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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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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
 
4.9

(based on 168 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (150)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (18)
  • Durable (13)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (11), 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.

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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

    Incredible Microphone

    By freedom rock

    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 ssnoit

      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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        5.0

        Built like a tank - hell, TWO tanks!

        By StoicSideman

        from Missouri

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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.

          Comment on this review

          (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.

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            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!

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                (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.

                        Comment on this review

                        (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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