U853R

Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone

MSRP* US$260.00
Two-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


    Perfect for speech, theater, orchestra and choir sound reinforcement and recording, the U853R cardioid condenser hanging microphone is equipped with UniGuard® innovations that offer unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference. With a consistent cardioid polar pattern, the mic offers natural sound from any angle, and superior gain before feedback. It is phantom powered and features an integral 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep® filter that reduces pickup of low-frequency ambient noise. The microphone accepts interchangeable elements, available in cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional and UniLine® line cardioid polar patterns.
  • Features


    • Designed for suspension over choirs, instrumental groups and theater stages

    • Superior off-axis rejection for maximum gain before feedback

    • UniGuard® RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI)

    • UniSteep® filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality

    • Accepts interchangeable elements to permit angle of acceptance from 90° to 360°

    • Low-profile design with low-reflectance finish for minimum visibility

    • Available in two colors: black (U853R) and white (U853RW)

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE30-20,000 Hz
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE250 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL139 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)115 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
    SWITCHFlat, roll-off
    WEIGHT (MICROPHONE)0.5 oz (14 g)
    WEIGHT (POWER MODULE)2.9 oz (81 g)
    DIMENSIONS (MICROPHONE)1.34" (34.0 mm) long,
    0.48" (12.2 mm) diameter
    DIMENSIONS (POWER MODULE)3.66" (92.9 mm) long,
    0.74" (18.9 mm) diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTOR (POWER MODULE)Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
    CABLE25.0' (7.6 m) long (permanently attached to microphone), 0.13" (3.2 mm) diameter, 2 conductor shielded cable with TA3F-type connector
    OPTIONAL INTERCHANGEABLE ELEMENTSUE-H hypercardioid (100°);
    UE-O omnidirectional (360°);
    UE-UL UniLine® (90°)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8153 two-stage foam windscreen; AT8451 steel hanger; AT8538 power module; AT8438 5/8"-27 stand adapter
    AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLEM12
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    UniPoint Review - Sound & Video Contractor (pdf 128.21 KB)
    UniPoint Review - Pro Audio Review (pdf 238.70 KB)
    U853R, U853RW Specification Sheet (pdf 324.05 KB)
    U853R & U853RW Submittal Sheet (pdf 498.38 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
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    What is difference between U853a and U853r?

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    Thank you for your inquiry. The U853R operates on phantom power only, while the U853a operate on either phantom power or a battery located in an external power module. The elements are identical.
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    We want to mount a single mic in front of the stage about 18 feet or so diagonally up to the ceiling so it can capture the sound coming off the stage. But to the back of the stage it could be some 40 feet. Will that make this mic ineffective? I guess I'm asking what is the sound loss v. distance from source with this mic? Is another A/T mic better for that application? We want to use this mic for broadcasting over the Internet.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. I would think that is too great of a distance to be effective. I would recommend that you contact our Audio Solutions team at 330-686-2600 ext 5000 and they will help you calculate they correct number of microphones and their placement.
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    Wiring diagram for u853r mic

    I work with the stage crew of the Harrisburg PA area Masonic lodge. We have 6 853r's hanging above the stage. A piece of scenery snagged one of the mics and pulled it lose from the XLR module. We have replaced the mic but I'd like to repair the old one. I need the schematic so I can properly rewire the cable to the XLR module.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please call our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.
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    I wanted to use a particular microphone for multiple purposes with great efficiency. This includes Choir Performances, Drama, Short skits, performances by kindergarten kids. Basically, I am in need of a microphone that is capable of giving response with great efficiency over a wide area on the stage measuring roughly 30feet by 20 feet. (open stage). Is the U853R Hanging Condenser Microphone right choice for my necessities? If there are other specific microphones the aforementioned purposes, please specify those too. Thank you...
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    The U853R will work very well for your application, provided it is placed and installed correctly. To get the best possible results with ANY microphone, it must be installed and placed properly. The 3:1 Rule of Microphone Placement is a great place to start. However, I highly recommend contacting a Sound Contractor to make certain that the microphones are installed properly, as to avoid "phase" issues. For more information on finding a sound contractor in your area, please visit www.audio-technica.com and use the Sound Contractor / Dealer Locator.
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    90 degree acceptance rating

    how do i adjust these mics to a 90 degree acceptance rating?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. You will have to replace the element with the UE-UL. These are avaialble at Audio-Technica dealers.
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