Phantom Power

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Phantom Power Definition

Question: What is a "phantom powered" microphone? Does that mean that the microphone draws its power from a remote source?

Answer: Phantom power is used with condenser microphones. It is called phantom power because there is no obvious external power supply for the condenser mic; the power supply is invisible and therefore a "phantom." The mixer sends voltage up the same wires that the audio is traveling down. Thus, the microphone is receiving the power remotely from the mixer.

Phantom power is a DC voltage (usually 12-48 volts) used to power the electronics of a condenser microphone. For some (non-electret) condensers it may also be used to provide the polarizing voltage for the element itself. This voltage is supplied through the microphone cable by a mixer equipped with phantom power or by some type of in-line external source. The voltage is equal on Pin 2 and Pin 3 of a typical balanced, XLR-type connector. For a 48 volt phantom source, for example, Pin 2 is 48 VDC and Pin 3 is 48 VDC, both with respect to Pin 1 which is ground (shield).

Because the voltage is exactly the same on Pin 2 and Pin 3, phantom power will have no effect on balanced dynamic microphones: no current will flow since there is no voltage difference across the output. In fact, phantom power supplies have current limiting which will prevent damage to a dynamic microphone even if it is shorted or miswired. In general, balanced dynamic microphones can be connected to phantom powered mixer inputs with no problem.

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Source: Shure.com


Will Phantom Power Damage Dynamic Microphones

Phantom power supplies have current limiting which will prevent damage to a dynamic microphone even if it is shorted or miswired. In general, balanced dynamic microphones can be connected to phantom powered mixer inputs with no problem.

Source: Shure.com


Phantom Power Supplied by Bose Systems

Phantom Power Available

Phantom Power is available on

Current Limiting

Bose Phantom power supplies have current limiting which will prevent damage to the Bose device if the connected device attempts to draw too much current.

Turn Down Master Volume Before Turning on Phantom Power

Please turn down the Master Volume control before turning on phantom power

This will avoid noise being sent out to the powered loudspeakers when you turn on the power.

No Phantom Power

There is no phantom available on

Phantom Power Connected to Bose Systems

Applies to:

You may want to connect your Bose Portable PA to an external system using the Line Out. All of the Line Outputs are line-level, balanced outputs. On the T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine, T4S, T8S, L1® Compact, the outputs are 1/4 inch (6.3mm). On the T8S, there are also XLR Outputs.

Will Phantom Power Damage Bose Outputs?

Will phantom power provided by the external system damage the Bose Portable PA system?

The outputs of Bose Portable PA equipment have circuitry to protect them in case phantom power is turned on in the external system.

Questions

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