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CardioidSennheiser Electronics Corporation e 838

Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

The Sennheiser e 838 is a handheld dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern.

This mic is in the professional line of Sennheiser’s “evolution” series, and is the only mic with silver finish. Nonetheless it is otherwise identical to the e840.

Like all the handheld vocal dynamics in the series, the e838 features a shockmounted capsule to reduce handling noise, and a humbucking coil to reduce EMI/RFI (electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference).

The mic’s frequency response (measured at 1m, much farther than the live performance applications for which it was intended) is nominally flat from 150Hz–2kHz, Between 2kHz and 10kHz, the mic has a +4dB presence boost.

Proximity effect likely creates a much fuller low-frequency response than is indicated by the mic’s published rolloff below 150Hz.

The e800 series vocal microphones can be distinguished as follows:

  • e815 (cardioid) - inexpensive mics for the consumer market
  • e825 (cardioid) - entry-level mic for stage use
  • e835 (cardioid) - best-selling vocal mic
  • e838 (cardioid) - this is the e840 with a silver finish
  • e840 (cardioid) - tuned for better projection on loud stages, improved feedback rejection; has 10-year warranty.
  • e845 (supercardioid) - tighter pickup pattern for more feedback rejection is needed

According to Sennheiser, all these microphones share a basic moving-coil cartridge design, but differ in the size and shape of their diaphragms, the coil windings, damping elements, and resonators.

The Sennheiser Electronics Corporation e 838 is also known as: e838, evolution 838.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (2 mV/Pa; 40 - 18,000 Hz)
Coil Diameter Impedance SPL/Noise
n/a 350 Ohms (Low) SPL n/a
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
330g (11.64oz) 181mm (7.13'') 47mm (1.85'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
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