Cardioid Condenser Quick-Mount Gooseneck Microphone

MSRP* US$199.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    Ideal for conference centers, boardrooms, courtrooms, houses of worship, and other installed applications, the U857Q is designed to plug directly into a panel- or desk-mounted XLRF-type connector. This cardioid condenser quick-mount gooseneck microphone offers unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference thanks to Audio-Technica’s UniGuard® innovations. The 14.47” long microphone features an ultra-flexible small-diameter gooseneck and accepts interchangeable elements, available in cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional and UniLine® line cardioid polar patterns. Equipped with self-contained electronics, the phantom-powered microphone also offers an 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep® filter that reduces pickup of low-frequency ambient noise.
  • Features

    • Designed for high-quality sound reinforcement, professional recording and broadcasting

    • Superior off-axis rejection for maximum gain before feedback

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

    • Easy-to-adjust, rugged, small-diameter, alternating gooseneck with virtually no “memory” permits quick positioning into desired shape

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

    • Self-contained electronics eliminate need for external power module

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

    • Two-stage foam windscreen yields dramatically improved resistance to P-pops and other breath blasts

    • Quick-mount design with 3-pin XLRM-type connector insert at base plugs into any standard XLRF-type surface or cable connector

    • Included shock mount attenuates noise, shock and vibration transmitted through the mounting surface

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTFixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY–39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE250 ohms
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)115 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    SWITCHFlat, roll-off
    WEIGHT5.1 oz (144 g)
    DIMENSIONS14.37" (365.0 mm) long,
    0.48" (12.2 mm) head diameter,
    0.74" (18.9 mm) base diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    UE-O omnidirectional (360°);
    UE-UL UniLine® (90°)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8153 two-stage foam windscreen; AT8662 shock mount
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  • Downloads

    UniPoint Review - Sound & Video Contractor (pdf 128.21 KB)
    UniPoint Review - Pro Audio Review (pdf 238.70 KB)
    U857Q, U857QL Specification Sheet (pdf 285.23 KB)
    U857Q & U857QL Submittal Sheet (pdf 657.09 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

  • Q & A

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    • Q:

      Where can I get our AT857QM serviced? It is cutting in and out while people are speaking into it. Very distracting for church services.
      Asked on 8/29/2016 by Steve from Kokomo, Indiana

      1 answer



        You may send the product in for an evaluation through an Audio-Technica Service Center.
        • If you purchased and are located in the US, you may send into our Service Department. You will find our ATUS Service Policy, complete repair return instructions and a downloadable form to be enclosed with the repair return at www.audio-technica.com/service. *Please read all of the information listed with the instructions. For additional questions, you may contact our Service Department at Service@atus.com. Please provide detailed information on the problem. We do not require a return authorization number for repair returns. We require dated proof of purchase with the repair return for all warranty claims. Please also provide a United States, United Parcel Service (UPS) deliverable address to return the product to once repaired.
        • If you purchased in Canada, see Service Center information here.
        If you purchased outside of the US, you may refer to Audio-Technica Global Support

        Answered on 9/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
    • Q:

      Which model has a mute switch?
      Asked on 10/29/2015 by Rob from Houston, TX

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer


        Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

        Answered on 10/30/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
    • Q:

      U857Q - Battary

      It says it accepts a battery but I can find no details.

      Typical usage duration?
      LED available to notify when low?

      Thanks, Mike
      Asked on 11/24/2013 by maklbacon

      2 answers

      • A:

        The U857Q will NOT accept a battery. It features an XLR barrel connection for "Quick" mounting (Q). I double-checked the information on our web page, and we do not mention the use of a battery.

        The U857AL will accept a battery, but does NOT feature an XLR barrel connection. Rather, it features a 5/8 27-threaded mount. Battery Life with one AA battery is approximately 1,200 hours.

        There is no LED with any Audio-Technica UniPoint Gooseneck Microphone.

        If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica Audio Solutions Team: audio-solutions@atus.com


        Answered on 11/25/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
      • A:

        The U857Q Series of Gooseneck Microphones are phantom powerable only. The U857A Series can be either phantom or battery powered. The U857A Series microphones use an inline power module, the AT8531, which accepts a single AA 1.5V battery to power the microphone when phantom power is not available.

        Answered on 11/25/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
    • Q:

      where can I buy one of these?

      We have 3 Audio technica model at857QMa currently in use at our church and need a 4th. It appears that it is discontinued and that the U857Q is the best one that matches what we have. Now I need to find where you recommend that I purchase it for the best value.
      Asked on 5/30/2013 by IndyFlooringGuy from Indianapolis, IN, USA

      1 answer

      • A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. These are available at any Audio-Technica authorized dealer both on line or an actual store. Please use the dealer locator on our home page at www.audio-technica.com to find a store in your area.

        Answered on 6/3/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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