The Handmic Digital Microphone by Sennheiser. So much more than any other hand-held microphone

Sennheiser, Handmic Digital Microphone, Broadcast Magazine, magazine broadcast

There is a lot more about this microphone than its appearance lets on, adding a lot of strategy to Sennheiser’s technology and showing us new ways of doing things.


Author: Luis Pavia

The transformation of everything around us is something that should no longer surprise us. It is a continuous, dizzying process that is advancing ever more rapidly and in which it seems that there are fewer and fewer gaps to fill. Mobile phones and tablets, devices that have been taking over functions that previously required specific tools, are now replacing (almost) all kinds of equipment, thanks to the installation of certain applications.


It is also true that, in most cases, many users achieve results that exceed their real needs, although this is not the case when the needs to be met come from the requirements of certain professional fields.


But don’t panic, our analysis is not about mobile phones. Or tablets. Nor do we intend to make a plea, either for or against what manufacturers, customers and the market itself are making happen. But we do want to point out that in today’s analysis, there is much more than a new product. There are some strategic decisions that seem to be very significant, and which we think deserve to be analysed.


Remember that this analysis is about a seemingly simple hand-held microphone. The product itself may not look particularly eye-catching, but it is of excellent quality. We must not forget that this is a hand-held microphone, with dynamic capsule, high-quality cardioid response, based on the well-known 835 model made by the same manufacturer, with a cable, a solid and robust construction, and designed to be connected directly to a mobile phone or tablet…  But beware, however, that we are also facing the decision of a manufacturer such as Sennheiser, with all its name, quality and prestige in professional audio, to launch a microphone specifically designed for use with mobile devices as a recording device via a USB connection, and specifically with iPhones, iPads, or iPods, through its lightning connection.




You might say that microphones for mobile phones already existed and ask what this one has that others don’t. Well, in the technological aspect, we find first-class features: a large capsule, good sensitivity, designed to be reasonably immune to wind, with excellent insulation from lateral ambient noise, and with a broad frequency range of 40 to 16,000 Hz. These are actually the norm for professional microphones delivering top performance.


What is not so common is the specific immunisation against radiation from mobile phones, a requirement that is now part of our list of essentials.


If we go a little further, the analogue/digital converter integrated into the electronics itself is an excellent point in its favour to guarantee the impeccable quality of the signal to be recorded without the need for further processing. This is perhaps the best summary of the concept of the microphone. It is not a device suitable for switchers, recorders, cameras or any other “traditional” device that requires an analogue signal. It is suitable for devices that record digitised audio signals.


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