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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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 181 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (29)
  • Durable (22)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (16)

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 Price

By 

from Illinois

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

    Great Mic for the price

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    5.0

    Nice and clear

    By 

    from Marietta, Ga.

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    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:

      This mic is good sounding. A little hotter than the Sm58 it copies, but sounds the same.

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      5.0

      So far so good. Great sound!

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      from Missouri

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

        My family has always used the workhorse SM58s because they stand up to the rigors of performances. However, a fellow that sat in with my husbands band was using a XM 8500 and I was blown away with the quality of the sound. He said it has been a good, sturdy mike so I'm giving it a chance. I love it so far but have not had it out on the road yet. I've been using it for practice and have been very pleased. I haven't really tested it's durability-it may be very durable but I've not personally tested it on the road yet.

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        4.0

        Inexpensive and works well

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        from Bayonet Point, Fl

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

        • It has no on/off switch

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

        I purchased as a spare and it works fine for live performances. The reason for the high rating is the price point, This is not a professional quality recording mic. However, as a spare to bring along for performances or practice, it serves its purpose. It comes with a case and clip and sounds great

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Fell for the reviews

        By 

        from san jose, ca

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Karaoke
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

          I fell for the positive reviews and ordered one of these a couple years ago. It's a pretty bad cheap mic, don't understand what all the hype is about. Mine distorted easily and sounded thin and brittle. Definitely NOT a 57 or 58, that's for sure. It's junk, I never bothered to return it. Wouldn't recommend it for anything beyond speech or karaoke.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great

          By 

          from Round Rock Texas

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          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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By 

              from Puerto Rico

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                  Excellent product very satisfied

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  mic

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                  from bronx

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                  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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Absolutely superb & durable live vocal mic

                    By 

                    from Iowa

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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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