Piezoelectric microphones - advantages

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by boks, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. boks

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Oct 10, 2008
    What are the advantages of piezoelectric microphones? And are there any drawbacks compared to dynamic and capacitor mics?

    I know that it has a high impedance.

    Which of these inputs is needed?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  2. Audioguru

    New Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    I worked with audio for 47 years and have never seen a peizo microphone.
    Pros use dynamic, condenser or ribbon mics and toys and consumer products use electret mics.
    A "crystal" mic might be the same as a piezo mic and was used long ago with tube amplifiers. I had a crystal mic 50 years ago.

    Most piezo transducers have many sharp resonances and nulls in their frequency response.
  3. thingmaker3

    Retired Moderator

    May 16, 2005
    They're waterproof and pressure tolerant, so they get used by marine biologists.

    And yes, the auld crystal mics for the auld high-input-impedance tube amps were indeed piezoelectric.
  4. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    So were the crystal phono pickups that ruined many a 45. They didn't even need a special preamp.