehead sound guy. For the price I guess I can't complain, but if you're playing percussions live I would stick w/ the Audix D2/D5 setup. It is worth every penny.

            Comment on this review

            Displaying reviews 1-10

            Back to top

            Previous | Next »

            You are changing the Ship-To country.

            Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.