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NAMM 2016: Audio-Technica brings new mics, monitors and headphones

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Mics and monitoring systems

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Audio-Technica

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Audio-Technica +44 (0) 113 277 1441

Daniel Gumble
NAMM 2016: Audio-Technica brings new mics, monitors and headphones

New Audio-Technica lines

The company has arrived in LA with a clutch of new mics, headphones and monitors.

The company has lifted the lid on a clutch of new lines.

Audio-Technica has arrived in LA with a haul of new mics, in-ear monitors and headphones.

First up are its new desk stand and boundary mics – the ATW-T1007 System 10 microphone desk stand transmitter and the ATW-T1006 System 10 boundary microphone/transmitter. Both are compatible with the System 10 PRO rack-mount and System 10 stack-mount digital wireless systems.

Designed to work with phantom-powered, condenser gooseneck microphones with a three-pin XLRM-type output, the ATW-T1007 System 10 microphone desk stand transmitter pairs with the System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver of choice to provide solid 2.4GHz wireless performance. The transmitter is equipped with a three-pin XLRF-type input and features a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level and charging status. The ATW-T1007 offers three levels of input gain (-6dB, 0dB and +6dB), which can be selected via a switch on the bottom of the unit. Another switch engages the low-cut filter.

Suitable for conference rooms and other meeting spaces, the ATW-T1006 System 10 boundary microphone/transmitter also pairs with any System 10 PRO or System 10 digital wireless receiver to provide clear audio quality with 2.4GHz wireless performance. This cardioid condenser boundary mic is also equipped with a touch-sensitive user switch that can toggle between talk and mute modes, or function as a press-to-talk or press-to-mute button. Two red/green LEDs – one visible from the front of the unit, the other from the rear – indicate toggle/talk/mute mode, battery level and charging status. The mic also offers three levels of input gain (-6dB, 0dB and +6dB) and the low-cut filter switch.

For both units, a 3.7V rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides nine hours of use on a full charge and is easily recharged with the included USB charging cable.

The firm has also launched the M50xMG limited edition matte gray version of its ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones. From the 45mm large-aperture drivers to its sound-isolating earcups and robust construction, the ATH-M50x is designed to provide a high-end experience across many audio applications, including recording, live sound, broadcast, DJ and personal listening.  With professional-grade earpad and headband material and a collapsible design, the ATH-M50x headphones are designed to remain comfortable throughout long monitoring sessions and transport easily.

Meanwhile, Audio-Technica has debuted a new range of professional in-ear monitor headphones, bringing the sonic signature of the firm’s M-Series to an in-ear design that is suitable for live and studio applications. The headphones are compatible with M3 in-ear monitor wireless systems –offering a comprehensive in-ear monitoring solution from Audio-Technica.

The ATH-E70 is the flagship in-ear monitor of the new range, offering three balanced armature drivers to provide accurate and extended response across the entire frequency range.

Next in line is the ATH-E50, which comes with single balanced armature drivers provide an accurate full-range response, while the ATH-E40 has a proprietary dual phase push-pull driver design that aims to improve fidelity and efficiency.

Also new is the ATM230 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone, which is suitable for capturing drums and percussion to Audio-Technica’s Artist Series line. The mic’s proprietary capsule is designed to excel in high SPL applications, while the hypercardioid polar pattern aims to reduce pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source. As such, it is well suited to mic-ing toms, snare and other percussion instruments.

Adding to the company’s mic catalogue is the new Artist Elite AE2300 dynamic cardioid instrument microphone. The AE2300 features Audio-Technica’s proprietary double-dome diaphragm construction, giving it high-frequency and transient response. With its rugged, brass metal construction and low-profile design (able to be placed in a variety of applications) and the ability to handle high SPLs, the AE2300 is engineered to offer maximum versatility.

The double-dome diaphragm construction allows the AE2300 to maintain directionality across the entire frequency range, with little off-axis colouration (frequency response is nearly identical at 0º, 90º and 180º, says the firm) for optimum phase cohesion in multiple mic set-ups. The microphone is also equipped with a switchable low-pass filter that cuts out harsh, high-frequency noise, such as hiss from a guitar amp or hi-hat bleed, without affecting the overall tone of an instrument.

For more information on Audio-Technica’s new releases, visit http://eu.audio-technica.com/en/.

 

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