The MD 46 is a high-quality reporter's microphone with cardioid pick-up pattern. It has been specially optimised for rough use in live reporting and broadcasting environments. The MD 46 is a very 'good-natured' microphone whose design avoids wind and handling noise problems. Colour: black, sound inlet basket: refined steel, black.
Two-ply sound inlet basket provides increased protection from wind and pop noise
Rugged metal housing
Rubber mounted capsule ensures low sensitivity to handling noise
Cardioid pick up pattern ensures excellent speech intelligibility even with high ambient noise levels
Clearly, the MD46 is a top-class ENG/reporter microphone. It is a truly professional instrument which will last for years. As with all Sennheiser equipment, you will have to pay an initial premium purchase price, this is insignificant when one accepts the microphone will last for many years of hard use. I would also consider the MD46 as an excellent tool for a podcasting studio. Superb and rich voice reproduction is equal to many 400 pounds 'studio' voice microphones.
Once the cable lock (little metal piece in the button edge of the XLR) connection wears off a little bit, the cable or transmitter piece does not lock anymore. That is a big problem. The bottom of the mic, the connector area, needs to be in a harder metal or add a metal sleeve.