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Audio Technica AT2020

Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Custom-Engineered Low-Mass Diaphragm

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The New Standard

Audio-Technica's stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.

Product Features:

  • Studio Grade Condenser Microphone with Custom-Engineered Low-Mass Diaphragm
  • The price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser microphone technology
  • Ideal for project/home-studio applications
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Pivoting, threaded stand mount attaches securely for easy and precise placement of the microphone
  • Dimensions: 6-7-16"L x 2-1/16"W x "H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Specifications:

  • Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: 37 dB (14.1 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 100 ohms
  • Maximum Input Sound Level: 144 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
  • Dynamic Range: 124 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 48V DC, 2 mA typical
  • Weight: 12.1 oz (345 g)
  • Output Connector: Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
  • Accessories: Stand mount for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter; soft protective pouch
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Microphone Specifications

Microphone Type
This is the type of microphone included with the purchase of the item.

Wireless:All of these microphones can be used without the necessity of wires or cables to connect them. They usually come with a receiver that connects to the input device where the audio signal is being sent.

Shotgun: These microphones are suspended on a boom and are used primarily in video production and broadcasting.

Lavaliere: These microphones are clipped on to the lapel or tie of the talent for broadcast and video production audio.

Table Top: These microphones are designed with a built in stand or to be placed on a table top stand to be used for broadcasting and podcasting applications.

Headset: These microphones are to be worn on the head typically for live performance and theater production.

Handheld: These microphones are held in the hand and are used in a wide range of applications primarily vocals and public address.

Clamp On: These microphones attach directly on to an instrument.

Drum Package: These microphones are an all in one package for drums typically made of dynamic Kick, Snare, Tom, and a stereo condenser pair of overhead mics for Cymbals.

Studio
Designed Applications
The intended application the microphone is designed for.
Acoustic Guitar
Bass Amps
Guitar Amps
Vocals
Spoken Word
Instruments
Number of Microphones
This is the number of microphones that are included in the package.
1
Polar Patterns
The polar pattern of a microphone determines how sensitive it is to receiving sounds as they arrive at different angles.
Cardioid
Transducer Type
The transducer type is the manner in which the audio signal is converted into an electrical signal.
Condenser
Address
The configuration of the capsule determining on which side the microphone is sung or spoken into.
Side
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20,000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
74 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Level
This is the maximum sound pressure level that the microphone is capable of accepting and transferring into an electrical signal.
144 dB
Output Impedance
This is the amount of impedance that the microphone allows.
100 ohms
Power Requirement
Condenser microphones require an external power source to operate. Typically a +48v DC charge commonly refereed to as Phantom Power.
+48v (Phantom)
Connection Type
This is the manner in which the microphone connects to the source unit. For wired microphones, this is the connector that directly connects the microphone to the mixer (or other input source unit). For wireless microphones, this is the connection that connects the microphones receiver to the mixer (or other input source unit).
XLR

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
67%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
5.0
Features
4.0
Design
4.7
Usability
4.7
Jan Chris

Wayne, NJ

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Solid Product!

September 22, 2014

I absolutely love this microphone. I initially bought the product for its design and price. Its black and matches the rest of my home studio. I'm actually very picky with the way all my equipment looks. Its also constructed of all metal. It has survived a few drops and still looks perfect.

Now onto sound quality. It does require +48v of phantom power which both my mixer and my portable Zoom H4n had so this was not a problem for me. The audio quality is pretty solid. Its not on par with professional equipment, but for the price that you can buy it for, it does very well for its price.

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alfons

Sri Lanka

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Beware! Needs 48V phantom power to work

August 14, 2012

The microphone is great, but not suited for all applications. It needs to be connected to a phantom power 48V (e.g. a mixer with this facility), otherwise it won't work at all. So beware if you want to use it as a 'normal' microphone on a karaoke, amplifier or even your computer for speech recording, the microphone will be dead!
This fact is a bit hidden in the specification list. It would be better be listed in the main description. I got fooled by this, and probably others will be too. While a great product, it didn't suit my purpose, and I need to buy another microphone.

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whyureadinthis

kyle,TEXAS

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great

January 12, 2011

I bought one of there a few years ago. I can't tell ya how many times I've dropped this thing. And still works like the first time I got it I have it on a m-audio preamp and sounds great. would recomend the 4040 model though

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

AT2020

UPC

042005134953

Weight

1.75lbs

Internal SKU

at2020

Internal Product ID

30637

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Product Name: Audio Technica AT2020

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