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Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)

B&H # COB3P4FF05B Mfr # B3P4FF05B
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You Pay: $177.95
Product Highlights
  • 3-Pin XLR Hardwired Connection
  • 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 variety of skin-matching colors are available and this version is black. The cable terminates to a 3-pin XLR connector for direct connection to microphone preamplifiers, mixers, etc.

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 Applications
The B3 is available in two sensitivity response specifications. This version is optimized to accurately capture speech without noise and distortion.
Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20KHz +/- 3dB
Dynamic Range Not Specified by Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 24dB(A)
Maximum Input Sound Level 150dB
Power Requirements 9V to 48V Phantom (4mA @ 48V)
Output Impedance 600 ohms, balanced
Output Connectors 3-pin XLR
Dimensions Capsule Diameter - 0.2" (5.08mm)
Weight 0.07 oz (2g)
Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)
  • Storage Case
  • Windscreen
  • Flat Frequency Cap
  • Bright High Frequency Boost Cap
  • Very Bright High Frequency Boost 6.8
  • Black Cable Clip
  • White Cable Clip
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    CountrymanB3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (15)
    • Good audio (15)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Durable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (9)
      • Interviews (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Home studio (4)
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        • Experienced (13)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      4.0

      Great Professional Product

      By VisionScribe

      from Georgia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Plastic Lapel Clip

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

      This product is great for situations that require a lav. the mic is tiny and barely noticeable. The only issue is the clip is plastic, but thats not a deal breaker. One of my favorite features is the belt clip on the xlr plug allowing the talent to keep the mic on while disconnected and not drag the plug end around.

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      5.0

      Solid quality and inexpensive

      By MH in Brooklyn

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Inexpensive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Interviews

        Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

        I come primarily from the camera side, so I can't offer the final word on the quality of this product versus higher priced alternatives. What I do know is that this lav mic sounds really good and doesn't cost much. Some of the options that cost twice as much might be better, but you won't have anything to apologize for with this one.

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        5.0

        Great mic for the money

        By TV Engineer

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Professional Recording
          • Video Studio

          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

          I've been searching for many years to find a lapel mic that hits the sweet spot between economy and great sound. The Countryman B3 is that mic. I have Sony ECM series mics, EVs and A-T lavs in my fleet - the B3 blows them all away. Low noise and bright crisp sound makes this mic my 1st choice. Don't get me wrong - I am still going to pull out the other mics as required, but I highly recommend the B3 lav.

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          5.0

          Solved many problems for me

          By Tom in Washington

          from Montesano, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Price Point

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Interviews

            Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

            I do a small town local broadcast, home studio. I run a mic directly into a very nice xlr camera. No matter what I did I couldn't get the right sound. Good mic, many configurations. The whole bit. Not to mention trying to get the mic off the table for my virtual green screen studio.

            I even tried running a nice mic through a mixing board with a compressor/limiter.....couldn't get rid of the problems. I may be wrong, but it seems that these video cameras want a direct line. I don't know and am not qualified to expound on it.

            I called B and H and spoke to their pro audio department.

            As usual, they knew exactly what I needed to do the job I needed doing. The audio rep recommended this BE Countryman Lavalier Mic. I even offed on the phone to spend more money. No, he said, this is what you want. And he was exactly right.

            It is so small it is hard to imagine. How they get such quality sound is beyond me. All pops and clicks that the table mic was picking up are gone. The cable runs up my shirt, clips about a foot or so under my chin, out of sight and bam....problem fixed.

            It comes with a FLAT attachment already installed. The kit also comes with a couple of other heads to brighten the sound if desired, I doubt I will ever use them The terminal end is a male XLR with a belt clip on it to keep it from dropping or pulling out of your shirt if you were using it in other field applications. Well done and one of those little extra things that you don't think of.

            Nice long cable without being too long, and everything has a home in a nice little case to keep it all together. I can see myself buying another soon for interviews. It even comes with a little windscreen.

            Most nice cameras have two xlr ports. With a good shotgun mic pointing as say a parade.....this little clip on plugged into the other will allow the operator to provide commentary without having to lean forward and shout into the shotgun mic from the side.....you all know what I am talking about.

            I am sure there are more professional types out there for the true professionals that do things that I don't even know exist. For the rest of us wanting quality sound this is a good choice. I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this and am frankly surprised it doesn't cost more.

            With the FLAT head on it, the mic delivers the exact studio sound I was looking for. I should note that I produce for web based delivery and can't speak to those doing more film type work.

            Camera I am using with is a Panasonic AC130A.

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            5.0

            Finally found what I needed

            By RodgeFromTheGarage

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

              I didn't think I was that picky, but after trying four other microphones that didn't quite measure up, I decided to pay a few more bucks and get a Countryman. I finally found one that I am happy with. This mic is very sensitive and seems to do a great job of not picking up clothing noise. I plug this straight into my Zoom H4n and it sounds great. And, it is tiny.

