Connector help please: Sennheiser ME2 to XLR

Hi -

I’m interested in the Sennheiser ME2 II Lav mic, to be plugged into an XLR input of my portable mixer.

Amazon.com: Sennheiser Professional ME 2 Small Omni-directional Lavalier Microphone For Use With Wireless SK Bodypack Transmitters,Black : Musical Instruments

Though the ME2 has a 3.5 mm Minijack (I think it’s a TRS) that I’d think should otherwise lend itself easily to connecting to an XLR adapter, a lot of sites say it’s only good for connecting to Sennheiser’s wireless belt packs, because it has a “locking ring”.

Does anyone know if that locking ring would get in the way of using a standard minijack to XLR adapter?

Thank you!
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Addendum: Sennheiser has responded to this question with a recommendation to buy an adaptor … that is actually more expensive than the mic itself!

"Yes, but you would need the MZA 900 adapter so it will accept the phantom and then convert it down to what the mic needs to operate".

MZA 900P: Sennheiser MZA 900 P - In-Line Preamplifier 500226 B&H Photo (bhphotovideo.com)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ … b1d27005e3

Fingers crossed someone here might be able to suggest something not as expensive. (This one fits that bill, but reviews are horrible: Amazon.com: Nady XM-10 Phantom Power Adapter for Lavalier/Headset Mics : Musical Instruments ) Thank you!

I never used these, and am NO expert, but I asked ChatGPT out of curiosity…

Here’s the answer I got:

Alternatives to the Sennheiser MZA 900 P, which is a phantom power adapter for condenser microphones, include:

  1. Shure A96F: This adapter converts a microphone’s low-impedance XLR output to a high-impedance 1/4-inch connector, offering compatibility with various equipment.

  2. Audio-Technica AT8531: A power module for AT-series microphones, this device provides a balanced output and can be powered by a battery or phantom power.

  3. Rode VXLR+: A compact and versatile adapter, it converts a 3.5mm TRS mini-jack to a male XLR output, and includes an internal power converter for microphones that require plug-in power.

  4. AKG MPA VL: Specifically designed for AKG microphones, this adapter offers reliable phantom power supply and features a durable, road-worthy construction.

  5. Tascam PS-P520E: While primarily a power adapter for Tascam recorders, it can also be used to supply power to microphones requiring external power sources.

  6. Zoom AD-17: This is another adapter that, while initially designed for audio recorders, can be repurposed for microphones needing additional power.

Each of these alternatives serves a slightly different purpose or offers unique features, so it’s important to choose one that matches your specific needs and equipment compatibility.

I suggest you look on the used market, that’s where I buy 80% of my gear for much less $$…

I then asked specifically for compatibility with your ME2, and got this answer:

For the Sennheiser ME2 II lavalier microphone, there are a couple of XLR adapter options you can consider:

  1. Rode VXLR+ Adapter: This adapter allows you to power your lavalier mic with phantom power. It converts 12V-48V power from the XLR end to 3V-5V “plug-in power” at the 3.5mm TRS end, which is compatible with the ME 2-II’s locking connector. This adapter is ideal for connecting the ME 2-II to a digital interface or XLR input recorder, making it suitable for podcasting or interviews oai_citation:1,Sennheiser ME 2-II Lavalier Microphone with Rode VXLR+ | Reverb.

  2. Sennheiser XLR Adapter: Specifically designed for the ME2 and ME4 lavalier microphones, this adapter enables direct connection to XLR inputs like mixers or cameras. It requires 48 Volt phantom power to function. The input is female threaded, allowing it to interlock with the male threaded mini connector on the ME2 II microphone. This adapter is particularly useful when you need to connect the mic directly without using a wireless system oai_citation:2,Sennheiser XLR Adapter for ME2 and ME4 Lavalier Microphones.

Both of these options provide reliable ways to connect your Sennheiser ME2 II to devices with XLR inputs, expanding the microphone’s versatility for different recording situations.

Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable will be able to comment on those AI answers…

You could also chat with a salesperson at B&H, Sweetwater, or your favorite store, they should be able to help.

I use Rode VXLR+ for this task (though I’ve never tried it with a Sennheiser lavalier, I have used it with pin out compatible microphones). You do need the plus version of the adapter and phantom power on the microphone socket to power the lavalier.

This guy confirmed the ME2 works with the VXLR+

Wow, you guys are awesome, thank you!

It prices out a lot better than the Sennheiser one also

Rode is a good brand, I’d feel comfortable buying one. There are some no name ones out there with absolutely atrocious reviews

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Just FYI, there is now the option of Rode VXLR Pro, which has the same 4V power setup as the VXLR+ but also puts out a balanced signal.

If you are not intending to have a long XLR cable between the adapter and the mixer then the VXLR+ should not introduce unnecessary noise to the system, but the additional cost of VXLR Pro is modest.

If I were buying today, I would probably buy VXLR Pro, though this version wasn’t available when I bought VXLR+.

Thank you @David_W and @Y-D .

I reviewed that vid (accent a bit hard to understand for this Yankee :upside_down_face:, but what fantastic info and demonstration!).

I bought the VXLR Pro , along with the ME2. Hopefully can test everything out this weekend!

Thanks again!

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@David_W and @Y-D -

VXLR Pro works great - thanks again!

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