G.R.A.S. 40AD 1/2" Prepolarized Pressure Microphone, High Sensitivity

Freq range: 3.15 Hz to 10 kHz
Dyn range: 16 dB(A) to 148 dB
Sensitivity: 50 mV/Pa


G.R.A.S. 40AD a high-precision condenser microphone made according to IEC 61094-4 requirements and is ideal for coupler measurements in both laboratory and production environments. It is extremely robust and reliable and can measure sound pressure levels up to 148 dB and down to 16 dB(A) in the range of 3.15 Hz to 10 kHz. The presence of the 40AD in a sound field at low frequencies is minimal due to its small size compared to the large wavelengths.

40AD is individually factory-calibrated and delivered with a calibration chart stating its specific open-circuit sensitivity and pressure frequency response.

Typical applications and use

The 40AD is especially suited for audiometer calibration when using an analyzer without a 200 V polarization feature. It is the ideal partner for testing headsets, headphones, and earphones, as well as hearing aids, in coupler setups. The small size makes it well suited for making flush (boundary) measurements.

The 40AD is a very versatile microphone when connected to the RA0067 Transmitter Adapter for ½" Microphones. The 40AD becomes a high-impedance sound source when the RA0067 takes a calibration signal directly from the signal generator and makes the microphone behave like an electrostatic loudspeaker. In a coupler, this gives a frequency response that is as good as when the 40AD behaves like a microphone.

40AD can be used in

Other coupler systems can be configured with the 40AD and a CCP preamplifier on request


The 40AD requires a standardized ½" or ¼" CCP preamplifier and an input module that supports this technology with a BNC, SMB, or Microdot connector.

System verification

For daily verification and check of your measurement setup, we recommend using a calibrator like G.R.A.S. Sound Level Calibrator 42AB.

For proper sensitivity calibration, we recommend using a pistonphone like G.R.A.S. 42AP Intelligent Pistonphone.

Quality and warranty

All G.R.A.S. microphones are made of high-quality materials that will ensure life-long stability and robustness. The microphones are all assembled in verified clean-room environments by skilled and dedicated operators with many years of expertise in this field.

The microphone diaphragm, body, and improved protection grid are made of high-grade stainless steel, which makes the microphone resistant to physical damage, as well as corrosion caused by aggressive air or gasses.

This, combined with the reinforced gold-plated microphone terminal which guarantees a highly reliable connection, enables G.R.A.S. to offer 5 years warranty against defective materials and workmanship.


If you accidentally damage the diaphragm on a G.R.A.S. microphone, we can — in most cases — replace it at a very reasonable cost and with a short turn-around time. This not only protects your investment, but also pleases your quality assurance department because you don’t have to worry about new serial numbers, etc.


Before leaving the factory, all G.R.A.S. microphones are calibrated in a controlled laboratory environment using traceable calibration equipment.

Depending on the use, measurement environment, and internal quality control programs, we recommend recalibrating the microphone at least once a year.

Frequency range (±1 dB) Hz 12.5 to 7.5 k
Frequency range (±2 dB) Hz 3.15 to 10 k
Dynamic range lower limit (microphone thermal noise) dB(A) 16
Dynamic range lower limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier dB(A) 18
Dynamic range upper limit dB 148
Dynamic range upper limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier @ +28 V / ±14 V power supply dB 142
Dynamic range upper limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier @ +120 V / ±60 V power supply dB 148
Dynamic range upper limit with G.R.A.S. CCP preamplifier dB 138
Open-circuit sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±2 dB) mV/Pa 50
Open-circuit sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±2 dB) dB re 1V/Pa -26
Resonance frequency kHz 14
Microphone cartridge capacitance, typ. pF 20
Microphone venting Rear
Temperature range, operation °C / °F -40 to 120 / -40 to 248
Temperature range, storage °C / °F -40 to 85 / -40 to 185
Temperature coefficient @250 Hz dB/°C / dB/°F -0.01 / -0.006
Static pressure coefficient @250 Hz dB/kPa -0,014
Humidity range non condensing % RH 0 to 100
Humidity coefficient @250 Hz dB/% RH 0,001
Influence of axial vibration @1 m/s² dB re 20 µPa 62
CE/RoHS compliant/WEEE registered Yes / Yes, Yes
Weight g / oz 9 / 0,317

Typical frequency response

Free-field corrections for different angles of incidence