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The Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone features interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules and a gold-sputtered diaphragm. It is perfect f...Click To Read More About This Product

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Affordable small-diaphragm condenser mic.

The Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone features interchangeable cardioid and omnidirectional capsules and a gold-sputtered diaphragm. It is perfect for acoustic instruments, vocals, and overhead miking. Its ultralow-noise, transformerless FET input eliminates low-frequency distortion. The -10dB attenuator can be used with high-volume signal sources, while the low-cut filter eliminates floor rumble. Behringer delivers the B-5 Condenser Microphone in a rugged hard case with stand adapter and windscreen.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Condenser type
  • Interchangeable capsules, for cardioid and omnidirectional patterns
  • Gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • Low-noise transformerless FET input
  • -10dB attenuator
  • Low-cut filter
  • Includes hard case, stand adapter, and windscreen
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BehringerB-5 Condenser Microphone
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Home studio (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very good, affordable microphone

I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference....Read complete review

I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference. My old ones seemed to add a harsh, distorted frequency to the snare that I stupidly thought was just the sound of the wires for a long time (I won't even go into the cruddy cymbal sound), even with minimal gain and a reasonable distance from the set (I'm not a hard hitter, so I don't think that it was an issue of the SPL overloading the mic capsule either) and the B-5 gave an incredibly warm, clean sound to the snare that I previously thought was unachievable with my setup. After that comparison I was convinced that I could record a good, quality (home studio quality, anyway) drum track only using two of these microphones and optimized placement. I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone looking for some drum overheads to get their home studio started. I'm sure these aren't the best by any means and that if I had the budget I would have gone for a slightly higher-end matched pair of mics, but as far as bang-for-the-buck goes this is a pretty sweet deal. I have been using these for about a month now and the only thing that I can recommend are in-line attenuators (I like sound of the high pass function in the mic much more than the one in my DAW, it sounds more mellow) because these mics do seem to run a little hot for some of the louder notes I hit and my interface doesn't have a -20dB switch on it, which I imagine might be even more of a problem depending on a drummer's use of brute force. Although, if you're not worried about using the high pass at the same time, then the -10dB pad on the mic also works very well. I have also found that, with a very little bit of EQ a pair of these mics captures an incredibly decent stereo acoustic guitar track as well. I've read that sometimes Quality Control on these (as well as other Behringer products) is not always the best, but I had also read that Behringer is very good about replacing defective equipment with few questions asked. I, personally, am glad that I took that risk; I have never been happier with raw drum tracks than I have been using two of these as overheads.

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Looks good, sounds good, but is in my opinion unreliable

I own 4 of these mics. I bought 2x2. The couples do differ from another (metal or plastic top-end on the end of the mics front-end inside). Even de capsule have different...Read complete review

I own 4 of these mics. I bought 2x2. The couples do differ from another (metal or plastic top-end on the end of the mics front-end inside). Even de capsule have different screw length. Only used them at home(recording). They make strange rumbling noises sometimes with 'ploppy'-peaks.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

B-5 Condenser Microphone

By Terrance Arford

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

Having both omni and cardioid pickup pattern capsules available, on hand, in the case, ready to go, and with 3 attenuation settings at hand, as needed for every sound situation, makes me a much more effective sound engineer.
Compact size, 3 attenuation settings, interchangable omni and cardoid pickup pattern capsules, 48V phantom power, XLR
Before I purchased these mics, I rented from my local stage, studio and on-location movie shoot rental establishment for a live-on-stage show of a local babershop chorus and these mics performed splendidly. When the chorus asked me to purchase PA gear for their road gigs, I didn't hesitate to purchase 3 of these.
By comparison, these have all the performance of more expensive brands at a fraction of the cost. Our chorus would not have been able to begin purchasing their own equipment if it weren't for the price and quality of these mics.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very good, affordable microphone

