AEA R88A Stereo Phantom Powered Ribbon Microphone

AEA added active electronics to the R88mk2 stereo ribbon mic to make the R88A. Hotter output gives you greater flexibility for recording overheads and rooms!

The R88 Series Microphones (the R88mk2 and the R88A) are blumlein ribbon microphones consisting of two matched bidirectional (or figure-of-8) ribbon transducers. The R88 Series microphones use the same Big Ribbon technology and tuning (16.5 Hz) as used in the classic R44. The passive R88mk2 uses the same 1:28 transformer used in all of AEA's passive mics, and the active R88A uses the same 1:110 transformer and electronics used in our active mics. With the great bass response and smooth top end AEA Big Ribbons are known for, the R88 Series delivers a solid sound stage without ever being harsh. The R88 operates with very low distortion over a huge dynamic and frequency range, with a capability of handling 141 dB SPL (R88A) or 165 dB SPL (R88mk2) at 1kHz. As a far-field stereo ribbon microphone, the R88 captures balanced sound from long distances. From 16 inches to 20 feet, the mic retains its full spectrum and incredible low end. (The R88A is visually distinguished by a red cable at its base)

R88A Phantom-Powered Microphone
The phantom current draw for active AEA ribbon mics is 7 milliamps. IEC specifies P48 power which should be able to deliver 10 milliamps per input. Some USB and battery-powered audio interfaces will not deliver this. Please check the current values available on your unit to ensure the best performance. Although the R88A needs a phantom power source to operate, ensure that phantom power is turned off before plugging and unplugging the microphone or when patching. read more The loud pops that occur when the microphone is plugged in with phantom power engaged can damage speakers, headphones, and ears.


- Phantom-Powered AEA R88A Microphone
- Operates with very low distortion over a huge dynamic and frequency range
- Great bass response and smooth top end
- 7 milliamps phantom current draw
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- Operating Principle: Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional Pattern: Bidirectional
- Frequency Range: < 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 141 dB SPL
- Sensitivity: 7.4 mV/Pa (-42.6 dBV)
- Output Impedance: 92 O broadband
- Load Impedance: 1.0 kO or greater
- Phantom power: P48 phantom power, 7mA
- Polarity Pin 2 and 4 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
- Off Axis Response: Bidirectional
- Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, -35dB null at 90o / 270o
- Vertical: Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0o / 180o, -25 dB null at 90o / 270o
- Transducer Element:
- Material: Pure aluminum corrugated ribbon
- Thickness: 1.8 um
- Width: 0.185 in (4.7 mm)
- Length: 2.35 in (59.7 mm)
- Microphone Dimensions:
- Height: 15 in (38.1 cm)
- Width: 3 in (7.62 cm)
- Weight: 2 lb 9.8 oz (1.19 kg)
- Connector: XLR-5M, includes breakout cable - 2 XLR-3M
- Accessories Included: Storage/shipping case, swivel adapter, custom protective mic sleeve, user manual
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6.2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 8 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AEA R88A

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