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Audio-Technica AT803B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic

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The AT803B is a miniature condenser microphone intended to be worn on the clothing of performers for excellent yet unobtrusive sound pickup. The wide range capability of the AT803B ensures clean, accurate reproduction with high intelligibility for lecturers, singers, stage and TV performers.

Designed for clip-on lavalier and musical instrument use
Small size is ideal for applications requiring minimum visibility
Operates on battery or phantom power
6' (1.8 m) cable permanently attached between microphone and power module
Transducer Permanently Polarized Condenser
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 30 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical) 95.0 dB, (@ Maximum SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 65 dB, (A-Weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level 124 dB, (@ 1 kHz 1% THD)
Power Requirements Phantom: 9 - 52v DC
Battery: "AA" (1.5v)
Output Impedance 200 Ohms
Output Connectors XLR-3M Type (from AT8531 Power Module)
Pad None
Low Frequency Roll-Off -6 dB/ Octave @ 150 Hz
Applications Radio, Television and Broadcast.
Dimensions Microphone: 0.81 x 0.39" (10 x 20.5mm) LxDiameter
Power Module: 3.27 x 2.48 x 0.87" (83.0 x 63.0 x 22.0mm) LxWxD
Cable: 6' (1.8m) Long
Weight Microphone: 0.09 oz. (2.5 g) Less Cable and Accessories
Power Module: 5.2 oz. (147 g)
Audio-Technica AT803B - Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone
  • Windscreen
  • Clothing Clip
  • (AT8531) Detachable Power Module
  • (AA) Battery
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaAT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic
     
    4.6

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (42)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Compact (25)
    • Lightweight (21)
    • Durable (15)

    Cons

    • Bulky/heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (21)
    • Amateur recording (20)
    • Home studio (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Performances (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (35), Novice (7), Tech savvy (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Favorite wired lav at this price point

    I've used the Audio Technica Pro 70s in the past, and always liked their belt pack design. They've always been solid workhorses, and the AT803B has been the same while offering a higher...Read complete review

    I've used the Audio Technica Pro 70s in the past, and always liked their belt pack design. They've always been solid workhorses, and the AT803B has been the same while offering a higher sound quality and detachable mic.

    While the (currently) most popular negative review highlights that the mic itself is large, it's not absurdly large. Yes, there are smaller lavs on the market, but at any certain price point it's usually a trade-off between size and sound quality. For my purposes and my budget, I'll choose sound quality and low noise over size any day -- which the AT803B delivers.

    I also like the AT803 belt clip design because it allows a subject to move around while keeping the mic solidly in place. It also cuts down on stress to the connectors and mic lead that you might have with an inline-XLR style lav.

    I use this mic primarily for stationary (or nearly so) interviews where a wireless system would be unnecessary and add to the risk of getting bad audio due to interference.

    I've used other lavs in at around this price point, and prefer the AT803B.

    The belt pack is metal and very durable. I also like the included case: It has a stiff (vinyl-wrapped cardboard, I think) exterior and a foam padded interior with cutouts for the belt pack, mic cord, mic, lav clip and a AA battery. It keeps the unit in great condition when being transported.

    You should note when buying that the AT803B has been discontinued by Audio Technica, but they still offer the AT803. (I don't know what the difference is between the two models -- based on the published specs they are virtually identical).

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's huge.

    I had no idea how large this mic is. I read all the reviews and didn't pick up on the fact that it's huge. You have to be careful what the subject is...Read complete review

    I had no idea how large this mic is. I read all the reviews and didn't pick up on the fact that it's huge. You have to be careful what the subject is wearing, because it will literally pull their shirt down.

    We use them for documentary style interviews, run into a Zoom R16, and the signal is quite weak. I have to turn the gain on the recorder to 10, and it's still quiet. The sound quality is great, but the signal is not strong enough, and there are no controls on the body pack.

    On the good side, it's a fraction of the cost of other quality wired lavs.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb sound

    By Oliver Watson

    from Toronto

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

    I've used this sturdy mic several times now in interviews and it sounds fantastic. It eliminates ambient noise very well, including loud HVAC. It's a bit large, but no big deal. Great price, excellent quality. I love it.

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    4.0

    Clean Sound

    By Student

    from San Antonio Texas

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

    Easy to use great audio

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    5.0

    Awesome

    By ASH

    from Philadelphia

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

    This is our 3rd or 4th Audio Technica AT803B. We love it. Cryer
    Tal clear big sound. Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    Great Audio-Technica mic and affordable

    By Robbie

    from CA

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

    You don't have to pay a lot of money for a great mic for video. The sound is great!

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    4.0

    Clear but windscreens too large

    By Peace of Persistence

    from New York, NY

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Windscreens Too Large

    Best Uses

    • Interviews

    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

    Great mics for a good starter professional price. Unfortunately, I had to do the interview without windscreens, as they were way too large for the mics.

