Audio-Technica Menu


Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone

U.S. 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

    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
    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
    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
    CABLE25.0' (7.6 m) long (permanently attached to microphone), 0.13" (3.2 mm) diameter, 2 conductor shielded cable with TA3F-type connector
    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
    Click on the chart to view the larger image

  • Downloads

    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
  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    Can this product be used with a wireless pack? If so, which one?

    Eric Prince

    While not designed to do so, you technically could use the U853R with a wireless transmitter. You may use the U853R microphone and plug into an AT8531 power module (instead of your AT8538.) This can also be accomplished by purchasing the U853A which includes the proper power module. This power module can supply the microphone with the proper voltage to operate via a AA battery in the power module. This would then allow you to get an XLRW cable to connect to any cW-Style Audio-Technica wireless transmitter. Note, both the wireless transmitter and the power module would need to use a battery to operate and changed on a regular basis. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at for assistance with this.


    What's the difference between the U853R and the Pro45? Is it a different capsule, wiring, power supply? Thanks!


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


    Can the U853r hang/suspend from some place other than the ceiling of our church? I am considering the U853R for recording congregational singing and responses at our church. What is your recommendation for hanging the U853R to something other than the ceiling?


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


    how efficient is U853r ? When compared with shure MX202 how efficient is U853r ? I want to buy U853r but I have a doubt in the voice pick up range and how efficient it is ? can u pls explain in detail ?


    Thank you for your inquiry. We have thousands of these microphones in the market and customers are very satisfied with there performance. Pick up distance by a microphone is very hard to determine because it depends on many factors such as how loud is the source, how loud is the back ground noise and room acoustics. As for comparison to another manufacturers microphone, that is hard to do since I do not know their test methods for measuring sensitivity.


    U853R 2nos U853R 2nos, Installation in our college for choir. Please note the height of the ceiling is 9 feet. Total no. of persons are 30-35 nos. Please inform the distance of both microphone to be placed in both height and side


    Thank you for your inquiry. This depends on a lot of things. The number of rows, how many per row, are they on risers, how wide and how deep are the risers. I'll assume 3 rows of 10, 6" risers, 1.5' deep. Place the mics 3 feet in front of the first row, 10.6 feet apart and aimed at the back row. In reality, I would probably lower to 7 or 7.5 feet above the floor and go with 3 mics, but if you only have 2 use the placement provided above.


    90 degree acceptance rating how do i adjust these mics to a 90 degree acceptance rating?


    Thank you for your inquiry. You will have to replace the element with the UE-UL. These are avaialble at Audio-Technica dealers.


    I want to use U853R for my school for drama and choir performances in an open stage. Is this microphone effective for this specific purpose. 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...


    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 and use the Sound Contractor / Dealer Locator.


    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.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please call our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.


    How far above the stage can this mic be and still be effective? 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.


    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.


    What is difference between U853a and U853r?


    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.