By Kyle

from Fredericksburg, VA

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Possible Qc Issues

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

I bought these to use as drum overheads to replace my old overheads. I recorded a quick side-by-side comparison of my old overheads and these and instantly I was blown away by the difference. My old ones seemed to add a harsh, distorted frequency to the snare that I stupidly thought was just the sound of the wires for a long time (I won't even go into the cruddy cymbal sound), even with minimal gain and a reasonable distance from the set (I'm not a hard hitter, so I don't think that it was an issue of the SPL overloading the mic capsule either) and the B-5 gave an incredibly warm, clean sound to the snare that I previously thought was unachievable with my setup. After that comparison I was convinced that I could record a good, quality (home studio quality, anyway) drum track only using two of these microphones and optimized placement. I am very pleased with my purchase and would recommend these to anyone looking for some drum overheads to get their home studio started. I'm sure these aren't the best by any means and that if I had the budget I would have gone for a slightly higher-end matched pair of mics, but as far as bang-for-the-buck goes this is a pretty sweet deal. I have been using these for about a month now and the only thing that I can recommend are in-line attenuators (I like sound of the high pass function in the mic much more than the one in my DAW, it sounds more mellow) because these mics do seem to run a little hot for some of the louder notes I hit and my interface doesn't have a -20dB switch on it, which I imagine might be even more of a problem depending on a drummer's use of brute force. Although, if you're not worried about using the high pass at the same time, then the -10dB pad on the mic also works very well. I have also found that, with a very little bit of EQ a pair of these mics captures an incredibly decent stereo acoustic guitar track as well. I've read that sometimes Quality Control on these (as well as other Behringer products) is not always the best, but I had also read that Behringer is very good about replacing defective equipment with few questions asked. I, personally, am glad that I took that risk; I have never been happier with raw drum tracks than I have been using two of these as overheads.

(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

B-5

By GFish

from winter park, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    i bought this mic and as soon as i got it i know i waisted my money. this mic sound like you are using a tin can to record. i wish i returned it. you need to open the trim almost all the way to get a good single and then the mic clips early easy like all Behringer gear in my experience. do not waist you money and get a better mic for the price like CAD GXL1200BP.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I record with one of these all the time

    By Tyler-4w6CG

    from Bakersfield, CA

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    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    For what this thing is worth, I've gotten my guitar to sparkle when I'm doing acoustic recordings. I myself have never used a super high quality small diaphragm condenser, but you can get some super decent tones out of this, if I had two I'd use them for drum overheads.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Great Mic

    By VocalMann

    from MN

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    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    The Behringer B-5 Condenser Mic is a great option for live sound and recording! I've used it for vocals and guitar and it sounds amazing, just make sure you're not cranking up the volume to insane levels or you will get feedback. All in all a sweet piece of equipment!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great starter mic for new tapers

    By Tye Dye Jim

    from Winston-Salem, NC

    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    They are a great starter mic for the inexperienced taper, who doesn't want to spend a king's ransom for a first set of mics.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great mic!

    By Music Educator 1997

    from Georgia

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    I recently purchased two of these for my elementary school chorus. They sound terrific! I can really crank these up and now I can hear even the most timid student clearly from anywhere in our auditiorium. I think they are a clear winner for the budget conscientious educator who would like SM81 quality, but can't afford the high price tag for one mic. I am planning to secure two more of these!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Giant Killer!

    By Lucky13-tYYT0

    from NY

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    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    Simply put, you can't find a better microphone for the money. I bought a pair of these gems. The first thing I did was to do some measurements to see how closely matched two off the shelf B-5s would be. The frequency response and output was virtually identical. Both on axis and off. And for both capsules. In recording an orchestra, I had great results using them as both a spaced omni pair, and in ORTF (cardioid). Recording at 24/96, I am seeing response up to 35Khz with these! Super quiet and accurate, what more can I say? You simply cannot beat the price/performance ratio here. If you are going to pick up some for stereo recording, make sure you buy them all at once, as I think this will ensure a close match between them without the need for paying for a "matched pair".

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow! Great value mic!

    By Battman540

    from Harvest, AL

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    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    I needed a couple of general purpose condensors to have available so I bought a pair of the B-5 mics. They looked ok and I did a quick sound check and they were working so in the bag they went. The first time I used them I put them up against my Neumann KM184 just to see how they would do. Amazing (for the price). Would I trade my Neumanns for them, NO WAY! Would I buy another pair, YES.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    It works, but not well

    By Bill in pittsburgh

    from Pa

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

    I own one and it is not usable live for micing guitars. it will feedback instantly. It works for recording but not great in any way. I also own an sm81 which blows it away in every respect. If you can, wait save some money and stay away from Behringer gear. I have tried their guitars, mics, and a full P.a. system and they are all subpar.

