Behringer B 906 Instrument Microphone Review
This is my full review of the Behringer B 906 microphone. The Behringer B 906 is based on the features and designs of the Sennheiser e906. If you want to record electric guitar, drums, or brass, the Behringer B 906 is a really great option. Before we get going please note that I paid full price for the microphones discussed in this article. Nothing was free thanks to my YouTube channel or website.
How does it sound?
I’ve tested the Behringer B906 on a few of my electric guitar amplifiers and the results were fantastic. I really took a chance on this microphone when I purchased it and had my hopes up I would be in for a treat. I am a huge fan of the Sennheiser e906 and being that the B906 was based on that microphone, I had high hopes. Thankfully, after my tests, I can confidently say, I really love the sound of this microphone.
My Favorite Thing about the Behringer B 906
The Behringer B 906 has a three-way toggle switch on the back. This switch allows you to adjust the EQ settings on the microphone. The three modes for this are:
- Middle: Flat EQ
- Left: Less Treble
- Right: More Treble
Having an onboard microphone EQ is awesome! If you have an amplifier or snare that you want a bit more sparkle out of, then the treble boost setting is a godsend. I use this microphone in conjunction with the Behringer SL 75C (SM57 clone) and it sounds great. Using the B906 with the Treble boost on mixes really well with the SL 75C.
- Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 18 kHz
- Impedance: 600 Ohms
- Sensitivity: -54 dBV/Pa at 1Khz
- Connector: XLR 3 Pin Male
- Color: Black
- Mic Clip Included: Yes
- Hard Case included: Yes
- Microphone Weight: 140g / 494 oz
Behringer B 906 Review Video and Comparison with the Sennheiser e906
Is the Behringer B 906 Worth it?
For those wanting to record instruments of any kind this is a really great microphone. The Behringer B 906 is worth it for guitarists, drummers, and brass players looking to play at loud volumes. Sure, you can use this microphone with no problems on an acoustic guitar but it shines for loud instruments.
Drummers will love the sound of this on a snare drum. The Sennheiser e906 is a famous microphone for drums and electric guitar amplifiers and the Behringer clone is no exception.
While you ‘could’ use this for vocals, the orientation of the microphone makes it awkward. For this reason, I would not recommend it as a primary vocal microphone. Another issue with vocals is that without a pop filter, the microphone suffers a lot of plosives. Plosives are booming or popping sounds from words such as “Peter” or “Boom” where wind from your mouth is entering the microphone.
Overall, for an electric guitarist on a somewhat tight budget, this microphone is a winner! The fact that Behringer also included a plastic hard-case is a fantastic addition. More microphone companies should include these as standard issue.
What are some of the downsides of the Behringer e906?
Behringer B 906 vs Sennheiser e906
Does the Behringer B 906 and Sennheiser e906 sound the same? The answer is: No. That’s not to say they sound drastically different to each other either. I noticed in my video comparison (above) that the Sennheiser had a little more sparkle on the high frequencies while the Behringer had a little bit of a thicker sound. The Sennheiser sounded better with some tests and the Behringer sounded better to my ear in others.
Unless you are looking for a 100% clone then the Behringer B 906 might not be for you. For those who won’t be doing comparisons, the B 906 will be a great addition to the line up of microphones in your arsenal.
Both the e906 and B 906 are very similar in terms of build quality. There’s a little bit more plastic on the Behringer, but overall it’s very close. The most noticeable cutting of cost is on the toggle switch on the B 906. The Behringer switch feels a lot cheaper on the toggle switch as it sports a thick piece of plastic whereas the Sennheiser switch feels like a more expensive product.
Build quality aside, the microphone produces great electric guitar tones and snare drum tones and thanks to the Sound Pressure Level of the microphone, you can use it in front of almost anything.
Behringer B 906 Price
Behringer B 906 or Behringer SL 75C?
The microphone with more options is Behringer B 906 but that doesn’t make it better. There’s something quite amazing about an SM57 microphone and the SL 75C delivers that to no end. The SL 75C is a better voice microphone and live vocal microphone thanks to the orientation and shape of the microphone body. If you’re doing any vocal work or even recording a podcast, then go for the Behringer SL 75C. For those wanting a versatile instrument microphone, the B 906 is a great variation from the SM57-style sound.
If you already own an SM57 then get the B 906. You’ll be really amazed at how well these two microphones blend together in a mix.
With the exception of the really crappy microphone clip that is included, the Behringer B 906 is a really great microphone. For the price, it does everything you would expect of it for electric guitar, drums, or brass recordings. If your budget is even tighter then go for the Behringer SL 75C. My review will be up soon about that microphone. Those wanting a Sennheiser e906 type microphone will get their fix with this really great sounding, good value microphone from Behringer. My last suggestion is you will want to hunt down an official Sennheiser e906 microphone clip because it fits perfectly, and will be a lot better than the included microphone clip.