UK: Audio-Technica has re-engineered its high-end integrator microphone line, Engineered Sound, to incorporate UniGuard RFI protection technology. The reworked ES series comprises 32 gooseneck, 12 hanging, seven boundary, a lavalier and a handheld microphone, writes David Davies.
Principal among a host of design improvements is the inclusion of Audio-Technica's UniGuard Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) protection, said to provide "unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference" in today's increasingly problematic RF environment.
Redesign of the Engineered Sound line has also allowed for the removal of substances specified in the EU's RoHS directive, a move that Audio-Technica says makes the series "fully compliant".
Other new features include the innovative PivotPoint rotating connector on certain boundary models, superior off-axis rejection for improved gain feedback, and 80 Hz UniSteep filter for removal of unwanted low frequencies without affecting vocal signal quality.
Specific fixtures include the ES973 hypercardoid condenser microphone - designed for handheld and fixed-mount applications - and the ES943 cardoid, condenser clip microphone. This device is said to be suitable for professional recording, TV and "other demanding sound pickup applications".
Comprising 13 separate patents, UniGuard Radio Frequency Interference technology is said to provide "a total system for RFI protection that impacts on every aspect of the design of the new Engineered Sound microphone series".
"We are very excited about the new Engineering Sound series," Audio-Technica marketing projects manager Denise Burnage tells PSN-e. "It is an essential component in professional installations and will allow our customers to differentiate their service. Not only does it offer brand new models, making the range more versatile and unique for the professional, it is RoHS compliant and offers unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference - a must for audio environments where other essential components of our business lives (mobile phones, PDAs, etc) cause unwanted and now unnecessary interruption."
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