Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Condenser Mic

Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Condenser Mic

Audio-Technica AT803B - Mini Clip-On Condenser Mic

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Product Highlights

  • Clip-On Condenser Microphone
  • Accurate Yet Unobtrusive
  • Operates on Battery or Phantom Power
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Audio-Technica AT803B overview

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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
UPC: 042005152834
In the Box
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-Technica AT803B specs

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.1 x 5.4 x 1.7"

    Audio-Technica AT803B reviews

    AT803B - Mini Clip-On Condenser Mic is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 61.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet and sensitive - just like me Just bought two of these for my marriage documentary. I'm running both of them into my Sony PCM-M10 and I can just drop the wav files straight into Premiere - no tweaking or hiss removing in Audition first - virtually no noise at all, and great quality spoken word recording. The battery boxes are about the same size as wireless transmitters, but they're very well made and feel like they'd survive a lot of abuse. Overall the build quality is excellent, down to the clips and wind furries. The only downer is the 70s vinyl styling of the case these come in. The case is great but it don't look like much. Very impressed.
    Date published: 2011-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to go wrong with this mic! I ordered two of these late last week for use with my Zoom H4n on the advice of B&H staff Juan B. via live chat. ... Most of the body pack is constructed of aluminum, rather than plastic, and the mic body itself has a solid feel. The sound is clear over the full range and noise is minimal. Gain is more than adequate. I honestly didn't anticipate getting mics of this quality at this price.You might as well order extra clips and wind screens while you're at it since these are bound to need replacement eventually.Special thanks to B&H for their expert advice and excellent service!
    Date published: 2010-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded My Expectations I have yet to find a fault in this mic. I use this with a Zoom H4n to capture audio for video I shoot on my Canon 550D (DSLR camera). I do both documentary and journalistic work and recently used this on a project which took place in the windy outdoors of the Flint Hills of Kansas... wide open prairie. I did several interviews and this mic worked great. The included windscreen was sufficient even in the high winds. I plan to purchase a second one within the next few months. You can preview the audio quality (no sweetening or mixing/mastering) on a teaser I edited here:@My only negative comment is that the included clip is awkward... hard to hide from sight. I recommend purchasing a better set of clips.
    Date published: 2010-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product at a Reasonable Price 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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).
    Date published: 2014-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good choice for price Using product with a D7000 dslr for small video clips mainly for the internet. Only used indoor at this time but is essential to have if you care about audio because the internal mic on the dslr is awful. This product is small and comes with a very nice padded case. the clip is a bit bulky but ok for what I needed. I do wish it would have come with more than one foam wind cover because they seem a little fragile. The battery case is metal which seems more durable.
    Date published: 2011-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I bought 2 of these for a live internet TV broadcast of a music/talk show and they have far exceeded my expectations! Not only was the voice nice and clear but after testing them out first I found I did not need any other microphones when they were playing guitars and singing. I connected them to a Canon XHA1 and the audience, using a chat box next to the screen, was amazed at the true stereo quality.
    Date published: 2010-08-04
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