Audio-Technica AT875R Line/Gradient Shotgun Condenser Microphone
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- Designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition
- Extremely short length (under 7") ideal for use with compact digital cameras
- Provides the narrow acceptance angle desirable for long-distance sound pickup
- Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic
- Tailored response minimizes camera and handling noise
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Minimal camera and handling noise
Excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear of mic & tailored response.
Operates on phantom power only; 11-52V DC, 2 mA typical.
Smooth on-axis audio quality with excellent off-axis rejection
For a smooth, natural sound and rejection from the sides and rear of mic.
|Element||Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser|
|Polar Pattern||Line + gradient|
|Frequency Response||90-20,000 Hz|
|Maximum Input Sound Level||127 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.|
|Dynamic Range (typical)||107 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL|
|Phantom Power Requirements||11-52V DC, 2 mA typical|
|Weight||80 g (2.8 oz)|
Audio-Technica’ s AT875R is designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition. Audio-Technica' s shortest shotgun microphone, it mounts conveniently on a DV camcorder without adding noticeable heft, and is ideal for use with compact digital cameras. This high-performance microphone offers a narrow acceptance angle of line + gradient design. It also features smooth, natural-sounding on-axis audio quality and excellent off-axis rejection of sound arriving from the sides and rear of mic.
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This isn't going to replace the Sennheiser HKM416 as the industry standard, but it is one of the best you can get for under $300. The biggest issue I have had is that when I'm not careful with monitor volume, it will pick up the sound from my headphones while I monitor my recording (for V.O. work), but that has more to do with my headphones not being fully closed-back than anything wrong with the mic.
Overall, I would highly recommend this microphone to anyone looking for a quality shotgun mic without the budget for a Sennheiser or DPA. It is good enough for most professional work, and the low cost will help you save for one of the industry standard mics down the road.
This microphone is a short XLR with no extras - no low cut or db boost, no normal/tele mode. The mic is also not battery operated so you will need a good preamp to provide phantom power - either through a field recorder such as a zoom, or what I chose, a Saramonic PAX1 preamp connected directly to my primary camera.
I use this primarily as a boom mic. Hanging this mic just out of camera over my subject creates for a nice rich sound. The microphone does an OK job of rejecting higher side noises, but it is not so precise that I have to toil with aiming the mic. The mic is a line+gradient polar pattern, but it seems similar to a cardioid pattern.
This is a recommend. Know what you are getting into though - you will need more "supporting" equipment around this mic - preamps, XLR cables, a good shock mount.
I also like this mic for its versatility; it works great indoors (unlike a lot of shotgun mics) and its pickup pattern is a little wider than longer shotguns, which IMO makes the AT875R easier to use than the longer mics (you don't need to aim this mic so perfectly). Outdoors, I use the Micover Slipover Windscreen for RODE VideoMic VM over the provided foam windscreen to suppress wind noise and the combination works superbly.
DSLR users should take note: the AT875R has an XLR connector and requires phantom power, so you'll need a preamp / adapter like an IK Multimedia iRig Pre microphone preamp for smartphones and tablets or Saramonic SmartRig Audio Adapter for Smartphones (Black) to get the right signal and the right connector into your DSLR's external audio input.
It was hard to pull the trigger on this, but I did and I have not looked back. Beautiful and light weight.
No XLR included.
Again I'm not the huge audiophile that can tell you all of the finite details, but my real world experience with it has made me a believer in the consideration of buying a second one.
I own some AT 2020s and this XLR shotgun mic compliments my audio lineup beautifully.