Sennheiser ME2 Vs ME4 Comparison
Are you looking for a lavalier microphone? A lavalier mic, sometimes also called a lapel mic, is indeed a great solution for hands-free audio recording. The perk is also useful in video recording, when you don’t want to let the mics used to be too noticeable by the viewers. Among many choices available over the market, Sennheiser ME2 and Sennheiser ME4 are especially among the most popular. However, these two mics may seem to be identical to each other. Besides, they are also being priced at similar prices. Is that so? Before you make a hasty decision, make sure that you read the comparisons between Sennheiser ME2 and Sennheiser ME4 below first!
If you try to put Sennheiser ME2 and Sennheiser ME4 side by side, you can immediately notice then that Sennheiser ME4 is quite bulkier than Sennheiser ME2. Of course, both models rely on permanent polarized condenser elements, yet Sennheiser ME2 only has a 6,5mm diameter whilst Sennheiser ME4 comes with a 12.5mm diameter. Nevertheless, both mics are still very small and compact that you can easily hide their visibility. Each of the two also come with a 1,6m cable, which is pretty long to allow easy connection to a pocketed or nearby audio recorder, and ends with a mini audio jack. (Have a look : Rode Lavalier Vs Sennheiser ME2 Comparison)
|Sennheiser ME2||Sennheiser ME4|
|- Dimensions d 6,5 mm||- Dimensions Ø 12.5 mm|
|- Frequency response (microphone) 30.....20000 Hz||- Frequency response (microphone) 50.....18000 Hz|
|-Transducer principle (Microphone) Permanent polarized condenser||- Transducer principle (Microphone) Permanent polarized condenser|
|- Connection cable mini-jack||- Connection cable mini jack|
|- Cable length 1,6 m||- Cable length 1,6 m|
|- Pick-up pattern omni-directional||- Pick-up pattern cardioid|
|- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) 20 mV/Pa||- Sensitivity in free field, no load (1kHz) 40mV/Pa|
However, you need to be aware that Sennheiser ME2 and Sennheiser ME4 come with different polar patterns. This is rather the most fundamental difference between the two models. Sennheiser ME2 is an omnidirectional microphone, which means that it captures sounds equally well from any angle and direction. An omnidirectional pick-up pattern is great when you want to capture every sound on the field, but is obviously very susceptible to background and ambient noise.
On the other hand, Sennheiser ME4 is a cardioid microphone. It has a pick-up angle that faces the front and spreads slightly to the sides. As the effect, it can only capture sounds coming to the axis. Sounds from the sides and rear will be rejected. Therefore, it has a good rejection to feedback and noise. Yet, you need to put it perfectly in order to ensure that it indeed faces the source of the sounds that you want to record.
Sennheiser ME2 comes with a wider frequency response range. Sennheiser ME4 only has a frequency response range of 50 Hz – 18 kHz, while Sennheiser ME2 comes with a frequency response range of 30 Hz – 20 kHz. As the effect, Sennheiser ME2 is actually able to capture lower and higher frequencies, delivering a more solid bass as well as more defined midrange and treble. Sennheiser ME2 also has a slightly higher maximum SPL handling, allowing you to take care of louder volume levels with ease.
Sennheiser ME4, on the other hand, offers a slightly lower self-noise level. Even so, in usage, the difference is not so noticeable.
Sennheiser ME2 Vs ME4
To conclude this article, you need to think whether you need a cardioid or omnidirectional microphone. Sennheiser ME4, as a cardioid microphone, is great if you specifically need a cardioid lapel mic, which means that you will be able to control which direction the mic faces most of the time. If you don’t specifically need a cardioid lapel mic, Sennheiser ME2 should be your choice. The omnidirectional polar pattern is more versatile, besides that it has better frequency response range and maximum SPL handling.