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              5.0

              Great microphone at a great price

              By Jeff

              from Boston

              Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

              I bought one of these to make internal corporate videos with my DSLR and a Roland R26 for the audio. I liked it so much, I bought a second for interview-style videos. The build quality and sound quality are first rate, and it's a great value.

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              4.0

              This mic rocks!!!

              By ed-the video guy

              from Scottsdale, AZ

              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):

                  Exceptional sound quality--plenty of prescence, crisp and well-rounded eq. I've used these mic's for years and they have never disappointed!!! Tough construction, as well!!

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for what I need

                  By Jakebreak

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                    Crisp, clear sound. Solid build quality. Nice case. Detachable head and 3 options for flat to very crisp sound. I purchased this for corporate interviews. I connect this to my Zoom H4n recorder, make sure to turn on the phantom power and I've got myself some beautiful sound. 5 stars all around. Countryman lives up to its name.

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                    5.0

                    Great mic, great sound

                    By Scorg7

                    from Western, Wisconsin

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                      I love these Countryman lavs! I have 3 of them. 2 wired with XLR ends and the 3rd with a sennheiser locking 1/8" connector for use with my wireless setup. These are super great quality. Love the sound and build quality. Plus the product comes with really nice fabric protective case with a zipper. Well made, well constructed. And the mic isn't too big is size. Looks very nice in interviews.

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                      5.0

                      The best mics around

                      By Mac

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                          Sounds awesome at a great price. Exactly what I expected and was hoping for.

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                          5.0

                          What's not to love about the B3!

                          By John Dallas Bowers

                          from Villanova, PA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Interviews
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Voice-overs

                            Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                            I had previously purchased the Azden wireless mic set here at B&H to use with my Canon HF200 camcorder (also bought here) and was pretty satisfied with the hand-held but less so with the lavalière. But then this mic came to my attention and I was intrigued. Long story short, it does a really nice job of delivering balanced and clear audio. Recently I've begun to plug the mic into my tiny Sony ICD-UX523 digital recorder (from you know where) which can be easily tucked away in a pocket of the speaker. (The Sony provides all the power required by the B3.) That way I have a direct, high-quality audio track in addition to the one picked up by the camera. This has come in very handy. Illustration: I know we're not supposed to include links here, but if you search for "heartpursuer" on YouTube, you'll see a 2-minute vlog where I'm wearing the B3 ("Property Cleanup - Part 2"). You can judge for yourself.

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                            4.0

                            Great mic

                            By Shane

                            from Fort Worth, TX

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                Really good sounding mic at a great price!

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                                5.0

                                Small package, big punch

                                By JamesB

                                from Spokane, WA

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Interviews
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                  I have been doing video shoots and interviews for several years. The audio has always been the thorn in my side. This mic has helped me bring reliability to my videos. It's small and easily hidden, not to mention the quality is top notch. Handling noise/rubbing noise is almost non-existant and really puts you at ease about recording with it. This mic has worked great with my Zoom H4N and Canon T4i setup. Amazing price, amazing product.

                                  Side note, I think it's pretty sweet that the cord is covered in kevlar. Just in case you've got a dangerous shoot - no worries, the mic cord is bullet-proof ;-)

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Amazing product

                                  By Will

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                    Best lavalier I've ever used. This guy is tiny, but packs a punch. The three capsules allow you to dial in the the bass. Very well-thought out packaging. Big fan.

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                                    4.0

                                    Nice mic

                                    By Crussell

                                    from orlando fl

                                    About Me Professional Musician

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                      Maybe not the very best audio quality but solid performer. Does very well on my price/ performance curve.
                                      About the same physical size as a mke2.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Little Lav

                                      By manmadewilderness

                                      from Odd Dominion

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Interviews

                                        Comments about Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone (Black):

                                        A simple way to get great sound from talent during interviews or performances. Not as small as the B6 from Countryman, but still plenty small enough that it's easily hidden on most clothing. Not particularly susceptible to clothing or rubbing noise, but use the included wind screen, even though it makes the mic a bit larger.

                                        I especially appreciate that it runs on phantom power that can be supplied by a Zoom H4N, and generates plenty of signal, even through 50 feet of mic cable.

                                        The only con would be that the kit comes with only two tie clips. Some other lavs include many other attachment devices. So far the clip has been fine, though. A really nice case included for the price.

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                                        Accessory Packages

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                                        An accessory package 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
                                         

                                        Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                        Kopul -  Studio Elite 4000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 10' (3.0 m), Black
                                        • You Pay: $18.95
                                         

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

                                        Belt Belt Clips and Body Straps

                                        Add a high quality Belt Clip to your mic.

                                        Countryman -  Belt Clip
                                        • You Pay: $9.89
                                         

                                        Cases & Protection

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

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

                                        Additional Hardware

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                                        Additional hardware extends the flexibility of your system.

                                        10

                                        PACK

                                        Rode invisiLav Discreet Lavalier Mounting System (10-Pack)
                                        Rode -  invisiLav Discreet Lavalier Mounting System (10-Pack)
                                        • You Pay: $40.00
                                         
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