Behringer XM8500
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Behringer XM8500

XM8500, Dynamic Microphone from Behringer in the Ultravoice series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 36 reviews )
 16 reviews44 %
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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sacchetta10/16/2014

sacchetta's review"Couldn't resist"

Behringer XM8500
The Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 dynamic microphone is the perfect addition to anyones gear arsenal. I will admit, you aren't going to use this mic for vocals in the studio. Don't let that discourage you from buying one, this is a handy mic to have around. Ya I'd mic up a guitar amp with one of these, I've done it in the past and it sounded just fine, but it's not going to capture much vibrance in the high end. Works great live where an SM58 may pick up lots of noise. It's a great talkback mic for the studio, great DJ mic (no on/off switch though). At the end of the day you can find it on the internet for $20. Go out for dinner - vs - have a mic forever. And for $20 you might as well get 2 (true story, happened to me).

Specs:
-Wide frequency response
-Common noise bearing frequencies reduced for minimal feedback on stage
-50Hz - 15 kHz response
-Builtin shock mount system
-High balanced output
-Unidirectional cardioid
-Sensitivity -70dB
-Low IMP 250Ω
-XLR
-Builtin round wind/pop screen filter
-Mic clip
-Hard shell carrying case
-Strong design
-3 year warranty
-Black
-6.5"X2"
-.65lbs
-Made by Behringer Germany

OVERALL OPINION

What I liked most about it had to be the tailored frequency reduction to help out in situations where there is a lot of noise. What I mean by that string of words is the XM8500 will output less feedback than the SM58. Lets not beat around the bush, this is a copy of the SM58. sM58 xM8500. They also look almost identical, minus the black grill for the 8500. Behringer gets a lot of hate for "stealing" other companies patents/designs, but Behringer also makes a lot of affordable gear for the everyday person. Behringer helps people like me (and many of you) buy enough gear to meet my needs without having to take out a loan or go broke.

Sound quality-wise it's not the vocal mic for a studio recording. Yes you CAN do it, but if you have virtually any $100+ mic use that instead. I mainly say this because the Ultravoice only takes in up to 15kHz (human range is 20kHz max). In other words, if you use this on a beautiful grand piano in a brilliant hall, you aren't going to be happy with the results. The reason for this 15kHz max is that that's where a lot of feedback effects the average live vocal mic. Behringer has also dipped down other frequencies surrounding 15kHz in effort to help reduce any other noise.

Value for price, awesome. I got mine 2 for $40 used, but this was a couple years back. Now they are about $20 each new online. You probably can't even buy this in parts that cheap. It's in my top 5 for best value for price of gear ever.

I didn't try out other models before this one, I had used others in the past though so I had a benchmark for what I wanted. Knowing what I know now, yes absolutely I might even buy another 2 someday. Put it in your audio engineer "go-bag", yes the case is bulky but you can always find another.

Pros:
-Less feedback in live situations
-Heavy duty
-Versatile
-Looks like a SM58

Cons:
-15kHz frequency limit
-Not good for studio vocals
mrjason12/29/2012

mrjason's review"similar to the SM58"

Behringer XM8500
The XM8500 is a dynamic vocal microphone that made itself popular when it first came out because of the price. Behringer released this microphone for a really low price and people went crazy over it. It is great with rejecting feedback and cutting out the background noise. The sound is very clean and warm; the mid range frequencies are where all of the action is because they are very smooth and you can tell that instantly. It is very similar to the SM58 but the difference is the price. This microphone only cost about 30 bucks when it came out and I remember getting two of them right away. You can use this microphone on instruments or as a live microphone and I have used it as both and it sounds great.

