Audio-Technica has introduced four new condenser boundary microphones for conferencing applications, including the ES945O/FM3 omnidirectional, ES947C/FM3 cardioid, ES945O/FM5 omnidirectional and ES947C/FM5 cardioid, all equipped with a capacitive-type user switch that enables muting.
The FM3 models replace the existing ES945/LED and ES947/LED and offer local muting while the FM5 models represent entirely new products with a feature set offering remote muting and control.
The omnidirectional ES945O/FM3 and cardioid ES947C/FM3 have a 3-pin XLR output connector and are designed to mount unobtrusively in tabletops or panels, and they include two-state RGB LED ring (7 selectable colors + OFF) to indicate mute status. Polar patterns provide 360-degree (ES945O/FM3) and 120-degree (ES947C/FM3) coverage. An all-metal case with a two-layer steel mesh grille protects the mic element, while A-T’s proprietary UniGuard RFI-shielding technology is designed to provide strict rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI). Both mics are equipped with a self-contained power module, eliminating the need for an external one, and come with a pair of rubber isolators for mechanical isolation from the mounting surface.
The omnidirectional ES945O/FM5 and cardioid ES947C/FM5 have a similar feature set to the FM3 models but offer remote muting and control as well as a 5-pin XLR output connector. Additionally, not only can the switch be configured for remote muting and/or external contact closure, but it can also be set up to trigger an external device, such as a camera or the room’s lighting.
The ES945O/FM3 and ES947C/FM3 microphones will be available summer 2021 with U.S. MSRP pricing of $263, while the ES945O/FM5 and ES947C/FM5 microphones are available with now U.S. MSRP pricing of $279.