AEA R88mk2



The AEA R88 Mk2 sets the standard for dual passive ribbon microphones, delivering exceptional sound reproduction. To achieve optimum performance, the preamp plays a critical role, requiring a gain of at least +60dB and a very high impedance. This is consistent with the requirements for all passive ribbon mics.

For guaranteed and consistent full-range ribbon sound, AEA recommends utilizing their specially designed preamps such as the RPQ2, RPQ500, and TRP2. These preamps are tailored to complement the unique characteristics of ribbon microphones. However, for louder instruments like guitar amps, preamps with an impedance above 5K ohms, commonly found in many live soundboards, are deemed sufficient. In scenarios involving quiet sound sources or distant recording, opting for an AEA preamp is highly advisable to ensure optimal performance.

Key Features

  • Dual Passive Ribbon Microphone: The R88 Mk2 is a premier dual passive ribbon microphone, capturing audio with exceptional clarity and fidelity.
  • Preamp Requirements: Requires a preamp with a gain of at least +60dB and a very high impedance for optimum performance, aligning with the needs of passive ribbon mics.
  • Specially Designed AEA Preamps: AEA recommends the RPQ2, RPQ500, and TRP2 preamps for use with the R88 Mk2, ensuring consistent, full-range ribbon sound reproduction.
  • Consistent Full-Range Ribbon Sound: Specially designed AEA preamps guarantee consistent and full-range ribbon sound, preserving the unique sonic characteristics of the microphone.
  • Versatility in Preamp Options: Preamps with an impedance above 5K ohms, commonly found in live soundboards, are suitable for louder instruments like guitar amps.
  • Ideal for Quiet Sound Sources: For quiet sound sources or distance recording, an AEA preamp is highly recommended to ensure optimal performance and fidelity.
  • Optimized for Various Applications: Adaptable for a wide range of applications, the R88 Mk2 excels in capturing both loud and subtle sound sources with remarkable detail.
  • Operating principle: Two-way, passive radiator
  • Drivers: 1″ titanium tweeter, 5¼” aluminum woofer
  • Crossover point: 1600 Hz
  • Impedance: 8 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 84 dB @ 2.83V/1m
  • Frequency response: 49 – 20 000 Hz +/-3dB
  • Power recommendation: 50 – 200 W
  • Measurements: 316 x 160 x 265 mm
  • Weight: 7 kg (15 lbs)
  • Handmade in Finland