Sennheiser MKH800-Twin-Ni - TWIN studio condenser microphone, nickel



Universal studio condenser microphone of exceptional quality. Pick-up patterns can be...
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The MKH 800 TWIN is a universal studio condenser microphone of exceptional quality. 

It includes a dual capsule consisting of two symmetrical push-pull transducers with high linearity. 

This is a "side fire" microphone with the two cardioid pick-up patterns of the transducer aligned back-to-back across the axis of the microphone. 

The signals of both transducers are not combined in the microphone in order to generate differing pick-up patterns but are available separately as two channels at the microphone output. 

This allows the pick-up patterns of the MKH 800 TWIN to be remotely adjusted. 

The signals can be combined in any desired way in the mixing console in order to create all pick-up patterns from omni-directional to figure-8 with an infinite number of intermediate stages. 

Based on the legendary MKH 800, this microphone opens up to a new dimension of studio recordings.


-Color: Nickel
-The remote adjustability and the variable pick-up patterns make the MKH 800 TWIN a universal main microphone, soloist microphone or supporting microphone.
-The pick-up patterns can be set and optimised under monitoring conditions. In other words, it is not necessary to fix the pick-up patterns definitively before recording.
-A wide range of mixes for stereo and surround are possible (including in parallel).
-Saving of the microphone signals in two channels also allows an unlimited range of mixes to be realised at a later date.
-The high sensitivity ensures interference-free signal paths as a result of high signal levels. The inherent noise of downstream microphone amplifiers is thus of minor importance.
-Very low inherent noise prevents the masking of filigree sound structures. The depth of the acoustic can be heard more clearly too.
-High linearity of the transducers minimises the signal distortions and ensures the transparency of the sound even at high sound levels.
-The frequency response extends to 50 kHz, thus improving the resolution for complex acoustic details.
-Stable pick-up patterns minimise sound distortion in the direct and diffuse field.
-Negative acoustic effects caused by the housing and the sound inlet basket are minimised.
-The small, slim design and the optionally dark housing design (Nextel) make it visually unobtrusive.

Technical data:



d 27 mm, l 136 mm


Frequency response (microphone)

30 - 50000 Hz


Transducer principle (Microphone)

RF condenser microphone



172 g


Pick-up pattern

omni-directional, cardioid, figure-of-eight


Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz)

40 mV/Pa (-28 dBV)


Nominal impedance

100 Ohm


Min. terminating impedance

2000 Ohm


Phantom powering

48V +/- 4V


Equivalent noise level

12 dB (A)


Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3

20 dB


Maximum sound pressure level (passiv)

134 dB SPL


Current consumption

2 x 3.1 mA


Dynamic range

122 dB(A), 114 dB (CCIR)


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