OVERALL OPINION

Using it on instruments is great if you are using a brighter instrument like an alto sax, it will give you a fluid like sound that sounds very smooth while getting rid of other sounds that may be going on around you. For a live microphone you need those attributes in order for the mic to function properly. On vocals it sounds just as good live, but in a recording session do not use this microphone because the quality is not as good and you will really have to get in there and do some EQ work on your tracks.
The frequency response is 50 Hz to 15 kHz giving it all of the range needed for instruments and vocals live. This is a very common microphone as far as specs go, but at this price you almost have to purchase a couple of them. I recommend getting this if you are into performing at smaller venues, or it would even be a great practice microphone for your home set up.
06/25/2011

Anonymous 's review"XM8500 vs. SM58 Verdict: DIFFERENT"

Behringer XM8500
*Microphones are very subjective. Some microphones that work for some brilliantly may be disastrous on others. It is therefore important to understand the context in which this review is written and take it with a grain of salt, like all reviews on microphones should be treated.*

Now. I am first and foremost a live performer. Equipment is a fairly new game with me, but I definitely know what I like to sing into. I have become a bit of a gearhead, but I think that I should stake this review on how I felt and sounded in a performance rather than off a frequency chart and a set of numbers.

This microphone is cheap. In fact, it's less than 1/3 the price on the standard SM58. Behringer released this microphone to go up against it. Does it stack up? Well...yes. It does. But it's not an SM58 at all; it's different in a few key places:

It's much more midrange-sounding than the SM58. It seems a nice touch, but it does make it much more honky and it certainly makes it much more susceptible to *ahem...the effects of the proximity effect.

The space of this microphone is almost non-existent. The treble response of this microphone is not something that you'd buy it for. This microphone sounds BIG, in power, but not big in size, so it is more suited to the vocalist who can create a natural space with his or her voice.

OVERALL OPINION

It's NOT an SM58, but believe it or not, there would be times to choose it over the venerable standard. I personally need a more trebly, hot, and airy microphone because I'm a power-oriented baritone, but I would not hesitate to hand this to an overly wispy singer.

The truth is though, the SM58 will probably always work. There are a few things that the XM8500 is better on, but there are some things it is terrible on. The SM58 may not excel on anything particularly, but it is always usable.

Think about the XM8500 as an SM58 will a little bit of dulling. It's more forgiving, but not always more flattering. For 1/3 of the price though, it can't hurt to give it a shot! It may be the one, who knows...
Audiofanzine FR12/30/2010

Audiofanzine FR's review

Behringer XM8500
Everything has been said already. The sound is ok, and even excellent considering the price...


OVERALL OPINION

Amazing value for money (I got it for the price of a basic karaoke mic). You really feel as if you would have a real mic in your hands: no feedback.

Of course, a Shure or Sennheiser sound much better... But it's the perfect mic for beginners. If you're a beginner, don't hesitate to buy it for vocals.
I haven't used it for recording applications.

How can it be so inexpensive? I guess the components are very cheap and Chinese slave children too... Behringer really has unbeatable prices

Originally written by Nostromo70 on Audiofanzine FR.
MGR/David01/26/2008

MGR/David's review"Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM8500"

Behringer XM8500
I have been a bassist for over 22 yrs. I currently am playing with PHOENIXX from Amarillo, TX, I have recorded and toured extensively with Hacienda Records Artist "Algo Simple", recorded and toured with Grandma Gerber Records Artist "The Carmen Espinoza-Rodriquez Jazz Band", have recorded for PBS (KACV-TV), recorded and sat in many studio sessions (still do), recorded and toured with the WTAMA Faculty Jazz Quintet, performed with the WTAMU Jazz Ensemble, performed with the world reknown outdoor musical drama "Texas Legacies" and toured with their band "Texas X-press", and received an award for "The Most Outstanding Soloist" at the UNC of Greeley Jazz Festival in Greeley, CO.
I play a variety of styles; Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Tejano, Blues, Funk, Rock and Country
I enjoy good music, (hate rap).

I heard about Behringer while touring with The Carmen Espinoza-Rodriquez Jazz Band. I fell in love with it and since have acquired more Behringer products. I paid $59.98 for a 3-pack through Musician's Friend.

