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Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone  

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Overview

  • Rugged metal body
  • Shock-mounted capsule
  • Frequency-independent directivity
Description & Specs
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For singers in loud bands.

The Sennheiser e 838 microphone from the evolution 800 Series has been engineered for the vocalist who needs the vocals to cut through the band. Due to its excellent acoustic properties, the e 838 mic delivers a high signal output to cut through high on-stage sound levels with ease. A gentle presence boost to even tonal response ensures vocal clarity and projection. The balanced frequency response maintains signal quality when moving on and off-axis during performance. The minimal proximity effect provides for consistently clear bass-end performance when singing closer to, or further from the microphone. The cardioid pick-up pattern provides excellent feedback rejection and good isolation from incidental rear noise. The rugged metal construction and internal damping isolates handling noise.

Features

  • Rugged metal body
  • Shock-mounted capsule
  • Frequency-independent directivity
  • Exceptional feedback rejection
  • Excellent vocal projection
  • Humbucking coil
  • Includes microphone clamp and heavy-duty pouch

Order today and have the high output and clarity you need.

 

e 838 Dynamic Microphone Specifications:

  • Transducer principle: dynamic
  • Frequency response: 40 - 17,000Hz
  • Pick-up pattern: cardioid
  • Sensitivity (free field, no load at 1kHz): 2mV/Pa ± 3dB
  • Nominal impedance 350 Ohms
  • Minimum terminating impedance: 1 kohms
  • Connector: XLR-3
  • Weight: 11.64oz. (330g)
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 1.85" x 7.125" (47 x 181mm)
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Sennheisere 838 Dynamic Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Durable (10)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (9), Experienced (6)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    5.0

    Cuts thru mix with presence and clarity

    By Superhand

    from Dallas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

      I've used all the "standards" at this price range (58, 835, etc). I had decided on the 835 until I heard this mic. This mic definitely cuts thru the mix. But not because it's super hot or loud. Rather, it's extremely clear with a subtle presence boost, and very little color. So, you can really hear someone using this mic, even at the same volume as other mics. Word to the wise, though. Because it's so clear, your voice will be heard and you can't hide back in the mix. Thus, you gotta be able to sing. But... as a result, the quality of my vocals have improved vastly since using this mic. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

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      5.0

      Great mic!

      By Hollemonster

      from Caldwell, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

      Outshines other "industry standard" pro vocal mics in the mix! It sounds great without having to add any EQing...

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      5.0

      A great mic great value!!!

      By B.R.

      from St. Louis

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Definitive Vocal Mic
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

        Great microphone!! Recommend it to anyone wanting to get their voice to sound with better presence. Buy this mic and you will not be disappointed.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great mic for a great price

        By Victory in Christ Jesus

        from Palm Bay, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

          We just started a new church and wanted some great mics but we just could not afford the real high end equipment at this point. My wife has used a 935 for years and it has been awesome so we thought we would try a few of these to see how well they would work. We were not disappointed at all ! If anything we were incredibly happy and will definitely be buying more of them as the church continues to grow. When we plugged in her 935, and replaced it with each of the 838's, we couldn't tell the difference. I also tested it against a Sure Beta58a, and found the 838 to be a little crisper.

          I will say that all of the mics are currently used by female singers (country, southern gospel, and contemporary Christian music)......and the mics are excellent. Definitely recommend it.

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          5.0

          Very nice mic!

          By CaioAustin

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

            I'm familiar to the sound of shure sm58 and also beta 57. In my opinion this Senn it's better than both. Crisp, detailed and considering it's a dynamic mic it's pretty airy too. Made in Germany. Solid construction. I don't like the silver color so much but it was a Stupid Deal of The Day so I can't complain. Even if it's not on sale I think its worth it!

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            5.0

            Great Value!!

            By Daniel

            from Brasil

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                Great Mic!!! Great Valeu!! Excelent for the price you pay!!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sennheiser e838

                By Flash

                from Michigan

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                  I now have 4 of these. Exceptional value. Clear, well made, and deliver the goods every time.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  E838 vs SM58

                  By Robert

                  from Lodi Calif.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Better Range Than A 58

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                      Compared this mike side by side with my stand by 58.
                      Have to say, the presence and depth was much better.
                      Really sounded like the beta series, but a lot cheaper!
                      Don't know about the "roadworthiness" as this is for
                      a permanent church setting but it definitely has a
                      higher quality sound.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      ok for the price

                      By Tous.

                      from Upper MI

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • A Good Mic For The Money

                      Cons

                      • Sensitive To Feedback

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                      Ok mic. Have a problem with feed back in close quarters.Moved it around and found the rooms sweet spot.(No squealing) So far so good. Only had it in use for two practice sessions.If I paid any more for it I would be concerned with the feedback. Over all sound quality is good.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      CLEAR & THIN WITHOUT THE TIN

                      By Babs O'Reilly

                      from Gator Country

                      About Me Experienced

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • No Added Tone

                      Cons

                      • Clear sound
                      • No Added Tone

                      Best Uses

                      • Fantastic Effects Clarity
                      • High Keyed Vocals
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                      This is the silver version of the e840 and has the same capsule as the e935. I absolutely love my e945s for depth, clarity, accuracy so I tried an e935 because I need tone mics for some folks. The e935 seemed to emphasize tone way heavy over clarity, and I sent it back, very disappointed after my e945s. Then I found out about this e838, basically the same mic as the e935 without the ND magnet and with less sensitivity and proximity effect(exact same curves, compare them). It was exactly what I was looking for as a companion to my e945s, but not at all a tone mic. I guess I'll just have to stick with my Shure Betas as tone mics for people who don't sing so deep or think it sounds better when they are grinding. I far prefer acoustic quality mics like the e945 and e838 over the Betas. I can sing in the Betas adequately, but they sound like mud to me compared to these two sweet Senn's(same reason I sent the e935 back).

                      What the e838 won't do
                      - give you an accented low end or heavy tone.
                      - give you an artificial mic induced 4k bump, you gotta get it on your preamp or mixer.

                      What the e838 will do
                      - give you the flattest, smoothest cruise through mids low to high. Side by side the e838 sounds very much like the e945 with a 150hz bass cut. The e838 doesn't have as much depth or nuance as the e945, but I prefer it over my beloved e945 on higher keyed songs because the upper mids are smoother and more accurate, I didn't realize what the 8k scoop on the e945 was costing me in terms of push until I started on the e838! and the e945 is the comfiest mic I ever crawled up into.
                      - give you the cleanest feed for effects, I couldn't believe the clarity in echoes, reverbs & synths. The e838 takes all the roughness out of effects that the Betas have(and a lot of people like?). It is nice and thin like the Heil PR20 but none of the tinny tone of the PR20.

                      So I don't recommend the e838 if you need deep or growly tone added to your voice, or you don't have a 4k mid eq to add on your mixer. In other words if you are more comfy hiding behind a mic's tone then stay away from the e838.

                      p.s. I held off a long time on writing this review until I was sure I had enough in my kit to last for fear you quys would buy them all up and cause the price to go back up. I think it's the best kept secret at Sennheiser. Yeah, the silver looks odd online but perfect on stage, and it is almost an identical match to the paint on the Shure KSM9 side by side. Hey, if that color's good enough for Daryl.....

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