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Audio-Technica AE5400 Cardioid Microphone

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The AE5400 is intended for use in professional applications where remote power is available. It requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power, which may be provided by a mixer or console, or by a separate, in-... Read More

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The AE5400 is intended for use in professional applications where remote power is available. It requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power, which may be provided by a mixer or console, or by a separate, in-line source such as the Audio-Technica AT8801 single-channel or CP8506 four-channel phantom power supplies.

Output from the microphone's XLRM-type connector is low impedance (Lo-Z) balanced. The signal appears across Pins 2 and 3; Pin 1 is ground (shield). Output phase is "Pin 2 hot" - positive acoustic pressure produces positive voltage at Pin 2. To avoid phase cancellation and poor sound, all mic cables must be wired consistently: Pin 1-to-Pin 1, etc.

When using the AE5400 in settings with a stage monitor speaker, the speaker should be located 180° off axis (at rear of the microphone). This placement, in conjunction with the microphone's uniform cardioid pickup pattern, will virtually eliminate the possibility of undesired audio feedback.

An integral 80 Hz hi-pass filter provides easy switching from a flat frequency response to a low-end roll-off. The roll-off position reduces the microphone's sensitivity to popping in close vocal use. It also reduces the pickup of low-frequency ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.), room reverberation and mechanically-coupled vibrations. Avoid leaving the microphone in the open sun or in areas where temperatures exceed 110° F (43° C) for extended periods. Extremely high humidity should also be avoided.

  • Large-diaphragm element and true condenser design
  • Superior anti-shock engineering ensures minimal handling noise
  • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road
  • Integral 80Hz HPF switch and 10dB pad
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear
  • Element: Externally polarized (DC Bias) condenser
  • Polar pattern: Cardiod
  • Frequency Repsonse: 20-20,000Hz
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off: 80Hz, 12dB/octave
  • Open circuit sensitivity: -40dB (10mV) re 1V at 1Pa
  • Impedance: 150ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level: 147dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
  • 157dB SPL, with 10dB
  • Noise: 14dB SPL
  • Dymanic range: 133dB, 1kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio: 80 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa*
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52V DC, 4 mA typical
  • Switches: High-pass filter; 10dB pad (nominal)
  • Weight: 11.6 oz. (330 g)
  • Dimensions: 7.05" (179 mm) long, 1.97" (50 mm) head diameter, 1.30" to 0.87" (33 mm to 22 mm) tapered body diameter
  • Output connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories: AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded
  • stands; soft protective pouch
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vocal nirvana

By Shaggy

from somewhere in northern Ohio

Just used my new AE-5400 last night for the first time. I was using an old Shure SM-58 for the longest time, but I decided to step it up a bit with a condenser. I've used condenser mics before, but only in the studio, never for live performances. All I can say is "WOW"... What a fantastic microphone. The range is supurb, and the sound is warm and very musical. I should have bought this a long, long, time ago. The difference is that great. I was concerned about feedback during a live performance, but with this mic, that's not a problem. It looks like it's very well constructed. Time will tell as far as dependability. I am totally, one hundred percent satisfied, and then some...

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Superb Vocal Mic

By Kap'n Krunch

from Castle Rock, CO

I needed a solid, quality vocal microphone primarily for gigging and to a much lesser degree to do some home recording. I was willing to invest a significant dollar amount to get a mic that had the features and sound capabilities I wanted. I had a few no-compromise requirements and this microphone was one of the few that met them all. The mic had to be sensitive so that I did not have to overly push my voice or swallow the thing to be heard or cut through. Even though sensitivity was necessary, a reasonable amount feedback avoidance was also needed. I wanted a flat response across the board (check the mic's response graph) and the fact that you could set a switch to roll off the lows was icing on the cake. It has a triple layer of protection; beginning with the exterior wind screen and two metal web coverings internally surrounding the diaphram. Vocal pick-up and reproduction was outstanding with no trace of mud or other coloration in the sound. A little pricier than other quality gigging mics, but well worth it to me. It just performs fabulously. The only other gigging mic that also met all my requirements was made by Neumann at about twice the cost. The Neumann was my first choice, but the AE5400 was so close in capability/sound that at half the price I was perfectly satisfied with it. Only feature it didn't have that I wanted was an on/off switch, but this can be addressed with a switch-embedded XLR mic cable. I'm extremely happy with this mic and give it an unqualified two thumbs up!

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