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  • Products of Interest

Equitek E100S Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

The Equitek E100S from CAD is a large diaphragm supercardioid condenser microphone (see Figure 1). At the time of its release the company claimed that this microphone had the lowest noise floor of any in its class at 3.7 dBA. The E100S also features a 1-in. nickel-plated capsule for accurate phasing and rich vocal tone. The frequency response ranges from 40 Hz to 18 kHz, the sensitivity is–30 dBV at 1 Pa, and the impedance is 150 ohms. Ahigh-pass (80 Hz) filter and 10 dB pad are provided and the maximum SPL is 150 dB with the pad engaged.

The microphone is packaged in a vintage cherry case and a shock mount is also included. Phantom power is required for operation.

The Equitek E100S is listed for US$ 799. Contact: CAD Professional Microphones, 6573 Cochran Rd. Bldg. I, Solon, Ohio 44139, USA; telephone (+1) 800-762-9266; fax (+1) 440-248-4902; electronic mail; Web

Sennheiser MMK 965-1 Wireless Large-Diaphragm Microphone Head

Sennheiser has released a wireless version of their e965, a large diaphragm condenser microphone. The MMK-965 microphone head is available for use with the company's 2000 series and evolution wireless (EW) G3 handheld transmitters. The microphone head has been optimized for live performance and the signal is converted to a low impedance version within the capsule. The capsule has two diaphragms and can be switched between cardioid and super-cardioid pick-up patterns. A 10-dB attenuation feature is included. The SPL is 144 dB/154 dB and the sensitivity is measured as 1.8 mV/Pa and 5.7 mV/Pa. The microphone head is available in black, nickel, and blue.

The MMK 965-1 is listed for US$ 499. Contact: Sennheiser Electronic, Am Labor 1, Wennebostel, 30900 Wedemark Wennebostel, Germany; telephone (+49) 513-060-00; fax (+49) 530-600-300; electronic mail; Web

Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Adapter and SRH840 Headphones

Shure has released the X2u adapter to allow users to connect microphones directly to a computer for digital recording. The XLR-to-USB signal adapter is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, and 2000, and with Mac OS X and is a plug and play device (see Figure 2). A pre-amplifier is built in to the adapter to control the strength of the input signal and it can provide phantom power to microphones. The adapter also features a headphone jack with volume control for zero-latency monitoring and a monitor mix control to balance microphone and playback audio. A tri-color peak signal indicator is also provided. The adapter uses sample rates up to 48 kKz/16-bit and has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB. A 3-m USB cable is included.

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Figure 1.

CAD's Equitek E100S supercardioid condenser microphone.

The company has also released a range of new professional headphones including the SRH840 headphones which are designed for studio recording and critical listening (see Figure 2). This model is collapsible and the cable can be detached for ease of storage and portability and a carrying bag is provided. The headband is wide and padded and the closed back earpads are replaceable. The headphones feature 40-mm neodymium dynamic drivers and offer a frequency of 5 Hz to 25 kHz. The adapter is a gold-plated mini-jack and the cable is 3 m long. The headphones weigh 0.7 lb without the cable and 1.75 lbs with the cable attached.

The X2u adapter is listed for US$ 154 and the SRH840 for US$ 250. Contact: Shure Incorporated, 5800 West Touhy Avenue, Niles, Illinois 60714-4608, USA; telephone (+1) 847-600-2000; fax (+1) 847-600-1212; electronic mail; Web

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Figure 2.

The Shure X2u XLR/USB adapter (left) and the SRH840 headphones (right).

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