Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

MSRP* US$239.00
Five-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview

    Audio-Technica’s AT875R is designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition. Audio-Technica’s shortest shotgun microphone, it mounts conveniently on a DV camcorder without adding noticeable heft, and is ideal for use with compact digital cameras. This high-performance microphone offers a narrow acceptance angle of line + gradient design. It also features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of mic.
  • Features

    • Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition

    • Extremely short length (under 7") ideal for use with compact digital cameras

    • Provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for long-distance sound pickup

    • Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic

    • Tailored response minimizes camera and handling noise

    • Operates on phantom power only

    • RoHS compliant—free from all substances specified in the EU directive on hazardous substances
  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    POLAR PATTERNLine + gradient
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–30 dB (31.6 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE100 ohms
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)107 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    WEIGHT80 g (2.8 oz)
    DIMENSIONS175.0 mm (6.89") long,
    21.0 mm (0.83") diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8405a stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; windscreen; soft protective pouch
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  • Downloads

    AT875R Specification Sheet (pdf 111.32 KB)
    AT875R Submittal Sheet (pdf 376.51 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews


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    Audio-TechnicaAT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Great on-camera sound & convenience


    from California, USA

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    • Film/Video Production


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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone:

        The AT875R performs very well for its price. But I won't say much about that, because it is easy to find audio samples online and hear for yourself.

        What sets this mic apart is its ability to operate from a low voltage power source. The mic is spec'd for a minimum supply voltage of 11 volts, but it operates quite happily on as little as 2.4 volts, as supplied by the plug-in power mic ports of many camcorders and DSLRs. You just need a cable with 2.5-mm or 3.5-mm plug for your camera and an XLR connector for the mic, wired as described in Audio-Technica's own FAQ on this web site, "How do you unbalance a balanced audio line so you can drive an unbalanced input?" Wire XLR pin 2 to the tip and the ring, and XLR pins 1 and 3 to the sleeve.

        Operating the mic at a lower voltage must alter its performance somehow, but I've noticed no reduction in performance. My guess is that there is a reduction of the maximum SPL before distortion that would only have an impact in very loud settings, and also a very slight reduction in the sensitivity.

        Powering the mic from the camera adds a huge amount of convenience, because you no longer need to worry about keeping batteries charged, turning a mic on and off, or dealing with external converters or pre-amplifiers. I use the AT875R with a Panasonic GH2. Others have reported using it with the GH1 and the Canon T2i. The AT875R is more sensitive than many mics, which helps to compensates for the poor performance of the pre-amps in many cameras.

        I don't think you can find a better sounding directional on-camera mic with this price and this level of convenience.

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

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        • Q:

          What is the self noise specification (CCIR or DIN/IEC A-weighted)?
          Asked on 2/14/2015 by bspeiser from USA

          1 answer

          • A:

            74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa*
            A-weighted, using Audio Precision System One


            If you have any further questions or for any future correspondence, please send your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:


            Answered on 2/20/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          DsLR compatible microphone

          Which AT mic will support audio in with a Canon T4i? I bought the AT875R and now see your answer to phantom power. What shotgun mic will work with this DLSR?
          Asked on 11/2/2013 by Debb from NY

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. Something like our AT897 which will operate via phantom power or battery should work for your application.

            Answered on 11/18/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          How much of the AT875R's length do the ports occupy?

          What is the distance from the end of the portion of the AT875R that has pickup ports? I did not find this data in your specifications.

          I am purchasing 2 AT875R microphones and need the information to choose a windscreen/windshield to fit them.
          Asked on 9/16/2013 by lavco from Lubbock, TX

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. From the end to the last vent is 4.25".

            Answered on 9/17/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          Is this product TAA compliant AT875R
          Asked on 5/14/2013 by Angie

          1 answer

          • A:

            The AT875R Microphone is made in Japan.

            Answered on 5/14/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          Is the 3 prong XLRM-type just an xlr cable?

