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Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Mini 1/8" (3.5mm) Locking for Sennheiser
  • Headroom for General Speaking
  • Black

The Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Microphone is a miniature lavalier microphone for general public speaking, interviews, stage performances, video and film shoots, houses-of-worship applications and much more.

The capsule measures 0.2" in diameter and is resistant to moisture which allows for placement in hair and on bare skin. In addition, its omnidirectional polar pattern minimizes handling noise, wind noise and plosives (popping).

A wide variety of colors and connections are available for use with various wireless transmitters. This version is black and features a Mini 1/8" (3.5mm) Locking for Sennheiser wireless transmitters.

Miniature Unobtrusive Capsule
The miniature capsule measures only 0.2" (5.08mm) in diameter. The B3 is available in various colors that will virtually render the entire microphone invisible against the skin. This version B3 is black and more information on which color suits you best, can be found on the Countryman support page.
Moisture Resistant Frequency Caps
Three frequency response altering caps provide flat, bright and very bright high-frequency enhancement. In addition the caps are resistant to moisture caused by perspiration, make-up, humidity, etc.
Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
The omnidirectional polar pattern is most effective in minimizing wind noise, plosives (popping) and handling noise.
Sensitivity Optimized for General Speaking Applications
The B3 is available in two sensitivity response specifications. This version is optimized to accurately capture general speech without noise and distortion.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 3 dB
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 24 dB(A)
Maximum Input Sound Level 140 dB
Power Requirements 3 to 12 V @ 200 mA
Output Impedance 2 kOhms
Output Connectors Mini 1/8" (3.5mm) Locking for Sennheiser bodypack transmitters
Dimensions Capsule Diameter - 0.2" (5.08 mm)
Weight 0.07 oz (2 g)
Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)
  • Storage Case
  • Windscreen
  • Protective Caps
  • Black Cable Clip
  • White Cable Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CountrymanB3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (15)
    • Compact (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Durable (10)
    • Lightweight (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (8)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
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      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      4.0

      Good upgrade

      By Andy

      from Branson

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

          I bought these as an upgrade from the generic Sennheiser lavs. Much improved sound quality. They are not fantastic in any way, but a good upgrade and well worth the price.

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          5.0

          satisfied again

          By sclose99

          from hampton, va

          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

          This is the second mic we have purchased from countryman and are more than pleased with its performance. The extra dollars are well worth the investment..

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          5.0

          Big sound out of tiny package

          By ISDNY

          from NY, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

            Loving the size of it, easy to hide, great sound!

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            4.0

            Satisfied so far

            By Bryan L

            from Cincinnati, Oh

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                  Only used it in the field a couple of times so far, but it seems to work pretty well. I was looking to an alternative to the senheiser mic that came with my G3 because that mic felt cheap. I like that they reinforced the base of the mic, which on the senheiser would eventually get bent and cause issues. Still need to do some tests for quality of sound versus the senheiser, but so far I am happy with this purchase.

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                  5.0

                  Great Mic

                  By jrcreative

                  from NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                    I've only used it once but the difference between the ME-2 Seinnheiser mic that came packaged with my receiver and transmiter is evident. This mic is much less hollow sounding and nice and small.

                    I can't wait to get it out into the field to really try it out, but so far i'm very happy. The one thing i did notice is that I had to boost my signal a bit on the transmitter from the ME-2 to the B3.

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                    5.0

                    Lovely little lav

                    By JLScott

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                        I'm a professional video guy but not a professional audio guy. I was having issues trying to hide big ole mics that probably shouldn't be hidden (due to size and causing clothing noise because of that). A professional audio friend of mine recommended this mic and I'm so happy that I bought it. Easy to hide, beautiful sound. I couldn't be happier. I bought this to use with my Sennheiser G3 wireless system. I would buy this mic again without a second thought.

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                        5.0

                        Sounds good!

                        By JW Video

                        from Scarsdale

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                          Needed a small mic to blend into Tuxedos. This mic has a lot of punch

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Huge Improvment over Kit G3 Mic

                          By Pro Cinematographer

                          from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good value
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Clip

                          Best Uses

                          • Hidden Microphone
                          • Interviews
                          • Location sound

                          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                          I got this mic to complement my Senheiser G3 Kit I use mostly as backup or when doing interviews without a soundperson. This mic is a massive improvement over the included lav in my Senheiser G3 kit. The far tighter low end and clarity even when hidden under clothing with the optional high frequency caps. I also notice considerable improvement in handling noise which is always an important consideration with lav's.

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                          5.0

                          Great performance, great value

                          By SolaVideo

                          from Missouri

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Professional Video

                            Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                            I purchased the B3 to replace our Sennheiser G3 mics. The Sennheisers are decent lavs, but there is just no comparison to the Countryman B3! The B3 captures voice quality perfectly, and seems to limit room noise – all in all, very pleasant sound quality.

