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Behringer XM8500 Microphone  

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    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
     

    XM8500 Microphone Specifications:

    • Type: cardioid dynamic
    • Impedance: 150 ohms
    • Sensitivity: -70dB
    • Bandwidth: 50Hz to 15kHz
    • Connector: gold-plated XLR
    • Weight: 8oz.
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    BehringerXM8500 Microphone
     
    4.9

    (based on 166 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (148)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (17)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (11)
      • Amateur recording (9)
      • Home studio (9)
      • Outdoor events / games (8)
      • Professional recording (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (9), Experienced (8)

      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.

      VS

      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

      Built like a tank - hell, TWO tanks!

      By StoicSideman

      from Missouri

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

        I dropped this mic down a flight of stairs, an entire flight of fifteen steps. While I was cringing and wincing at each thump, I wondered what the mic would sound like afterwards.

        I didn't have to pic up any pieces and it sounded as great as ever when I fired it up. If it hadn't happened to me I wouldn't have believed it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Built like a sherman tank

        By JonnyDeath

        from Madtown, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Dark Texture Full Body
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Intense Highs
        • Limited Genre Use
        • Limited Styles
        • Limited Voice Types

        Best Uses

        • Miking Guitar
        • Rich Dense Voices

        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

        I took one apart to mod it.
        The highs are really intense but set just below wispy. I added a capacitor to low pass the mic so I can stop cutting my mixer to -15 and another -10 in software.
        Now at 0 on the bus it sounds ideal for guitar. If I take it up to around 10, it returns to the stock tonal amplitude. Around 3 is ideal for my voice.
        For guitar it's low noise characteristic is in regard to transients. Sloshing treble from scooped tones or numetal and industrial treble boosts. It eliminates the risk of the "static" white noise sound these tones have appearing in the entire bandwidth.

        I'm an electronic engineering major with many years experience as an amateur. You can disregard 99% of what you hear about audio in general.

        This mic is very well engineered and very very tough. This is not Behringer's fisher price quality guitar gear. This is a very high end mic very much equal to any $$$ "legendary" cardioid.

        Absolutely road worthy.

        I've been miking some Jensen MOD1050's
        What comes out of those speakers is exactly what I'm hearing through my headphones in playback.
        My highs are very dense and detailed but all tonal ranges come across equal in amplitude with a dark texture.

        For my particular voice, the low pass capacitor mod was the problem solver. If you don't have a pricey condenser or can't afford one, which I do, this mod turned it into the cardioid rival. It just needs a good preamp to give it ample gain.
        A tube preamp?
        I'm not so sure about that!
        It's a very warm, dark mic with a full tonal body.

        If you want warmth with a dark texture while providing full range tones, this mic does it.
        The darkness makes it very commanding and dominant.
        This mic is for the alphas male or female.

        The mic is absolutely not for everyone.
        Nothing you do with your EQ will get rid of the dark texture it gives all tonal ranges.
        It's the metalhead and shred guitarists dream. The dark blues singer and guitarist's long lost love.

        It's not chimey. It's not jingly. It's not twangy.
        It's dark and huge lungs. Extremely smooth, dominating and sultry. Intended for raunch and sleaze be it voice or instrument. For domination and force.
        This is the mic of a conqueror.

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        5.0

        The Price Is Right

        By guitarbob

        from Panama City, Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

          For the price these can't be beat.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Very Good Value

          By Johny Ringo

          from Marietta,GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Full Bodied Frequency Rep

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

            Good deal for the money; you won't be disappointed.

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            5.0

            Even better than expected!

            By Electric Hillbilly

            from Eastern North Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

              Great value for the money!

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              xm8500 mic

              By loose county

              from Alaska

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                    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.

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Shure SM58 for a fraction of the price

                    By Robert Ballard

                    from Iowa

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • High quality
                    • Price
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                      I've been a gigging musician for 30+ years, a radio guy for 25 years, and ran sound for bands. I've used a lot of microphones over the years, and the most used mics in my work have been Shure SM58s & Beta 58s. These Behringer mics are so close to a 58, it's ridiculous. I've done A/B comparison recordings with these vs. the Shures under various conditions and it's extremely difficult to tell which is which. If anything, the Behringers might be a tiny bit "hotter" than the Shures, but that's about it. Adjusted to the same level, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. As far as build quality, I've been gigging for several years with them, and they've been bulletproof as any Shure I've used. They are in my opinion, a great vocal mic and a spectacular deal.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Wow

                      By HH

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                        This microphone compares favorably to a high cost pro mike I have. Very little difference in tonal quality, which is very easily EQed. Slight popping, however frontal gain is high enough that you do not need to get too close. Favorable proximity effect with rich low end. This mike is a bargain!!!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Big Sound, little money

                        By Albert B

                        from Freeport, IL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Crisp Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Vocal Reproduction
                        • Very Affordable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                            Great perfoemance for a low price. If you need a low cost, low budget Mic that really performs, THIS IS IT!

                            Comment on this review

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            What a deal!

                            By Ron

                            from Springfield, MO

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Ask me a question

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                              Sounds as good as a Shure SM58 if not better for a 5th of the price. Great deal!!!

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