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Behringer XM8500 Microphone   

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The Behringer XM8500 Microphone uses a cardioid pattern to focus on your voice while the integrated shock mount system reduces handling noise to almo...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Let your voice shine with a dedicated vocal mic for a song of a price.

The Behringer XM8500 Microphone uses a cardioid pattern to focus on your voice while the integrated shock mount system reduces handling noise to almost nothing. It has a balanced low-impedance output for connecting to any console or microphone preamp. The XM800's 50Hz to 15kHz frequency response provides you with crystal-clear, highly detailed vocals, while a 2-stage pop filter minimizes breath and pop noises. It also comes with a rugged hard case with mic clip and stand adapter.

FEATURES
  • 50Hz to 15kHz frequency response
  • Cardioid characteristic with excellent feedback suppression
  • Shock mount system reduces handling noise
  • Two-stage pop filter minimizes breath and pop noises
  • Sturdy, reliable metal construction and electromagnetic shielding

SPECIFICATIONS

XM8500 Microphone

  • Type: cardioid dynamic
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Sensitivity: -70dB
  • Bandwidth: 50Hz to 15kHz
  • Connector: gold-plated XLR
  • Weight: 8oz.
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BehringerXM8500 Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 176 reviews)

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    (155)

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    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (25)
  • Durable (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (14), Experienced (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

xm8500 mic

I had tryed a heil pr20 , sm58, an EV 767 and an EV pl80 ....I found I liked the old SM58 better on my voice ( which is very MIddy) ....Read complete review

I had tryed a heil pr20 , sm58, an EV 767 and an EV pl80 ....I found I liked the old SM58 better on my voice ( which is very MIddy) . So naturally when I came across this cheap Behringer competitor I had to see if it would be a usable sm58 clone/ backup/ replacement. Here is what I found plugging them in one after the next , again and again , into the same mic cord . The sm58 has less bass. The Behringer is "hotter' at the same settings. They both do well with feedback but its hard to tell which one is better because the sm58 needs to be turned up quite a bit ( 10-15%) to meat the level of the Behringer. They are NOT identical as some reviewers claim. The sm58 seamed to be "smoother" and "flatter" but also "tamer" and a bit boring. (remeber, the sm58 was my favorite so far in my mic search) , the Behringer has more of an "aggresive " sound to it. It made my voice sound more "exciting" ,and more "rock n roll" right off the bat. The sm58 sounds a bit "polite' in comparison. It seamed like I would need to put 20% more umph into my vocals to get the same sound as the behringer. The shure also "grabs" a frequency in my voice that does NOT make me sound so cool, the behringer on the other hand seams to grab a bit more low-mid gravel While being less sensitive to that undesireable frequency. When I originally tried the Heil and the EV mics I felt they only picked up about 2/3 of my voice , I was always listening for something that just wasnt there, Which is really anoying, the shure sounded like it caught about 85% of what I thought I sounded like. Now I hoped the XM8500 would do "as good" for (cheap) and I would be thrilled with the purchase......But it really flatters my voice . I hear just what I hoped to hear from other mics. it sounds full and tough, with a nice bite to it. I feel more Natural singing into it as apposed to feeling like I have to push my voice in sertain areas to make it sound "right" in the monitors, with other mics. PLEASE NOTE, I have yet to use it live. BUT , in a simple A B test I like the behringer better on my voice, I feel like I have to put extra effort into the shure but the behringer kinda gives me a "boost" . I don't know if that will translate in a mix or not. For the money it is great !!!! It isnt a shure clone but DOES work better with my sound (gravely male rock vocals, ) . Its close to the sm58, but different. IF it sounds right live and holds up to abuse,... then its my new # 1.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not an SM58 copy

The Behringer XM8500 has been billed by some as an SM58 copy. If you buy this microphone on that premise, you will be disappointed. It doesn't sound like that. This microphone is very...Read complete review

