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  • Sennheiser ME2 vs ME4

  • Bob Simons

    June 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I have the Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 wireless system, which came with the omni-directional ME2 mic. I have since thought about purchasing the cardioid ME4 mic.

    Does anyone have experience enough to make a recommendation here, which could include a different mic choice altogether?

  • Jordan Wolf

    June 12, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Both mic types have their uses. The ME-2 will naturally be less-prone to wind noise and doesn’t suffer from the proximity effect. The ME-4 will be more “focused” and will pick up less environmental noise but suffers from the proximity effect (exaggerated low-end response from close proximity to the audio source).

    Example: I would use an omnidirectional microphone for a wedding. The mic is clipped onto the groom’s jacket (somewhere inconspicuous) so that the “I do” from both can be captured for posterity. I would use a cardioid microphone if I was miking a person who is in a noisy environment (city streets, mayhaps) and a shotgun mic won’t fit the bill.

    Hope that helps ya…


  • Greg Curda

    June 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    One more consideration…

    The omni is much more forgiving when it comes to head turns, or any kind of movement by the talent. Also, if you have 3 people and 2 lavs, you have a fighting chance of picking up the 3rd person with careful placement. Cardioid is good if the talent never moves, like newscasts. Cardioid lavs also have a little more reach when used as plant mics.

    Lavs are generally less susceptible to BG noise than shotguns, especially if you can put talent’s back to the noise. If you can have both, then do it. If I could only have 1, I would pick the omni.


  • Jeffery Wright

    July 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hello Bob,

    You have likely answered this question for yourself by this point. If you have not had a chance to experience using a Sennheiser ME 4 Cardioid type mic, I want to let you know about a drawback to that mic head. The construction of the pinning component which secures the mic to the subject is prone to creating unwanted mechanical popping” which can interfere with your recording. The clip for the ME2 is fixed and does not create the same problem. The drawback for me is that I use these mics for live sound reinforcement and in that case, a cardioid (ME4) is desirable to keep down feedback. Just want to pass that info on to you. Hope it is helpful.

  • Jack Niedenthal

    March 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I thought about purchasing the ME4 for situations where there is a lot of BG noise, but I read in various forums that a lot of people don’t like this ME4 mic. Is there a suggestion for an alternative mic that can also plug into the Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 wireless system?

    Jack Niedenthal
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  • Liviu Fratila

    September 8, 2014 at 10:49 am

    There is any chance to connect the ME2 lav to a digital recorder like Zoom H1?

  • Serj Kasparoff

    November 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    It’s a 2 years old question, but for those who will asking this in future:
    yes, ME2 with Zoom H1 and other recorders is ok.

    I use this setup 3 years without any problem. But i heard some people have the issue with insecure Mini Jack connection, so they use an adapter Mini Jack Male to Female Adapter or Female to Female adapter + Male to Male cable. I haven’t this issue.

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