Audio-Technica AE5400 Artist Elite Cardioid Condenser Microphone

With the same mic element as Audio-Technica's studio workhorse AT4050 large-diaphragm condenser, this handheld gives you accurate, natural response on stage.

The ultimate vocal performance instrument, the Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE5400 cardioid condenser delivers pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user. With its superb sonic design, this true condenser features superior anti-shock engineering for low handling noise and quiet performance. Featuring the same element as the classic AT4050 studio mic, its large-diaphragm capsule assures an accurate, natural response. It handles high SPLs and offers protection against plosives/sibilance without compromising high-frequency performance and clarity.

The AE5400 handheld condenser microphone is part of Audio-Technica's Artist Elite Series -- A-T's most superb sonic design for the most elite venues. Recent advances in the quality and sophistication of professional live-sound systems have been nothing short of revolutionary. Tours, clubs, broadcast events, corporate facilities, and worship venues sound better than ever, utilizing better system design and better components in the audio chain. That's why Audio-Technica has been partnering with industry professionals on the front line of this revolution -- the top touring companies, award show designers, FOH and monitor engineers, audio consultants, and artists -- to learn what it takes to make the best-sounding, most reliable and consistent microphones for the live-sound industry. They listened carefully. Then they applied this knowledge to the creation of a line of high-performance microphones. Each model is read more designed to extend the performance of a sound system, not limit it. Introducing the standard in live audio: Artist Elite.


- The ultimate vocal performance instrument
- Pristine sound quality demanded by the most discriminating microphone user
- Large-diaphragm element and true condenser design
- Superior anti-shock engineering ensures low handling noise and quiet performance
- Excellent protection against plosives and sibilance without compromising high-frequency clarity
- Robust design for enduring dependability on the road
- Integral 80 Hz HPF switch and 10 dB pad
- Includes AT8470 Quiet-Flex stand clamp
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AE5400

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 330-686-2600 x5000

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (13 ratings)
Submitted May 20, 2005 by a customer from
"Give this a long look before buying any other high-end stage mic"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I think this is the best stage mic you can get. Better than Shure Beta 87A, Better than AKG D3900 and Better than Sennheiser E865 and about as nice as Neumann KMS105 for a lot less. I have used them all, and I'll stay with this one.
Includes mic clip. Useful switches. Often you'll need to engage the low end roll-off in live applications.
Feels rugged and durable to me. I haven't dropped it yet
Again, I like it better than Neumann KMS105, and my AE5400 cost a lot less.
The Wow Factor
Looks fantastic
Musical Background:
Active Musician 17 years
Musical Style:
Acoustic rock/alternative
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