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Sennheiser MKH 8040 Stereo Microphone Set  From Sennheiser

Stereo Pair of Industry Standard Cardioid Condensers for Location Recording and Studio Workhorse SDC Applications



Retail:  $3,299.00

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The sennheiser mkh series mics are clear, accurate and detailed without even the slightest hint of being overtly clinical. These mics have a depth and richness that has really worked well for distant, diffuse field recordings, but they're equally at home up close on a piano or acoustic guitar. They are more clear, honest and open than the plethora of km84 style microphones on the market, but without going so far in the opposite direction that they sound sterile.

Manufacturer's Description from Sennheiser

The MKH 8040 is a high-end cardioid studio condenser microphone from the modular MKH 8000 microphone series. The cardioid MKH 8040 is suitable for almost any application. It considerably reduces pick-up of a reverberant room. This is very helpful in rooms with poor acoustics or when disturbing sounds impinge mainly from the rear.



  • Exceptionally low inherent self-noise prevents masking of filigree sound structures
  • Symmetrical transducer technology ensures extremely low distortion
  • Extremely wide frequency response for an optimum resolution of the finest details
  • Transformerless and fully floating balanced output provides for easy connection at minimal distortion
  • High sensitivity ensures interference-free transmission with a high signal voltage
  • Frequency independent directional characteristics for minimum colouration in the direct and diffuse field
  • Rugged metal housing with non-reflective Nextel coating, making the microphone the ideal choice for in-vision use
  • Compact design and small diameter allow the unobtrusive positioning of the microphone, even close to instruments 

 Package Includes:

  • pair of MKHC 8040 microphone heads
  • pair of MZX 8000 XLR modules
  • pair of MZQ 8000 microphone clips
  • pair of MZW 8000 windshields
  • User manual
  • Aluminum transport case

About Manufacturer

Innovation and know-how those are the hallmarks of one of the world's leading companies in the area of electro-acoustics. From individual audio products to complete system solutions Sennheiser electronic has the knowledge and the experience to lead the way in the constantly developing audio market. The key factors in its extraordinary success are its customer orientation, the performance of its employees, and its worldwide market presence. Sennheiser responds to the enormous significance of the foreign markets by maintaining intimate contact with its customers through an international network of sales subsidiaries and independent sales partners, most of which have been collaborating with Sennheiser for many years. This consistent customer orientation is also reflected in the seven major business areas of the company. In 2001, Sennheiser's consolidated turnover amounted to 227,4 million EURO. As a family business with about 1.500 employees, Sennheiser is completely self-financed. The independence of external financiers is the basis for innovation and implementation of a high quality standard for products. The focus is not on short-term return on capital but on the healthy long-term development of the company. Music Industry Toploader, Manowar, Sting, Dido or Sasha stars and sound engineers rely on Sennheiser quality. The product range offers everything from rugged, roadworthy stage microphones to studio condenser microphones for audiophile recordings. The portfolio also includes in-ear monitoring systems for the artists and monitoring headphones for the sound engineer ... Consumer Electronics In-ear headphones and other "lightweights" for music on the move, classical open or closed cabled headphones, RF wireless headphones for greater freedom of movement, PC headsets, and TV headphones, also with infrared or radio-frequency transmission. Sennheiser's competency in headphones is matched by its experience with microphones: whether for hi-fi systems, natural life recordings, or for PCs, at Sennheiser, consumers find the right microphone for every purpose ... Professional Systems Theater, musical productions, special events, movies, radio, and television ? wherever professional sound transmission solutions are called for, on stage or backstage, Sennheiser brings its comprehensive system know-how to bear. With its RF wireless microphones of the top-of-the-line 3000 and 5000 Series, the company leads the field ... Aviation With pilot headsets for airline and private pilots as well as headphones for in-flight entertainment, Sennheiser covers the complete range of audio transmission on board. The special NoiseGard system efficiently reduces wind and aircraft noise and thus provides for clear communication and safety in radio traffic and gives passenger headphones disturbance-free sound that is worth listening to ... Installed Sound At conferences, museums, and exhibitions, Sennheiser's conference and tour-guide systems provide for comfort and communication across the boundaries of countries and languages. Infrared systems in theaters and event venues provide crystal-clear sound directly to the ears of the hearing impaired. Wherever communication takes place, an innovative Sennheiser solution is not far away ... Audiology The Sennheiser range for better hearing! RF or infrared headphones make watching television a pleasure once again for everyone concerned, because these lightweights let you hear without disturbing others. Personal sound amplifiers that can be used as needed make speech clear and understandable. Sennheiser also offers television systems and personal FM systems to hearing-aid users ... Telecommunications With PC headphones, microphones, and headsets from Sennheiser, you can discover the fascinating world of multimedia, work more reliably with voice recognition systems, set up your Internet telephony system more professionally, and much, much more ...


Audio output: XLR-3M balanced, transformerless, floating

Current consumption: 3.3 mA

Dimensions: Diameter 0.7 in. (19 mm), length 1.6 in. (41 mm) (2.9 in./74 mm including XLR module)

Equivalent noise level: 13 dB

Equivalent noise level: 22 dB

Frequency response: 30 - 50,000 Hz

Max. sound pressure level (passive): 142 dB SPL

Min. terminating impedance: 1,000 Ω

Nominal impedance: 25 Ω

Phantom powering: 48 V ± 4 V

Pick-up pattern: Cardioid

Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz): 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV/Pa)

Weight: 0.9 oz. (25 g) (1.9 oz., or 55 g, including XLR module) 






User Manual