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AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone  

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The D5 dynamic vocal microphone for lead and backing vocals delivers a powerful sound even on the noisiest stage. Its supercardioid polar pattern ens...Read More

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A live performance vocal mic designed for singers in high-volume bands.

The D5 dynamic vocal microphone for lead and backing vocals delivers a powerful sound even on the noisiest stage. Its supercardioid polar pattern ensures maximum gain before feedback. The D 5 stands for a crisp sound that cuts through every mix.

AKG made the first microphone diaphragm ever whose thickness varies across its diameter. The Laminated Varimotion diaphragm deep-drawing process allows the diaphragm itself to be fine-tuned with no extra tuning resonators, leading to a quantum leap in audio performance.

The dual shock mount eliminates any kind of mechanical noise for trouble-free live use. The audience will hear nothing but the pristine sound of your voice!

FEATURES
  • Frequency response optimized for vocal use
  • Integrated wind and pop screen for effective suppression of pop and breath noise
  • Frequency independent supercardioid polar pattern for high gain before feedback
  • Patented AKG Laminated Varimotion diaphragm
  • Shock mounted transducer element reduces handling and cable noise
  • Extremely resilient, spring-steel wire-mesh cap for extra impact resistance

SPECIFICATIONS

D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone

  • Polar pattern: supercardioid
  • Frequency response: 70-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 2.6 mV/pa (-52 dbV re 1 V/Pa)
  • Maximum sound pressure level: 147/156 dB SPL, (for 1%/3% THD)
  • Equivalent noise level: 18 dB-A
  • Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted): 76 db
  • Impedance: <=600 ohms
  • Recommended load impedence: >=2000 ohms
  • Connector: 3-pin XLR
  • Finish: matte grayish blue
  • Dimensions (length x diameter): 7.3" x 2.0", (179.1 mm x 51 mm)
  • Net weight: 8.2 oz, (340 g)
  • Patent(s): Varimotion — multiple-thickness diaphragm for dynamic transducer (Patent no. AT 403.751, US 6,185,809, EP 814.637) (DE, DK, FI, FR, GB, IT, NL)
  • Standard furnished accessories: microphone bag, SA 45 stand adaptor
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AKGD5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well with my vocal processor

I am using a vocal effects processor for my vocals. It can make my keyboard sound wonky when the vocal mic starts picking up the keys and adding unwanted vocal effects to the piano...Read complete review

I am using a vocal effects processor for my vocals. It can make my keyboard sound wonky when the vocal mic starts picking up the keys and adding unwanted vocal effects to the piano sound. Especialy in smaller venues when the monitors are turned up. The D5 solves this with the super cardroid pickup pattern (and the price point was nice). It does sound different than a SM58. In comparison it is clearer on the high freq and has more gain. Seems to cut through easier, clearer even when using the effects heavy. Because of this it seems like I don't have to try and push the sound into into the mic (like my 58). However I couldn't seem to use the holder that came with it, plastic threads, really? I had to re-use the Sm 58 mic holder on my stand. I am still very happy with this mic and would recommend it.

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Great sound, but connection wear out

So many mixed feelings about these. If only they didn't break!
Standard features... Fantastic range and clarity of frequencies. Minimal feedback in loud, rock settings. Can produce more feedback if...Read complete review

So many mixed feelings about these. If only they didn't break!
Standard features... Fantastic range and clarity of frequencies. Minimal feedback in loud, rock settings. Can produce more feedback if compressed.
These things break. I have owned three of them (AND two of the C5) and the connections have worn out on all of them. I was in my second song on the last one when the connection totally fell apart on me. I have used all new cables, and it's the mics. I think they are better dynamics than pretty much everything out there, but I'm sad to say I can't buy them anymore. Just too unreliable.
Great value for the sound, but if you are concerned about them shorting out, then it's not worth it.

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4.0

High quality wihtout breaking the bank

By Bad JuJu

from Dover De

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Pros

  • Clean And Clear
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

    I have had a chance to use two of these for my band, and for live shows where I run sound. The shows range from jams with semi-pro guys and amatures, to touring national and major acts in an intimate venue.

    I asked several of the touring acts how they thought the mics preformed at the end of several shows, and got favorable comments back from all. I have used them with both male and female singers and all responded favorably. I have had NO difficulty getting anyone into and over the mix out front, or in the monitors.

    I had encountered frequency issues with a couple of other mics. I have others that I use, but these are saved and favored for the prime singers unless they have their own mic, or wasn something different.

    I rated at 4 stars because there are mics of better quality out there - but honestly at this price point I am not sure.

