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Sennheiser is introducing the evolution e 965 microphone at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. Not only is this new microphone the audio specialist's flagship product within the successful evolution range, it is also its first large-diaphragm true condenser microphone.

"The e 965 is an outstanding vocal mic for enhancing the evolution 900 range," explains Ben Escobedo, associate product manager for the music industry at Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. "A completely new capsule architecture was designed for the e 965. It produces a very detailed, yet warm, full sound, and offers the mic optimal protection from humidity, so that it's rock-solid even during very heavy stage use."

A wide frequency range, extensive dynamics, and extremely low distortion make the large-diaphragm microphone stand out from the crowd. The e 965 also features a dual-diaphragm transducer, which allows users to switch between cardioid and super-cardioid pick-up patterns. When the volume on the stage is loud, for example, the vocalist can select the tighter pattern. For high sound pressure levels, users can switch on a pre-attenuation of -10dB. A low-cut filter effectively eliminates impact noise and reduces the low-frequency overemphasis during close miking. Handling noise is efficiently reduced by the shock-mount design, while an integrated pop shield and windshield make the microphone very user-friendly.

"It really is a fantastic mic for lead singers," says Escobedo. "The e 965 links the high-performance live sound of the evolution range with the high-definition sound of a large-diaphragm true condenser mic."

The evolution e 965 will be available in stores in September 2008 with an MSRP of $878.00.

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