b6 omnidirectional
COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES INC
B6 OMNIDIRECTIONAL
LAVALIER MICROPHONE
Only one tenth of an inch in diameter, the B6 is the smallest lavalier in the world
and outperforms microphones many times its size.
The swappable protective caps provide moisture resistance and color options
and let you shape the frequency response to suit different applications or to
match other microphones.
With exceptionally low handling noise and rugged construction, the B6 is the
ideal choice for theater, broadcast, churches, and general lavalier applications.
Unobtrusive
Exceptional Sound Quality
Smaller than the cable of other
lavaliers, the B6 is easily hidden in
hair or on costumes, or taped to a
performer’s face. The B6 comes in
five colors to match clothing, hair, and
skin tones, or use a felt tip marker to
color the white caps for near-perfect
concealability. Never suffer the hassle
and degraded sound quality of underclothing miking again.
The highest-quality audio available
in a lavalier mic. Low distortion at
SPL up to 140 dB on 48 V Phantom
Power. The Aramid cable and ultrathin diaphragm combine to set a new
standard for low handling noise. The
tiny size and natural sound pickup
make the B6 easy to position for
ambient noise and feedback rejection.
Rugged and Reliable
Versatile
The B6 is exceptionally resistant to
makeup, sweat, and moisture when
used with the supplied protective
caps, and is well-suited to use in
hair or on the body. The protective
caps are easily removed for cleaning
or replacement, and the Aramidreinforced cable gives it world-class
survivability.
Swappable 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.
Supplied with carrying case, black and white cable
clips, wind screen, and 3 protective caps.
Frequency Response : 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Operating Current : 500 µA
Operating Voltage : 1 to 2 Volts
Power Supply Voltage :
+3 V with 2.7 kΩ load
+5 V with 6.8 kΩ load
+9 V with 15 kΩ load
The B6 Lavalier is available in three sensitivities:
B6W4
standard (gray band) for most uses
Sensitivity: 16.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 24 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 120 dB SPL
B6W5
low sensitivity (red band): head mic for theater
Sensitivity: 7.0 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 29 dBA SPL
Overload Sound Level: 130 dB SPL
B6W6
very low sensitivity (blue band): instrument / near mouth
Sensitivity: 2 mV/Pascal
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 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
B6 Lavalier: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose the right color for my skin tone?
Tan works very well for Caucasian skin tones as well as olive complexions. Light beige works
well for light and pink tones. Cocoa is the ideal choice for very light brown to chocolate
tones. Choose black for deep brown skin, or on other tones when 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 resembles
a shadow and draws less attention.
Which cap should I use?
The B6 Lavalier 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). To identify caps, compare size to the drawings.
Very Bright
+8 dB
Bright
+4 dB
Flat
+0 dB
The omni ships with the +4 dB protective cap fitted to the mic. This will boost the perceived
amount of 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.
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 (W4, gray band) is for general speaking, such as presentations or
sermons, where the mic is positioned on the chest or lapel
• The middle sensitivity (W5, red band) is ideal for use as a head mic in theater
• The least sensitive mic (W6, blue band) with the highest overload sound level is a good choice for
instrument applications, opera, or where the microphone will be positioned very near the mouth.
What are other popular placement tips for the B6?
Hair Mic
The B6 is very popular as an
ultraminiature hair microphone. This
placement provides good gain before
feedback and natural sound that
doesn’t change when the head moves.
(Microphone extended here for visibility)
Behind a Button
Positioned in the knot of a tie or behind
a shirt button, the B6 delivers flawless
audio and hides in plain sight. When
placed completely under clothing use
the +4 dB or +8 dB protective cap to
boost high frequencies.
Attached to Eyeglasses
The B6 is also popular on stage
attached to glasses. Placement on
eyeglasses with O-rings or tape is
secure, discreet, and a convenient
alternative to hair miking.
Countryman Associates, Inc. 195 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025 US: (800) 669-1422 Intl: 650-364-9988 F: (650) 364-2794
[email protected] For more information and warranty registration visit www.countryman.com Made in the United States.
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