Sennheiser MKH20's opinions anyone?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Avidmusic, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Avidmusic

    Avidmusic Guest

    I am looking for people that have used the Sennheiser MKH20's and Id like to know their opinion on them.

    What works with them? The MKH20's are basically the same as the amazing MKH800's except the MKH20's are a fixed polar pattern in Omni.

    Good and Bad experiences with them?

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I actually don't own a pair but I use both those and their cardioid sisters. They are lovely and exquisite sounding microphones. I'm also very partial to their headphones but I digress. They produce loads of output level and have quite a different sound from most other condenser microphones. They have the clarity without the rough edge you here in many other smaller capsule condenser microphones. With virtually no noise originating from its internal electronics, it's been lovely into the API mike preamps that I've been using them with. I have only used these microphones for classical music, stage bands, choirs and solo vocalists. No rock and roll. They would be at the top of my list for my next purchase for a quality condenser microphone. I know the owner has sent them back in for periodic service and calibration over the years and has been very pleased with their customer service.

    After all, they also now own Neumann.

    So which one is better?

    The answer is yes.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    First - it's important to note that they are actually quite different than the MKH800. Single diaphram vs dual, completely different electronics...etc.

    People are very polarized on the sound of the MKH series...some love it, some dislike it. Personally, I'm in that second camp. (With the exception of the 800). I find the top end to be artificial and the sound in general to Starbucks coffee...That is to say - regular, home ground coffee tastes good. It's dirty, bitter but flavorful water with an attitude. Starbucks does something to theirs to nicen it so that the dirty and the bitter aren't there, just the flavor and the niceness....

    With microphones, I prefer the bitter and the dirty. Therefore, I choose Schoeps or Gefell for most of my mic'ing needs and won't look back. It's all a matter of personal preference.

    What do you plan to do with the mics (drum overheads, piano, full ensemble)? I do actually like them as overheads, but that's an awful lot of money for a pair of drum overheads. If you have that kind of disposable income...can I borrow a little?
  4. Avidmusic

    Avidmusic Guest

    Well I got an amazing deal on them. For the pair of them I paid 800 $$$ brand new.

    Yea I will use them for piano, drum overheads. Im going to experiment to see what else they sound good on, any ideas? Has anyone tried them on acoustics?

    Thanks for your input!
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    $800 for the pair?!?!?!?!?!?

    Hell, I don't like em that much, but I'll drop that for the pair! Any chance they'll keep that offer open to others????
  6. Avidmusic

    Avidmusic Guest

    Nope, sorry.. It was a one time deal. Best deal I have came across yet..

    I could easily put them on ebay and double my money and probably more considering they sell at a minimum 1200 $$ a piece. Which then is a good deal.

    I am going to keep them though.
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