Directly replacing the AT898 and AT899 condensers, Audio-Technica has made the BP898 cardioid and BP899 omni-directional microphones available for wired or wireless lavalier applications. Available in five black-finished models, the BP898 comes with permanently attached cables and varying termination and power configurations. The BP899 is available in a total of 17 different models with permanently attached cables, varying terminations and power configurations in two available sensitivities and black or theatre (beige) finishes.
The wide dynamic range and high SPL tolerances of both upgraded subminiature microphones promote their use in stage and television broadcasting, education and HOWs. The 5.3mm diameter low-profile design minimises visibility. For up-close, directional miking, the directivity of the BP898 with cardioid capsule provides a pronounced proximity effect that enhances the voice. If the mic needs to be used at a greater distance or a less focused pickup is desired, the BP899 with an omnidirectional capsule is recommended.
The BP899 features an open-diaphragm design for maximum frequency response with protective mesh that repels sweat and other moisture and lasting performance. It includes a resonance cap that can be applied to the mic for greater intelligibility and to direct sweat and moisture away. The BP899 is also available in low-sensitivity versions, for dynamic theatre performances or other high-SPL applications.
Other significant upgrades include a urethane elastomer cable with a double-spiral shield wire providing added flexibility, strength and resistance to abrasion and moisture. Improved connectors, a clothing clip with 16 distinct angle adjustments over 360° and two windscreens that include a clasp also feature.
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