GRAS 40AQ 1/2" Prepolarized Random Incidence Microphone

Freq range: 3.15 Hz to 12.5Hz
Dyn range: 16 dB(A) to 148 dB
Sensitivity: 50 mV/Pa

Technology

Introduction

The 40AQ is an IEC 61094 WS2P/D ½” prepolarized random-incidence microphone with rear-venting. Read about the externally polarized equivalent 40AR.

It is a high-precision condenser microphone made according to IEC 61094-4 requirements, optimized to measure sound correctly in random, diffuse, and reverberant sound fields. It is extremely robust and reliable and can measure sound pressure levels up to 148 dB in the range of 3.15 Hz to 16 kHz.

40AQ 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 40AQ is optimized to measure sound levels correctly in random (diffuse) sound fields. e.g. caused by multiple sound sources or hard reverberant surfaces. Random incidence microphones are used e.g. inside vehicles.

40AQ is included in the GRAS46AQ Random-incidence microphone set.

Compatibility

The 40AQ requires a standardized 1/2" or 1/4" 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 GRAS 42AG Multifunction Sound Level Calibrator.

For proper sensitivity calibration, we recommend using a pistonphone like GRAS Intelligent Pistonphone 42AP.

Calibration

When leaving the factory, all GRAS 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.

We offer two kinds of calibration as an optional after-sales service: GRAS Traceable Calibration and GRAS Accredited Calibration.

GRAS Traceable Calibration is a traceable calibration performed by trained personnel under controlled conditions according to established procedures and standards. This is identical to the rigorous calibration that all GRAS microphones are subjected to as an integral part of our quality assurance.

GRAS Accredited Calibration is performed by the GRAS Accredited Calibration Laboratory that has been accredited in accordance with ISO 17025 by DANAK, the Danish Accreditation Fund.

If you want a new microphone set delivered with an accredited calibration in stead of the default factory calibration, specify this when ordering.

Learn more at gras/calib.

Quality and warranty

All GRAS 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 GRAS to offer 5 years warranty against defective materials and workmanship.

Service

If you accidentally damage the diaphragm on a GRAS 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.

Specifications

Coupler volume
mm³
0.4 ccm
Frequency range (±1 dB)
Hz
12.5 to 8 k
Frequency range (±2 dB)
Hz
3.15 to 12.5
Frequency range (±3 dB)
Hz
3.15 to 16 k
Dynamic range lower limit (microphone thermal noise)
dB(A)
16
Dynamic range lower limit with GRAS preamplifier
dB(A)
18
Dynamic range upper limit
dB
148
Dynamic range upper limit with GRAS preamplifier @ +28 V / ±14 V power supply
dB
142
Dynamic range upper limit with GRAS preamplifier @ +120 V / ±60 V power supply
dB
148
Dynamic range upper limit with GRAS 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
13
Microphone venting
Rear
IEC 61094-4 Compliance
WS2P/D
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
-0,011
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
6.5 / 0.229
Specification Conditions

GRAS Sound & Vibration reserves the right to change specifications without notice.

Typical frequency response. Upper curve shows response in a diffuse sound field (random incidence), lower curve shows pressure response.

Free-field corrections for different angles of incidence

Dimensions

Ordering info

GRAS CA0001

Traceable Calibration of Microphone

GRAS CA2001

Accredited Calibration of Microphone

GRAS Sound & Vibration reserves the right to change accessories without notice.

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