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AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone  

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Overview

  • 2 back-to-back large-diaphragm capsules create a flexible multi-pattern microphone: cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Switchable -20dB preattenuation pad
  • Switchable bass cut filter minimizes noise and boominess
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    $359.00
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Dual diaphragm and multi-pattern for enhanced vesatility.

In the Perception 420, 2 back-to-back large-diaphragm capsules create a flexible multi-pattern microphone capable of cardioid, omni, and figure-8 recording patterns. It features AKG's new design and logo style, True Condenser capsule technology, a switchable -20dB preattenuation pad, and a switchable bass-cut filter to minimize noise and boominess. The condenser microphone is housed in a rugged chassis with a gold-plated XLR-type output. Spider-type shock mount and metal case included.

In 2005, AKG launched the Perception models 100 and 200. This was the beginning of a big success story. With Perception, AKG created a new series of microphones with legendary AKG sound and quality at an outstanding price/performance level. AKG's Perception Microphones are among the best wired condenser microphones in their price range.
Requires phantom power.

Features

  • 2 back-to-back large-diaphragm capsules create a flexible multi-pattern microphone: cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Switchable -20dB preattenuation pad
  • Switchable bass cut filter minimizes noise and boominess
  • Spider-type shock mount and metal case included
  • Rugged chassis with gold-plated XLR-type output
  • AKG's New Design and logo style
  • True Condenser capsule technology
  • Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type outputs

Very flexible pro-studio performance at an easy price. Order today.

 

Perception 420 Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Capsule: Large-diaphragm Dual-capsule
  • Polar patterns: Cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 18mA
  • Preattenuation pad: 0dB, -20dB
  • Bass-cut filter: 12dB/octave at 300Hz
  • Max. SPL for 0.5%: THD 135 dB / 155dB (0 / -20dB)
  • Impedance: <200 ohms
  • Recommended load impedance: >1,000 ohms
  • Powering: 48V phantom power
  • Current consumption: <2mA
  • Output connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type
  • Finish: Metallic blue
  • Dimensions: 2.1"W x 6.3"L (53 x 160mm)
  • Net / Shipping Weight: 525g (18.5 oz.) / 955g (33.7 oz.)
  • Standard accessories: Metal case, screw-on spider suspension
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AKGPerception 420 Condenser Microphone
 
4.9

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perception 420

By Mike

from PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

    I have 3 different mics. Shure SM57 Shure SM58 Audix i5 This mic blows them all away. I able to sing and play guitar 2 feet away and it picks up everything great. The sound quality is amazing. You can put your mouth 2 inches away from the side of the mic and yell and hear almost nothing through the PA. But 2 inches in any other direction and it gets loud but clear sounding. Great purchase.

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    5.0

    Amazing Microphone for Live Sound

    By Swanny86

    from Jackson Hole, WY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      Right out of the box (a nice box at that) and straight to the bluegrass gig, this mic was incredible. 3 bluegrass musicians around it on the cardioid setting and, even with a steady wind, it sounded great. Thanks for the recommendation, very happy with this mic. Can't wait to try and record with it.

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      (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Preception 420

      By Redford Gailey

      from Thomas Oklahoma

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      These mics are sensitive condensers and pick up sound very easy. the different polar patterens combined with the roll-off and the pad switche's give these mics a very BIG advantage over other brands. They faithfully and acuratly reproduce what ever you put in front of them.
      Good features it gives you options
      AKG always has good quality and workmanship and it shows in there product's
      I looked at other mics that cost twice the amount but they did not have the three polar patterns and that's important in recording. more bang for your buck

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      (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Options

      By ellsinator

      from Columbus, OH

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I got this to have polarity options as well as to add another "voice" to the mic closet. It is noisy as an ambient mic in omni mode. It also has always seemed a little shrill to me as a vocal mic. Overall, brittle sounding. However, I've gotten some great sounds using it on amp cabs. On the right voice I'm sure it would sound great, but I haven't found that yet. In the price range it's a good buy for the features, but tht's about it.

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      (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well-rounded mic for the studio

      By donbon25

      from boston

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I've had this mic for about a year now and it has been the go-to mic in my studio ever since. It is extremely versatile it sounds great on vocals and guitar cabs. I used it as an overhead for a while but recently I've been experimenting with it in different places around the kit. I find that if you roll the pad to -20 db in stick it in the kick you can get a great thump. The response is amazing, I'd recommend using a pop filter if recording vocals though. The only thing that it has lacked in was when i put it on a bass cab, It wasn't the greatest I've heard but still good. This thing makes its way all around my recordings I'd strongly recommend it.

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      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Premium Grade A!!

      By SoniaD

      from sherrill, Arkansas

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      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I bought is mic about a year ago and am just now testing it out on my vocals. I sung a gospel song in Pro tools and I was very impressed. The clarity of and mid range of this mic is great. It is not too bright and not too low. It is worth every penny and then some because it sound so good and it has so many features. If, you are think on adding a good mic to you collection I highly recommend this AKG Perception 420.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      crisp and clear

      By needlesnpins

      from Grand Rapids,MI

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I got this mic a few weeks ago and finally had a chance to test it out on a drum kit for a song i was working on. previously i was stuck using an SM-57 for an overhead mic and with the addition of the AKG the drums sound AMAZING. the set up is AKG 420 for over heads..SM-57 on snair, SM-57 on hats, Audix f10's and f12 for the toms and audix D6 for the kick. with this set up i have gotten a great sound in a less than perfect environment.

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      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Useful! Great Sound!

      By TranceDJ

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I'm a real home studio enthusiast in TX. This Pereception 420 has awesome features and is handy in every situation. Bought it a month ago. I've recorded male/female vocals, acoustic/electric/classical guitars, guitar amps, bass amps, and drums. Everything sounds accurate/bright/full/warm/in your face. I'm able to sit tracks nicely with this mic. Only need to tweak my EQs a bit to get a good mix. This mic has different settings for every setup no matter what it is. I love it. I am saving up for another one.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Mic for the price

      By A-L

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      I used this mic in a studio along with a 414, a tlm 103, and I can honestly say it holds up very well. This is one of the best budget mics on the market, the multiple polar patterns make this an extremely versatile mic.

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Handy All Around!

      By TranceDJ

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone:

      Using a decent Tube Preamp this sounds very clean and warm on my acoustic guitar. I use it as an overhead/room Mic on my Drums. I even Mic'd my Vox Guitar Amp and got a good clean sound. Now for vocals. I haven't gotten a real chance to play with vocals. But so far it gives me a clean vocal signal when I'm just singing live with it. Haven't got to putting this baby in the studio just yet. But yes, for the price its definitely worth it. Does almost everything.

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