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Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The e 965 is Sennheiser’s first large-diaphragm handheld vocal condenser. It is also one of the only multipattern condensers in this form factor that we have seen.

e 965 capsuleThe mic’s capsule is a one-inch, true-condenser design. Its polar pattern is switchable from Cardioid to Supercardioid; the Supercardioid is narrower, offering slightly better side rejection plus deep nulls at ±120° at the expense of 5–10dB reduced rear rejection at 180°.

e 965 SwitchesThe pattern switch is located on the capsule mount, beneath the removable grille. Two additional switches control a high-pass filter (-6dB/octave @ 150Hz) and -10dB pad.

The mic ships with a clip (MZQ 800) and storage pouch.

The Sennheiser Electronics Corporation e 965 is also known as: evolution 965, e965.

The mic was released in 2008.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (7 mV/Pa; 40 - 20,000 Hz)
Supercardioid (7 mV/Pa; 40 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10 dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF: -6dB/Octave @ 150Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25.4mm
50 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 152 dB
Self-noise: 21.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
396g (13.97oz) 199mm (7.83'') 48mm (1.89'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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