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The Sennheiser Model MD 416-U
cardioid dynamic microphone

The Sennheiser MD 416-U


Description and Applications
The MD 416 is setting 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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