|ELEMENT||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser|
|POLAR PATTERN||Line + gradient|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20-20,000 Hz|
|LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF||80 Hz, 18 dB/octave|
|OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY||Phantom: -40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
Battery: -41 dB (8.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
|IMPEDANCE||Phantom: 200 ohms
Battery: 300 ohms
|MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL||Phantom: 129 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
Battery: 115 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
|DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)||Phantom: 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
Battery: 98 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
|SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO||77 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa|
|PHANTOM POWER REQUIREMENTS||11-52V DC, 2 mA typical|
|BATTERY TYPE||1.5V AA/UM3|
|BATTERY CURRENT / LIFE||0.4 mA / 1200 hours typical (alkaline)|
|SWITCH||Flat, roll-off (recessed)|
|WEIGHT||5.1 oz (145 g)|
|DIMENSIONS||10.98" (279.0 mm) long,
0.83" (21.0 mm) diameter
|OUTPUT CONNECTOR||Integral 3-pin XLRM-type|
|ACCESSORIES FURNISHED||AT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; AT8134 windscreen; battery; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; protective carrying case|
|AUDIO-TECHNICA CASE STYLE||SG2|
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Comments about Audio-Technica AT897 Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone:
Good sound nice natural tone ...I've been very happy with the mic ...The only improvement I can think of is I wish the output was a little hotter and that's only because of my preamp in my recorder, but for money it "AT897" was best mic out there !
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Q:Curious about the battery and its interactions with phantom power. What happens if the battery is installed AND phantom power is applied? Would that drain the battery? Would the sound quality be affected?
Q:I want to use this with my Sony IC recorder (ICD-PX312). I have purchased an adapter. No sound is recorded. I can record with my a lesser quality microphone. Any suggestions?
Q:I'm videotaping bands either in theaters or bars...what distance is best for recording the audio with the 897?
A:There is no set right and wrong answer. I always recommend using your ears and see what sounds best.
Q:I am looking for a mic to use when recording my daughter's piano recital. Is this a good mic to use with my DSLR for that application? I will probably be around 25ft and the location usually is a small hall with a stage.
A:Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with this.
Q:Do you make a shotgun mic with a 20' range?
A:Athough Shotgun microphones are better for distance than a standard cardioid (directional) microphone, there are limits to that distance. To illustrate how they more-so work, think about like this: If you were look at an object through paper-towel tube, you will only be able to see that object. However, you will be able to sense the distance, and you would be able to see anything that crosses in its path. What shotgun microphones mostly do is offer a very narrow area of pick-up, as to more-so listen to a given object. But like your ears, most microphones (including shotgun microphones) can sense distance. This is why they are commonly used in close-range but in video production. If you are trying to pick up something at a distances beyond 4’ with the appearance that the microphone is closer than it actually is, a Parabolic Dish would be needed. Again, the AT897 will be better for distance pick-up than a standard cardioid microphone. However, there are limits as listed above. If you are looking to achieve distance pick-up at distances greater than 4’ away, and you want it to sound as if it is 1’ away, then your answer is a parabolic dish, or get the microphone element closer to the source.
Q:Is this microphone ideal for use with a DSLR?
A:The AT897 can be used with a DSLR camera, due to the fact that it will run off of a single AA alkaline battery. However, to connect to a 3.5mm microphone input on compatible DSLR cameras, you will need an XLR-F to 3.5mm TRS adapter cable, such as the HOSA XVM105F.
Q:Unscrewing the battery compartment?
A:Thank you for your inquiry. It is possible the housing was screwed on cross threaded. Please contact our Service Department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They should be able to help with this.
Q:What is the exact range to which AT897 will work?
A:Thank you for your inquiry. It is very hard to give an exact range for any microphones pick. It depends on too many variables including how loud the background noise is and how loud the source is and how loud the input of your audio device is. In a quiet background with normal speech level 6 to 8 feet should be ok.
Q:What does Phantom Power source mean?
A:Thank you for your inquiry. Phantom power is DC voltage sent down the microphone cable to power the preamplifier of a condenser mic capsule - sometimes through a power module. The power module attached to the mic unit converts the 9 - 52VDC into a small bias voltage that the mic capsule’s FET needs for the microphone to operate.
Q:How close can the microphone pick up audio?
A:Thank you for your inquiry. This microphone should work well in that application.