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PCB Piezotronics Publishes Independent Agency's Side-By-Side Microphone Test Results

21 August 2013
Government Research Institute Performs Comprehensive Analysis on Industry Leaders

August 20, 2013, Depew, NY - PCB Piezotronics, Inc., a global supplier of microphones, vibration, pressure, force and torque sensors announces that it has published results of a competitive side-by-side test of ½ inch free-field prepolarized condenser microphones from PCB, B&K, G.R.A.S. and BSWA. The test was performed by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, an internationally accredited test house.
"SP is a government owned research institute that performed extensive performance and environmental testing on microphones from the industry's leading providers", said Mr. David Rizzo, Director of Sales and Marketing for Acoustics. "The results confirmed what we have always known about PCB's microphone quality and performance so we are excited to share this with the market."
The ½ inch free-field microphone was chosen because it is the most popular model and size for test and measurement applications. The tests compared PCB's 378B02 against its competitors over a number of critical areas to determine if the microphones met both the IEC standards and the vendor's published specification. The areas tested included:

  • Sensitivity
  • Temperature Coefficient
  • Dynamic Range
  • Humidity Coefficient
  • Frequency Response
  • Low Frequency Limit

"In the past few months we have taken several steps to position ourselves for rapid growth in the acoustic test and measurement space including the formation of a dedicated microphone team, introduction of new products, aggressive pricing and now third party test data validating our product's quality and performance", said Rizzo. "Combine these with our best-in-class delivery and support and we feel there is no reason why PCB should be anything other than the microphone vendor of choice."

The report can be viewed or downloaded from PCB's website and is also available from your local sales representative. The 378B02 is a complete system (microphone and preamplifier) which is ideally suited for product testing in anechoic chambers or environmental testing. To learn more about PCB's microphone portfolio, please visit

About SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
The SP Group is a Swedish National Laboratory that consists of the parent company and subsidiaries CBI, Glafo, SIK, SMP, YKI and JTI. Together, they create a powerful group of research and development institutes aimed at innovation and sustainable development of industry and society. The Group's trademark is leading edge competence coupled with substantial technical span, and their laboratory resources are nationally and internationally competitive. With a staff of over 1,100, of whom half are graduates and about 290 are research scientists, the Group's personnel constitute an important knowledge resource. National Laboratories are designated by the Swedish Government according to the ACT (2011:791) and Decree (2011:811) concerning testing and metrology. SP operates under ISO 17025, supervised by SWEDAC. The SP Group is owned by the state holding company, RISE Holding.
About PCB Piezotronics Acoustics
PCB provides precision microphones and accessories for a wide range of acoustic test and measurement applications. Leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, a dedicated team of Acoustic, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, including several PhDs, have built an extensive portfolio of products including modern prepolarized and traditional externally polarized condenser, array, probe, low-profile surface, and special purpose microphones.  PCB's Acoustic Team participates in both the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and IEC Standards Board and is a Vendor Liaison to Penn State's Center for Acoustics and Vibration. PCB is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

About PCB Piezotronics, Inc.
PCB Piezotronics is a global supplier of microphones, vibration, pressure, force, torque, load, and strain sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP® technology. This instrumentation is used for test, measurement, monitoring, and control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, OEM applications, and more.  Our Platinum Products program ensures fast delivery of over 10,000 sensors that are covered by a Lifetime Warranty. With a customer support team of more than 30 Customer Service Representatives and Application Engineers, PCB® proudly stands behind their products with the services you value most, including a 24-hour SensorLinesm, a global distribution network, and the industry's only commitment to Total Customer Satisfaction.  Visit us at

  • PCB Piezotronics, Inc.
    3425 Walden Ave.
    Depew, New York 14043
    United States / America
    Tel.: 716-684-0001
    Fax: 716-684-0987
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