AUDIO-TECHNICA UNVEILS THE U851RO OMNIDIRECTIONAL CONDENSER BOUNDARY MICROPHONE


Stow, OH 02-15-2011 Audio-Technica brings to market the new U851RO Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone. Featuring breakthrough audio and mechanical design innovations, the phantom-powered U851RO offers outstanding speech intelligibility and transparent sound quality for surface-mount applications. Such applications include high-quality sound reinforcement, professional recording, television, conferencing and other demanding sound pickup situations.

The U851RO’s small-diameter UniPoint® capsule near the boundary eliminates phase distortion and delivers clear, high-output performance. The unit is equipped with a PivotPoint® rotating output connector, allowing the cable to exit from either the rear or the bottom of the microphone; a UniSteep® filter, which provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality; and UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology, which offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference. Self-contained electronics eliminate the need for an external power module. It accepts interchangeable condenser elements in cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns.

The U851RO features a low-profile design with a low-reflectance black finish for minimum visibility, in addition to a heavy die-cast case and silicon foam bottom pads to help minimize coupling of surface vibration to the microphone. The U851RO’s low-profile element provides a uniform omnidirectional polar pattern with a 360-degree acceptance angle.

U851RO Specifications:
Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional in hemisphere above mounting surface
Frequency Response: 30-20,000 Hz
Low Frequency Roll-Off: 80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
Open Circuit Sensitivity: -31 dB (28.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Impedance : 200 ohms
Maximum Input Sound Level: 132 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Dynamic Range (typical): 111 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 73 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52V DC, 4 mA typical
Switch: Flat, roll-off
Weight: 9.2 oz (262 g)
Dimensions: 4.25" (108.0 mm) maximum length, 3.31" (84.0 mm) maximum width, 0.91" (23.0 mm) maximum height
Output Connector: TB3M-type
Cable: 25' (7.6 m) long, 0.13" (3.2 mm) diameter, 2-conductor, shielded cable with TA3F-type and XLRM-type connectors
Optional Interchangeable Elements: UE-C cardioid (120°); UE-H hypercardioid (100°)
Accessory Furnished: Soft protective pouch

The U851RO Omnidirectional Condenser Boundary Microphone is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $313.00. For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com

—For further information regarding product availability and pricing in the United Kingdom, please contact Harvey Roberts (hroberts@audio-technica.co.uk); in Germany, please contact Anja Groth (a.groth@audio-technica.de); in the rest of Europe, please contact Evangéline Pirot (epirot@audio-technica-europe.com).