Hello everyone.

My friend asked me to do some research for him on a preamp for a Sennheiser 416. I'm stumped as I have been working in a professional studio my whole career and don't know where to start looking.

The lower the cost the better. He didn't exactly give a price-range but I'm guessing around 300-500$. He doesn't want to break his bank but he doesn't want bad quality either. Does anyone have any recommendations they have used and were happy with that are consumer-pro quality?

Thanks in advance!


Well it depends what you mean by "Low Budget". Matthew is right about the sound devices pre, and it would compliment your Senn pretty well.

It should be about $350, if you go with the MM-1. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/292989-REG/Sound_Devices_MM_1_MM_1_Single_Channel_Portable.html#reviews

  • Thanks Tom! I'll send him this and tell you what he buys. – Utopia Jun 30 '10 at 2:35

If he needs it in the field I would highly recommend a Sound Devices MP-1. If he only needs one channel this will give him excellent quality, portability, and it's battery powered.

  • Wow thanks a bunch Matthew. I'll send him this info and let you know what he chooses. – Utopia Jun 30 '10 at 2:35
  • True about the MP-1. However, if you have the extra 50 bucks the Headphone out on the MM-1 will come in very handy. Both models single channel and are battery powered. Depending on the type recorder its hooked up to, it might be a necessity. – Tom_engineaudio Jul 3 '10 at 15:20
  • Yeah, I agree. I just quickly glanced at the MP-1 and didn't realize it had no headphone output. The MM-1 would be a better option and well worth the extra $50. – Matthew Freed Audio Jul 4 '10 at 5:49

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