G.R.A.S. 40DP 1/8" Ext. Polarized Pressure Microphone

Freq range: 6.5 Hz to 140 kHz
Dyn range: 40 dB(A) to 178 dB
Sensitivity: 1 mV/Pa
  • 40DP 1/8


The 40DP is an IEC 61094 1/8” externally polarized pressure microphone with rear-venting. Read about the prepolarized equivalent.[40DD]

It is a high-precision condenser microphone made according to IEC 61094-4 requirements. Due to its tiny size, it can be used to measure very high frequency sounds without disturbing the sound field. It can measure sound pressure levels up to 174 dB in the range of 6.5 Hz to 140 kHz.

40DP 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 40DP has a low sensitivity making it perfect for sound measurements at high frequencies and very high level pressure. The low sensitivity, together with the wide frequency response, makes the 40DP very suitable for impulse noises.

The 40DP can be used for making acoustic measurements in laminar airflow by mounting the RA0173 1/8” Nosecone in place of the microphone grid. The nosecone tip should be point upstream in a laminar flow to reduce the turbulence created by the microphone itself in the airflow.


The 40DP must be used with an adapter for mounting a 1/8” microphone onto a 1/4” preamplifier.

For more information, see System Setup.

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. Intelligent Pistonphone 42AP.

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.

Learn more about G.R.A.S.' unique warranty policies.


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.

Learn more about G.R.A.S. service program.


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.

Learn more about G.R.A.S.' calibration services.

Frequency range (±1 dB) Hz 10 to 25 k
Frequency range (±2 dB) Hz 6.5 to 140 k
Dynamic range lower limit (microphone thermal noise) dB(A) 40
Dynamic range lower limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier dB(A) 46
Dynamic range upper limit dB 178
Dynamic range upper limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier @ +28 V / ±14 V power supply dB 175
Dynamic range upper limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier @ +120 V / ±60 V power supply dB 178
Open-circuit sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±3 dB) mV/Pa 1
Open-circuit sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±3 dB) dB re 1V/Pa -60
Resonance frequency kHz 160
Microphone cartridge capacitance, typ. pF 3.5
Microphone venting Rear
Temperature range, operation °C / °F -40 to 150 / -40 to 302
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 -0.008
Humidity range non condensing % RH 0 to 100
Humidity coefficient @250 Hz dB/% RH -0.0013
Influence of axial vibration @1 m/s² dB re 20 µPa 55
CE/RoHS compliant/WEEE registered Yes / Yes, Yes
Weight g / oz 1.5 / 0.053

Typical frequency response (without protection grid).