E6i Directional Datasheet
The Countryman E6i Directional Earset microphone provides high-quality voice
pickup while rejecting surrounding noise, stage monitors, and feedback from nearby
speakers. An ultra-miniature directional element is held close to the mouth by a thin
boom and comfortable earpad. The flexible boom of the E6i holds up to repeated
rebending by multiple performers. The entire assembly weighs less than one-tenth
of an ounce and virtually 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.
Most Concealable
Rugged and Reliable
Countryman Earsets are the smallest,
lightest, and least visible head-worn
microphones. The comfortable earpad
doesn’t interfere with hairstyles,
eyeglasses, wardrobe, headphones, or
in-ear monitors. The tiny boom and mic
element virtually disappear against the
The skin-colored, almost unbreakable
boom can be bent and re-bent many
times to fit different performers. The E6i
is exceptionally resistant to makeup,
sweat and moisture when used with
the supplied protective caps. Caps and
cable are field-replaceable without tools.
The soft, highly flexible boom is easily
shaped right on the performer’s face.
Available in multiple skin tone colors.
Changeable protective caps let you
shape the frequency response for
different situations or to match other
microphones. Versions are available for
different speaking or singing styles, with
up to 145 dB SPL capability.
Exceptional Sound Quality
Frequency response is better than
30 Hz to 15 kHz with smooth offaxis response and >100 dB dynamic
range. Countryman Earsets sound like
world-class, full size performance mics
while freeing up performers hands and
improving consistency.
Excellent Isolation
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
Replaceable cables
With other microphones a worn cable
requires purchasing a completely new
mic. An E6 quick-connect cable can
be snapped on in seconds. Miniature
1 mm or 2 mm super-rugged cables
are available for almost any wireless
transmitter or phantom mic input
providing 3V - 48V.
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 :
+3V with 2.7 kOhm Load
+5V with 6.8 kOhm Load
+9V with 15 kOhm Load
Weight : .07 oz (2 grams)
The E6i Directional Earset is available in three
Model E6iDW5 for general speaking
Sensitivity: 6.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 125 dB SPL
Model E6iDW6 for loud speaking and vocals
Sensitivity: 1.9 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 29 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 135 dB SPL
Model E6iDW7 for powerful vocals
Sensitivity: 0.60 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 145 dB SPL
Frequency Response
0.25 in
1 in
24 in
24 in
50 100 200
500 1k 2k
5k 10k 20 kHz
1 kHz Polar Response
cardioid cap
hypercardioid cap
E6i Directional: Frequently Asked Questions
When should I choose a directional Earset?
Countryman Earsets offer both omni and directional versions, giving the user some
exceptional advantages. The omni earset rejects unwanted sound and feedback better
than a lavalier almost any way 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.
What is the difference between the E6 and the E6i?
We recommend the classic E6 when just 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 soft, highly-flexible boom and a larger silicone rubber ear piece. When
multiple users share a mic, the E6i is a great 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 loud 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 (H) 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 (C) 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.
Countryman Associates, Inc. 195 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (800) 669-1422 or (650) 364-9988 Fax: (650) 364-2794 Email: [email protected] Web: www.countryman.com
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