BS EN 60268-4:2014 - Sound system equipment. Microphones

BS EN 60268-4:2014

Sound system equipment. Microphones

Status : Current, Superseded   Published : September 2014 Replaced By : BS EN IEC 60268-4:2018



This part of IEC 60268 specifies methods of measurement for the electrical impedance, sensitivity, directional response pattern, dynamic range and external influences of sound system microphones, and also details the characteristics to be specified by the manufacturer.

It applies to sound system microphones for all applications for speech and music. It does not apply to measurement microphones, but it does apply to each audio channel of microphones having more than one channel, for example for stereo or similar use. It is also applicable to flush-mounted microphones and to the analogue characteristics of microphones with digital audio output.

For the purposes of this International Standard, a microphone includes all such devices as transformers, pre-amplifiers, or other elements that form an integral part of the microphone, up to the output terminals specified by the manufacturer.

The major characteristics of a microphone are considered in Clauses 6 to 21. Additional characteristics are considered in Annex A, Annex C and Annex D.


The characteristics specified in this standard do not completely describe the subjective response of the microphone. Further work is necessary to find new definitions and measurement procedures for a later replacement by objective characteristics of at least some of the subjective descriptions used to describe microphone performance.

Standard NumberBS EN 60268-4:2014
TitleSound system equipment. Microphones
StatusCurrent, Superseded
Publication Date30 September 2014
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 61000-4-6:2009, IEC 61000-4-3:2006+A1:2007, CISPR 35, ITU-T Recommendation P.51:1996, EN 60268-3:2013, IEC 60268-12:1987+A2:1994, IEC 61000-4-3:2006+A1:2010, IEC 60268-11:1987, IEC 60268-12:1987, IEC 60268-2:1987, EN 55103-2:2009, IEC 60268-1:1985, IEC 60268-11:1987+A1:1989, EN 61000-4-2:2009, IEC 60268-1:1985+A1:1988, IEC 61000-4-6:2008, IEC 61000-4-17:1999+A1:2001, IEC 60268-5:2003, IEC 60268-12:1987+A1:1991, IEC 61000-4-17:1999+A2:2008, IEC 61938:2013, EN 300 422-2 V1.3.1:2011, IEC 61000-4-3:2006, IEC 61000-4-4:2012, IEC 61000-4-16, IEC 61000-4-17:1999, EN 61000-4-3:2006, IEC 60268-11:1987+A2:1991, EN 61000-4-8:2010, HD 483.11 S3:1993, IEC 61260-1:2014, EN 61260-1:2014, EN 60268-5:2003+A1:2009, IEC 60268-3:2013, IEC 60268-1:1985+A2:1988, IEC 60268-2:1987+A1:1991, EN 60268-12:1995, EN 60268-5:2003, HD 483.1 S2:1989, EN 61938:2013, IEC 61000-4-2:2008, IEC 60268-5:2003+A1:2007, IEC 61000-4-8:2009, EN 60268-12:1995+A2:1995, HD 483.2 S2:1993, EN 61000-4-4:2012
Informative References(Provided for Information)CISPR 22, 2004/108/EC, EN 60065/A2:2010, EN 60065/A1:2006, EN 61606, IEC 60065:2001+A2:2010, IEC 61672-1, EN 55022, EN 61000-3-2, 89/336/EEC, IEC 60958-4, EN 61000-3-3, IEC 61000-3-2, IEC 61606, AES3-2009, IEC 60065:2001+A1:2005, EN 60065:2002, AES42-2010, EN 60958-4, EN 61672-1, IEC 60065:2001, IEC 61000-3-3
Replaced ByBS EN IEC 60268-4:2018
ReplacesBS EN 60268-4:2010
International RelationshipsIEC 60268-4:2014,EN 60268-4:2014
DescriptorsAudio equipment, Signal distortion, Acoustic equipment, Frequency response, Audio systems, Position, Noise (spurious signals), Electrical impedance, Impedance measurement, Sensitivity, Performance, Microphones
Title in FrenchEquipements pour systèmes électroacoustiques. Microphones
Title in GermanElektroakustische Geräte. Mikrofone
ISBN978 0 580 79786 6
File Size1.843 MB

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