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Sennheiser MKH 8040 Cardioid Microphone

Product Code SE500966
Manufacturer Sennheiser

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Due to its cardioid pick-up pattern the MKH 8040 is perfectly suitable for a wide range of applications. It features a balanced frequency response throughout the whole pick-up pattern, as well as a significantly reduced pick-up of rear sound without depriving it of its natural timbre: Very valuable talents when used in rooms with poor acoustics or when disturbing sounds impinge mainly from the rear.

Key Features

  • Cardioid pick-up pattern
  • Modular Design
  • Wide frequency response: 30 - 50,000 Hz
  • Extremely low distortion
  • Extremely low inherent self-noise
  • Balanced frequency response within the pick-up pattern
  • Very even directional diagram
  • Non-reflective Nextel® coating
  • Ideal as a spot microphone and for surround recordings
  • Timbrally identical with the other 8000-series microphones for optimum aural compatibility


  • Dimensions: d = 19mm, l = 74mm (41mm w/o XLR module) 
  • Transducer principle (Microphone): RF condenser microphone 
  • Frequency response: 30 - 50000 Hz 
  • Weight: 55g (25g w/o XLR module) 
  • Audio output: XLR-3M balanced, transformerless, floating 
  • Pick-up pattern: cardioid 
  • Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV/Pa) 
  • Nominal impedance: 25 Ohm 
  • Min. terminating impedance: 1000 Ohm 
  • Phantom powering: 48V +/- 4V 
  • Equivalent noise level: 13dB 
  • Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3: 22dB 
  • Maximum sound pressure level (passiv): 142dB SPL 
  • Current consumption: 3.3mA

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