— Company unveils a subminiature omnidirectional lavalier condenser microphone engineered to deliver high quality audio with low profile design for on-camera applications —

Las Vegas, NV 04-20-2009 Audio-Technica introduces its smallest lavalier offering to date, the BP896 Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone. Intended for capture of high-quality audio with unobtrusive profile, the BP896 provides maximum intelligibility and clean, accurate reproduction for broadcasters, lecturers, church/house of worship users, actors and presenters. The BP896 capsule measures a mere 2.5 mm in diameter, making it ideal for applications requiring minimum visibility. The microphone operates on phantom power and includes a complete accessory kit. The BP896 is available in black and beige wired and wireless models. The wireless offerings include a multitude of terminations designed to work with Audio-Technica and other manufacturers' wireless systems.

The ruggedly designed BP896 handles high SPLs and offers a wide frequency response. The subminiature omni element is enclosed in a durable, low-profile housing with internal construction designed to minimize noise from handling, clothing and wind. The microphone plugs into the included AT8539 power module, which provides a low-frequency roll-off switch and an integral XLR3M connector supplying a low-impedance balanced output. The extensive accessory kit includes a clothing clip base, viper clip base, three single mic holders, two double mic holders, two windscreens, and six element covers (two each in black, white, and beige) for blending in with users’ attire. A protective carrying case is also included.

The BP896 will be available in June 2009 with pricing (U.S. MSRPs) as follows:

BP896 Subminiature omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone $479.00.
BP896-TH “Theater” model same as BP896, except beige color mic and cable $479.00.
BP896c Same as BP896, but less power model and unterminated 1.4 m (55”) cable $319.00.
BP896c-TH “Theater” model, same as BP896c, except beige color mic and cable $319.00.

For wireless systems:

BP896cW Same as BP896, except terminated for use with Audio-Technica UniPak® transmitters $339.00.
BP896cW-TH "Theater" model same as BP896cW, except beige color mic and cable $339.00.
BP896cL4 Same as BP896, except terminated for use with Sennheiser wireless systems (Lemo Connector) $419.00.
BP896cL4-TH “Theater” model, same as BP896cL4, except beige color mic and cable $419.00.
BP896cLM3 Same as BP896, except terminated for use with Sennheiser wireless systems (3.5 mm locking mini-plug) $379.00.
BP896cLM3-TH “Theater” model, same as BP896cLM3, except beige color mic and cable $379.00.
BP896cT4 Same as BP896, except terminated for use with Shure wireless systems (TA4F-type connector) $379.00.
BP896cT4-TH “Theater” model, same as BP896cT4, except beige color mic and cable $379.00.
BP896cT5 Same as BP896, except terminated for use with Lectrosonics wireless systems (TA5F-type connector) $379.00.
BP896cT5-TH “Theater” model, same as BP896cT5, except beige color mic and cable $379.00.

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:

—For further information regarding product availability and pricing in the United Kingdom, please contact Denise Burnage (; in Germany, please contact Anja Groth (; in the rest of Europe, please contact Evangéline Pirot (

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth N2121 during NAB2009 in Las Vegas, NV.