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    5.0

    Great Mic for the price

    By Guidi

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

        I use this mic with an inexpensive sony mp3 voice recorder and it sounds great. This Audio Technia is a classic and cannot be beat for the price. I would recommend it.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Favorite wired lav at this price point

        By Scott R

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

        I've used the Audio Technica Pro 70s in the past, and always liked their belt pack design. They've always been solid workhorses, and the AT803B has been the same while offering a higher sound quality and detachable mic.

        While the (currently) most popular negative review highlights that the mic itself is large, it's not absurdly large. Yes, there are smaller lavs on the market, but at any certain price point it's usually a trade-off between size and sound quality. For my purposes and my budget, I'll choose sound quality and low noise over size any day -- which the AT803B delivers.

        I also like the AT803 belt clip design because it allows a subject to move around while keeping the mic solidly in place. It also cuts down on stress to the connectors and mic lead that you might have with an inline-XLR style lav.

        I use this mic primarily for stationary (or nearly so) interviews where a wireless system would be unnecessary and add to the risk of getting bad audio due to interference.

        I've used other lavs in at around this price point, and prefer the AT803B.

        The belt pack is metal and very durable. I also like the included case: It has a stiff (vinyl-wrapped cardboard, I think) exterior and a foam padded interior with cutouts for the belt pack, mic cord, mic, lav clip and a AA battery. It keeps the unit in great condition when being transported.

        You should note when buying that the AT803B has been discontinued by Audio Technica, but they still offer the AT803. (I don't know what the difference is between the two models -- based on the published specs they are virtually identical).

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        5.0

        Great Omnidirectional studio microphone

        By Scott

        from Milton, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

          I have used this model in my TV studio for years and they can really take a beating. Glad they finally made the mic head replaceable since that is the part that goes first. Great mic and when I purchases B and H had the best price on the web.

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          4.0

          Does the job

          By Doctor Vaughan

          from Auburn, CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

            I use this mic for Google Hangouts On Air and simultaneous recording of an audio podcast. It can use a single AA battery for phantom power, but there is no battery power indicator.

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            5.0

            so far so good

            By Mr Let's Paint

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

              internet broadcasting

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              5.0

              Proffesional Quality

              By Mark

              from Kennewick, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                Great mic for the price. The best feature is it can run on it's own battery power or use phantom power.

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                5.0

                Great solid lav mic

                By Matt

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording
                  • Video

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                  Solid, easy to use, simple microphone. Sounds great, no noise and is worth every penny.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great mic for a reasonable price.

                  By Paul jr. UA

                  from Kyiv, Ukraine

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                    Use in the past month has been shooting scenes outdoors. Works fine after installing windproof sound almost like a room. Well in the upper range eq. Compared to similar microphones.
                    Generally satisfied, especially with a good price compared to others.

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                    4.0

                    Very solid mic

                    By LM

                    from Lexington, KY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                        I use the mics for a handicapping show I produce in Lexington, KY. For the price, the sound is very good, and I like the fact that they're hardy little things.

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                        4.0

                        Excelent quality!

                        By JRad

                        from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                          Price seemed a bit high at first but After using it several times I am very impressed! You will definitely get your moneys worth with this!

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                          5.0

                          Everything as expected

                          By MJ9652

                          from East Aurora, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Quality
                          • Reasonable price
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky/Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Events

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                          Using this Mic on various PA systems - some with Phantom power, some not. This Mic works either way. The Connector Junction/Battery Pack is about the size of a deck of cards and clips on your belt. The sound quality and pickup was better than I expected at this price. Very little noise picked up from clothing, although I would recommend the windscreen cover. If I needed more wired Lapel Mics, I would buy more of these. If you are looking for something very tiny and practically invisible, this is not a good choice for you.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Product at a Reasonable Price

                          By cwjones

                          from Auburn, AL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                            I am using this to record an interview style WebTV show called Stand Taller TV. My setup is an Zoom H4n recorder and a Kodak zi8 flip style camera. These are great mics for this purpose and deliver flawless audio. I was a little worried about the reviews of these being large mics however I don't think there are - I guess only if you are looking for something to hide underneath a collar or something you can't see on video then they might be too big however as true lapel mics they are just the right size and are not really obtrusive at all. Thanks B&H for a great product at a great price and outstnading service.

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By Meatball

                            from Nashville

                            About Me Child

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                                Easy to use, quality product.

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                                5.0

                                I would buy this product again

                                By simbapro

                                from Luxembourg

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                                  worth more than its actual price, nice signal to noise ratio and easy handeling/fixing

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                                  5.0

                                  Good quality, good price

                                  By kiwiguy

                                  from Auckland, New Zealand

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Mic:

                                    I use this with the XLR-BP box and Sony FX-1E camera - wasn't sure what kind of second mic to buy, but this one has great audio and works very well - good buy especially considering the price.

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