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Sennheiser MKH 8090 Modular Condenser Microphone

HF condenser microphone set, with MKH 8090 (wide cardioid), MZW 8000 and MZQ 8000, in transport case, nextel black



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The Sennheiser MKH 8090 is a high-quality modular condenser mic with a wide cardioid pattern that serves as an unobtrusive spot mic for close-miking in ensembles  

Not just a spot mic, the Sennheiser MKH 8090 also makes a great main microphone with a natural sound and excellent rear rejection—a plus when you’re recording in a less-than-perfect space and want to keep the room out of the mic. The MKH 8090 operates on the RF principle, used by Sennheiser for more than 50 years. Among its many advantages are extremely low self-noise, the capability to handle high sound pressure levels without distortion, and a high resistance to adverse climatic conditions. Its also more resistant to dust and grime on the diaphragm, which is the source of rumbles and other noise that traditional condenser mics are prone to. Sennheiser’s RF circuitry is also why small condenser such as the MKH 8090 can have such a wide frequency range, extending down to 30Hz and as high as 50kHz.

Sennheiser MKH 8090 modular condenser in one take:

  • Wide cardioid pick-up pattern
  • Wide frequency response 30Hz to 50kHz
  • Very natural sound
  • Can be used as an digital microphone – with the MZD 8000 digital module
  • Exceptionally low self-noise
  • Symmetrical transducer technology ensures extremely low distortion
  • Transformerless, fully floating balanced output
  • High output signal
  • Rugged metal housing with non-reflective Nextel® coating
  • Extremely weather-proof
  • Extensive range of accessories
  • Timbrally identical with the other 8000-series microphones for optimum aural compatibility

How Sennheiser’s RF principle works

A more complicated circuit than standard condenser mics employ, RF (radio frequency) uses an oscillator that generates amplitude-modulated carrier frequency that responds to the input signal. Rather than the fixed capacitance of traditional condensers, the audio signal is modulated by changes in the capsule’s capacitance. The audio is extracted via a demodulator and then output from mic to preamp. Despite the complexity of the RF circuitry, the capsule operates at very low-impedance, making it a good deal less susceptible to humidity and dirt on the diaphragm. The result is less unwanted noise from dust and grime on diaphragms and lower self-noise. The RF principle also features a  wider dynamic range and low-frequency response that extends farther down the frequency spectrum than conventional small-diaphragm condenser mics.

Whether you’re spot-miking solo instruments or ensemble instruments, the Sennheiser MKH 8090 is an excellent choice for a natural, full-range sound. For information on the MKH 8000 series of modular mics, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro Sales Consultant today.


Sennheiser MKH 8090 specifications:

  • Audio-XLR connector: XLR-3M balanced, transformerless, floating
  • Frequency response: 30Hz to 50kHz
  • Transducer principle: RF condenser microphone
  • Pick-up pattern: wide cardioid
  • Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 20mV/Pa (34dBV/Pa) with filter module MZF 8000: 6.3mV/Pa ( 44dBV/Pa)
  • Nominal impedance: 25 ohm
  • terminating impedance: 2k ohm
  • Phantom power: 48V +/- 4V
  • Equivalent noise level: 13dB(A)
  • Equivalent noise level weighted as per CCIR 468-3 23 dB
  • Maximum sound pressure level (passive): 142dB SPL with and without filter module MZF 8000
  • Current consumption 3.3mA
  • Dimensions: diameter 3/4″ (19 mm), length 1-5/8″ (41 mm); incl. XLR- module MZX 8000: 3″ (75 mm)
  • Weight (incl. XLR-module MZX 8000): 1.94 oz. (55 g)



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