FAQ & Usage Tips



A3 Halo Connection

The A3 Halo requires a 5-pin XLR connection, with audio on pins 1, 2, and 3.

How do I custom-fit the E6 or E6i to my ear?

It’s very easy to custom-fit an earset to any ear or face.
  • First, locate the 90-degree bend in the tubing immediately above the earset’s cable connection. That 90-degree bend is designed to tuck perfectly in the small pocket underneath and behind the earlobe.
  • With one hand, place the 90-degree bend into the pocket and hold it in place. With the other hand, guide the earpiece around and above the ear.
  • Still holding the 90-degree bend with one hand, position your other index finger between your head and the ear, and sweep your finger along the tubing starting at the 90-degree bend and finishing above and immediately in front of the top of the lobe. When your finger reaches the top of your ear, carefully pinch the spot to mark your place. Then take off the earset and add a 30-degree bend at the pinch mark.
  • Clip the earset over the ear again – the earpiece should be perfectly molded to the ear, feeling snug and comfortable.
  • Next, look at yourself in a mirror and mold the tubing to the contour of your cheek. Although the omnidirectional E6i is extremely forgiving, the ideal position for the mic is 1/4″ behind the corner of your mouth.
  • If the mic extends more than 1/2″ away from the mouth, you will need to add another bend. At the top of the earpiece, bend the tubing downward so it runs alongside the temple, parallel to the sideburn, for the excess distance.
  • Finally, make another 30-degree bend at that point and fit the rest of the boom to the curve of the cheek for a perfect fit.
For more detailed instructions and diagrams, you can download another copy of the E6 Fitting Guide that was shipped to you along with the product.

How do I mic a choir using the Isomax 2H?

Countryman’s Isomax 2H is quite possibly the easiest choir mic to deploy, with exceptional gain before feedback and even, natural coverage of the entire choir. Just use this downloadable guide for hanging choir mics.

How should I choose my E6 color?

Countryman products come in a variety of colors to blend in with their surroundings:
  • Light beige works well for light and pink skin tones.
  • Tan works very well for Caucasian skin tones as well as olive complexions.
  • Cocoa is the ideal choice for very light brown to chocolate skin tones.
  • Choose Black is the most popular choice for hiding against clothes. Use it for deep brown skin, or on other skin tones when you want the mic to be visible.
When in doubt about a skin tone match, choose the darker option. That’s because a mic that’s too light can resemble a scar or blemish, while a mic that’s slightly darker than the background resembles a shadow and draws less attention.

Should I get the E6 Omnidirectional or Directional?

The E6 Omnidirectional Earset rejects unwanted sound and feedback better than a lavalier almost any way you wear it, so it’s very user-friendly for new and experienced users alike.
  • The E6 omnidirectional Earset is the right choice for most applications.
  • For situations where there are loud monitors, extreme feedback or environmental noise, choose the E6 Directional Earset (marked with a green band).
The directional E6 Earset has either a cardioid or hypercardioid pick up pattern, depending on which of the two included protective caps is placed on the microphone. Directional microphones require more careful placement and are subject to more handling and wind noise.

What flexibility of E6 should I choose?

Flexibility is the springiness or softness of the metal boom that positions the microphone and wraps around your ear.
  • The classic E6 is a good choice when one person will wear the microphone. Because the boom is stiffer, once it is adjusted to fit the user’s face, it can be stored away, unpacked, and quickly worn with a minimum of fuss.
  • The E6i is soft and highly-flexible with a larger silicone rubber ear piece. When multiple users share a mic, the E6i is a great choice. The soft boom is fantastically durable and the extreme flexibility makes changing users a breeze.
  • The E6 Flex offers a versatile blend of the E6 and the E6i. With a springy, thin earpiece and a flexible boom, the E6 Flex is faster to fit a new face than any other earset microphone available—all without compromising true invisibility and world class sound. The E6 Flex is marked with an orange band.

What sensitivity of E6 should I get?

Making a microphone more sensitive to catch soft sounds means it will overload sooner for loud sounds. Because sound pressure levels vary between individuals and applications, we provide three sensitivities for the E6:
  • The highest gain (W5, no colored band) is for general speaking, such as presentations or sermons, and is the most popular option.
  • The medium gain (W6, blue band) is for very loud speaking, such as in theater, and most vocal performances.
  • In rare cases, the most powerful vocals require the highest overload (W7, purple band)