sE Electronics sE5P - Stereo Pair

Small-diaphragm Condenser Mic with Cardioid Polar Pattern, 100Hz Bass Cut, 10/20dB Pad, and Shock Mount - Black (Pair)
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Excellent Value in a Pair of Small-diaphragm Condensers

Take it from Sweetwater, your mic locker isn't complete without a pair of small-diaphragm condenser microphones. Thankfully, you don't have to spend a fortune on them, thanks to sE Electronics. Their sE5 gives you smooth, full-range frequency response, and it's rugged enough for live use as well as for daily studio session duties. The sE5 has a versatile cardioid polar pattern with excellent on-axis response and off-axis rejection, plus a 100Hz bass cut. With its outstanding transient handling, the sE5 is your go-to mic for acoustic stringed instruments, and its 170dB max SPL and 10/20dB pad makes it ideal for boisterous sources like drums and percussion.

sE Electronics sE5 Small-diaphragm Condenser Mic Features at a Glance:
  • Versatile cardioid polar pattern with excellent on-axis response and off-axis rejection
  • Impressive transient handling delivers great results on acoustic stringed instruments and percussion
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz; sensitivity: -34dBV/ Pa
  • Rated impedance: 200 ohms
  • Equivalent noise level: 14dB; signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB
  • Maximum SPL: 170dB
  • 100Hz bass cut
  • 10/20dB pad
  • Includes custom sE5 shock mounts, stereo bar, and flight case
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The sE Electronics sE5 is a studio essential!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size Small
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 170dB
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 80dB
Self Noise 14dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 100Hz
Pads -10dB/-20dB
Connector XLR
Included Accessories Shock Mount
Manufacturer Part Number sE5(p)

Customer Reviews

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sE Electronics sE5P

These mics are amazing and the quality is top notch. Used on acoustic guitars to drum overheads. Really versatile and I will be buying a send pair! I have become a fan of sE products because of their quality. When you listen to the recordings you go WOW. Truly a complete package it includes a stereo bar and shock mounts.

Great bang for your buck!

I just received these guys yesterday, and tried them out in an X/Y configuration on drums. I have to say the clarity on these are phenomenal! I flipped the high pass filter on and went to town. They arrived in a very nice hard case, with two shock mounts, and stereo bar(which is very well built). I compared them to my matched pair of Rode NT5's,Samson C02, and MicrophoneParts 991 PCB Mod mic, and I have to say the sE5 destroyed them all. The mid range is super smooth, and the 2k range is a little hissy, other than that great mics out of the box! Can't wait to try them in a spaced pair, and ORTF position and of course on different sound sources. Great job sE!
Music background: Studio Engineer

Fantastic Mics

I would like to rate these 5.5 stars as they are better than I could have imagined. I have a nice home studio and I do not use Pro Tools or any software for recording, mixing or mastering. I mic the amps for electric guitars and bass. I mic the guitar when I record acoustic guitars. I recently used these to record my Martin, one aimed at the top, just between the sound hole and the bridge, one at the 12th fret. When I played the recording back I was amazed! Absolutely the best sounding acoustic guitar I've ever recorded. Brilliant highs, lows and everything in between. Chrystal clear!!! My wife heard the recording and thought I was playing. She had no clue she was listening to the actual recording. She agreed, best sounding recording of an acoustic guitar I've ever produced. I've been recording since about 2006 and these mics are the REAL DEAL!


I disagree with cliches like "this mic is great bang for the buck." This mic is even better than that. As the Neumann U87 stands on its own, so does the sE Electronics sE5. This mic captures what is there with all the detail. Warm and natural with no eq bumps to deal with. This mic is so good, I now own a pair of the singles and a stereo matched pair. sE's quality control is so good, I'm not sure that a "matched pair is really all that necessary. But since they offer matched pairs, I took advantage of it. Call your engineer and order you one! If you have NEVER purchased from Sweetwater, I beg you to call 1-800-222-4700 ext 1328 and speak with Chris McCown. In nearly 7 years, I have spent a scary amount of money here, and he has been spot on every time! You do know that the sales engineer is assigned to you and you speak with the same person every time you call, yes? If you don't have an assigned engineer, make mine yours. You will thank me!

Beautiful looking and sounding affordable mics

This is a great pair of affordable stereo mics that come with a nice padded aluminum case, stereo bar and really nice shock mounts. They are very solid and well made, very nice quality and reasonably priced. They are quiet, warm and natural on both my nylon and steel string acoustic guitars, my main use for them. I think they would be very versatile on other instruments and for just about any other uses calling for a quiet high quality stereo pair. Check out the reviews and videos that are out there and see what you think. For me, they are a great deal and I'm very happy with them. I was not expecting them to be this nice. My Sweetwater Sales Engineer told me he thought they were a steal. Given the quality and price point, he was right.
Music background: Musician, home studio recording, mixing and mastering
See also: Condenser Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Condenser Microphones, sE Electronics Condenser Microphones