G.R.A.S. 46AF 1/2'' LEMO Free-field Standard Microphone Set

Freq range: 3.15 Hz to 20 kHz
Dyn range: 17 dB(A) to 149 dB
Sensitivity: 50 mV/Pa
Use: For general acoustic diagnostics
  • 46AF 1/2'' Free-field Set

Introduction

To overcome that unsuited and unreliable sensors determine whether your project turns into a success or failure we safeguard data.

For our users, data safety translates directly into requests for easier microphone selection, simple system configuration and reduction of measurement errors.

To meet these requirements, we invented the microphone set concept. It is simple, reliable and robust and consists of a microphone cartridge and preamplifier combination, which is calibrated as one unit. This eliminates errors because there is only one sensitivity value to account for and the risk of contaminating the interface is eliminated. Combine this with our unique and proven design and you have the most reliable measurement microphone sets available in the industry today.

Typical applications and use

The 46AF is a free-field microphone set and as such optimized for all acoustic applications, where the location of the main sound source is known and the microphone can be pointed directly at it ensuring 0° incidence.

The medium frequency makes it ideal for general diagnostics.

The microphone set can be used in temperatures up to 60 °C. Should higher temperatures be required, we recommend using the G.R.A.S. probe microphones where the microphone and preamplifier can be isolated from the hot source.

Design

The G.R.A.S. 46AF is a high-performance 1/2” free-field standard microphone set for measuring medium sound pressure levels at medium frequencies. In our clean-room environment the set is assembled and sealed with a label. However, the microphone set can be dismounted, if  you wish to use the components separately.

Microphone
The microphone cartridge is the high-quality IEC  61094 WS3F standardized G.R.A.S. 40AF 1/2" Externally Polarized Free-Field Microphone, designed for long-term reliability in multiple environments.

Preamplifier
The preamplifier is the G.R.A.S. 26TK Preamplifier which is a special version inclusive TEDS of the G.R.A.S. 26AK 1/2" Standard Preamplifier with 7-pin LEMO connector, and based on our wellknown circuit board substrates. In the industry these are famous for their low self-noise, wide frequency and excellent slew rate performance.

Compatibility

To perform as specified, the G.R.A.S. 46AF microphone set requires a power module or an analyzer input which can supply the preamplifier with power as well as 200 V polarization. If the power supply is lower, the capability of driving long cables is reduced and consequently the upper frequency is reduced. If the voltage supply is lower it will influence the upper dynamic range.

The microphone set is terminated with a 7-pin LEMO connector. Cables with LEMO connectors of various types and lengths are available in standard as well as customized lengths.

The 46AF is IEEE 1451.4 TEDS v. 1.0 compliant. If your measurement platform supports Transducer Electronic Data Sheets you will be able to read and write data like properties and calibration data.

System verification

The functionality of TEDS is very useful to determine which microphone is connected to which input channel. However, it is not a check of whether the microphone is within specifications or not. For daily verification and check of your measurement setup, we therefore recommend using a sound source like the G.R.A.S. 42AB Sound Calibrator.

For proper sensitivity calibration we recommend using a reference sound source like the G.R.A.S. 42AP Intelligent Pistonphone.

Service

Should you by mistake damage the diaphragm on a G.R.A.S. microphone we will in most cases be able to exchange it at a very reasonable cost and short turn-around time. This not only protects your investment but also meets your quality assurance department since you do not have to worry about new serial numbers etc.

Calibration

When leaving the factory, all G.R.A.S. microphones have been calibrated in a controlled laboratory environment using traceable calibration equipment. Depending on the use, measurement environment and internal quality control programs we recommend that the microphone is recalibrated at least once a year.

Performance and warranty

G.R.A.S. microphone sets are made of components from our proven standard portfolio and are all manufactured of high-quality material and branded parts that were chosen and processed to ensure life-long stability and robustness.

All parts are manufactured and assembled at the factory in Denmark by skilled and dedicated operators in a verified clean-room environment. The microphone diaphragm, body and unique protection grid are made of high-grade stainless steel and make the microphone set resistant to physical damage as well as corrosion caused by aggressive air or gasses.

This, together with the enforced gold-plated microphone terminal which guarantees a highly reliable connection, enables us to offer 5 years warranty against defective materials and workmanship.

TYPE (Microphone features) FF
Frequency range (±1 dB) Hz 5 to 10 k
Frequency range (±2 dB) Hz 3.15 to 20 k
Dynamic range lower limit with G.R.A.S. preamplifier dB(A) 17
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 149
Set sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±2 dB) mV/Pa 50
Set sensitivity @ 250 Hz (±2 dB) dB re 1V/Pa -26
Output impedance Ω 75
Power supply min. to max. (single/balanced) V 28 to 120 / ± 14 to ± 60
DC-offset, min., single suppy V 0.5 x Vs - 1
DC-offset, max., single suppy V 0.5 x Vs + 4
DC-offset, balanced supply V -1 to 4
Microphone venting Rear
IEC 61094-4 Compliance WS2F
Temperature range, operation °C / °F -30 to 70 / -22 to 158
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 -0.011
Humidity range non condensing % RH 0 to 95
Humidity coefficient @250 Hz dB/% RH -0.001
Influence of axial vibration @1 m/s² dB re 20 µPa 62
TEDS UTID (IEEE 1451.4) 27 v. 1.0
Connector type 7-pin LEMO (FGG.1B.307)
CE/RoHS compliant/WEEE registered Yes / Yes/Yes
Weight g / oz 33 / 1.164

Typical frequency response. Upper curve shows free-field response for 0°, lower curve shows pressure response.

Optional items

G.R.A.S. 42AA

Pistonphone, Class 1

G.R.A.S. 42AP

Intelligent Pistonphone, Class 0

G.R.A.S. 12AA

2-Channel LEMO Power Module with gain, filters and Syscheck generator

G.R.A.S. 12AK

1-Channel Power Module with gain, filters and SysCheck generator

G.R.A.S. 12AQ

2-Channel Universal Power Module with signal conditioning and PC interface

G.R.A.S. AA0008

3 m LEMO-to-LEMO cable

G.R.A.S. AA0009

10 m LEMO-to-LEMO cable

G.R.A.S. AA0020-CL

Customized length LEMO 7-pin - LEMO 7-pin Cable