Countryman E6 Directional Data Sheet

Countryman Earset directional microphones provide high quality voice pickup while
rejecting surrounding noise, stage monitors, or feedback from nearby speakers.
An ultra-miniature electret condenser element is held close to the mouth by a thin
boom and comfortable earclip for world-class vocal mic sound with far better
isolation than an omnidirectional mic can provide. The entire assembly weighs
less than one-tenth ounce and almost disappears against the skin, so performers
can forget it’s there and audiences barely see it. Changeable caps let you select
a cardioid pickup pattern for ease of placement, or a hypercardioid pattern for
maximum isolation.
Excellent Isolation
Countryman Earsets are the smallest,
lightest, and least visible head-worn
Countryman directional Earsets reject
20 dB of off-axis sound, while easy
adjustment keeps the mic very close
to the mouth at all times. This reduces
feedback in meeting rooms or houses
of worship, and cuts monitor pickup
on stage. The directional Earset is
ideal for concerts and other high-noise
Rugged and Reliable
Stainless steel, skin-colored almost
unbreakable boom can be bent and
re-bent many times to fit different
performers. The E6 is exceptionally
resistant to makeup, sweat and
moisture when used with the supplied
protective caps. Caps and cable are
field-replaceable without tools.
Soft, highly flexible boom is easily
shaped right on the performer’s face.
Available in multiple skin-like colors.
Changeable protective caps let you
shape the frequency response for
different situations or to match other
microphones. Versions available for
different speaking or singing styles, with
up to 140 dB SPL capability.
Exceptional Sound Quality
Supplied with cable, carrying case, black and white cable
clips, wind screen, cardioid and hypercardioid caps.
Frequency Response : 30 Hz to 15 kHz
Operating Current : 500 µA
Operating Voltage : 1 to 2 Volts
Power Supply Voltage :
+3 V with 2.7 kOhm Load
+5 V with 6.8 kOhm Load
+9 V with 15 kOhm Load
Weight : .07 oz (2 grams)
The E6 Earset is available in three sensitivities:
Model E6DW5 for general speaking
Sensitivity: 6.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 125 dB SPL
Model E6DW6 for strong speaking and vocals
Sensitivity: 1.9 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 29 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 135 dB SPL
Model E6DW7 for powerful vocals
Sensitivity: 0.60 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 145 dB SPL
Frequency response is better than
30 Hz to 15 kHz with smooth off-axis
response and >100 dB dynamic range.
Countryman Earsets sound like worldclass, full size performance mics but the
performer has complete freedom.
Frequency Response
1 in
24 in
24 in
Replaceable cables
With other microphones a worn cable
requires purchasing a completely new
mic. An E6 replacement cable easily
replaces it in less than a minute. Quickconnect miniature 1 mm or 2 mm super
rugged cables are available for almost
any wireless transmitter or phantom mic
input providing 3 - 48 V.
0.25 in
50 100 200
500 1k 2k
5k 10k 20 kHz
1 kHz Polar Response
cardioid cap
hypercardioid cap
E6 Directional: Frequently Asked Questions
When should I choose a directional Earset?
Only Countryman Earsets offer omni and directional versions, giving the user some
exceptional advantages. The omni Earset rejects unwanted sound and feedback better than
a lavalier almost anyway you wear it, so it’s very user-friendly for new and experienced users
alike. It’s ideal for anyone working with a PA system covering a room without stage monitors.
For situations where there are loud monitors, extreme feedback or environmental noise,
choose the Countryman directional Earset (marked with a green band). It’s much smaller and
less obtrusive compared to anything else on the market. For more information on directional
Earsets, see your dealer or download a copy from our web site. Or simply call us if you have
a question.
Should I choose the E6 or the E6i?
The classic E6 is recommended when one person wears the microphone. Because it is
stiffer and holds its shape well, it can be adjusted to fit the user’s face, stored away, and
quickly unpacked and worn with a minimum of fuss.
The E6i adds a new, soft, highly-flexible boom and a larger silicone rubber ear piece. When
multiple users share a mic, the E6i is the best choice. The soft boom is fantastically durable
and the extreme flexibility makes changing users a breeze.
How do I choose the right color for my skin tone?
Tan is the most popular color choice, because it works perfectly for average Caucasian skin
tones, as well as olive complexions. Light beige works well in theatrical applications due
to its slightly pink undertone, which is also appropriate for extremely fair skin. Cocoa is the
ideal choice for African American skin tones ranging from very light to chocolate, and black
is appropriate for extremely dark skin, or for situations where you want the mic to be visible.
When in doubt, choose the darker option. That’s because a mic that’s too light can resemble
a scar or blemish, while a mic that’s slightly darker than the background tends to blend
much better and draws less attention.
Which sensitivity should I choose?
Making a microphone more sensitive to catch soft sounds means it will overload sooner for
loud sounds. Because sound pressure levels vary between individuals and applications, we
provide three sensitivities with three overload or clipping characteristics.
• The most sensitive (W5, no band) is for general speaking, such as presentations or sermons
• The middle sensitivity (W6, blue band) is for vocals and strong speaking, such as in theater
• The most powerful vocals require the least sensitive mic (W7, purple band) with the highest
overload sound level
Which cap should I use?
The Earset should always be used with a protective cap in place to keep sweat, makeup
and other foreign material out of the microphone. The directional caps modify your Earset’s
pickup pattern:
• Hypercardioid mode provides the best isolation from all directions, with a null facing toward
the floor where “wedge” monitors are often placed. We recommend this mode for most
applications. Being more directional than cardioid, it’s slightly more sensitive to air movement
and the windscreen should always be used.
• Cardioid mode is slightly less directional, with a null toward the performer’s back. It’s most
useful for trade-show presenters or other performers who have a monitor speaker over their
shoulder or behind them.
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