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Sennheiser MKE 400 Review Rundown

SennheiserPublished on 10 Aug 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sennheiser MKE 400 Microphone for Video (MKE 400 Kit)
Neoscore* 74%
  • Supercardioid polar pattern
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Easy to use
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Sennheiser MKE 400 Mobile Kit is a comprehensive, high-quality, easy to use sound-recording system for your phone. It's a shotgun microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, meaning it's designed to pick up audio from directly in front. The versatility means it's suitable for handheld, camera-facing recordings, desktop use, outside recordings and even in noisy environments like the inside of a moving car.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Sennheiser has launched the MKE 400 Mobile Kit to bring pro-grade audio recording to videos shot on your phone. Inside the box is a shotgun microphone, a robust aluminum smartphone clamp to hold both it and your phone, and a Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod that doubles as a handheld grip. A 3.5mm TRRS cable to join the microphone to your smartphone is included, along with another TRS cable designed for DSLR use, providing tons of flexibility.
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Pros[**]
  • Pro-grade audio recording to videos shot on your phone
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Three-stage gain control
Cons[**]
  • Lavalier microphone is expensive

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sennheiser MKE 400 (2021) is a brilliant compact shotgun microphone. It's perfect for vloggers and budding filmmakers, with its simple yet effective controls. The super-cardioid recording pattern and the mic's low-cut filter do a brilliant job of reducing noise from most sources.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-cardioid recording pattern
  • Low-cut filter
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sennheiser MKE 400 is a shotgun microphone designed to slot into the hot shoe mounts of DSLR cameras. Unlike boom mics, shotgun mics are intended to affix to the top of your camera for easy handling. It's plasticky, but doesn't feel brittle or insubstantial, and I like how the 3.5mm mic output has moved from the rear to the front.
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Pros[**]
  • Crisp, clear audio
  • Easy-to-use gain switch
  • Handsome design
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sennheiser MKE 400 Mobile Kit review: Pro-grade audio recording for your phone. Digitaltrends. 2021-04-30. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  2. 2. ^ Sennheiser MKE 400 (2021) review. Techradar. 2021-08-06. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. 3. ^ Sennheiser MKE 400 review: A phone-friendly mic for content creators. Tomsguide. 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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