A Complete 4-Part Series
Issue 71

9235 Sound On Stage

Get the famous MD 9235 capsule sound in a wired microphone, the MD 435, a large-diaphragm, cardioid stage microphone.


November 20, 2020

Until now, this outstanding sound has been exclusively reserved for top-end live sound and broadcast productions – now, Sennheiser is bringing the sound of its dynamic MD 9235 capsule to a wired vocal microphone. The new MD 435 large-diaphragm microphone brings accentuated presence, sparkle and pleasant detail to every voice.

“With the MD 435 cardioid high-end microphone, even soft voices will effortlessly assert themselves,” says Kai Lange, senior product manager with Sennheiser. “Singers will not only cut through the mix, their voices will also retain that natural quality and detail that the MD 9235 is so famous for.”

The MD 435’s lightweight aluminium-copper voice coil ensures fast transient response, resulting in a very detailed, nuanced and transparent sound, especially in the treble. The large-diaphragm microphone features very wide dynamics of 146 dB(A) and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 163 dB/1 kHz. The outstanding acoustics come with a mechanical design created to take on the rigors of life on tour: The MD 435 features a metal casing and has a shock-mounted capsule to protect it from structure-borne noise. A hum-compensating coil protects the microphone against electromagnetic interference.

The cardioid MD 435 features a very pleasant proximity effect and the microphone is very tolerant of sound hitting the capsule at different angles. It reproduces vocals clearly and confidently even in loud live settings.

For use with Sennheiser’s wireless transmitters, the capsule of the MD 435 is also available as the MM 435 microphone head. Benefitting from an improved production process, it will soon replace the existing MD 9235 capsule. The MM 435 features Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface, ready for use with Sennheiser wireless series ranging from the evolution wireless G4 and 2000 series to Digital 6000 and Digital 9000.

The MD 435 microphone and MM 435 microphone head retail at $799.00 AUD / $899.00 NZD each.

MD 435 Technical Data

Transducer principle                        dynamic

Frequency response                         40 – 20,000 Hz

Pick-up pattern                                cardioid

Diaphragm diameter                        25,4 mm / 1”

Sensitivity (free field, at 1 kHz)        1.8 mV/Pa; -54.9 dBV/Pa

Max. SPL (at 1 kHz)                          163 dB

Equivalent noise level                       17 dB(A)

Dynamic range                                 146 dB(A)

Nominal impedance (at 1 kHz)         245 Ω

Min. terminating impedance             1 kΩ

Connector                                         XLR-3M

Dimensions                                       ⌀ 47.5 mm x 181 mm

Weight                                               350 g



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More for you

Filter by
Post Page
Reviews Microphones Issue 70 News Sennheiser Neumann Feature Live Sound Issue 48 Issue 50 Presonus Software + Plug-ins Studio Outboard Utility & Other Software Synthesizers + Keyboards Analogue Synths Arturia Headphones + IEM IEM Earphones Audix
Sort by
A Complete 4-Part Series
Issue 71