sE electronics SE8 Stereo Set

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The SE electronics SE8 is a high-performance handcrafted small-diaphragm condenser mic suited to both stage & studio work.  All product info

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  • Manufacturer: SE electronics
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Input: XLR 3 Pole
  • incl. Accessories: Yes
£ 176.00

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Product information - SE electronics SE8 Stereo Set

The SE electronics SE8 Stereo Set is a pair of high-performance handcrafted small-diaphragm condenser microphones that includes a stereo bar and mic clips.

Equipped with a new hand-made capsule that implements a sophisticated backplate design, this microphone provides a perfectly balanced sound, so it is never harsh or aggressive. With the highest dynamic range and SPL handling in its class, along with attenuation pads and low-cut filters for superb flexibility, the SE8 is ready for any sounds you’re making, whether in the studio or on stage.

Gold-sputtered diaphragms ensure maximum reliability whilst every capsule is handcrafted and individually tuned. An ultra-precision electrode design is optimised for superb linearity and natural sonics. An ultra-thin 3 micron gold-sputtered diaphragm ensures superior transients.

Two switchable pre-attenuation pads (-10 dB and -20 dB) provide extended dynamic range, enabling a wide range of applications and close-mic techniques for brass instruments, snare drums, and more. Two switchable low-cut filters, selectable at either 80Hz or 160Hz, help eliminate low-frequency rumble or footfall noise, as well as help compensate for excessive bass (proximity effect) with close-mic techniques.

The main features of the sE Electronics sE8 Small-Diaphragm Pencil Condenser Microphone include:

  • Capsule: Hand-Crafted Small-Diaphragm True Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 25 mV/Pa (-32 dBV)
  • Max SPL: 139/149/159 dB (0/10/20 dB Pad) (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 13 dB(A)
  • Dynamic Range: 126 / 136 / 146 dB (0/10/20 dB Attenuation Pad)
  • Signal-Noise Ratio: 81 dB
  • Low-Cut Filter: 80 / 160 Hz, 6 dB/Oct (Switchable)
  • Attenuation Pad: 10 / 20dB (Switchable)
  • Powering: 48V
  • Electrical Impedance: 110 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >1k Ohms
  • Current Consumption: 2.7 mA
  • Connectivity: 3-Pin Male XLR Connector
  • Dimensions: 23 x 120mm
  • Weight: 141g
  • Includes: Mic Clip, Thread Adapter, Windscreen

Summary of the sE Electronics sE8 from Sound on Sound Magazine March 2018

The sE8s are good-value all-rounders, and a stereo pair would make a useful addition to any small-studio mic locker.

In Use

My first was with acoustic guitar, which the sE8s handled very well, avoiding the harshness often encountered when using mics with more pronounced presence peaks. They also worked nicely as more distant mics when recording an electric guitar amp – from 1-5 metres away the sound felt really natural. Percussion proved no challenge for these mics either, and even the loudest drum kits are not going to cause problems, thanks to those dual pad settings. My Rototoms sounded just as I wanted them to without further EQ and without needing to switch in the pads. When I recorded using the two mics as a coincident pair, the stereo image was well balanced, and the off-axis response also holds up well, with relatively little HF drop-off at 90 degrees off-axis.

Given that these are by no means expensive microphones, they perform very well and the sE Electronics sE8s would make a practical and affordable addition to a small studio that already has one or two large-diaphragm mics.


  • Well-balanced. Natural sound.
  • Dual pad and filter options.
  • Creditable technical specifications.


  • Nothing to dislike at the price.


  • Manufacturer: SE electronics
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Input: XLR 3 Pole
  • incl. Accessories: Yes
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