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Sennheiser MKE 440 – The Best Mircophone Ever?

Luke Gardner - 2 months ago

We live in a very visual-based world. But audio can tell just as much of a story as the visuals can and that’s why its important to make sure we’re using the right equipment. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Sennheiser MKE 440 a directional stereo mic which could take your videos to the next level.

I’ve been very impressed with the level of quality I’ve been getting from the MKE 440, so much so that I’ve switched to using it for all future videos, I mean why wouldn’t you. It captures sounds without losing any tones making it ideal for audio voice recordings and there’s next to no tweaking that needs to be done in post. Sennheiser also states that it’s ideal for musical instrument and ambient recordings too.

What makes the MKE 440 unique is the V-shape design and on closer inspection, it is not a single microphone but two cardioid microphones design to give you stereo sound but also focus inwards to give you better directional audio. Very clever. Probably one of the main reasons this isn’t a widely adopted microphone is because it uses two microphones and if one goes wrong you won’t know until you get into the editing bay. However, there is nothing stopping you from switching to a mono set-up although it would probably only be a temporary fix as you would purchase this microphone for its stereo audio capabilities.

To see how well the Sennheiser MKE 440 performs check our video below and you can hear for yourself what this microphone can really do and how stacks up to a cheaper Rode VideoMicro and Sennheiser Lav Mic system. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and let us know what you’d like us to review next!

5/5

PhotoBite Sennheiser MKE 440 review -
Sennheiser MKE 440:- The MKE 440 with its unique design offers audio quality that can't be achieved by any other microphone for its price. If you're in the market for one, this should be on your list to look at.

Pros

  • 100 Hour Battery Life
  • Audio is fantastic straight out the camera

Cons

  • £300 Price tag could deter some buyers

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Luke Gardner

Features Editor @ PhotoBite

Luke lives and breaths photography. With experience working freelance, in retail and also teaching photography; Luke has been exposed to a broad spectrum of knowledgeable people and has a real hunger to explore what others are up to in this incredibly creative world. Starting from the age of 12 his fascination with photography as done nothing but fuel his ambition to create and explore all areas in the photographic world. Luke’s role at PhotoBite ranges from feature writing to testing equipment, with his natural teaching skills seeing him take his place as in-house presenter for camera hardware and accessories on the PhotoBite YouTube channel.