          I am unsure if my h4n recorder will be compatible with this mic because I am unsure if the 3 prong XLRM-type that this mic has is the same as the XLR input the h4n has. If they are different I can just get an appropriate cable-I just don't know if they are indeed different or if the h4n is abbreviating the term.
          Asked on 1/2/2013 by Jedahst from Boston, MA, USA

          1 answer

          • A:

            xlr is the connector type. xlrm (male) plugs into xlrf (female). so the connector on the end of the cable is female. the connection on the mic has pins sticking out (male).

            you are compatible, only question is does your recorder have phantom power? if it does you are all set. if not make sure you use a self powered mic.

            Answered on 1/11/2013 by videoScout from Canada
        • Q:

          What is "Phantom Power"?

          What is "Phantom Power"?
          \What I really need to know is will the at875r work with a Canon XR10?
          If not, is there an adapter or what mic should I use?

          Thank you
          Asked on 5/19/2012 by eckerjacob from Lake Charles, LA, USA

          2 answers

          • A:

            Phantom Power for practical purposes is powering a microphone with its signal cable. Some mic types require power to operate and some don't.

            A practical check is to know that you always need to have three outgoing connections to send phantom power out of a recording device (in this case your camera).

            XLR has three pins in one plug.
            TRS has three separate metal connections on one plug (TRS stands for the three which are tip,ring,sleeve).

            Because of this using a simple cable adapter that converts from three pins on the mic end to two connections on the camera side won't work. Obviously one of the three pins isn't connected in the adapter.

            A quick check of your owners manual for camera or recording device will tell you if it's capable of outputting phantom power. Look for the ability to switch the phantom power on and off.. most devices that will supply phantom power allow you to turn phantom power off to save battery power.

            The important part of your answer is the solution. How do you use a mic that requires phantom power with your camera that does not provide phantom power.
            Two ways. First some mics that require phantom power can power themselves with an on-mic battery. Second you can buy an adapter to go between the mic and the camera that provides phantom power. There are many powered adapters available that will do this.

            So simple adapter cable no. Phantom power adapter device yes.

            So why use phantom power at all? Well the mics that use it are much more sensitive and can pick up fine details in the sound they are recording.
            An added bonus is with three wires in the mic cable the signal can be transferred in a way that cancels noise that is picked up by the cable (you aren't an engineer so I won't explain how it works).
            If you only use a mic cable that is a few inches long the noise picked up isn't an issue so you can get away with a two wire cable.
            Anything longer do yourself a favor. Use the much more capable three wire cable with a phantom powered mic. You get more detailed sound and low noise at the same time.

            Answered on 1/12/2013 by videoScout from Canada
          • 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.

            A balanced mic cable has three conductors; Pin 1 is ground, Pin 2 is audio positive, and Pin 3 is audio negative. Most microphones produce a positive voltage on Pin 2 when sound pressure is applied to the diaphragm.

            Phantom power is 9 - 52VDC applied across Pin 1 and Pin 2 - and at the same time applied across Pin 1 and Pin 3. The term 'phantom power' was assigned because if you take a measurement across the two audio lines - Pin 2 and Pin 3 - you find 0 Volts DC. The voltage does not affect the mic signal.

            Your camera must provide phantom power in order to use this microphone.

            Answered on 6/4/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          Hi ~ I am trying to connect this mic using an adapter to convert to a mini mic input jack for a Canon DV - GL-1 camcorder. I'm not getting a signal?
          Asked on 5/7/2012 by ReelGoodGreg from Indianapolis, IN, USA

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. This microphone requires phantom power from the device it is connected to. A 3.5mm mini jack does not provide phantom power.

            Answered on 5/11/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
        • Q:

          AT8035 or AT875R, for 2 shots interior at 8-30 feet

          I'm doing interior video work. Shots of two speakers. standing 2 to 10 feet apart at 8 to 30 feet away from the mic. Mic will be on or near camera.
          The polar pattern on the 8035 looks slightly more directional. I would rather have the mic that offers both battery and phantom power.
          Asked on 2/23/2012 by victor from new yor

          1 answer

          • A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. The AT8035 appears to be the mic that will most meet your need in the application.

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