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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.8

(based on 218 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (184)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (58)
  • Durable (47)
  • Easy to use (43)
  • Versatile (35)
  • Lightweight (31)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (43)
  • Outdoor events / games (34)
  • Home studio (31)
  • Amateur recording (30)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (22), Novice (3)

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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better tham my SM58

By Guy Smith

from San Francisco, CA

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Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

I record and perform, and have been using a Sure SM58 for a long time.So my girlfriend starts taking singing lessons and wants to do a duet, so I figured getting her a separate mic was a good move. I said "Get a $20 mic, and if it sucks, then we'll upgrade you." After looking at other reviews, we picked the XM8500.I set the XM8500 up a few feet away from my SM58, grabbed my axe and started working with both mics. I hate to say it but I like the inexpensive Behringer better than my workhorse Shure.The Behringer is more forgiving with spikes in vocal pressure. Not much, but enough to eliminate the occasional ?boom? I can throw into the mic. Also, being a baritone, the Behringer lacked the Shure?s bottom-end boominess (add my baritone, good wind and some proximity effect and the SM588 come though louder and deeper than thunder).Otherwise, I cannot hear a dime?s worth of difference between the two. The Behringer has good end-to-end frequency response, a solid feel, and getting it for 1/5th the price of an SM58 doesn?t hurt.My only complaint (and it is a nit pick) is the mic stand clip. It is an odd duck in shape and the smoothness of pushing the mic into it. Not a biggie for me since I have a guitar hanging on my neck while performing. But someone who walks a stage with mic in hand might not like the rather rubbery and tight clip. Perhaps after a week mine will loosen-up and I?ll quit complaining.Bottom line: Unless you either need a specific mic for a specific vocalist or style, or you just like wasting cash, then the Behringer XM8500 is a great mic at a great price.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

xm8500 mic

By loose county

from Alaska

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Shure SM58 for a fraction of the price

By Bobbo the DJ

from Iowa

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Built like a tank - hell, TWO tanks!

    By StoicSideman

    from Missouri

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    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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Built like a sherman tank

      By JonnyDeath

      from Madtown, Ohio

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      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.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mic for the price

      By Gary

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

        Bought 2 of these mics to use for concerts so I don't have to tear apart my stage, I now own 10 of them.
        They stack up against my Senheiser mics . You can't go wrong with these

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great

        By Manny

        from Round Rock Texas

        About Me Experienced

        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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent sound

          By Oscar

          from El paso tx.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely superb & durable live vocal mic

            By Bobbo the DJ

            from Iowa

            About Me Professional Musician

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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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              High value budget mic

              By DJYW

              from Illinois

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer XM8500 Microphone:

                I have owned one of these mics for about five years and just bought a second. My primary uses for this mic are as an announcement mic at events or a vocal mic at small live performances. The mics are quite durable; I have never had any problem in over 100 nights of use. I've used SM58's for decades and have tried other lower end AKG standard and Nady wireless mics as well. I would put this mic just below the SM58 in overall quality and above the other value mics I have tried. This mic sounds much better and is much sturdier than the VHF Nady wireless mics I have tried. The sound quality isn't as high as an SM58 but you would have to have a very discriminating audience for them to notice any difference in the sound between the two.

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