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Review: Sennheiser MD 421 II

Submitted On May 23, 2013 by Contributor:



Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

64/ 100

Review Details

Price: 379


Full rich dynamic mic good for toms, guitars, bass


cheap plastic clip, expensive
My Review

All you ever hear about this mic is toms this toms that. Well who wants to spend $380 on a mic just for toms.  I will base my review on the fact that this mic is expensive for a dynamic mic. Yes it is good on toms, yes it is good on guitars. But $380 good? Not so much for me. I got this mic for my studio because you are supposed to. I wasn’t blown away like I thought I’d be. 

The mic comes in a plastic case which is decent enough. It has 5 bass rolloff settings which is nice. Now my biggest grip, the clip. The whole thing is plastic including the mic stand threads! I know that those threads are going to wear out very fast with a lot of use. Very dissapointing considering the cost. It could of at least had metal threads like every other mic clip.

I am not saying this mic doesnt sound good, it does. Just saying for a home studio or project studio budget there are plenty of other mics that can achieve similar if not the same results for more less than half the cost.

On toms the mic is full and wide with the right amount of highs. On guitar you will get much more meat than a standard 57 type sound. On bass you will get more punch with a lot less boominess than a large diaphragm dynamic like D112 or beta 52.

Not hating, just saying that if you are stretching your budget to get one look at some other mics like Audix D4, AKG P2, Miktek PM10


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