If you need a mic that is very versatile and well-suited for any purpose, consider having a dynamic microphone. Dynamic microphones tend to have a simple design with only a few moving parts. Hence, they are better suited than other types of mics for handling high volume levels, like from some instruments and amplifiers. They are also generally sturdy and resilient to rough handling. Now, if you have made your mind about getting a dynamic microphone, you may come across Sennheiser e935 and Sennheiser e945. Manufactured by the same worldwide-known company, Sennheiser, both e935 and e945 are quite popular on the market. However, e945 is a little bit more expensive than e935. So, what are the differences between the two models? Which is the one best for you?
Putting the two models side by side, you can hardly tell any difference besides the written name on the body. Both Sennheiser e935 and Sennheiser e945 feature a metal construction for maximum ruggedness and reliability. They can certainly endure through heavy duties and the abuse of travel. Both are armed with a neodymium ferrous magnet with boron that keeps the power and performance of the mic stable despite extreme and unideal climate conditions. Each of them features a shock-mounted capsule with a humbucking coil that keeps the internal components healthy regardless of high and fluctuating input levels. (Let us also see: Sennheiser E835 Vs E935)
|Sennheiser e935||Sennheiser e945|
|-Frequency response (microphone) 40 - 18000 Hz||- Frequency response (microphone) 40 - 18000 Hz|
|-1 MZQ 800 microphone clip||- 1 MZQ 800 microphone clip|
|- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) 2,8mV/Pa = -51dB (0 dB = 1V/Pa) = -71 dB (0 dB = 1V/ubar)||- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) 2,0mV/Pa = -54dB (0 dB = 1V/Pa) = -74 dB (0 dB = 1V/ubar)|
|- Nominal impedance 350 Ω||- Nominal impedance 350 Ω|
|- Min. terminating impedance 1000 Ω||- Min. terminating impedance 1000 Ω|
However, one crucial difference between Sennheiser e935 and Sennheiser e945 is the polar pattern. Sennheiser e935 is a cardioid mic, whereas Sennheiser e945 has a supercardioid polar pattern.
So, how do cardioid and supercardioid differ? A cardioid polar pattern picks up sounds from the front part of the mic. It captures sounds coming from the front and slightly the sides, while attenuating the rear. As the effect, it can tolerate the user going slightly off-axis, but is also more susceptible to feedbacks. On the other hand, a supercardioid polar pattern has a more restricted capturing angle. Supercardioid picks up sounds directly from the front and attenuates the sides more. Hence, supercardioid is less tolerant if the user goes off-axis. However, supercardioid captures sound with better accuracy and precision. The sounds are cleaner and more defined, as the mic doesn’t capture as much background noise. Supercardioid is also more resistant to feedback.
Performance and Sound Quality
Both Sennheiser e935 and Sennheiser e945 have the same frequency response range of 40 Hz – 18 kHz. In general, they capture lows, mids, and highs very well. However, comparing the two to each other, e945 has slightly lower sensitivity than e935. Sennheiser e945 breathes some warmth and lively fullness to the audio reproduction, whereas Sennheiser e935 is crisper and somewhat brighter.
Sennheiser e935 Vs e945
Sennheiser e945 can indeed deliver better audio quality for vocals, but only if the user has a decent technique in order to keep on-axis. In such case. Sennheiser e945 delivers fantastic results. However, for general purpose, Sennheiser e935 is more suitable. It is more tolerant to off-axis sounds. This is useful especially if the user actively moves, which is the case in live on-stage performances and for vocalists who play an instrument simultaneously.