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AudioControl SA-4100i

Omnidirectional test microphone for iOS devices — analyze your sound system

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Overview

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To get the best out of your sound system, you need to compensate for the acoustic characteristics of its environment, whether it's your car or your living room. AudioControl's SA-4100i omnidirectional microphone works with your iPhone to measure your system's performance, so you can use your equalizer to get rid of peaks and dead spots.

Fine tuning

To get the best out of your sound system, you need to compensate for the acoustic characteristics of its environment, whether it's your car or your living room. AudioControl's SA-4100i omnidirectional microphone works with your iPhone to measure your system's performance, so you can use your equalizer to get rid of peaks and dead spots.

For your iOS devices

The SA-4100i works hand in glove with AudioControl's Mobile Tools app and its suite of meaurement tools. Plug the SA-4100i into your iOS device (iOS 5.0 or later), and you can analyze the room's or vehicle's acoustics with real precision. You'll be able to see when your equalizer or processor has maximized your system's performance, or when your room treatments have had the desired effect.

The mic's omnidirectional polar pattern ensures that you'll capture all the dynamics of the room when you make your measurements. AudioControl includes a carrying case.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with iOS devices
  • Lightning connector
  • omnidirectional polar pattern
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz ±3dB
  • gain ranges: 27dBA - 105dBA; 48dBA - 120dBA
  • power consumption: <50mA
  • length: 5.7"
  • includes carrying case and wind screen
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Measurement Mic (w/ 39" Lightning-connector cable)
  • Stand adapter
  • Windscreen
  • Carry bag
  • Installation Manual
  • Calibration Certificate

great product makes tuning a breeze, only goes to 120db though

brad, portsmouth va

Reviews

AudioControl SA-4100i Reviews

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AudioControl SA-4100i

brad from portsmouth va on 1/30/2017

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great product makes tuning a breeze, only goes to 120db though

Pros: easy

Cons: only 120 db

AudioControl SA-4100i

Crutchfield customer from Kalamazoo, MI on 12/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product if you are not ready to purchase a stand alone RTA. Precise and easy to set up and use

Pros: Microphone comes with a certificate of calibration

Cons: No problems

Incredible car audio measurement tool for the price!!!!

Anthony from Saint Paul, VA on 11/4/2016

This little unit is awesome for making quick and accurate acoutical corrections to your cars system. I had my doubts about the unit before I purchased it, but is has exceeded my expectations, even for a hard core audiophile like myself. It is super convienent, super easy to use, and just a high quality acoustical measurement tool. It has multiple measurement applications you can use in the audiocontrol app for a number of adjustments to your car's current set-up. If you are on the fence about purchasing this unit, go ahead and pull the trigger and purchase this baby because it passes this audiophile's test.

Pros: -ACCURATE RTA -TEST TONES -SPL MEASUREMENTS -POLARITY TESTER -SMALL, COMPACT, AND EASY TO USE

Cons: NONE FOR WHAT ITS MADE TO DO!!

AudioControl SA-4100i

Fern from Omaha, NE on 10/4/2016

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Great purchase! Exactly what I expected and hoped for. It's being used on my Itouch and my ipad mini 2. Super compact to walk the venue with the IO tablet.

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Cons:

Awesome RTA for iPhone!

Charles from Staffordsville, KY on 8/17/2016

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Worked with my iPhone 5S perfectly. I've used the "old standard" Audio Control SA-3052 for over 20 years and this is easier to use, easier to transport to different locations, and cheaper to buy.

Pros: Good price for same performance as the SA-2052

Cons: Not intended for SPL testing above 120 dB.

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Features

Measurement Mic: The AudioControl SA-4100i is a calibrated, full-range, omni-directional test and measurement microphone for direct connection to Apple Lightning-connector iOS devices running iOS 6.1 or later. With the SA-4100i mic and the AudioControl Mobile Tools app, you will be able to analyze the acoustics of any environment with high resolution and precision, using the processing power of your Apple Lightning-connector iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The AucdioCotnrol SA-4100i makes set up of any sound processor a breeze, too, letting you see the acoustical spectrum and take action.

