Sennheiser e845 S (With On/Off Switch) Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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February 13, 2013Music Background:
Playing and singing my entire life.
EXCELLENT Mic!!!!!This is just a fantastic microphone. Extremely well built and the sound is extremely professional. Works great with my voice(tenor/baritone.) I love the on/off switch. Clear, warm, and true to my actual voice.
from United States
October 26, 2011Music Background:
As AdvertisedWorks well as advertised. Service and shipping from Sweetwater were also as advertised.
from Sugar Land, TX
August 13, 2011Music Background:
35 years of professional live sound expierience
Solid Stage PerformerI've been using these for almost 10 years for both male and female voices. Very satisfied with the warm sound, low handling noise,
& solid build. Even the switch is smooth and quiet. Beware of fakes
from China being sold on Ebay.
from Bethalto, IL.
December 6, 2010Music Background:
Sound Board Operator
Bye Bye FeedbackOur old sound system with its aging Shure57/58 mics was a haven of feedback and squeal. Our singers spent more time finding a feedback-free zone than they did singing. We purchased six of these puppies and immediately put it to the supreme test- yes I stuck the microphone into the stage monitor. I was within 2 feet of direct contact before they started to hum. I can dial down the gains without sacrificing clarity and tone. The extra $50 we spent compared to a Shure57/58 is worth 5 times that in sound quality and feedback suppression.
from Monterey, TN
July 20, 2008Music Background:
Vocalist; Live Sound Engineer; Recording Engineer
Simply Awesome Live Vocal MicI stumbled across this mic a couple of years ago while attempting to purchase a Shure Beta 58 for another member of my band to use on backing vocals during live performances. Prior to my introduction to Sennheiser, I had purchased Shure mics exclusively based upon the recommendations of other professionals I trusted in the business (I was relatively new in the "pro" end of live performing and didn't know my pro gear the way I do now). Always having been the lead singer, I was using a Beta 58 wireless rig, a Beta 87 as my secondary mic, and just assumed that the best mic for the other members of the band would be a Beta 58 as well. So I called up one of the well-known music gear providers and proceeded to attempt to order one.
That's when the sales rep asked me if I had tried a Sennheiser 835. I told him the same thing I have written above, but he reminded me that the specs were exactly the same on the two mics, but that the Sennheiser was considerably cheaper and had a 10 YEAR WARRANTY to boot! I waffled a bit, but he convinced me to try a Sennheiser by telling me that he would personally handle my return if I were not completely satisfied (in other words, if the Sennheiser did not meet or beat my expectations of the Shure Beta 58!) Since I was already planning on spending the price of the Beta 58, I moved up a bit in the Sennheiser line from the 835 he had recommended and got this 845S while still saving a couple of bucks.
All I can say is that several years later I now have three of these for the other members of the band and when not running wireless, I use a Sennheiser MD 431 II for my lead vocals. I never purchased another Shure mic and there are a couple reasons why. First of all, this mic cuts through the mix better than a Beta 58, and almost as well as a BETA 87 at half the price!! Secondly, the Sennheiser mics very noticeably feed back less (or are more forgiving of poor mic or monitor placement), which is paramount during a live performance. Third, this mic gives you a switch, which is very handy in eliminating stage noise or feedback potential from your mix when not in use (your live engineer doesn't have to worry about remembering to push the 'mute' button at the right time all night long!). You won't get that on a Beta 58 or 87.
The bottom line is that this mic gets 5 stars because of its price-to-performance ratio against its peers. It is crisp and "hot" without feeding back like most of its competitors, and the fact that it costs less while performing better makes it simply mind-boggling why so many performers are still hanging on to the Shure SM58 and Beta 58. Being a performer and engineer for over 15 years, I have become very accostomed to "getting what you pay for" when it comes to pro music gear. Sennheiser mics are the exception to this rule, and more people should know about it!
from Houston, TX
May 1, 2004
Very nice mic for the priceThe e845 is a very clean sounding vocal mic that definitely made any Shure product in that price range into mush! A singer I was working with couldn't cut thru the mix in the Shure 58's so I went mic shopping with him and found one that was working perfectly with his voice - the e845!
It has a bit of mid and hi end boost so that makes it cut better in a mix. It is also quite good on electric guitar as I found later on.