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The Sennheiser Model MD 416-U
cardioid dynamic microphone

The Sennheiser MD 416-U

Description and Applications
The MD 416 sets new standards for a performer’s micro­phone. The transducer is double-housed and shock-mounted, making the microphone not only unrespon­sive to handling noise, but also preventing damage to the inner workings even with the roughest treatment. The frequency response extends far into the bass region, resulting in a powerful and smooth sound. The effect of the built-in pop filter is enhanced by an additional outside pop screen. The heavy metal housing has a satin chrome finish. The microphone’s output is balanced, low impedance, and permits direct connection to profes­sional equipment.

The Sennheiser MD 416-U

Microphone courtesy of Jeff Rudisill

Technical data, MD 416-U

  • Frequency response: 50 to 15,000 Hz

  • Acoustical mode of operation: pressure gradient receiver

  • Directional characteristic: cardioid

  • Attenuation at 1000 Hz: 17 dB –3 dB at 180°

  • Open circuit output level at 1000 Hz
    ref. 1 V/10 µbar: –58 dB

  • Impedance at 1000 Hz: 200 Ω

  • Output plug: XLR-3

  • Cable connector: Switchcraft A3F

  • Connections: 2 + 3 = signal; 1 + case = ground

  • Dimensions in mm: 29 and 49 diam., 160 long

  • Weight: 320 g

Descriptive text is from the Sennheiser Soloist Microphone MD 416 N data sheet, circa 1975.
Specifications shown are for the MD 416-U. (The MD 416 N uses a different connector.)

Download the data sheet for this mic.

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