E6 EARSET
COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES INC
E6 EARSET
MICROPHONE
Supplied with cable, carrying case, black and white cable clips,
windscreen and protective caps (omni accessories shown).
The Countryman E6 Earset microphone is a nearly invisible, world-class
vocal microphone that delivers high-quality voice pickup, while rejecting
surrounding noise and feedback. An ultra-miniature electret condenser
element is held close to the mouth by a thin boom and comfortable earpiece.
Available in omnidirectional and pattern-adjustable directional versions, the E6
Earset weighs less than one-tenth ounce and virtually disappears against the
skin, so performers forget they’re even wearing a mic.
Unobtrusive
Exceptional Sound Quality
Countryman Earsets are the smallest,
lightest, and least visible head-worn
microphones.
The Countryman E6 delivers rich,
full band audio quality rivaling
performance handheld and
instrument microphones.
Rugged and Reliable
The E6 Earset’s stainless steel,
boom is incredibly tough and 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.
Versatile
The E6 Earset’s flexible boom
is easily shaped right on the
performer’s face and available in
multiple skin tones. Changeable
omnidirectional protective caps
let you shape the frequency
response for different situations
or to match other microphones;
caps for the directional earset
adjust the pattern from cardioid to
hypercardioid. Choose a sensitivity
for speaking or singing with up to
145 dB SPL capability.
Frequency Response:
Omni: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Directional: 30 Hz to 15 kHz
Sensitivity: Omni W5:
Omni W6:
Omni W7:
Directional W5:
Directional W6:
Directional W7:
Equivalent Acoustic Noise: W5: W6: W7: Excellent Isolation
Easy adjustment keeps the mic in
the perfect position for rejecting
unwanted sounds. Countryman
Omnidirectional Earsets reduce
feedback an average of 12dB
compared to an omnidirectional
lavalier. Directional E6 Earsets
provide even more isolation.
Excellent for houses of worship,
theater, and outdoor events.
24 dBA
29 dBA
39 dBA
Overload Sound Level:
(1% THD)
Omni W5: Omni W6:
Omni W7:
Directional W5:
Directional W6:
Directional W7:
Power Requirements: 500 µA at 1 to 2 Volts
Weight: .07 oz (2 grams)
120 dBA
130 dBA
140 dBA
125 dBA
135 dBA
145 dBA
Frequency Response
dB
+10
Omni
0
+8 dB Very Bright Cap
6 in
+4 dB Bright Cap
-10
-20
20
dB
+10
Directional
Replaceable Cables
With other microphones a worn
cable requires purchasing a
completely new mic. An E6
replacement cable installs in
seconds. Snap-on miniature 1 mm
or 2 mm super rugged cables are
available for almost any wireless
transmitter or for XLR inputs with
phantom power.
7.0 mV/Pa
2.0 mV/Pa
0.7 mV/Pa
6.0 mV/Pa
1.9 mV/Pa
0.6 mV/Pa
0
-10
-20
20
50 100 200
500 1k 2k
5k 10k 20 kHz
+0 dB Flat Cap
0.25 in
1 in
24 in
Front
24 in
Null
50 100 200
500 1k 2k
5k 10k 20 kHz
1 kHz Polar Response
Directional
with Hypercardioid Cap
Omnidirectional
30°
60°
0°
0
-5
-10
-15
-20
300°
dB
90°
30°
330°
270°
120°
240°
150°
180°
210°
60°
0°
0
-5
-10
-15
-20
330°
30°
300°
dB
90°
240°
180°
60°
210°
0°
0
-5
-10
-15
-20
330°
300°
dB
270° 90°
120°
150°
Directional
with Carioid Cap
270°
120°
240°
150°
180°
210°
E6 Earset: Frequently Asked Questions
When should I choose a directional earset rather than an omni?
The E6 Omnidirectional 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. The omnidirectional
E6 is the right choice for most applications. For situations where there are loud monitors, extreme
feedback or environmental noise, choose the E6 Directional Earset (marked with a green band).
omnidirectional
directional
What is the difference between the different E6 flexibilities?
• The classic E6 is a good choice when one person will wear the microphone. Because
the boom is stiffer, it can be adjusted to fit, then stored away and quickly reworn.
• The E6i is soft and highly-flexible with 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 it easy to adjust the for different users.
E6i
E6
E6X
• The E6 Flex or E6X offers a versatile blend of the E6 and the E6i. With a springy, thin earpiece
and a flexible boom, the E6 Flex is secure on the ear and fast to fit without compromising true
invisibility and world class sound. The E6 Flex is marked with an orange band.
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.
L
T
C
B
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 for the E6:
• The highest gain (W5, no colored band) is for general speaking, such as presentations or
sermons, and is the most popular option.
• The medium gain (W6, blue band) is for very loud speaking, such as in theater, and most vocal
performances.
• In rare cases, the most powerful vocals require the highest overload (W7, purple band).
Which protective cap should I use?
The E6 Earset should always be used with a protective cap in place to keep sweat, makeup,
and other foreign material out of the microphone.
Very Bright
+8 dB
Bright
+4 dB
Flat
+0 dB
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 which meets the needs of the majority of users.
Use the +0 cap for recording instruments like flute or violin, or if you experience problems
with high-frequency feedback.
For the directional version of the E6, the caps modify your earset’s pickup pattern:
• Hypercardioid (H) mode usually provides the best isolation, with a null facing toward the floor
where “wedge” monitors are often placed. We recommend this mode for most applications.
Cardioid
Hypercardioid
• Cardioid (C) mode is slightly less directional, with a null toward the back. It’s most useful
when there is a monitor speaker over the shoulder or behind the performer.
Countryman Associates, Inc.
195 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
V: (800) 669-1422 | F: (650) 364-2794 | [email protected] | countryman.com
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