In a word: The Neumann classic. Three directional characteristics and switchable pre-attenuation ensure suitability for a wide range of applications.
The U 87 is probably the best known and most widely used Neumann studio microphone. It is equipped with a large dual-diaphragm capsule with three directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. These are selectable with a switch below the headgrille.
A 10 dB attenuation switch is located on the rear. It enables the microphone to handle sound pressure levels up to 127 dB without distortion.
Furthermore, the low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect.
Neumann U87 Ai Features
- Variable large diaphragm microphone
- Pressure-gradient transducer with double membrane capsule
- The studio microphone classic
- Three directional characteristics: omni, cardioid, figure-8
- Switchable low frequency roll-off
- Switchable 10 dB pre-attenuation
- Ideal as main and as support microphone in the most differing recording situations
Neumann U87 Ai Specifications
- Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional pattern Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8 plus
- Frequency range 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm 20/28/22 mV/Pa1)
- Rated impedance 200 ohms
- Rated load impedance 1 kohms
- Equivalent noise level, CCIR2) 26/23/25 dB1)
- Equivalent noise level, A-weighted2) 15/12/14 dB-A1)
- Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR2) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 68/71/69 dB1)
- Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted2) (rel. 94 dB SPL) 79/82/80 dB1)
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%3) 117 dB (cardioid)
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation3) 127 dB
- Maximum output voltage 390 mV
- Dynamic range of the microphone amplifier (A-weighted) 105 dB
- Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
- Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 0.8 mA
- Matching connectors XLR3F
- Weight 500 g
- Diameter 56 mm
- Length 200 mm