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

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Countryman
Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic, Low 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, Low 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, Low 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

Low, head miking for theater.

Countryman B3 Specs

SensitivityLow
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 Weight0.615 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.3 x 5.15 x 1.45"

Countryman B3 Reviews

Great Company, Great Mics

By Tim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-12

We're really happy with countryman mics. We just bought 6 more to round out our collection and have one consistent mic through-out our production house

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.

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.

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?

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.

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will this work with sennheiser EK 100 G3?
Asked by: Frank V.
This particulr version features an XLR connection that requires phantom power. This is designed for connection to a mixer or recorder that features XLR inputs. Countryman does however offer this mic with a locking 3.5mm connector designed for Sennheiser transmitters. See B&H# COB3W5BSR
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Asked by: MARAT
I've used int with the Rode wireless GO without issue. The 3.5mm snaps in all the way and there is still a little room to rotate the locking nut. My only issue is that my camera only records on one channel, but the Rode Lav Go mic records on both channels.
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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
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Answered by: leticia
Date published: 2021-03-01

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Does this work on a rode link system?
Asked by: Ruben H.
Yes. Currently, Rode is using the same exact wiring configuration on the Rodelink that Sennheiser uses in their evolution wireless (EWG3). For this reason, the Countryman B3 Omnidirectional Microphone (B&H# COB3W5BSR) will work with the latest Rodelink Systems.
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hi, I'm looking at purchasing the countryman B3 lavalier mics. please between the low and the standard mic sensitives, which among the two is suitable for recording movie dialogues.
Asked by: Cephas
Low sensitivity lavs are generally reserved for subjects with BIG voices like those vocalists in Opera, Rock or public speakers with trained and loud elocution skills. Use the standard sensitivity for film, television, and most general application work.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-02-21

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hi, please what is the key difference between the low and the standard sensitivity?
Asked by: Cephas
i think the low sensitivity is for use in really loud environments...? i'm pretty sure the standard is what i use for normal usage.
Answered by: Jason
Date published: 2020-02-21
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