Live sound on the highest level.
The advantages of high-end studio and stage microphones are perfectly combined in the e 965: high-resolution, multifaceted sound supplemented by high feedback rejection and an extremely rugged design. The flagship of the evolution series is a true condenser, large-diaphragm microphone that has been developed for professional stage use. Its balanced sound is marked by clarity and sophistication; it gives the high-end a silky gloss and reproduces the lower mids in a warm, well-defined manner. The e 965 responds extremely quickly and transmits even the finest nuances in impressive detail. Depending on the stage setting, the pick-up pattern can be switched between gentle cardioid and more direct super-cardioid. This top model leaves no wishes unanswered in terms of sound, ruggedness and handling.
Large-diaphragm true condenser microphone
Uniquely forceful, high-resolution sound
High-definition for finest nuances, rich in detail
Switchable pick-up pattern (cardioid/super-cardioid)
Low-cut and pre-attenuation options
Excellent handling noise rejection
Pop and wind protection
Extremely rugged metal housing
Dynamic or condenser? That is the question…
Most will tell you that a dynamic vocal microphone is the best option when on stage or in a live environment, and in many cases they wouldn’t be wrong. But with a little mic technique and some basic audio engineering, condenser vocal microphones quickly become the clear choice for those that want the most natural reproduction of their voice. While dynamic microphone capsules tend to be a bit more durable by design, condenser microphone capsules are far more sensitive and can do a much better job at reproducing their sound source.
Different polar patterns for different performances
As a result of their increased sensitivity, condenser vocal microphones are more susceptible to bleed from other sound sources on stage. That is where switchable polar patterns come into play. The e 965 features the option to use a cardioid polar pattern for instances like a solo performance, and a super-cardioid polar pattern for performances with a full band where a bit more rejection from the instruments to either side is needed.
More features for a cleaner sound
The e 965 also comes equipped with additional tools that help improve the quality of your sound and ultimately improve the quality of your performance. A low-cut filter switch allows you more control of the room by reducing low-end ambient noise, right from the mic itself. An integrated shock mount decouples the capsule from the body of the microphone which significantly decreases handling noise when moving around on stage. Lastly, a switchable -10dB pad is provided for those that have powerful voices and could use a little less sensitivity to prevent the mic from clipping when they’re at their loudest.
I was using the 431 Profipower in the 70's, switched to the Sinatra Microphone AKG C535EB in the late 90's, and I went back to Sennheiser a few years ago, to the e965. I have always felt in good hands with my microphones on stage. I have recently purchased the AKG 636 (the new version of the C535EB) and compared it on stage with my e965. The e965 won by a mile. I am using it on stage and in the studio, and I have not found anything that compares to it. That's why I bought a second one that is still brand new in a box, just in case if I ever need a replacement. With between 50 and 90 gigs a year, I have been using my current e965 for many years already. And like the Profipower at the time, it is built like a tank and sounds like a dream.