Pure Sound, Nearly Invisible
The E2 Earset redefines pure sound in a virtually invisible package that is easier to use than even a lavalier or podium microphone. Like the classic E6 Earset, the E2 rests over the ear, but has a much shorter boom. Its uni-directional element provides nearly the isolation of an E6 Omni at the mouth, but with significantly less visibility. With an equalizing circuit built into the audio connector, the frequency response is tuned so you can experience full-bodied bass and precise highs that are indiscernible from an E6 Omni at the mouth. The element, boom, and new sub-miniature connector are all easily hidden on the user's face; the position near the ear eliminates breath pops and makes fitting easy and quick. This results in the smallest and most discreet professional-quality microphone available.
In all kinds of acoustic spaces, the E2 achieves nearly the isolation (gain-beforefeedback) of an E6 Omni positioned at the user's mouth. We tested the two mics against each other in several large and small venues and confirmed that in all cases the E2 gain-before-feedback was within 3 dB of the E6 at the mouth.
There are two aspects of the E2 design that allow this to be possible so far away from the mouth: strong off-axis rejection and precisely-tuned frequency response. The off-axis rejection, as shown to the right as the difference between the solid and dashed blue curves, is strong for all frequencies in the audio band-not just 1kHz as with many competitive directional mics-so the feedback-rejection is equally effective in smaller or larger venues.
For on-axis interferences, the frequency response tuning in the connector of the E2 allows us to fully capitalize on the proximity boosting effect of the mic to achieve even stronger isolation in the voice band. Comparing the on-axis frequency responses at 5 in. (solid blue) and 24 in. (dashed black) shows that sources even a couple of feet away from the user's head will be strongly attenuated compared to the desired sound. We tuned the frequency response of the E2 to be as flat as possible in use by taking into account the frequency-shaping properties of the head, and the acoustics of the mic itself. This results in full sound, and high gain before feedback.
New 1.5mm Cable
Our new extremely-rugged 1.5mm cable will replace the 1mm and 2mm cable options for the E2 Earset. The 1.5mm cable uses a braided Aramid strength member to achieve nearly 50 lbs of tensile strength. With conductors made of engineered alloys, the cable also features outstanding flex resistance and suppleness. This cable is the perfect balance of flexibility, low-visibility, and ruggedness, and should be the ideal option for any E2 Earset application including theater and broadcast.
- Detachable cables
Unlike earsets that are hard-wired from mic to connector, our cables quickly and securely snap into the E2 earset.
- Nearly Invisible
With a diameter of only 0.1" (2.5mm) -- the size of a No. 2 pencil lead -- the mic capsule virtually disappears when worn.
- True colors
Our colors are precision-matched to theatre makeup shades to blend with a wide range of skin tones and clothing.
- Tuned response
Precise frequency response tuning makes for a natural, intelligible sound.
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- Operating Current: 500 μA
- Operating Voltage: 1 to 2 Volts
- Weight: .07 oz (2 grams)
- The E2 Earset is available in two sensitivities:
- Model E2W5 for general speaking
- Sensitivity: 3.0 mV/Pascal
- Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 34 dBA SPL
- Overload Sound Level: 130 dB SPL
- Model E2W6 for loud speaking and vocals
- Sensitivity: 1.0 mV/Pascal
- Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 dBA SPL
- Overload Sound Level: 140 dB SPL
- Detachable cable
- Carrying case
- Black and white cable clips
- Protective cap
How do I choose my Sensitivity?
The more sensitive your E2 Earset microphone is, the earlier it will overload at loud sounds. Countryman provides sensitivity options based on your intended use, from general speaking and vocals usage to very powerful vocals. The standard gain (W5, no colored band) is for almost all applications, including vocals and speaking. The lower gain (W6, blue band) is for very powerful vocals requiring the highest overload. If you are unsure which sensitivity to select, please feel free to contact us for more information.
How do I choose my Color?
Countryman products come in a variety of colors to blend in with their surroundings:
Tan works perfectly for average Caucasian skin tones, as well as olive complexions and is a common earset choice.
Light beige works well in theatrical applications due to its slightly pink undertone, which is also appropriate for extremely fair skin.
Cocoa is the ideal choice for African American skin tones ranging from very light to chocolate.
Black is appropriate for extremely dark skin or for situations where you want the mic to be visible.
For placement against skin, when in doubt, choose the darker option. That's because a microphone color that is too light can resemble a scar or blemish, while a microphone color that is slightly darker than the background tends to blend much better and draw less attention.