Extending the Life of Measurement Microphones

Best Practices for Handling and Maintenance of Precision Mics

Precision test and measurement microphones are delicate and sensitive devices, but handled properly they can provide years of service.

  • Never touch the diaphragm; microphone diaphragms are made of very thin material and can be damaged quite easily
  • Never remove the grid cap and expose the diaphragm
  • Send a microphone into the manufacturer for cleaning (it is possible, but not always advisable, to gently blow contaminants off the diaphragm with a light air blow bulb aimed across the surface of the diaphragm, never directly at the surface)
  • When using microphones in extreme or outdoor conditions, use appropriate protection (for example, windscreens and desiccants) to reduce the effects of wind, rain, and condensation
  • Hand tighten microphones – do not over tighten
  • Never cover the microphone grid cap, except with a windscreen or other Larson Davis microphone protection (the preamplifier cap looks as if it fits - it should never be placed on the microphone)
  • Never cover the preamplifier vent
  • Take care not to drop the microphone
  • Store the microphone either attached to a preamplifier in a secure case or in its own protective case in a clean, dry environment