Sennheiser e935 Review – Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

Sennheiser e935 is a very powerful but inexpensive handheld. It has a beautifully balanced sound and clarity of a condenser mic. On the other hand, it is quite unpretentious and works wonderfully for both female and deeper male voices. As a cardioid microphone, it sounds more natural than its supercardioid brother e945 and that is expected. What we find most striking is the level of feedback rejection – it is simply incredible… Works not only for peaceful parties, jazz clubs and karaoke – it is perfect for moderately loud stages! Especially for lead singers who don’t have to worry about the bleed (as opposed to back vocalists).

Sound & quality

Sennheiser e935 has a well-crafted frequency pattern with a reasonable presence boost and decent bass roll off, at the same time there is no sudden bumps – the gentle transition makes it sound very natural. This mic has an optimal balance of brightness, which is so crucial for live performance, so it easily cuts through the mix, and yet you won’t hear a pinch of harshness that of the condensers. Indeed, e935 sounds rather smooth, though still offering a good transient response it retains a great amount of detail and clarity! In a side-by-side comparison, for instance, SM58 would sound markedly slurred and muffled.

Design and build

sennheiser_e935Weighing 330 grams, it is slightly heavier than SM58 as well as a bit longer. The mic has a solid, rugged metal design with a good feel and it appears to be quite very durable. E935 is an unpretentious mic that can work in different weather conditions and it proves to be a reliable workhorse onstage. In case that something goes wrong, Sennheiser backs it up with a 10-year warranty. Apart from being extremely resistant to feedback, a humbucking coil assures cancellation of interference, whereas the shock-resistant capsule mounting also does well at minimizing the handling noise.

Who should use it?

Even though we do admit for the most part that mics have to be chosen individually, out of all Sennheisers models, e935 is probably the most successful – it has the sweet spot, it is easy to work with and it works for everyone! Doesn’t matter whether you are a high-pitched female singer, a bassy baritone, tenor or whether you are buying it for your 10-year-old kid, this mic can still give you an amazing performance. As for our ears – we can’t find any flaws and even in terms of price, it is more than affordable. Virtually, this would be an invaluable tool for any musician on stage.

Advantages

  • This mic produces smooth and natural sound.
  • It has a nice amount of detail and gives you very intelligible lyrics.
  • Offers a good balance of brightness that makes it easy to cut through, i.e. put your voice ahead of the instruments without sounding harsh or tiresome for the ears.
  • Performers find that they can hear themselves clearly while singing at their natural volumes. In other words, with this mic you won’t have to strain your voice in order to be heard.
  • Suitable for all kinds of (male, female and even children) voices.
  • Despite featuring a natural cardioid pickup pattern, this model is extremely resistant to feedback.
  • The mic is quite durable and has a nice solid feel.
  • Very affordable, easily beats more expensive units!

No disadvantages

Review score
  • Outstanding! - 10/10
    10/10

COMMENTS

  • John Mcgrath

    The best mic there iS, well done sennheiser

  • James Young

    Does the Senn 935 need Phantom Power ? I was told it does . I’m using a pair of powered Yamaha dbr speakers each with 350w cont…..with 700 w peak . If i need power for the mic, what do you suggest and how much ?

  • Julio

    Wich is the best for live situation (worship), Sennheiser e935, e945 or beta 87a?

  • Over the years I’ve used various vocal mics according to the style of music I was playing and the complexity of the gear for the gig. My go to has always been a Shure SM58,
    until of late when I try not to push my vocals too hard I transitioned to a ShureBeta58. We recently worked a show that had a house system and the sound guy suggested a Sennheiser e935 as he was having a hard time getting my vocals out front. I was amazed listening
    to the recorded live feed and also the volume levels in the monitors without any feedback I did require a slight bit of compression but not so much as to make the vocals mushy or flabby. I purchased a Sennheiser e935 yesterday to use on my rig. Thanks!

  • mike slee

    I’ve used a number of vocal mics since 1976. I read the details about the E935, thought I would give it a try. Simply Amazing! It gives my voice a much fuller, rich sound that I’ve been at a loss to find, until now. I truly feel like I’m giving a more professional live performance than ever!. Great price, great mic! If you haven’t yet tried one of these, you owe it to yourself to do so!

  • Simone

    Hi guys and gals
    I’m a lead singer in a 10 piece modern funk band and have been advised that the sm58 just doesn’t cut it – I have huge dynamics and range and its clipping me off (apparently) I can’t see the 935 would be any different – or am I just being sentimental? On stage we are bunched together so the brass section could be being Ickes up I suppose… I’m feeling spooky that I don’t know enough..

    • Peter

      SM58 has lots of issues. It certainly begs for an upgrade, and the E935 is a huge one. It is also a safe buy because it easily suits almost every single performer.
      For back vocalists in your case it’s important to use supercardioid mics. When placed very close to each other this will help to reduce bleed.

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