Bidirectional Condenser Microphone
The N8 is the second active ribbon mic in AEA’s “Nuvo” series, following the N22.
The N8 shares the N22’s body and grille construction, although it has a black rather than silver finish. The N8 also shares the N22’s ribbon dimensions, transformer, and active transformerless electronics.
These mics’ electronics operate at unity gain; the output signal from the ribbon is amplified by a Lehle step-up transformer. The circuitry following the transformer serves to lower the output impedance to 92Ω without applying additional gain.
The ribbon in both Nuvo mics measures roughly 4.7mm x 60mm, and is made from corrugated 1.8-micron aluminum. But these identical ribbons are built into different motor designs.
While the N22 used multiple layers of acoustic filter materials to reduce bass response, the N8 has a fuller low frequency response, and appears to have a more traditional ribbon voicing, with a fuller low-frequency response.
Unfortunately, AEA’s limited test facilities do not show either mic’s low-frequency response, as they are truncated at 200Hz. But even at 200Hz, the N22 is beginning to roll off, while the N8 shows a slight increase in its response.
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The mic was released in 2014.
|Frequency Response - BidirectionalClick Graph to Compare!|
|Pickup Patterns||Pads & Filters|
(n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 8500 Hz)
| Diaphragm diameter: 4.7mm
Capsule diameter: 59.7mm
Diaphragm gauge: 1.8 microns
|92 Ohms (Low)||Max SPL: 141 dB
|n/a||32mm (1.26'')||4mm (0.16'')||
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