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Headworn Mics

George Petersen • Buyer's GuideOctober 2021 • October 11, 2021

Modern headset microphones have evolved into stylish, high-performance transducers. Not only are these miniature and nearly invisible, but able to stand up to the hazards of sweat, water, humidity, makeup and rough handling. Today, there’s a wide range of models in a variety of styles (earworn or headset), colors, prices and terminations to interface with any kind of wireless bodypack. Here’s just a sampling of what’s available.

Acacia LIZ Roadster Platinum

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Tan, Black

Termination: TA4F Mini XLR (others offered)

Notes: Interchangeable cable

Price: $229/street

www.acaciaaudio.com

AKG/Crown CM-311AE

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Cardioid

Colors: Black

Termination: Mini XLR

Notes: CM-311A version connects to XLR

Price: $439/street

www.akg.com

Apex Electronics Apex575

Style: Headset

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Tan, cocoa

Termination: Includes TA3F, TA4F, locking 4-pin and mini TRS

Notes: Converts from neck-worn to single-ear

Price: $119/street

www.apexelectronics.com

Audio-Technica BP894x MicroSet

Style: Earworn; convertible to dual-ear mount

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Cardioid

Colors: Black, beige

Termination: Available for all major pro wireless systems or XLR wired

Notes: Rotatable capsule aims directly at sound source; wearable on either ear

Price: $499/street

www.audio-technica.com

Audix HT5

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Beige or black

Termination: 3-pin Mini-XLR

Notes: 4-pin mini-XLR version available

Price: $299/street

www.audixusa.com

beyerdynamic TG H74

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Supercardioid

Colors: Beige, black

Termination: Versions for Opus or TG wireless

Notes: left or right side wearable

Price: $249/street

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com

CAD Audio E19

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Beige

Termination: TA4-F for CAD wireless

Notes: Versions for Shure, Sennheiser and A-T also offered

Price: $265/street

www.cadaudio.com

Countryman H7

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Hypercardioid

Colors: Light beige, tan, cocoa, black

Termination: Available unterminated or for all major pro wireless

Notes: Adjusts for left or right side wearing

Price: $599/street

www.countryman.com

DPA 4466 CORE Omnidirectional

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Black, brown, beige

Termination: Microdot; adapters available for all major wireless

Notes: Cardioid 4488 version also offered

Price: $770/street

www.dpamicrophones.com

Electro-Voice RE97TX

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige, cocoa or black

Termination: TA4F wired for E-V/Telex beltpacks

Notes: Left/right wearable

Price: $302

www.electrovoice.com

Galaxy Audio HSM24

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omni

Colors: Beige

Termination: Available for most pro wireless

Notes: includes two replaceable cables

Price: $140/street

www.galaxyaudio.com

Lectrosonics HM172

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige

Termination: TA5F wired for Lectrosonics UHF

Notes: Removable HF peak cap controls excessive highs

Price: $319/street

www.lectrosonics.com

MIPRO HSP-49

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Black, beige or cocoa

Termination: Ships for Mipro; adapters available for most major wireless

Notes: Includes two screw-on replaceable cables

Price: $189

www.avlex.com

Mogan Elite ICE Earset

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Semi-transparent

Termination: Available for Shure, AKG, Sennheiser or A-T

Notes: Distributed by Hosa (hosatech.com)

Price: $299/street

www.moganmicrophones.com

Point Source Audio EMBRACE EO-8WL

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige, brown or black

Termination: Interchangeable X-Connector cables for all major wireless

Notes: Dual-element EO2-8WL also available

Price: $378/street (depending on termination)

www.point-sourceaudio.com

RODE HS-2

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Pink, black

Termination: 1/8” TRS

Notes: Kevlar reinforced cable

Price: $299/street

www.rodemic.com

 

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Samson SE50T

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige, black

Termination: 1/8” TRS; includes three adapters for other systems

Notes: Left/right side wearable

Price: $129/street

www.samsontech.com

Sanken COS-11D HWM-R

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige, cocoa

Termination: Available unterminated or with connectors for major wireless

Notes: Same capsule as COS-11D lavalier

Price: $695/street (depending on termination)

www.sanken-mic.com

Sennheiser HS2

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige, black

Termination: Unterminated or with connectors for major wireless

Notes: Integrated MKE2 Gold capsule; Umbrella Diaphragm protects from sweat.

Price: $429/street

www.sennheiserusa.com

Shure TwinPlex TH53

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Black, tan and cocoa

Termination: TA4F, Lemo, MicroDot, bare wire

Notes: Wearable on left or right side.

Price: $599/street

www.shure.com

Sony ECM-322BC

Style: Headband

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Black

Termination: Sony 4-pin SMC9-4P for Sony bodypacks

Notes: Can be worn on left or right ear.

Price: $169/street

www.sony.com/proaudio

Voice Technologies VT901 Mk II

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige

Termination: TA4F (others optional)

Notes: Sold by Redding Audio, reddingaudio.com

Price: $249/street

www.vt-switzerland.com

Vu HM2000-TA4F

Style: Earworn

Type: Condenser

Pattern: Omnidirectional

Colors: Beige

Termination: Wired for Shure bodypacks

Notes: Also offered for Sennheiser, A-T and unterminated

Price: $99/street

www.vugear.com

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