     
    1.0

    Looks good, sounds good, but is in my opinion unreliable

    By Coax

    from Netherlands

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

      I own 4 of these mics. I bought 2x2. The couples do differ from another (metal or plastic top-end on the end of the mics front-end inside). Even de capsule have different screw length. Only used them at home(recording). They make strange rumbling noises sometimes with 'ploppy'-peaks.

       
      4.0

      Good if you have a good interface

      By Ran

      from Llano, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        If you have a good audio interface, this mic will do well for vocals and drum cymbals, and it will do pretty good for acoustic guitar. I did compare this mic to a Rhode NT-1, and they are very similar in sound on my voice and acoustic guitar. I also compared this mic to the expensive AKG C451b. If the AKG C451b microphone could be rated at a 10.0 on acoustic guitar, the B-5 could be rated at a 8.0. Remember, acoustic guitars need a good sounding room, proper mic placement (I measure about 8 inches directly in front of the 12 fret), and saliva on your fingers to reduce string noise. Elixer strings are also the quitest strings for recording. Another good thing about this mic is the price. I've had two of these mics for two years, no problems so far.

         
        5.0

        Another amazing Behringer Value

        By JEFF SMITH-O.iI1

        from Grant, Alabama

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        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        I never would have even considered trying this mike except for the fact I own several Behringer products now, and repeatedly, I am amazed at the quality they offer which is normally the caliber of which you must pay three to four times as much to obtain. After using this mike, I can say I was amazed at the tremendous quality of something so small, and so inexpensive. I own an AKG C451-B and it is better, but not five times better. The AKG has a slightly richer, fuller sound, but the Behringer is actually cleaner and a little punchier. It looks exactly like a miniature C451 and has a great feel.Behringer has amazed me once again. This is a great little mike, and a person cannot go wrong with it, especially for the money.

         
        5.0

        Good Buy!

        By just a guy-gkuAu

        from Valley Grove, WV

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        This mic is THE best quality you can buy for the price. The sound it produces is clear and full, perfect response. I would highly recommend this mic.

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By Jon-cFVdp

        from New York

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        I have used this mic for acoustic guitar, micing keyboards, micing amps, hand drums, and vocals and it sounds great all the way. I run it to a mackie 8 channel mixer into a motu 828 firewire processer. Great dynamic range. You can hear every note on a acoustic guitar. Amazing mic for the price.

         
        5.0

        behringer b-5

        By Phil-g_eyd

        from Ohio

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        Solid construction, sounds good! nice features.

         
        5.0

        B-5 in Live Use

        By mfs

        from Panorama City, CA.

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        I thought the Church could use this mic for then just purchased Piano. Because of its small size, two could be fixed inside. This has not happened !Once I heard it on Vocals!! This mic is Much a better vocal mic than a stock Mk219 Oktava. I used the Mk219 on Piano, and the B-5, for the Piano player (Worship Leader). The Church has 3 Mk219s.We need more B-5s.

         
        5.0

        High quality for a great price

        By Sean Hayes

        from Marshfield, WI

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        I bought two of these mics for micing bass and guitar amps and wow am I impressed. The -10db switch is perfect when you have a loud bass amp. have never seen it clip on the board. I also used them as overhead mics for a drumset...The low freaquency switch works well so that it only picks up cymbals and not toms of snare. It also has two different capsules that you can switch for cardoid or omnidirectional pickup. this feature is very nice for many different applications. This mic compares to high quality Shure condensers. I already ordered two more.

         
        5.0

        superb for drum overheads

        By denny-Qbn_r

        from Seattle, WA

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        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        I'd been borrowing a friend's KSM-32s but was running out of favors. Bought a pair of these and got a drum sound with 'em that I actually liked better. Mic'd the rest of the kit with good ol' SM-57s, 112 on kick, and ta-da, sounds like the real deal.I've also used the B-5 on nylon string acoustic guitar with great results. Clear sound, bright yet capturing the warm and woody thing too.

         
        5.0

        B-5 microphone

        By dkhmem

        from Memphis, TN

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        Comments about Behringer B-5 Condenser Microphone:

        This microphone provides excellent performance on stage. I love the size of it. Very comfortable to hold on stage. It's great for bass vocals in that it picks up low notes with ease and projects so well.

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