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LIMITED EDITION Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The Limited Edition AE5400/LE microphone has been discontinued. Please see the AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone.

    To celebrate Audio-Technica’s 50th Anniversary, A-T has introduced a special limited edition AE5400/LE Anniversary Microphone in a silver-colored metallic finish with blue accents. A unique serial number is etched on the surface of each AE5400/LE. The limited edition offering comes with a beautifully crafted wooden carrying case.

    The ultimate vocal performance instrument, the Artist Elite AE5400/LE cardioid condenser delivers pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user. With its superb sonic design, this true condenser features superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise and quiet performance. Featuring the same element as the classic AT4050 studio mic, its large-diaphragm capsule assures an accurate, natural response. It handles high SPL's and offers protection against plosives/sibilance without compromising high-frequency performance and clarity.

    To read about A-T’s history & see more 50th Anniversary Limited Edition products, click here.
  • Features

    • Special 50th anniversary edition in silver-colored metallic finish with etched-on serial number and carefully crafted wooden carrying case

    • The ultimate vocal performance instrument

    • Pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user

    • Same large-diaphragm element as the renowned AT4050 studio microphone; true condenser design

    • Superior anti-shock engineering ensures low handling noise and quiet performance

    • High-quality double-sided PCB uses surface-mount components. Extensive grounding plane and attention to best-practice grounding methods minimize electrical noise

    • Multi-stage grille design offers excellent protection against plosives and sibilance without compromising high-frequency clarity

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Custom transformer improves performance specifications by isolating against noise and RF interference, and providing excellent saturation characteristics that contribute to smooth linear sound quality

    • Robust design for enduring dependability on the road

    • Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp provides silent, flexible microphone positioning

    • Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTExternally polarized (DC Bias) condenser
    LOW FREQUENCY ROLL-OFF80 Hz, 12 dB/octave
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-40 dB (10.0 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE150 ohms
    MAXIMUM INPUT SOUND LEVEL147 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.;
    157 dB SPL, with 10 dB pad (nominal)
    NOISE14 dB SPL
    DYNAMIC RANGE (typical)133 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
    SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO80 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    SWITCHESFlat, roll-off; 10 dB pad (nominal)
    WEIGHT330 g (11.6 oz)
    DIMENSIONS179.0 mm (7.05") long,
    50.0 mm (1.97") head diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8470 Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; wooden case
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  • Downloads

    AE5400/LE Specification Sheet (pdf 436.84 KB)
    AE5400/LE Submittal Sheet (pdf 346.63 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

  • Q & A

    AE5400/LE 1. Is the model AE5400/LE suitable for Live performances or it is only suitable for Studio recordings, since it mentioned as a Condenser Mic. 2. Can it be used for Percussion Instruments? I am a TABLA Player (Indian Drummer) and want to know about the same. 3. Is it compatible with all kinds of Mixer/Amps or it's specially designed for compatibility with certain Mixers. 4. I tour all over the World and is there any kind of Power restrictions for AE5400/LE. Want to use it in Countries other than USA.


    Thank you for your inquiry. The AE5400 is one of our most popular live microphones with many professional musicians using it on tour. As a recording and live sound engineer I have used it on many percussion instruments. It is actually my favorite mic on snare drum. As long as your mixer provides phantom power the microphone will work anywhere in the world.