                            Love the tiny form factor - they are so easy to hide. Plus, the clips are much more user friendly than others I've used.

                            Based on the performance and sound this mic delivers, it's a great value. Build quality is excellent; as is the case the unit comes packaged in.

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                            4.0

                            Great mic

                            By Ry

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                              I've used the B3 on several documentary interview shoots in a variety of conditions and it blows away the stock Sennheiser G3 lav mic. It handles clothing rustle a bit better and isolates background noise a LOT better. The highs are crisp and the lows aren't muffled.There are better mics out there, but bang for the buck in improving the production value of my films -- this can't be beat.

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                              5.0

                              Great mic

                              By Travisj1

                              from Pittsburgh pa

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                It is a great upgrade to my g2 wireless love the sound

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                                5.0

                                Best mic for the money

                                By Jbizzle

                                from Washington DC

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Events
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                  I film weddings and live events so this mic was perfect for hiding and gave a clean, crisp sound. Paired with the Tascam dr-08 i got some of the cleanest audio ever!

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                                  4.0

                                  Tiny mic, full range

                                  By Sy

                                  from Vancouver, BC Canada

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Tiny heads easy to loose

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • ENG
                                  • Events
                                  • Film
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                  Awesome lav mic. Huge step up from any stock lav like the senn ME2 or sonys. Easy to hide and have a nice full range and flat frequency response. As a bonus you get 2 extra mic heads to boost the highs which can really help get through tough materials or accentuate someones voice. You get 2 awesome tie clips that are easy to use and can give you an extra point for your tension loop on your wire.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  The best you can get in this price range

                                  By Gracetech

                                  from Flower Mound, TX

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Live Sound
                                    • Professional Recording
                                    • Videography

                                    Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                    I've used just about every sub-miniature mic out there and in this price range no other can touch it.

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Best in the market

                                    By Bandeto

                                    from Maplewood, NJ

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                      Lavalier microphones are one of the most fragile but important components to a wireless systems, Countryman brings durability, packaging and beautiful sound to your picture. Excellent vocal response for speech and a relatively high SPL and adjustable caps for frequency response. I have yet to come by a better lavaliere product to use on location when hiding microphones on actors. Only tip would to be invest in the specialized windscreen caps made for the B3. It is a smaller head then say a Sennheisher/Pearstone ME3 type microphone but the screen CAN be taped on in a pinch.

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                                      5.0

                                      The Ideal Upgrade

                                      By Greg Lefevre Media

                                      from Cardiff by the Sea, CA

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional Recording

                                        Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                        Swapped out the OEM mic for this and my clients are very happy. Great sound, tuned to individual clients' vocal styles. Great look, too.

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                                        5.0

                                        "Great Product"

                                        By Sam

                                        from Singapore

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                            Great product, easy to use and clear sound. Much muche better than original Me-2.

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            High quality reproduction

                                            By Dana Love

                                            from Chesterfield, VA

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Good Value
                                            • High Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Location sound
                                              • Studio

                                              Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                              Where to start? Size: The B3 is small enough to be inconspicuous as a lapel mic, and can be hidden in a tie knot or hair. Sound: silky, picks up voices wonderfully without dropping all the room noise. Reliability: the cord is well built, shrouded in a material slick enough to minimize noise.

                                              The only challenge I've had has been popping the cap off the top to use one of the two alternates.

                                              All in all, it's manufactured, engineered and packaged wonderfully.

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                                              Accessory Packages

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                                              An accessory kit is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                                              B&H Photo Video -  Lavalier Accessory Backup Kit - Small (1/8") (3mm)
                                              • You Pay: $11.95
                                               

                                              Wind Protection

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                                              Windscreens are often lost or worn out over time. Make sure to get extra Windscreens.

                                              Countryman -  Windscreen for B3 and EMW
                                              • You Pay: $7.99
                                               

                                              3

                                              PACK

                                              Auray WLF-018-3 Foam Windscreens for 1/8" Diameter Microphones (3 Pack)
                                              Auray -  WLF-018-3 Foam Windscreens for 1/8" Diameter Microphones (3 Pack)
                                              • You Pay: $8.95
                                               

                                              Microphone Clips

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                                              Microphone Clips are often lost or broken over time. Make sure to get extra Microphone Clips.

                                              Countryman -  Viper-Style Lavalier Clip
                                              • You Pay: $12.99
                                               
                                              Countryman -  Microphone Clips (Black & White)
                                              • You Pay: $14.54
                                               

                                              Cases & Protection

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                                              Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                                              Pelican -  1020 Micro Case (Clear Black)
                                              • You Pay: $11.64
                                               
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