Apple Lightning iOS Compatibility: The AudioControl SA-4100i is compatible with Apple iOS devices that feature a Lightning connector and are running iOS 6.1 or later. The microphone's attached 39" Lightning-connector cable plugs directly into your Apple iOS device's Lightning-connector port. You will also need the Mobile Tools app downloaded on your compatible iOS device. Compatible Apple Lightning iOS device include:

  • iPhone: 5/5C/5S, 6/6+, 6S/6S+
  • iPod touch: 5th gen, 6th gen
  • iPad: 4th gen, mini 1/2/3/4, Air 1/2

Mobile Tools App: You will need to download the free Mobile Tools app from the Apple App Store onto your compatible Apple Lightning iOS device to gain full capability of the SA-4100i microphone. Using the app, you get five powerful calibration & measurement modules - including RTA, FFT, SPL, & Polarity, plus the proprietary DQ-61 Delay module (requires AudioControl's DQ61 or DQX processor). Now you can test your sound system audio using a professionally designed test and measurement app. With this microphone directly connected via the Lightning connector to your compatible iOS device, and the Mobile Tools application loaded, you will be able to analyze the acoustics of any environment & sound system, such as your car stereo system or home theater system.

Note: The SA-4100i calibration data is transferred to the Mobile Tools app, and it is ready for use as a fine audio analysis system. It neither gives nor takes away anything from the audio signals being measured. You will need to manually adjust your systems settings, connections, and configuration based on measurements displayed on the Mobile Tools App.

White & Pink Noise Test: The Mobile Tools application allows you to send out audio test signals from the headphone output jack of your Apple Lightning iOS device to play through your sound equipment and speakers. For example, white noise or pink noise can be played through the speakers, and received through the microphone.

RTA (Real Time Analyzer): The RTA (Real Time Analyzer) will display a graph that shows the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) measured by the microphone across the audio frequency band from 20Hz to 20,000Hz. This lets you see where the measured response starts to decrease in which frequency range.

FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) Analyzer: The FFT graph will the Sound Pressure Level (SPL) across the audio frequency band 20Hz to 20kHz, after the Fast Fourier Transform has been applied mathematically to the microphone measurements. FFT spectrum analysis gives early clues to any audio distortion in the system. This distortion may occur through speakers being overloaded, amplifiers going into clipping, mixer signals overloading, and so on.

Polarity: The Polarity test allows you to analyze the speakers in your system and determine which of them may be wired out of phase compared to the others. For example, the positive and negative speaker cords may be swapped on one speaker, giving rise to an audio cancellation, most noticeable at the lower frequencies.

SPL (Sound Pressure Level) Meter: This SPL Meter shows the measured Sound Pressure Level. This is very useful in setting up a system and determining for example, that the SPL does not reach unsafe levels that may cause hearing damage.

DQ-61 Delay Module: This proprietary Delay Module allows you to analyze and adjust the front speaker delay and subwoofer delay in your AudioControl DQ61 or DQDX system (sold separately). You'll see a display of the details regarding the front and subwoofer delay adjustment procedures, so you can make the appropriate adjustments.

Microphone Calibration: The microphone can support two calibrations for easy recall - Low Range for quiet listening environments & High Range for those loud moments. Or, the mic can be set to Auto. 

App Adjustments: The Mobile Tools App contains various settings that allow you to maximize the enjoyment of your microphone-user-experience. Items include Screen Contrast, Microphone Filters, Display Units, 16 or 24 bit Operation, & Sample Rate.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ±3dB
  • Gain Ranges: 27dBA - 105dBA; 48dBA - 120dBA
  • SPL Dynamic Range: 28 dBA to 120 dBA
  • Polar Pattern: Ominidirectional

Power Requirements: The AudioControl SA4100i measurement mic gets it power from your connected Apple iOS device's Lightning connector. It consumes approximately <50ma.

Included Accessories: The SA-4100i measurement microphone comes with a windscreen, stand adapter, and carrying pouch. The foam windscreen fits on the end of microphone to reduce air movement effects and noises. The included holder clip allows the microphone to be attached to a standard mic stand; the use of a microphone stand will help prevent the pickup of noise. The zippered soft carrying case protects the microphone when not in use and is large enough to also hold the windscreen and stand adapter.

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Why did you buy this?

I want to fine tune my system. [ Anthony  Mar 22, 2017 ]
Value priced microphone, works well [ john  Mar 18, 2017 ]
I recently installed a Rockford 3sixty.3 and I'm using this to properly tune the system [ Brannon  Nov 16, 2016 ]
Everyone needs an RTA, this one is affordable. [ Craig  Jul 15, 2016 ]
Worx really well for an audiophile like myself! [ Anthony  Jun 07, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I'm afraid AudioControl only offers a microphone for Apple iOS devices at this time. I wish I had better news for you; but if you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  May 08, 2017 ]  Staff
I have not tried that application. How ever, this mic was designed for precise audio measurements for car audio. I.E. rta, fft, eq, spl, ect. I suggest you conduct another search for a mic more appropriate for your particular application [ john  May 07, 2017 ]
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