Benthowave Instrument Inc.

BENTHOWAVE INSTRUMENT INC. Acoustic Transducer & System 

Programmable Sensitivity Hydrophone

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BII-7080 is an omnidirectional programmable-sensitivity hydrophone for general purpose detection of underwater sounds. The hydrophone sensitivity is digitally or manually selected with three lines (A0, A1 and Digital COMMON), which is CMOS/TTL-compatible and power supply rail-compatible. In applications of the active Sonar and sound-source tracking (marine animals, pingers, acoustic tags...), the sound level at detection spot varies greater than 40dB (60 dB or higher) because of the variation of transmission loss, target strength, etc... The large varied sound level could be too high or too low for sensitivity-fixed hydrophones. Programmable sensitivity hydrophone BII-7080 is one of the solutions to solve the issue.

Optional mounting parts are available for installation on portable-mounting apparatus, submersibles, pipe, tank or vessel.

To track or locate an underwater sound source such as locator, acoustic beacon/pinger, acoustic tag and marine animal, please refer to following directional transducers and components for programmable receiving sensitivity:
BII-1090 Hydrophone Preamplifier With Programmable Gain
BII-7070 Directional Hydrophone
BII-7060 Hydrophone Array: Measurement of Bearing
BII-7680 Single Beam Transducer without Sidelobes
BII-7020 Hydrophone Array: Passive SONAR & Listening Systems

BII-7080  Programmable Sensitivity Hydrophone

Suggested Application Features

Receiving Array Elements
Compensate Propagation Loss & Target Strength
Tracking of Acoustic Tag/Pinger/Locator
General Purpose Low Noise Hydrophone
Sonobuoy, Dipping Sonar, Towed Sonar
Bioacoustic Research, Field Studies of Marine Animals
Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM System)

Four Sensitivities in one hydrophone
Maximum Sensitivity Dynamic Range: 100 dB
Frequency Range: 1 Hz to 460 kHz
Long cable driving capability: 150m
Built-in Low power low noise preamplifier
Very low interference to acoustic field under test
Small and compact size for detection of broadband acoustic signals

Selecting Hydrophone Sensitivity
Gain Selection Wire A1 Gain Selection Wire A0 Example: Hydrophone Sensitivity (dB V/μPa)
0 (Logic Low) 0 (Logic Low) -198.0 + 0dB V/μPa
0 (Logic Low) 1 (Logic High) -198.0 + 20dB V/μPa
1 (Logic High) 0 (Logic Low) -198.0 + 40dB V/μPa
1 (Logic High) 1 (Logic High) -198.0 + 60dB V/μPa


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BII-7080 hydrophone BII-7081 BII-7082 BII-7083 BII-7084
Voltage Sensitivity:
(dB re 1V/μPa)
-202.0+0/20/40/60 -207.0+0/20/40/60 -213.0+0/20/40/60
Noise Density (RTI): 36 dB µPa/√Hz 40 dB µPa/√Hz 42 dB µPa/√Hz 51 dB µPa/√Hz
Flat Sensitivity Response:
(± 2 dB V re 1 µPa)
1 Hz to 40 kHz 1 Hz to 80 kHz 1 Hz to 220 kHz 1 Hz to 300 kHz
Usable Frequency Range: 1 Hz to 60 kHz
1 Hz to 140 kHz
1 Hz to 350 kHz
1 Hz to 460 kHz
Horizontal Directivity: Omni@50kHz Omni@70kHz Omni@200kHz Omni@350kHz
Vertical  Directivity: 230°@25kHz (-3dB) 240°@50kHz (-3dB) 210°@200kHz (-3dB) 280°@350kHz (-3dB)
Weight: 100 grams 98 grams 96 grams 93 grams
Size: ΦD x L (mm) 25.4x51
ΦD x L (mm): 9x51
Operating Depth: 1. 300m (Default)
2. 950m, Append DW to the listed part number.
High Pass Filter: Yes, Built-in, Customized
Maximum Output: 10.9Vpp@+12VDC
Suggested DC Supply: +9VDC Battery, Marine Battery, Automobile Battery, Fixed DC Linear Power Supply, Not Included.
DO NOT use variable power supply whose maximum supply voltage is higher than the rated voltage.
DO NOT use switching mode DC power supply.
Supply Voltage: +9 to +24VDC
Current (Quiescent): 8.0mA
Output Type: Single Ended Output (SE)
Sensitivity Control: Sensitivity Selection:
1. Power Supply Rails
    Logic Low: 0 (Power Supply Common)
    Logic High: Vcc (Power Supply Voltage)
2. TTL/CMOS Compatible
    Logic Low: 0 to 0.8V
    Logic High: 2.4V to Vcc
Mounting Options: 1. Default: Free Hanging (FH)
2. Thru-hole Mounting with Single O-ring (THSO)
3. Thru-hole Mounting with Double O-ring (THDO)
4. Bolt Fastening Mounting (Plastics): (BFMP)

5. Bolt Fastening Mounting (Stainless Steel): (BFMSS)
6. Thru-hole Mounting + Free Hanging (THFH)
Transducer and Hydrophone Mounting for more detailed information on mounting/installation.
Cable Load Drive: 150 m @ audio frequency range
30 m @ full frequency bandwidth
Cable: Shielded cable (ΦD=6.5mm) (SC)
Connector: 1. Default: Wire Leads (WL)
2. BNC Male (BNC)
3. 3.5 mm (⅛″) TRS Plug (TRS35)
4. ¼″ (6.35 mm) TRS Plug (TRS635)
5. XLR Plug (XLR)
6. Underwater Mateable Connector (UMC)
7. MIL-5015 Style (5015)
8. +9VDC Battery Snap (BS) (Exclusive to preamplified hydrophone)
9. Custom (custom)
Operating Temperature: -10°C to +60°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C to +60°C
How to Order: Click How to Order.
Hydrophone Wiring: Click Hydrophone Wiring for detailed wiring information.

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