The setup is 1 maybe 2 H4N's we want a mic to plug into the XLR socket on the H4N to capture sound on each end of a long table. What hand-held mics would be suitable for this? I'm we have done a small test with a Sennheisher cardioid condenser mic but they don't capture enough signal because they are mainly used as vocal miss where you are speaking directly into the diaphragm. Should I be looking for an omni or omni directional mic?
I know there are specialized "flat" microphones that are designed just for conference table applications (they look like conference room phones sold by Plantronic) - you can check into those but also I would first try simple experiment to see what can be achieved by placing one Zoom H4N itself at one end of the table and a second closer to the other end, in other words not attaching any external mic to it...since you can move the mic heads it MIGHT work for you and would certainly be a lot cheaper...just a thought.