AEA A440


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AEA Ribbon Mics


AEA A440 Microphone

With the release of the A440, AEA has synthesized more than 30 years of experience with high performance microphones. The A440 is the quietest ribbon microphone ever produced. The A440 combines all the warmth and beauty of the classic 44, both sonically and visually, but with a signal so hot you’ll have to try it to believe it. Like the rest of AEA’s Big Ribbon Mics™, it needs little EQ, takes it nicely when you want it, and is free of resonances in audible range. The A440 is unlike any other product on the market today and no professional studio should be without one.

Like its cousin, the R44CX, The A440 is based on the RCA 44BX, but is phantom powered and uses a Lundahl transformer. It uses the same RCA NOS ribbon element, only 1.8 microns thick, which is from material originally manufactured for RCA. It also features the museum quality shell with a durable bronze investment cast yoke. An umber paint with red medallion transformer case and bright nickel finishes with polished brass accents is standard. The microphone package includes a three meter cloth covered Accusound Silver Triplex cable, a zippered canvas bag, and AEA 44VC case for proper shipping and storage.

    • Phantom-powered “Big Ribbon” microphone


    • Manufactured and assembled in the USA


    • JFET active electronics in the AEA TRP tradition


    • Exceptionally low equivalent noise level 6dB(A)


    • Long ribbon sound in the 44 tradition


    • Authentic RCA New Old Stock ribbon material


    • Investment cast bronze yoke and machined brass parts, no zinc


    • Single-diaphragm with well-controlled, native figure-8 polar pattern


    • Consistent horizontal polar response, on and off axis


    • 90-degree null-plane helps reject difficult acoustics


    • High SPL capability: 132.5dB with a load of 1k Ohm


    • Hand-built to order


    • Computer-matched to production reference standards


    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz


    • Equivalent Noise Level: 6dB SPL, A-weighted per IEC 651


    • Dynamic Range: 126.5dB


    • Signal to Noise Ratio: 88dB (A) (94dB SPL minus equivalent noise)


    • Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on the front of the microphone.


    • Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 9.9′ captive cable


    • Polar Pattern: Native Figure-8 (Bi-directional)


    • Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, null at right angles to major axis 90 / 270 degrees


    • Vertical: Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0 / 180 degrees axis, null at right angles to major axis 90 / 270 degrees


Microphone Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 132.5 dB SPL
Output Impedance 270 ohms
Self Noise 6 dB
Ribbon Aluminum, 1.8 microns Thick, 4.7mm x 59.7mm
Length 12.6″
Width 4.6″
Depth 3.3″
Weight 7.56 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number A440

The A440, like the rest of AEA’s maufactured product lines, is manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A.