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Handheld/Stand Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

U.S. Five-year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • Overview

    The industry standard for affordable instrument microphones, the MB 2k features a hypercardioid dynamic element design for outstanding off-axis rejection and feedback control. Its frequency response is tailored for optimal instrument pickup. Perfect for snare, guitar cabinets and other instruments, this rugged, all-metal mic is equipped with Audio-Technica’s Hi-ENERGY® neodymium magnet structure for maximum output and fast transient response. MagnaLock™ switch design provides silent on/off operation. Also features corrosion-resistant gold-plated XLRM-type connector.
  • Features

    • Smart-priced introductory microphone for amplified and acoustic instruments

    • Tailored frequency response for optimal instrument reproduction

    • Hypercardioid dynamic element design

    • Rugged all-metal construction

    • Hi-ENERGY® neodymium magnet for improved output and transient response

    • Soft-touch finish reduces mechanical noise

    • Silent on-off operation thanks to MagnaLock™ switch design

    • Corrosion-resistant gold-plated XLRM-type connector

    • 5-year warranty

    • Also available as:
      MB 2k/c with 15' cable

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTNeodymium Dynamic
    POLAR PATTERNHypercardioid
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-54 dB (1.9 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE600 ohms
    SWITCHMagnaLock™ on/off
    WEIGHT11.9 oz (337 g)
    DIMENSIONS7.23" (183.6 mm) long,
    1.63" (41.4 mm) head diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin gold-plated XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8470 Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    I have an MB2k that I need to put into service for a small acoustic combo. Would this mic work better as (a) a vocal mic, or (b) to mic an acoustic mandolin or guitar?


    Since sound is subjective, I would recommend trying it on both and see which sounds best to you. I have used this microphone for instruments with a lot of success.


    I have an old one which needs some batteries, can anyone tell me what kind/type I should get please

    Ray the novice

    The MB2K does not require a battery as it is a dynamic microphone.


    Classical guitar live amplification Is it possible to use MB 2k for direct live amplification of the classical (nylon string) guitar? I mean just during a semi-professional kind of live performance, accompanying a folk singer, with use of a small PA system. And if this microphone isn't the best option for this particular purpose, what other product/products would you recommend?


    Thank you for your inquiry. The MB 2K is a dynamic microphone, so the sensitivity is quite low. You would nee to place the microphone very close to the guitar and turn up the volume. A better choice would probably be the MB 4K.