Microphone Assessment

Before buying microphones it is obviously necessary to take all reasonable steps to ensure that those purchased will be satisfactory. Below is a checklist of questions which, while not complete, should go some way towards helping buyers to obtain the most satisfactory microphones for their requirements.

Technical characteristics

Is the frequency response graph satisfactory and, more important, is the audio quality adequate as judged by listening tests using a high-grade loudspeaker?

What is its directivity pattern (see page 112) and how constant are its directional characteristics with frequency? Is the pattern variable—say by a switch on the microphone? What electrical load does the microphone require, and is this compatible ...

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