Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone

Model #AT897

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Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.5 x 4.5 x 2.5"
Package Weight 1.65 lb

General Information

Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio 77 dB
Maximum SPL 129 dB SPL 1%
Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity -40 dB, re: 1 V/Pa
Power Requirements 11-52 V Microphone can also be powered by a 1.5 AA/UM3 battery. Please see attached PDF for microphone specifications when powered using battery.
Operating Principle Line Gradient
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption 2.0 mA
Dynamic Range 112 dB
Low-Cut Filter Yes, 12 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
Transducer Condenser


Weight 5.11 oz (145 g)
Diameter 0.83" (21 mm)
Length 10.98" (279 mm)
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
6 March 2018

We now have four of these, and they get used in all sorts of situations, always providing excellent, professional results. The SPL rejection from the sides is excellent. We have used them on fixed rigs overhead on news desk sets, and also on a handheld boom pole. Solid. Professional.

B h photo.34921152
16 April 2015

I used this for the first time this weekend and it was a huge step up from the sennheiser mke400. Sounds so much better. Now I'm starting to get used to this mic tho. what becomes aparent really quick is that the noise floor is pretty high. The mic sounds good but for budget shoots.

B h photo.34921152
20 June 2013

This microphone was the perfect price point for my needs, which I feel place it between consumer-quality gear and professional gear. I was looking for 75 db or better SNR and this fits the bill at 77 db.

B h photo.34921152
11 November 2014

I really like the sound quality of this microphone -- it works well with my Tascam 100 MKii, and the length of this shotgun is perfect. I can fit all my gear perfectly into a small backpack. The sound is bright and clear, and is my go-to for interviews and even voice-tracking.

B h photo.34921152
26 December 2012

I got this microphone with plans of feeding it into my Tascam DR-40. I just did my audio tests and it sounds wonderful. I can hear very little noise, if any at all. It will take just a little bit of fiddling with the settings but once you get it right you can definitely hear the quality of this...

B h photo.34921152
12 April 2015

I use the AT897 for recording sound in my films. Before this, I was using the rode videomic for all my sound. The original one. It was decent, but just plugging this mic into my zoom h2n recorder made a huge difference. I could hear the difference just in the recorder's built-in speaker.

B h photo.34921152
3 April 2015

Audio for video production.

B h photo.34921152
26 March 2015

Great shotgun mic on a budget. Usually only shoot single person interviews, but when I needed to recorded two subjects a once I bought another AT897.

B h photo.34921152
4 November 2014

I used this mic at a church as I was filming a young female pastor. I simultaneously used a shure lapel mic. There was no comparison in that my AT897 was so clear and clean even when the speaker moved away from the mic. Editing the video was the easiest project ever.

B h photo.34921152
29 September 2014

After using an AT-875R for a few weeks and finding it very noisy and tinny, I switched to the AT897. What a difference! Good, balanced response, a comfortable length, and excellent directionality make this mic a joy to use, and from the first shoot our sound was improved tremendously.

Product Highlights
  • For Video Production and Broadcast
  • 11" Long to Ensure Mic Stays Out of Shot
  • Natural-Sounding On-Axis Audio Quality
  • Sound Rejection From Sides and Rear
  • Switchable Low-Frequency Roll-Off
  • Operates on Battery or Phantom Power
In The Box
  • Audio-Technica AT897 Line and Gradient Condenser Microphone
  • AT8405 Stand Clamp
  • AT8134 Windscreen
  • AA Battery
  • 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 Threaded Adapter
  • Protective Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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