The Behringer XM8500 has been billed by some as an SM58 copy. If you buy this microphone on that premise, you will be disappointed. It doesn't sound like that. This microphone is very bright and works beautifully as an acoustic guitar microphone or vocal microphone where brillance in sound is key. I used this mic for background vocals at a church service where I played guitar and sang. The sound engineer told me that he was constantly turning down the HIGH EQ on the mixer console. This is what I experienced in my recording studio as well. As I mentioned before, I loved this microphone on acoustic guitar. The proximity effect is about the same as a SM58 and you can get some great thump on an acoustic instrument with close miking. But as with most cheap microphones that exhibit the high treble nature of this type, miking electric guitar amps was out of the question. Everything came through buzzy and thin. It would be my recommendation to pass on this microhone if you're looking for a workhorse mic. If you want something specialized for instruments which need enhanced brilliance, this mic is so cheap, you can't afford not to try it.

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5.0

Great

By 

from Round Rock Texas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

    Packaging was great
    Item came intact with no issues
    craftsmanship was on point
    Once plugged in it worked like a charm.

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    4.0

    Excellent sound

    By 

    from El Paso

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Price
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

      Great sound and excellent price

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      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By 

      from Puerto Rico

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

          Excellent product very satisfied

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          5.0

          mic

          By 

          from bronx

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

            Great mic for recording guitars. Also great for background talking in a video. Super nice price!

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            5.0

            Absolutely superb & durable live vocal mic

            By 

            from Iowa

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

              I've used these as a musician for about 8-10 years as well as Shure Beta 58s and honestly, they are virtually the same mic at 1/5th the cost. I've done A/B comparisons in a recording studio and if anything, the XM8500's are slightly hotter than the Shure Beta 58s, but otherwise the same. I also use them vs. Shure 58s, in my everyday radio job and I swear by them. These are staggeringly great dynamic mics for chump change. Get 'em while you can! They are seriously excellent mics.

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              5.0

              drooped a few times but still works

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              from KC, Mo

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

              great mic read on it before getting it, lets me use my vocals more, invested finely in a tascam mic gonna try it, this one seems to make me more twangy, still would use it if need but i need my tascam mic for recording

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              4.0

              High value budget mic

              By 

              from Illinois

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                I have owned one of these mics for about five years and just bought a second. My primary uses for this mic are as an announcement mic at events or a vocal mic at small live performances. The mics are quite durable; I have never had any problem in over 100 nights of use. I've used SM58's for decades and have tried other lower end AKG standard and Nady wireless mics as well. I would put this mic just below the SM58 in overall quality and above the other value mics I have tried. This mic sounds much better and is much sturdier than the VHF Nady wireless mics I have tried. The sound quality isn't as high as an SM58 but you would have to have a very discriminating audience for them to notice any difference in the sound between the two.

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                4.0

                Extremely warm Mic.

                By 

                from Houston Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Overall Good Mic

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                  Basically I thought this was a good Mic but I prefer a Mic that has a brighter high end to it. Now you can eq some brightness into it but it actually designed to be a warm presence Mic.

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                  5.0

                  Incredible Microphone

                  By 

                  from boston, massachusetts

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Incredible Sound Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Live performance
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                    The Behringer XM8500 is an amazing microphone. I have used it for recording acoustic/electric guitar, bass, drums and vocals. I have never been disappointed with it's sound quality and sturdy design.

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                    5.0

                    6 Years Later....

                    By 

                    from Connecticut

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                      A friend of mine was looking for some advice on purchasing a new mic. My initial recommendation was for a Shure SM58 or EV product. But I have not used either for more than 6 years. I purchased a couple of these over 6 years ago and use them exclusively in a live working band for 2 of vocals for the entire time. They are durable and if you read some of the more tech savey reviews, they are comparable to the better names and.... they really sound good too! You can spend much more but you don't need too. Try one out, do your own "blind taste test" and you won't be disappointed. My friend is going to order a couple so I had him get me one more for me...how can you go wrong for the price!

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