E6s OMNIDIRECTIONAL COMPACT EARSET MICROPHONE

E6s OMNIDIRECTIONAL COMPACT EARSET MICROPHONE
COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES INC
E6s OMNIDIRECTIONAL
COMPACT EARSET MICROPHONE
Exceptional sound in the most concealable earset yet. A hybrid between a B6
lavalier and an E6 omnidirectional, the E6s Compact Omni offers an elegant
alternative to taping a lavalier to the face or hiding it in the hair. The E6s was
developed together with our theater users to allow fast placement at the temple with
minimal adjustment. The earpiece conforms to ear and stays firmly in place without
tape or hair clip for quick costume changes. The microphone element, positioned
just in front of ear, provides high-quality sound in a subminiature package. The
microphone is ideally suited for applications requiring a low-profile solution, such as
intimate theater settings, broadcast, or presentations. when visibility is more critical
than gain before feedback.
Nearly Invisible
Exceptional Sound Quality
The most concealable E6 yet, the E6s
places the microphone element just
forward of the ear. Available in all of the
E6 colors—light beige, tan, cocoa, and
black—the E6s blends perfectly against
the skin and hides under sideburns.
Frequency response is better than
20 Hz to 20 kHz ± 3 dB, with >100
dB dynamic range. Countryman
Earsets sound like a world-class, full
size performance mics in a handsfree package that gives the performer
complete freedom.
Incredibly Versatile
Rugged and Reliable
Change the look, change the sound,
or change the transmitter. Protective
caps swap in seconds, adjusting the
frequency response and tip color to
match other microphones or match skin,
costumes, and hair. The E6s comes in
three sensitivities for different speaking
and singing styles, with up to 140 dB
SPL capability. Switch between lowprofile 1mm and Duramax 2mm cable,
configured for almost any wireless
transmitter and available in four colors.
Made of durable stainless steel, the E6s
stands up to daily handling, makeup,
and sweat. The microphone element is
virtually waterproof when used with the
supplied protective caps.
Replaceable cables
With other microphones a worn cable
requires purchasing a completely new
mic. An E6s cable replaces in seconds
without tools. Snap-on miniature
1mm or 2mm super-rugged cables
are available for almost any wireless
transmitter or phantom mic input.
Supplied with cable, carrying case, black and white
cable clips, windscreen, and 3 protective caps.
Frequency Response : 20 Hz to 20 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 E6s is available in three sensitivities:
HG (high gain) for general speaking
Sensitivity: 12.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 120 dB SPL
MG (mid gain) for loud speaking and vocals
Sensitivity: 7.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 130 dB SPL
LG (low gain) for powerful vocals
Sensitivity: 2 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 29 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 140 dB SPL
How Caps Change Frequency Response
measured at 6 inches
dB
+10
+8 dB Very Bright
0
+4 dB Bright
-10
-20
20
500 1k 2k
50 100 200
5k 10k 20 kHz
1 kHz Polar Response
30°
60°
0°
0
-5
-10
-15
-20
330°
300°
dB
90°
270°
120°
240°
150°
180°
210°
+0 dB Flat
E6s Omni: Frequently Asked Questions
When should I use the E6s?
Countryman offers different earsets to fit a range of environments. All of the earset varieties
provide significant advantages over body-mounted lavaliers because there is no change
in sound as the head moves. Because of its placement, the E6s provides a powerful new
option in situations that would typically call for a head-mounted lavalier.
E6s Earset
Choose the E6s for maximum concealability at very close audience distances, such as
in intimate theater settings, and as a general replacement for a head-mounted or bodymounted lavalier. The E6s is the most low-profile headset available on the market today,
specifically tailored to theater and broadcast use. This microphone is ideal when visibility is
the most critical factor; because it is farther from the mouth, the E6s will provide less gain
before feedback than the E6 or E6i.
E6 or E6i Earsets
Choose the classic E6 or E6i omnidirectional earsets in most situations. They put the
microphone close to the mouth for the most gain before feedback and the most natural
sound. For situations where there are loud monitors, extreme feedback issues, or
environmental noise, choose the directional earset (marked with a green band).
How do I choose the right color for my skin tone?
L
T
C
B
In most cases the boom of the E6s will be against the performer’s skin. 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, a
darker option tends to blend better and draws less attention.
Which E6s 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 for the E6s:
• The highest gain (HG, no band) is for general speaking, such as presentations or sermons
• The medium gain (MG, blue band) is for vocals and loud speaking, such as in theater
• The most powerful vocals require the least gain mic (LG, purple band) with the highest
overload sound level
Which cap should I use?
Flat
+0 dB
Bright
+4 dB
Very Bright
+8 dB
The E6s should always be used with a protective cap in place to keep sweat, makeup and
other foreign material out of the microphone. The three omni caps each have a different
high frequency response characteristic that controls the amount of “crispness” or “sibilance”
(response at 15 kHz). The omni ships with the +4 dB protective cap fitted to the mic. We
have found that this meets the needs of the majority of users, slightly boosting the presence
in your sound while leaving the lower frequencies unchanged. If you experience problems
with high-frequency feedback, you should switch to the 0 dB cap.
Should I use EQ?
The E6s microphone element has an incredibly even frequency response across the audio
spectrum. As with lavaliers worn near the ear, you may choose to apply subtle EQ to
account for sound coupling through the talent's cheek and along the cheekbone. Each
performer is different; typically the mids are slightly emphasized—try cutting 2-3 dB at 1kHz
for males and 1.5kHz for females.
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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