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Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone

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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (34)
  • Durable (20)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (19), Experienced (16)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth professional sound, love it

By Sholo

from Wilmington, NC

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

    Love this microphone, used to sing through a shure sm58 but it just can't compare to this beauty. Sennenheiser is high quality and this microphone is the real deal for a great price.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    CLEAR & THIN WITHOUT THE TIN

    By Babs O'Reilly

    from Gator Country

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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.....

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Mic!

    By Toni

    from Auburndale, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

      Performed at Lundyville and used this mic. LOVED it and have just bought 2 from you for our studio and touring projects. Excellent vocal projection for female vocalist, instrument pickup, etc.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pretty awesome, I'd say.

      By WillHuff

      from Picksburgh, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear
      • Clear Sound
      • Presence

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

          Compared to a Shure sm58, much tighter low end and, that certain Sennheiser high end sparkle. If you have a lower register or a more powerful voice, this is the one for you. It cuts through the mix, not because of a higher output but because of the increased presence it has over a lot of other microphones. Feedback is really not an issue and the proximity effect you get with other mics is really not there (good or bad). I personally like it, it doesn't color the sound of your voice much at all. In other words, if you have a thin voice and depend on using the proximity effect of a mic to thicken your voice, this is not a good choice.

          (4 of 4 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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Noticeable Improvement

            By Paul Thomas

            from Philadelphia, PA

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Very Present Sound

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

            I've used the Sennheiser E835 for many years with the same lead singer of a band for whom I run sound. At a recent multi-band concert, we encountered a pre-set stage with an E838 in the lead singer's position. I didn't have another E835 with me so I decided to use the E838. I was very surprised that the lead singer sounded better with the E838 than the E835 with increased clarity and presence. I didn't have to adjust the channel EQ to add any presence boost or reduce low frequency plosives. The mic did it all for me. As soon as possible, I ordered an E838 and will use it for many of the lead singers I run sound for.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FANTASTIC!!!

            By bob from florida

            from Florida

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                BUY IT! BEST IN IT'S CLASS!!! if u can afford the e935 then do it, its the best, if not, do this, this is the second best in live vocal dynamics, unless u want a supercardioid, then go for the e845 or the e945

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  (3 of 3 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.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      One use your hooked

                      By Extol contempary gospel sound

                      from Miami, Az

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                        Love it . Been using it for years and makes my vocals have a rich quality. Not a box sound. Yo will be very pleased. I used it from a friend and then got my own. After one song I was hooked. Ha.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great microphone

                        By Zach

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                          This is the clearest sounding dynamic cardioid microphone that I've ever used. It is much better than my old Shure SM58, great for cutting through the mix. I sing baritone and tenor and play (mostly) electric guitar, and I've never been able to hear myself so well over what I'm playing, other than when I'm using a much more expensive tube mic (which is more for studio work than live performances). That isn't to say that the Sennheiser 838 is particularly hot (although it is considerably more responsive than the Shure), but rather, the tonal range of this mic doesn't step on what I'm doing instrumentally. In my experience, most microphones in this price range sound muddy... not so with this one. In fact, it's quite the opposite. For what it's worth, I have also been able to use the 838 in a small practice room without getting feedback. As someone who has been a semi-professional musician for nearly twenty years, I highly recommend this microphone.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Sennheiser 838

                          By Paulie Gee

                          from Lindenhurst, NY

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                            This mic seems to bring the vocals right out front. Feedback is almost non existant unless you have your reverb up too high and are right on top of the speakers. I have been using a Beyer mic for years but the E838 blows it away. I sing with a vocal group and I am now out front above the other singers. I also have an E835 wireless which is great also but I have a lot of trouble with feedback as it is very sensitive. If you are a lead singer, try this mic. You will not be disappointed.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great mic!

                            By Hollemonster

                            from Caldwell, TX

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            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...

                            (2 of 2 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.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              better than the sm58

                              By BlueGoose 1

                              from Bluegoose, TN

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Vocals Cut Through Mix

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                              I bought two, and I would very highly recommend this mic over the sm58 for the value, as well as the quality of mic you will get. Go on line and research the specs and you will see for yourself verses the sm58 this is the better mic at a better price. I am not downing the sm58, however the sm58 has been known as the standard vocal mic for years and shure will need to step up there frequency range on the 58 to get better than the 838. Like I said check out the specs and compare them.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great deal

                              By Arturo

                              from Portland,Maine

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Powerful
                              • Responsive
                              • Sweet Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Vocals

                                Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                                We A-B'd this mic against the e 835 and a Blue 200.It blew away the other Sennheiser and it was on sale for less.It was as good as the Blue 200 in clarity,power, and presence. A little different in the cardioid pattern.Great mic for the money !!

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Little known mic that sounds much better than SM58, for less

                                By JeffreyDoan

                                from California

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                                  I have used a pair of genuine (not fake) SM58s for the last 5 years at various live-music events including parties at home. I must say I was happy with the SM58s as they was very versatile for pretty much all type of vocalists. I also have a pair of Line6 XD-V75 wireless mics which are for the event' MCs and sometimes for vocal.

                                  Several months ago, I was requested to have 6 mics set up for an indoor event. Consider such requirement is quite rare, I went a little cheap and bought 2 e838s (after reading some pretty good reviews on them) thinking they would be good enough for the price.

                                  When I plugged in the e838s side-by-side with the SM58s, I found the e838s cutting through the mix much better, and sounding much clearer than the SM58s. After that event, I switched to the e838s as my main wired mics, while keeping the SM58s my spares.

                                  There was recently another event that required a 6-mic setting, which I again got to compare the e838 and the SM58S while miking them. It was much easier to mike the e838s as all I needed to do was to decrease the Low frequency a couple of notches (I have a Presonus Live 16.0.2), while the SM58s required 1 notch down for Low, 2 notches up for Mid, and 1 notch up for High to keep up with the e838s.

                                  I have since replaced the two SM58s with another pair of e838s for a total of 4 e838s. They are just good and so affordable without trade off in quality.

                                  To summarize: the mic feels substantial and durable, the sound is clear and cut through easily, and the price is just right.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Goodby Norma SM58

                                  By EdInFL

                                  from Fort Pierce, FL

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                                    Originally got it to have some additional live vocal mic options in my sound gear when working with different vocalists because it was on sale, and it's replaced the SM58 in my personal live rig. Just tried it and liked it so much better for my voice that I've never gone back. Seems to my ear to be a bit less harsh in the top end than a SM58, and less boomy in the bottom than a EV 767a.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Best you will find in this price range.

                                    By Irene's Dream bass.

                                    from DC area.

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                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Cuts Through The Mix
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • none

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Almost Anything

                                    Comments about Sennheiser e 838 Dynamic Microphone:

                                    This mic makes,even my vocals,sound clean and clear. You can spend more,but I can't see why you would.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    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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