Sennheiser MKH 8060 // Mic Review

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

First of all, I know I already have a shotgun mic in my trusty old MKH 60. Infact I also have two others which I inherited from my dad. The AKG 568 and Audio Technica AT 870. Those two are fine, but they are definitely mid market offerings in comparison the the top MKH 60 and 8060 shotguns.

Anyway, the 8060. It's smaller lighter and more sensitive than the 60. It has marginally more self noise, but that is offset by the sensitivity, meaning less pre-amp gain is required.

The size aspect is the real reason I got this mic in. It's small enough to fit into Rycote's WS1 kit. Meaning it will fit, in its windshield, inside a carry on sized Peli case. I hate the term, but for me it's a bit of a game changer. I also have a VDB boom I can fit in that same Peli case so I can genuinely get everything I need into a carry-on sized case.

In the few weeks I've owned it the 8060 has basically replaced my MKH 60 on all shoots so far. It works well with my Audio Ltd A10 radios on a boom, and appears to be just as, if not a little bit more, pointy in noisy environments, with great side rejection.

Sound wise it's a little brighter than the old 60. Which is a good thing as most of its time will be spent in a windshield or at least a furry which always cuts a little off the high end.

More insight to come as I get to grips with the 8060 over the next few months.

© Charlie Hurst 2017

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