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    Took delivery yesterday of this 15 microphone* and am very impressed with the plastic carry case. The mic clip seems a bit daft, only fits the XLR and the body of the mic had become unscrewed by 1 turn.
    The mic is very solid and I shall be doing a waffle test against my AKG P150 later today.

    *Mentioned elsewhere in HR and I want cheap mics for my garden.

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    Interested to hear how you think it is after your tests. I too am looking for cheap "bouncible" mic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coquet-Shack View Post
    Interested to hear how you think it is after your tests. I too am looking for cheap "bouncible" mic.
    Ok, I shall try to crack on. Got to take the Trouble to the docs to be bled in 30 mins but will try to test it today. Note, I also have a Prodipe TT-1 which I found comparable to the Shure SM57, again a very chunky mic but twice the price of the Bherry.

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    I have a the set of three XM8500 mikes that you can get.

    Their audio quality is reasonable. Not fantastic, but will work fine.

    The principle difference between an XM8500 and a, say, Shure SM58 is in the handling noise. The 58 has a solid, virtually indestructible body, and very little noise is transferred from your hand to the body to the capsule. On the other hand, the 8500 is a noisy thing to handle. Stick it on a stand and leave it alone, and it's fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    I have a the set of three XM8500 mikes that you can get.

    Their audio quality is reasonable. Not fantastic, but will work fine.

    The principle difference between an XM8500 and a, say, Shure SM58 is in the handling noise. The 58 has a solid, virtually indestructible body, and very little noise is transferred from your hand to the body to the capsule. On the other hand, the 8500 is a noisy thing to handle. Stick it on a stand and leave it alone, and it's fine.
    The spec shows a -70dB of sensitivity for the XM8500. Have you found you need a bunch extra gain for these compared to the SM58 (about -56dB)? Keep wondering if Behringer botched the spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaxis View Post
    The spec shows a -70dB of sensitivity for the XM8500. Have you found you need a bunch extra gain for these compared to the SM58 (about -56dB)? Keep wondering if Behringer botched the spec.
    Ah! Now, yes Mark! I have done a quick waffle next to my P150 set to -10dB. The AKG just beats it but if I back the fader off in Samplitude to level them up it is about 5dB less sensitive than the P150. IIRC the cap' mic has a sensitivity of -38dB/Pa so, bash that to -48dB and add 5 = -53dB which is a wee bit optimistic but I did not get the impression that mic is any weaker than a 57 or my Prodipe?
    Ran both into the KA6 with the gains at max.

    So yes, Behringer have cocked up IMHO.

    BTW. In deep do-da with Samplitudes* on my desktop. AMD Black 3G 6 core, been triffic for a couple of years but today Sam SE8 would not open "not responding" Tried Sam Silver ProX, no better. Opened the one I bought, Pro x 3 suite, got the demo tracks up but would not play..DEEEEP FEAR!

    I eventually did the mics using Audacity! I have lodged a question with MAGIX because I don't know if I have an activation left for Pro x 3 and I might have to re-install W7 and that could lose me the other Samplitudes (reason for *)

    I do have an image saved for the C drive but I have never done a repair using that yet. Presently running chkdisk.

    'king computers!

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    Good to hear your results. Thanks.
    On Samplitude. In my experience (over many many years from Samp 9 onwards), Samplitude installs newer versions beside, not on top of older versions.

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    I did a quick comparison between the SM58 and what I thought was the XM8500 but was in fact an XM1800

    It's a very low level recording, but the point was just to compare the levels of the two. It was a rough and ready test . . . I simply spoke into the SM58, then hotswapped to the XM1800 and continued

    sm58 and XM1800 comparison

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    I bought 6 of the XM8500 for my Bluegrass band a few years. They are very good microphones, and you can get 5 for the price of one SM58. I'm cheap and won't pay $100 plus tax for a stage mic that isn't even manufactured in my home country...plus you have to worry about all the counterfeit ones out there (or so I hear). SM58 is a better sounding mic in my opinion, but not 5 times better. In the meantime, I slowly replaced the XM8500s with used AKG D770s that I have found here and there. I keep an older 58 and a 57 on hand for solo gigs. Nowadays the bass player keeps the Behringer mics at his place. Makes him feel important. Ha ha.

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