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measurement microphone / condenser / externally-polarized / pressure
4179 Bruel and Kjaer



  • Applications:


  • Technology:

    condenser, externally-polarized

  • Other characteristics:

    pressure, 1", low-noise, polarized


Designed for measuring ultra-low sound pressure levels.
Brüel & Kjær has developed the 1” Condenser Microphone Type 4179 and Microphone Preamplifier Type 2660 system for measuring ultra-low sound pressure levels.

Hearing research
Monitoring of very low background noise levels
Sound Power measurement of very-low-level sources
Distanced measurement of very-low-level compressor, fan or motor noise where close measurements are impaired by wind-induced noise

High-quality, conventional 1” condenser microphones, such as B&K Types 4144 and 4145, and half-inch diameter Types 4189 and 4190, provide for the majority of noise measurements to IEC, ISO and ANSI standards. However, for measurements around the 20 μPA reference pressure, a very low noise floor in the 1/3-octave bands between 20 Hz and 20 kHz is needed.

The microphone and preamplifier system, with a noise floor of typically -2,5dB(A), provides for this area without compomising the useful frequency range and omnidirectivity of a microphone intended for precision measurements.

With narrow-band analysis, the noise floor falls to approximately -16dB for 1/3-octave bandwidth at 1 kHz, and -34dB for 3,16Hz bandwidth at 1 kHz. The system is thus well-suited to both laboratory and industrial applications ranging from hearing research to the measurement of very-low-level machine noise.

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