Audio-Technica U853R Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone

Suspend Audio-Technica's U853R UniPoint microphone over choirs, instrumental groups, and theater stages to capture natural sound from any angle.

Perfect for speech, theater, orchestra, and choir sound reinforcement and recording, the U853R cardioid condenser hanging microphone is equipped with UniGuard innovations that offer unsurpassed immunity from radio frequency interference. With a consistent cardioid polar pattern, the mic offers natural sound from any angle, and superior gain before feedback. It is phantom powered and features an integral 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep filter that reduces pickup of low-frequency ambient noise. The microphone accepts interchangeable elements, available in cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional and UniLine line cardioid polar patterns.

The U853R model features a cardioid polar pattern (120° acceptance angle); 25.0' (7.6 m) cable terminated with a TA3F connector for use with the included AT8538 phantom-power-only in-line power module (80 Hz high-pass UniSteep filter).


- Designed for suspension over choirs, instrumental groups and theater stages
- Superior off-axis rejection for maximum gain before feedback
- UniGuard RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference (RFI)
- UniSteep filter provides a steep low-frequency attenuation to improve sound pickup without affecting voice quality
- Accepts interchangeable elements to permit angle of acceptance from 90* to 360*
- Low-profile design with low-reflectance finish for minimum visibility

- Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Freq. Response: 30-20,000 Hz
- LF Roll-Off: 80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
- Open Circuit Sensitivity: -39 dB (11.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
- Impedance: 250 ohms
- Max. Input Sound Level: 139 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
- Dynamic Range (Typical): 115 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 70 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
- Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
- Switch: Flat, roll-off
- Weight (Microphone): 0.5 oz (14 g)
- Weight (Power Module): 2.9 oz (81 g)
- Dimensions (Microphone): 1.34 in. (34.0 mm) long, 0.48 in. (12.2 mm) diameter
- Dimensions (Power Module): 3.66 in. (92.9 mm) long, 0.74 in. (18.9 mm) diameter
- Output Connector (Power Module): Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
- Cable: 25.0 ft. (7.6 m) long (permanently attached to microphone), 0.13 in. (3.2 mm) diameter, 2 conductor shielded cable with TA3F-type connector
- Accessories Furnished: AT8153 two-stage foam windscreen; AT8451 steel hanger; AT8538 power module; AT8438 5/8 inch-27 stand adapter
- Audio-Technica Case Style: M12
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black, U853R
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AUD U853R
White, U853RW
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AUD U853RW

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

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted December 5, 2011 by a customer from
"Great product."
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I expect this to last us for years.
The product performs exactly as it said it would. It allows our choir to concentrate more on the quality of their sound rather than the volume. Everyone at our church has been impressed so far.
It's a choir microphone and it fits the bill for that nicely.
Ease of Use
Very easy, just hang from the ceiling and plug into your mixer.
Product is smaller than you would expect yet delivers good quality sound and volume.
Seems to be worth the price at this point.
Manufacturer Support
I give ZZounds a 10 because they have always delivered excellent support and service. Never had to use the manufacturer so far.
The Wow Factor
It just hangs there from the ceiling and does it's job. Most people don't even notice it's there since we purchased the white one to match our ceilings.
Musical Background:
35 years of experience playing guitar, teaching guitar, playing in bands
Musical Style:
rock, Christian
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