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Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic, Standard Sens, with Hardwired 3-Pin XLR Connector (Black)

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Countryman
Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic, Standard Sens, with Hardwired 3-Pin XLR Connector (Black)
Key Features
  • For Theater, Live & Studio Use
  • Hardwired 3-Pin XLR Connection
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Includes 3 Capsule Protection Grids
The black B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic, Standard Sens, with Hardwired 3-Pin XLR Connector from Countryman is a water-resistant, miniature lavalier microphone for capturing high-quality audio. It can be used in a variety of applications such as a tie-clip lavalier in interviews, a hair-hidden mic for drama, a water-resistant mic for water sports and hurricane reporting, or simply a small mic to hide in a prop flower vase.
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Countryman B3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Unobtrusive
  • 3Rugged and Reliable
  • 4Refined Sound Quality
  • 5Versatile
  • 6Sensitivity

The black B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic, Standard Sens, with Hardwired 3-Pin XLR Connector from Countryman is a water-resistant, miniature lavalier microphone for capturing high-quality audio. It can be used in a variety of applications such as a tie-clip lavalier in interviews, a hair-hidden mic for drama, a water-resistant mic for water sports and hurricane reporting, or simply a small mic to hide in a prop flower vase.

The capsule is resistant to moisture, which allows for placement in the hair or on bare skin, and its omnidirectional polar pattern minimizes handling noise, wind noise, and plosives (popping). Furthermore, a variety of skin-matching colors are available. The B3's cable terminates to a 3-pin XLR connector for direct connection to a microphone preamplifier or a mixer. Additionally, a carrying case, two cable clips, a windscreen, and three protective caps are also included.

Unobtrusive

Looks great when you want to see it, virtually disappears when you don't. The B3 is easily hidden in hair or on costumes, with five colors to match clothing, hair, and skin tones. Use a felt tip marker to color the white caps for near-perfect concealability. Never suffer the hassle and degraded sound quality of under-clothing miking again.

Rugged and Reliable

The B3 is resistant to makeup, sweat, and moisture when used with the supplied protective caps, and works well in hair or on the body. The protective caps are easily removed for cleaning or replacement, and the aramid-reinforced cable gives it world-class survivability.

Refined Sound Quality

The B3 provides high-quality audio with low distortion at SPL up to 150 dB on 48V phantom power. The aramid cable and thin diaphragm combine to offer low handling noise. The flat frequency response accurately captures voice or instruments, and the small size makes the B3 easy to position for ambient noise and feedback rejection.

Versatile

Changeable protective caps let you shape the frequency response for different situations or to match other microphones. Versions are available for different speaking or singing styles, with high overload capability for recording instruments.

Sensitivity

Standard, for most uses.

Countryman B3 Specs

SensitivityStandard
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Acoustic Noise24 dBA
Polar PatternOmnidirectional
Power Requirements9 to 48 V Phantom power (4 mA @ 48 V)
Overload Sound Pressure Level150 dBA SPL (48 V, red band)
Output ConnectorsHardwired 3-pin XLR
Cable Length5.0' (1.5 m)
Dimensions0.23 x 0.18" (5.8 x 4.6 mm)
Weight0.012 oz (0.340 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.585 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.3 x 5.05 x 1.45"

Countryman B3 Reviews

Still keeping it in the drawer

By Roger
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-10

I had high hopes for the Countryman B3. Decided to spend a little more and get a good lav mic but it just doesn't seem to be that great for me. Maybe I am using it for the wrong purpose. I am ding talking head videos. The sound from the B3 sounds very spatial to me. I used it for a while and then just threw it back in the mic drawer. I've given it many re-tries over the years but each time I end up disappointed and throw it back in the drawer. Not only is the sound bad IMO, but it has a major hum. Other mics on the same system do not have the issue. It's a very noticeable 60Hz hum that drops out significantly when I ground myself by touching either the sound mixer or the mic XML connector case. I've tried using it with a Zoom H4n Pro and it hums there as well. I sent it to Countryman for a repair a few years ago and when it came back the hum was gone but the repair didn't last long. Anyone want it?

Great replacement mic.

