Sennheiser e965 Handheld Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Stage Condenser Vocal Microphone with Switchable Cardioid and Supercardioid PIckup Patterns, Low-cut Switch, 10dB Pad, and 40Hz-20kHz Frequency Response
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Two Pickup Patterns, in a Rugged Handheld Condenser!

Sennheiser's e965 is a large-diaphragm, true-condenser handheld microphone that features an innovative dual-diaphragm capsule. At the flip of a switch, you can access either a cardioid polar pattern or a supercardioid polar pattern. Plus, with the e965, you'll enjoy the sensitivity you'd find from a top studio condenser microphone while enjoying Sennheiser proven stage ruggedness. The microphone also features a low-cut switch, to help remove rumble and wind noise, and a 10dB pad. You also get an excellent 40Hz-20kHz frequency response with the Sennheiser e965.

Sennheiser e965 Large-diaphragm Handheld Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
  • Two polar patterns, available at the flip of a switch
  • The sensitivity of a studio condenser, built tough for the stage
  • Low-cut switch, a 10dB pad, and a stellar 40Hz-20kHz frequency response
Two polar patterns, available at the flip of a switch

The Sennheiser e965 puts you in touch with two different polar patterns - cardioid and supercardioid - so you can easily switch the pickup for the applications. In fact, it's the first large-diaphragm, true-condenser handheld microphone to offer this innovative dual-diaphragm capsule.

The sensitivity of a studio condenser, built tough for the stage

When you take to the stage with the Sennheiser e965, you get that signature sensitivity associated with studio condenser microphones. Yet, you also get the ruggedness of Sennheiser Evolution Stage line - perfect for the stage.

Low-cut switch, a 10dB pad, and a stellar 40Hz-20kHz frequency response

Each Sennheiser e965 is handmade in Germany and includes a 10-year warranty, giving you awesome value for your dollar, right out of the box. Other features for application include the microphone's low-cut switch for reducing rumble, a 10dB pad for singers with strong voices, a capsule shockmount for reducing handling noise, excellent moisture protection, and an impressive 40Hz-20kHz frequency response. Plus, each microphone includes an MZQ 800 mic clip and a handy storage pouch.

Sennheiser e965 Large-diaphragm Handheld Condenser Microphone Features:
  • Dual-diaphragm, with switchable pick-up pattern (cardioid/supercardioid)
  • Low-cut switch
  • Switchable pre-attenuation (-10dB)
  • Capsule shockmount
  • Integral moisture protection
  • Frequency response of 40Hz-20kHz
  • Individually Handmade in Germany
  • Sennheiser 10-year warranty
  • Includes a MZQ 800 microphone clip and pouch
  • 10-year factory warranty
The Sennheiser e965 gives you handy onstage access to two different pickup patterns - cardioid and supercardioid!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Supercardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 142dB (152dB w/Pad)
Output Impedance 50 ohms
Self Noise 21dB
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.87 lbs.
Included Accessories Mic Clamp, Storage Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number 500881

Customer Reviews

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GREAT Tambre

I am a professional vocalist too. My vocal range extends all the way from D5- C#6 (D6 if I'm pushing it) and I needed a microphone that would be able to capture the breadth of my vocal range. Enter the e965. This mic has a much longer grille than, say, the SM 58, which means more time for low notes to get to the capsule. Also, bigger is better. Believe me. My only con is I have found this microphone to not withstand the physical demands of occasional local gigs. The biggest thing is phantom power. Many clubs I go to simply don't have it. They don't have boneless wings after 2 AM and they don't have phantom power. If Trump was president, he would figure this out. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the time, I have to simply "project" more to match the level of the drum kit when the mic won't turn on. It's actually quite irritating. My second complaint is feedback. My live rig consists of two sets of stereo monitor wedges (positioned both in front and in back of me), side fills for upstage and downstage, Front fills facing me, 1 "thumper" drum throne, and 1964 ears in ear monitors. My best guess is the engineer didn't bother to ring out the room. I also like to have a backup e965 right next to me which is always on in case the first one breaks mid set. Overall a great mic, but can't handle the feedback.
Music background: Endorsed professional vocalist

Excellent Mic for high end use

I used to work with the Sennheiser ProfiPower for many years in the 80's and after its demise I switched to AKG C535 EB, which I still use on occasion, to a Shure Beta 58A which is still my (dynamic) backup, to a Sennheiser e865 and then to a Sennheiser e965. In between there were also EVoice, Blue Encore 200's and other interesting choices. As you might suspect, the Sennheiser e865 sounds pretty much like the Supercardioid option of the Sennheiser e965 (and it really sounds great). But the cardioid option sounds absolutely amazing and gives you all the nuances anyone could look for, studio quality sound and some freedom of movement in front of the mic. So, yes, it is worth the money if your voice is your main instrument. If not, go with the e865, which is also a great choice.
Music background: professional musician, vocals, guitar

Perfect live mic (seriously)

The specs on this mic tell me one thing - this is as close as has come so far to a great large diaphragm stage condenser mic, but with some feedback rejection tricks. I'm a pro singer in the SW area of the US, and sound-men freak out when they see this mic coming. "Oh no, the singer won't sing on a 58! What do we do??" Then I show them how a trained singer handles a mic. No feedback, huge vocal sound. The specs also tell me that Sennheiser took this mic seriously. Hey Sennheiser, I'm working on an emdorment with you guys. Let's get this done. Anyway, endorsement or not, I paid for this mic, and would do so again. As a nominated vocalist, I care about using the best equipment for my voice as possible. I tried the Neumann KMS 105 and 104 , and while they were crystal clear and nice, I was concerned with feedback issues and depth. Look at the specs on this Sennheiser e965. Each one of these are invaluable for a stage condenser and I was shocked that Sennheiser went the distance to complete this mic. I would have designed the e965 exactly the same. No changes. 1" dual-diaphragm capsule (perfect for powerful baritones like myself) Switchable pre-attenuation (-10 dB) accommodates singers with powerful voices Low-cut switch, which reduces ambient noise, rumble , and wind noise Switchable pick-up pattern (cardioid/super-cardioid) What mics come with all of these features? None. This is THE stage LARGE condenser king. Thanks Sennheiser. Now, can we talk? :)
Music background: pro recording and touring

Sweetwater Advice

Evan Mehre

The Sennheiser e965 is a treat to mix. I’ve used these on the vocals of national acts for years, and been thrilled with the results every time. It’s a warmer sound than comparable solutions, with added versatility by virtue of its pad and pattern options. Just to top it off, it sounds great on brass instruments too!
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