    I need to add at least two more and may look at the D7 when that time comes.

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    5.0

    Great mic and big bang for the buck!

    By Old rock dog

    from Ca.

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    Pros

    • Built Solid
    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Fit And Finish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

      This mic is very well built and solid. It compares with higher priced units even across the board. Sounds great and easy to dial in for the vocal tones you want. The mic has a warm presence in tone. It is truly a great stage mic for the money. Big bang for the buck.

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      5.0

      great Mic, Id buy it again

      By Dougiesmoke

      from Cleveland, Tn.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

        My brother and I love the mics,, we sing alot of harmony

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good sounding mic

        By David G

        from Jupiter, Florida

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        Pros

        • Low Feedback
        • Nice Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            Clearer sound than the SM58. TIght super-cardioid pattern rejects sound in a studio that isn't soundproofed well. You can get some minor proximity effect if you're really close. I have the e935 which is cardioid so I switch between the two. They're very similar but the D5 has a more intimate sound. More bassy but not as transparent. I prefer the D5 for live performances. The e935 for studio recordings when I can't use a condenser mic because there's too much sound getting picked up. Unfortunately, I don't have the e945 which has a similar cardioid pattern. But the e935 which cost me two times as the D5 is hard to distinguish in a blind test. I've always thought that the SM58 sound muddy and listening to the D5 that even makes more sense. The D5 suits a man's voice very well. So if you're looking for a super-cardiod mic that's a step above the rest go for it you won't be disappointed. The D5 has earned a place in my mic arsenal. Great deal.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works well with my vocal processor

            By Olman with the wallet

            from Illinois

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Pick Up Pattern

            Cons

            • Holder Is Junk

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Small venues

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            I am using a vocal effects processor for my vocals. It can make my keyboard sound wonky when the vocal mic starts picking up the keys and adding unwanted vocal effects to the piano sound. Especialy in smaller venues when the monitors are turned up. The D5 solves this with the super cardroid pickup pattern (and the price point was nice). It does sound different than a SM58. In comparison it is clearer on the high freq and has more gain. Seems to cut through easier, clearer even when using the effects heavy. Because of this it seems like I don't have to try and push the sound into into the mic (like my 58). However I couldn't seem to use the holder that came with it, plastic threads, really? I had to re-use the Sm 58 mic holder on my stand. I am still very happy with this mic and would recommend it.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Mic

            By steven christian

            from Amarillo, TX

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            I bought this mic about a month ago and with my recorder this Mic really does have great sound and it's a powerful, yet clear sound! Very impressed by this Mic and look forward to using it on stage!

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great sound, but connection wear out

            By nerular

            from South Carolina

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            So many mixed feelings about these. If only they didn't break!
            Standard features... Fantastic range and clarity of frequencies. Minimal feedback in loud, rock settings. Can produce more feedback if compressed.
            These things break. I have owned three of them (AND two of the C5) and the connections have worn out on all of them. I was in my second song on the last one when the connection totally fell apart on me. I have used all new cables, and it's the mics. I think they are better dynamics than pretty much everything out there, but I'm sad to say I can't buy them anymore. Just too unreliable.
            Great value for the sound, but if you are concerned about them shorting out, then it's not worth it.

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Holy Cow!!!!!! Its amazing!

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            Wow!!!! What a steal!!!!!! For about a year now, I have been singing in our worship group at church (as well as guitar) and had been using a cheap back up mic we had in our stock room. It wasnt very clear and just was overall not very good. Our guitar center guy recommended this for us to use and I was blown away! This mic is so clear. It is comfortable to hold and works great on a stand. The vocals are crisp, clear, and clean. It also features feedback prevention, and I have yet to get feedback (even our old $600 mic the other singers used at the time had feedback). Not only is it functional but also looks cool. The flat top is stylish and comfortable for singing. This mic is great, inexpensive, and a dream to use and record with. Get it now!!!!!!

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Oldsong

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            I've used this mic exclusively for vocals in school gyms. The sound is incredibly clear. It works well on voices from low to high with clarity that is unmatched. Also, this mic has vertually no handling noise which is great for non-professional users.
            The sound from the AKG D5 mic is so clear it makes you wonder why Shure even bothers to make the SM58. The first time I introduced the D5, The audience noticed immediately and many commented on the quality of the sound after the performance.
            This mic has been set up and stored weekly for about a year. It has been handled by people who hardly know which end of the mic to hold and looks and works as good as it did on day one.
            I've tried a number of other mics in this price range and you can't touch this one with anything even twice the price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            f*&^ing awsome!!!!!

            Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

            My first mic, does great for vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, its a must get it now.

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