Behringer XM8500
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Behringer XM8500

XM8500, Dynamisches Mikrofon from Behringer in the Ultravoice series.

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sacchetta 16/10/2014

Behringer XM8500: Produktbewertung von sacchetta (content in English)

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The Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 dynamic microphone is the perfect addition to anyones gear arsenal. I will admit, you aren't going to use this mic for vocals in the studio. Don't let that discourage you from buying one, this is a handy mic to have around. Ya I'd mic up a guitar amp with one of these, I've done it in the past and it sounded just fine, but it's not going to capture much vibrance in the high end. Works great live where an SM58 may pick up lots of noise. It's a great talkback mic for the studio, great DJ mic (no on/off switch though). At the end of the day you can find it on the internet for $20. Go out for dinner - vs - have a mic forever. And for $20 you might as well get 2 (true story, happened to me).

Specs:
-Wide frequency response
-Common noise bearing frequencies reduced for minimal feedback on stage
-50Hz - 15 kHz response
-Builtin shock mount system
-High balanced output
-Unidirectional cardioid
-Sensitivity -70dB
-Low IMP 250Ω
-XLR
-Builtin round wind/pop screen filter
-Mic clip
-Hard shell carrying case
-Strong design
-3 year warranty
-Black
-6.5"X2"
-.65lbs
-Made by Behringer Germany

OVERALL OPINION

What I liked most about it had to be the tailored frequency reduction to help out in situations where there is a lot of noise. What I mean by that string of words is the XM8500 will output less feedback than the SM58. Lets not beat around the bush, this is a copy of the SM58. sM58 xM8500. They also look almost identical, minus the black grill for the 8500. Behringer gets a lot of hate for "stealing" other companies patents/designs, but Behringer also makes a lot of affordable gear for the everyday person. Behringer helps people like me (and many of you) buy enough gear to meet my needs without having to take out a loan or go broke.

Sound quality-wise it's not the vocal mic for a studio recording. Yes you CAN do it, but if you have virtually any $100+ mic use that instead. I mainly say this because the Ultravoice only takes in up to 15kHz (human range is 20kHz max). In other words, if you use this on a beautiful grand piano in a brilliant hall, you aren't going to be happy with the results. The reason for this 15kHz max is that that's where a lot of feedback effects the average live vocal mic. Behringer has also dipped down other frequencies surrounding 15kHz in effort to help reduce any other noise.

Value for price, awesome. I got mine 2 for $40 used, but this was a couple years back. Now they are about $20 each new online. You probably can't even buy this in parts that cheap. It's in my top 5 for best value for price of gear ever.

I didn't try out other models before this one, I had used others in the past though so I had a benchmark for what I wanted. Knowing what I know now, yes absolutely I might even buy another 2 someday. Put it in your audio engineer "go-bag", yes the case is bulky but you can always find another.

Pros:
-Less feedback in live situations
-Heavy duty
-Versatile
-Looks like a SM58

Cons:
-15kHz frequency limit
-Not good for studio vocals