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X/Y Stereobeyerdynamic MCE 82

X/Y Stereo Condenser Stereo Microphone

The MCE82 is a stereo FET condenser microphone intended primarily for field work rather than studio applications.

It has two miniature electret condenser capsules, shockmounted at 90° (or ±45° from the microphone axis).

The mic’s frequency response is essentially flat from 100Hz to 6kHz, with a slight presence rise at 3kHz (+1dB), another broad peak (+2dB) around 8kHz. The -3dB point is beyond 20kHz.

The low end rolls off naturally below 100Hz, with the -3dB point around 60Hz. With the high-pass filter engaged, the LF rolloff is more aggressive, beginning at 150Hz and hitting -3dB at 100Hz.

The mic has two powering options:

  • 12&ndash48V phantom
  • 1 AA (1.5V) battery (with LED battery-status indicator)

The mic is supplied with a 2.5m Y-cable, splitting the mic’s XLR5M into two XLR3M plugs (p/n MVK 82-N(CM)), a 9V battery, and a mic clip (p/n MKV 11).

Electronic Musician, 2003

Beyerdynamic makes clear right up front that the MCE 82 is not intended as a professional-quality studio microphone… Just the same, the 82 proved a decent performer… typically producing a hotter, more forward sound than the AT825, but with less bass, fuller mids, and a tendency toward some harshness in the high mids.

The beyerdynamic MCE 82 is also known as: MCE82.


Frequency Response - X/Y StereoClick Graph to Compare!
MCE 82 X/Y Stereo Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
X/Y Stereo (7.9 mV/Pa; 50 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Filter: HPF @ 150Hz (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 128 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
205g (7.23oz) 220mm (8.66'') 27mm (1.06'')
  • 5-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Has battery compartment (AA/1.5V)
  • Phantom voltage: 12-48v

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