Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone

MSRP* US$529.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

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  • Overview

    The ultimate vocal performance instrument, the Artist Elite AE5400 cardioid condenser delivers pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user. With its superb sonic design, this true condenser features superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise and quiet performance. Featuring the same element as the classic AT4050 studio mic, its large-diaphragm capsule assures an accurate, natural response. It handles high SPL's and offers protection against plosives/sibilance without compromising high-frequency performance and clarity.
  • Features

    • The ultimate vocal performance instrument

    • Pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user

    • Same large-diaphragm element as the renowned AT4050 studio microphone; true condenser design

    • Superior anti-shock engineering ensures low handling noise and quiet performance

    • High-quality double-sided PCB uses surface-mount components. Extensive grounding plane and attention to best-practice grounding methods minimize electrical noise

    • Multi-stage grille design offers excellent protection against plosives and sibilance without compromising high-frequency clarity

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Custom transformer improves performance specifications by isolating against noise and RF interference, and providing excellent saturation characteristics that contribute to smooth linear sound quality

    • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road

    • Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp provides silent, flexible microphone positioning

    • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally polarized (DC Bias) condenser
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE150 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL147 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    157 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE14 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)133 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO80 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    SWITCHESHigh-pass filter;
    10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT11.6 oz (330 g)
    DIMENSIONS7.05" (179.0 mm) long,
    1.97" (50.0 mm) head diameter,
    1.30" to 0.87" (33.0 mm to 22.0 mm) tapered body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8470 Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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  • Downloads

    AE5400 Specification Sheet (pdf 56.95 KB)
    AE5400 Submittal Sheet (pdf 352.80 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews


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    Audio-TechnicaAE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone

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    from St. Johns, MI 48879, USA

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    • Presentation/Spoken Word
    • Vocals/Singing


    • less than exceptional feedback rejection

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone:

      I've been using this microphone for about six months now, playing in a Country/Western band, as well as in a Blues/Rock band. I'm a baritone (chest voice) typically, but have a very high tenor head voice as well. This is an amazingly neutral microphone, except for a very slight bump in the upper mids, and a decent cut at about 5K.

      The bad: this mic is not forgiving. Whatever your vocal issues are, it will find them. It is also very sensitive to stage volume and feedback.

      The good: if you have a good voice (and control), you will sound better than you ever have! If you use IEMs, feedback is not an issue, and you can turn up the gain and catch every nuance of your performance. I have a small recording studio as well, and use this mic rather than any ribbon mic - it's that good!

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Intermediate
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Live Sound
      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Up to a year
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    • Q & A

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      • Q:

        I'm interested in the ae5400 mic,

        I am very interested in the ae5400 mic, I would like it in a wireless configuration.. is that offered?
        Asked on 12/24/2012 by gdh1532 from Kansas city mo

        1 answer

        • A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, this mic is available as wireless microphone with our 4000 series. The model of the system is the AEW-4250a.

          Answered on 1/17/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
      • Q:

        Will this work with my existing equipment?

        Looking for a quality mike for Church service we have a CSI MW200H system. If not what type of transmitter will I need.

        interested in your AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone
        Asked on 7/21/2012 by Robert3 from Moorestown, NJ, USA

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        • A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. This will not work with your system. This is a wired microphone. You will need the transmitter / microphone designed for your system.

          Answered on 7/23/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
      • Q:

        AE5400 and others

        I am looking to upgrade my mic and some of yours look very good. The problem is I need to try it out somehow before I buy.
        I am a male ballad / swing singer with backing tracks so I am looking for excellent tonal qualities. It might be wired or wireless.
        Have you a room / facilities at Leeds where I can test various mics through a PA system. I could bring my PA along if that was acceptable. The retail shops do not have the choice to try before you buy.
        Hope you understand when parting with £500 / £600+ I need to know it is the best I can get for me.
        Hoping you can help.
        Asked on 3/4/2012 by tonyturbo from Bingley, West Yorkshire, UK

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        • A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our office in the UK and they can answer this for you.

          Audio-Technica Limited (UK)
          Unit 5, Millennium Way
          Leeds, LS11 5AL
          United Kingdom
          Tel: +44 (0) 113 277 1441
          Fax: +44 (0) 113 270 4836

          Answered on 3/5/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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