I do back-up vocals and the ULTRAVOICE XM8500 gives a very rich presents to my voice. It has a very low feedback response which is good when you need to output a lot of volume.

........nothing negative to say about this product.

very durable. I gig no less than 12 times a month and this product has been right on it each time.... I am pretty hard on my gear, and so far, the ULTRAVOICE XM8500 is a very tough act!

I completely, fullheartedly recommend this product to any vocalist whether you are lead or back-up.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Mark12/04/2003

MGR/Mark's review"Behringer XM8500"

Behringer XM8500
I purchased two of these mics at a local music store here in Canada for $34 each (Can).

These mics for the price are amazing - believe it or not, they come with a carrying case as well! The sound is comparible to a Shure SM58, (I've owned a few) but you can buy three or four of these for the same amount of money! (I don't know how they do it).

I can't honestly say there is anything I don't really like. Usually I'm not into Behringer products too much, but these mics are a bargain. I just bought them two weeks ago, so maybe it's a little early to say - but so far so good.

The quality and construction seems rock solid, plus as I mentioned already, a carrying case is included.

If you are on a budget and looking for low cost vocal mics for a practice space, etc, I would highly recommend this model.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
cava10/29/2013

cava's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good mic "who fears nothing!""

Behringer XM8500
For singing, but also the recovery of instrument or amp

OVERALL OPINION

I use them for a few years. I've compared it with my Shure Beta 58 and I find that there is little difference in any case given the price difference!
You just cut a little bass to the console, and it rolls.
Rather insensitive to feedback.
Solid!

Therefore ideal to let all hands and equip a rehearsal.
etcetera06/23/2013

etcetera's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" super strong ... but only Exterior ..."

Behringer XM8500
cardioid
used for singing or the sound.
You can unscrew the ball.

OVERALL OPINION

At this price, you should not expect top quality.
One day (yesterday, well, it was fine), it stop working
I unscrewed the handle, the two wires were unsoldered.

Not much, what ...

Except that the base XLR is stuck at the bottom of the handle (the bottom of a tube of 15cm).
tighten or loosen the small screw is useless: there is too much glue.

So, you can not weld, so fucking micro ... Damage

EDIT: I managed to take off the base by tapping it with a screwdriver and a hammer.
Welding worked, and I even got back all without too much trouble. The base has suffered, but all works well. I back the score ...
itrass08/11/2012

itrass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good!"

Behringer XM8500
The XM8500 is a dynamic mic for vocals and the sound ... Finally, it should not be too much to ask, considering the price. But it fills a very good job for amateurs of micro, not asking too much nor too little of their microphones.

OVERALL OPINION

How long you use it?
Bought last September, it'll take a year. And I'm really not disappointed! I use a Sennheiser E840 in addition, plus some other Sennheiser much older!

What is so special that you love the most, least?
The most:
-The price / quality ratio. For 18 euros, it was a micro versatile: he took singing, flute, guitar, and I have not tried many other instruments ...
-The grip is good, the microphone is heavy and holds well in hand.
Cons:
-The bass is perhaps a little too present ... But all is correct to the console.
-It is sensitive to feedback ... Be careful. (With my Sennheiser, you have to tickle it to hang).

Did you tried many other models before buying it?
What I had on hand. A Sennheiser Profisound, K3N, E840. But nothing in this price range ... So I can not compare it with other "low end", but he's doing really well against his housemates: it does not blow (yet) but has an easy hook to feedback.

How would you rate the quality / price?
As I said above, the price / quality ratio is very good for the entry level.

With experience, you do again this choice?
Of course it does on a tight budget. Otherwise, I will cut to the most reputable brands like Sennheiser (again and again!) Or Shure for the small stage ...
paco9159003/08/2012

paco91590's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" No problem it's solid"

Behringer XM8500
I use it to mic choirs.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since 2003 and certainly not only in chorus singing lead.
It is a micro solid with some serious but manageable too.
The band toured with Shure sm58, Sennheiser.