This listing is for a complete setup for a pair of Sennheiser MKH 415 T-U (The "U" means the mic has a male XLR connector on it)Microphones and one MZN 5-1 Power Supply. Everything is in excellent physical and working order. Original boxes and cases are included for the mics and the power supply comes with its original box. The mics have their original frequency charts in their cases. Microphones are 252mm or approximately 10 inches in length. Also included in the sale are the original West German cables. Included are a pair of 24' Mic cables that connect to the power supply, as well as a pair of 3' cables that hook to the power supply and have 1/4" jacks on the other end. We obtained the units from the widow of the original owner. The owner had used them to record live music onto a Revox reel to reel deck. All the gear we obtained from his collection was in excellent condition. Both mics appear to have never been mishandled or dropped, and were always stored in their factory cases, and boxes. The same goes for the power supply, as it comes in its original box as well. Included in the sale are the two microphones, the power supply, and the four cables.
Fully insured Shipping to the lower 48 US is included in the sale. Our packing process is second to none, and the items will be packed carefully using polystyrene foam to protect the units during shipping.
Sennheiser Electronics Corporation MKH 415 T
Shotgun Condenser Microphone
The Sennheiser MKH 415 T is a medium shotgun microphone, powered by the 12VDC A-B standard (aka DIN 45 595, aka “T” power). It was the forerunner to the popular MKH 416, which is still made.
According to Sennheiser lore, the original MKH 415 prototype was longer, causing complaints from broadcast engineers that microphone operators would have to follow actors to keep them within the mic’s field of pickup. Dr. Hans-Joachim Griese reportedly interrupted the prototype demonstration to request a hacksaw, asking “how much directivity would you like?”, then proceeded to saw off a length of the mic’s interference tube. The resulting shorter length was deemed an ideal compromise, and thus the shorter shotgun mic was born.
Both the MKH 415 and 416 use RF Condenser technology, which combines a loose diaphragm tension with low polarization voltage to produce a low-noise signal with reduced susceptibility to environmental factors.
Two versions of the microphone were available; the difference was the connector. Both used “T” power.
MKH 415 T - 3-pin DIN 41524 connector; total length 236mm
MKH 415 T-U - XLR3M connector; total length 252mm
The MKH 415 T, like all T-powered microphones, requires a specific power supply that is different from P48 phantom supplies that have become standard since the 415 was manufactured. Sennheiser created a variety of battery- and AC-powered supplies for their T-power microphones, such as the MZA 15 (and MZA 15-U) inline battery adapter, the MZN 5-1 and MZN 6 power supplies.