Audio-Technica introduces ES963 three-element surface-mount microphone
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-06-28)
Audio-Technica has expanded its award-winning,
contractor-exclusive Engineered Sound line with the introduction of
the ES963 Three-Element Multidirectional Boundary Microphone.
ES963 is designed for surface-mount applications such as high-quality
sound reinforcement, conferencing, professional recording, television
and other demanding sound pickup applications in the installed sound
and sound contracting markets. The microphone provides full, efficient
and flexible coverage of large table areas, giving users a more
streamlined mic setup.
Three cardioid condenser elements mounted in the microphone housing
are factory set with an angle of 120 degrees between them to provide
complete 360-degree coverage (in the hemisphere above mounting
surface). Two positioning levers on the microphone base allow two of
the three elements to be reoriented (with no tools or disassembly
required) to offer angles of 90/90/180 degrees between elements ideal
for positioning at the end of long conference tables, for example.
Since elements can be powered and used individually or in combination,
further flexibility is easily achieved. For example, with two elements
powered, the microphone can provide a figure-of-eight polar pattern;
with a single element powered, the microphone functions as a standard
cardioid boundary microphone. Four indented recessed pathways on the
base of the ES963 enable the user to route the cable as required to
accommodate any installation requirements; no tools or disassembly are
The ES963 includes a 7.5-meter (24.6-foot) permanently attached output
cable. Its free end is unterminated stripped and tinned pigtails,
giving the installer flexibility in interfacing with a variety of
equipment. Small-diameter capsules near the boundary eliminate phase
distortion and deliver clear, high-output performance.
The ES963 is equipped with UniGuard RFI-shielding technology, which
offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI).
The microphone requires 11V to 52V DC phantom power for operation.
Elements can be powered and used individually, or in any combination.
The ES963s heavy die-cast case and non-slip silicon foam bottom pads
minimize coupling of surface vibration to the microphone. The
microphone features a low-profile design and a low-reflectance black
finish, and comes equipped with a soft protective pouch. Output is low
impedance (Lo-Z balanced).
Audio-Technicas ES963 Three-Element Multidirectional Boundary
Microphone will be available in summer 2010 with a U.S. MSRP of $495.00.
As with all Audio-Technica Engineered Sound products, the ES963 comes
standard with a five-year warranty. For more information, please visit
From a press release.