Product Comparison: Sennheiser MD 46 vs Rode Reporter

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General Specifications
MD 46
About the Product
Omni microphones tend to pick up everything equally, including background noise. The MD 46 cardioid interview mic focuses on the subject, increasing clarity while reducing background noise. Designed to deliver low handling and wind noise, and to eliminate vocal popping, this microphone gives the ENG team an ideal interview tool.
Designed for handheld interview and presentation applications, the Reporter features an omnidirectional dynamic capsule that is designed to allow the user freedom of use, without the technique related issues typical of directional end-address microphones.
Key Specs
Microphone Type
Polar Pattern
Minimum Frequency Response
40 Hz
70 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response
18 kHz
15 kHz
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Sennheiser MD 46 Cardioid Interview Microphone
  • Works great and eliminates most background stadium noise.
  • Very smooth and accurate sound, cuts the ambient noise almost down to nothing.
  • I use this microphone for interviews and its just perfect. it has a very nice tone and matches almost any male or female voice.
  • This is the mic of choice for many public radio reporters because of its durability and fidelity. I use it with a Marantz 661, and it's great for recording in the field or indoors in a makeshift studio.
  • This mic really disappointed me. It was very expensive and produces an annoying noise. I thought was my mixer, but after trying a lot of things, I tried other mic and the noise have disappeared.
Rode Reporter Omnidirectional Dynamic Interview Microphone
  • The Rode Reporter has very good sound even when held as far as a foot from the speaker's mouth. The sound is rich and full.
  • From a radio stringer that regularly interviews people, this mic has great voice response.
  • The performance is outstanding! I couldn't be happier. The build quality is really good to, super durable and strong.
  • It works very good. I got it for my campus reporters at cameron university. They love it. It picks up good and the audio is just right. 100%
  • The vocals are rich and clear, and the background (noisy ambient retail store) was present but pushed way back.
Size & Weight
9.8 in.
10.7 in.
1.93 in.
1.6 in.
1.93 in.
1.6 in.
0.79 lbs.
0.56 lbs.
Maximum SPL
134 dB SPL
94 dB SPL
Output Impedance
350 Ω
150 Ω
Microphone Sensitivity
-54.0 dBV/Pa
Power Options
Not needed
Not needed
Double layer grille basket, Cardioid dynamic capsule, Low handling noise, Long handle with excellent balance
Broadcast recording presentation and interview microphone, “Tailored for voice” frequency response, Ergonomic die-cast body, Multi-layer mesh basket for wind protection, Includes detachable microphone flag and zip case
What customers say about "Features"
Sennheiser MD 46 Cardioid Interview Microphone
  • Great mic for the price. Very little disturbance while holding. A bit heavy but not really an issue
  • The longer handle has a nice reach and of course the construction is what you would expect. Since I am a fan of this company I don't mind the Sennheiser logo where it is but for some people I can see where this could be an issue.
  • It is heavy, but great construction. It is cordial, so it dose have a very specific sound pick up close to the mic head.
  • Wonderful results plugged into a consumer level camera with an adaptor. Professional sound quality while interviewing people in the loudest settings.
  • My only complaint is the giant logo on the side. For a hand held mic that's going to be on camera the logo is just too big and in the worst spot.
Rode Reporter Omnidirectional Dynamic Interview Microphone
  • Love this mic. Great engineering. Looks profession. Built like a tank.
  • Connected via XLR cable, this device is the perfect size and weight to carry around the town and use for interviews or other recordings.
  • The pop-guard attachment that comes with it is simply a plastic flap that serves very little purpose aside from a cosmetic attachment, but it does help as a place to attach your company/website's logo when interview on screen.
  • Doesn't need power, easy to use. Practical shape, no sound of hand friction. Plug in a DSRL, there is the current noise , you need an adapter cable to match .
  • Its internal wind filter an omnidirectional recording allows an interviewer a lot of leeway in terms of mic placement.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
199.95 $

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