It’s all about backstage functionality and unobtrusive performance. Boundary mics can blend into a conference room’s furniture and barely be noticed while delivering speech similar to that of a gooseneck or headset model without any of their potential breath popping. Combining wireless signal conveyance has allowed these mics to keep their low profile and add mobility while the built-in mics can hide their wiring completely. The story of automatic mic mixing is an amazing tale that started with Dan Dugan’s first model and now that capability, infinitely refined, has been incorporated into a vast array of products across the AV industry. The devices covered here illustrate the rise and position of these two remarkable tools.
The unique shape and design of the AKG PCC160 boundary mic makes it equally as useful on a stage floor as on a conference room table. Its bass tilt switch can be used to tailor bass response for either application. While its PCC (Phase Coherent Cardioid) technology eliminates phase interference, the supercardioid polar pattern provides excellent gain before feedback and minimizes any background noise. The overall frequency response is 50Hz-18kHz and the signal to noise ratio is 72dB-A. The PCC160 is a wired mic that employs a Switchcraft TA3F connector on the mic body and its black finish blends perfectly with any room décor. The unit operates on phantom power from 12 to 48VDC and is encased in a heavy gauge all steel body.
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