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-20

Had to replace a mic for a wireless unit. Wasn't sure about these as I wanted another mic that wasn't in stock. No problem they even sound better than the one I replaced.

Good mic for the price

By Anne
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-08

Bought to upgrade the lab mic that came with the Tasman DR10L recorder. sound Quality is better but output lower probably because of the AA battery that powers both the recorder and provides the phantom power. I'm thinking it'll work just fine once I adjust some settings on the DR 10 L.

Excellent lavalier mic.

By Keith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-02

Just that. I really didn't want to leave a review, I only wanted to give it full marks.

no mic, no job.

By Alexander
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-14

A B&H Recommended item through expert chat, long story short, this was a complete dud lavalier. This item does not work at all, with multiple ways of checking, much luck to future buys for others.

Love this mic!

By Dewayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-19

Great mic. Make sure you get the right one for your wireless. B&H can advise you on that.

Doesn't work with the Sony UTX-B40

By Craig
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-30

I like the sound of the Countryman B3 mics however we recently switched from a Sennheiser system to a Sony system and the Countryman B3 for Sony Wireless Transmitters doesn't make a solid connection in the Sony UTX-B40 transmitters. As a result of this bad connection there is a ton of static when anything moves. I asked Countryman what could be done to fix this and they told me if I sent my Mics back ALONG WITH different connectors they would rewire them but they don't have any Sony connectors available other than the ones that come on their microphones. :(

Budget mic with great quality.

By Keith
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-17

Great mic for any beginner on a small budget. The B3 is capable of capturing cinema quality audio. However it does require a little more post production processing to achieve the sound of the Sanken or DP. To get rid of handling noise bumblebee industries makes amazing rubber mounts for the B3.

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Does this mic have the W4 or W5 sensitivity?
Asked by: Anonymous
One of best ENG mic
Answered by: K M.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I have this mic with XLR connector, I would need to change it to 3.5mm Locking Connector in order to use it with my rode Wireless Transmitter. Is it possible? How?
Asked by: Luciano
This microphone need 48v and that only runs through XLR cables, the best thing to do in this case is to try to get the same microphone with a 3.5mm without a locking pin to work with the Rode Go systems.
Answered by: leticia
Date published: 2021-03-01

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Do B&H stock the W4 12mV/Pa version of the Countryman B3 mic?
Asked by: Simon E.
The W4 sensitivity B3 are available for most wireless brand transmitters. These are the 12 mV/Pa versions. For hardwired versions these are labeled as P4 sensitivity. http://bhpho.to/29juBT7. For assistance in selecting the proper model, please contact a Sales Representative at 800-606-6969 or email [email protected]<a href= http://bandh.com target= _blank >bandh.com.</a>
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is it fully compatible with Tascam DR-40 ?

Is it fully compatible with Tascam DR-40 ?
Asked by: Michael
Yes, this is compatible with a Tascam DR-40. Please make sure to turn on the 48v phantom power in order to run the microphone.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-11-20

question

how long is the cable from mic to xlr connection? What is the XLR connection, male or female?
Asked by: Albert M.
Hey it s a male cable and, about 2 mtrs. Not very long, but good enough for controled interviews and working with a TASCAM recorder.
Answered by: ANDRES R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can it be plugged in Tascam DR-40 without any ...

Can it be plugged in Tascam DR-40 without any additional adapters ?
Asked by: Michael
No additional adapters are needed to plug this into a DR-40.
Answered by: James Cruz
Date published: 2022-01-22

question

Will it work well with a kopul adapter to plug straight into a dslr?
Asked by: Henry W.
If you buy the B3 with the XLR end on it then it will require phantom power. An adapter cable wont work for that. Countryman sells a ton of options so they may have one that's battery powered and then you could use an adapter cable. But, to the best of my knowledge the mic is a condenser and requires phantom power.
Answered by: George R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

HELLO WHATS MEAN (LS) OR (L4) CONNECTION TYPE?

HELLO WHATS MEAN (LS) OR (L4) CONNECTION TYPE?
Asked by: Martn
The B3's cable terminates to a TA5F connector for direct connection to a Lectrosonics M185 or M187 wireless bodypack transmitter.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-07-21
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