Ribbon mics & phantom power

Date Updated: March 2, 2018 FAQ #366
Question:
Can Shure ribbon mics, including discontinued ones such as the 315, take phantom power? Are there any special precautions, other than ensuring all wiring is correct and insulated?
Answer:


A ribbon microphone typically has a low impedance, transformer balanced output. Therefore, it can handle phantom power without a problem. No other precautions, besides proper wiring, are necessary.
However, if you encounter a ribbon microphone where the output is unbalanced or does not employ a transformer, beware! In this case, contact the microphone's manufacturer for advice.