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AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone   (Open Box)
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A stage and studio staple redefined with state-of-the-art components and technology.

The AKG C 414 XLS condenser microphone offers 9 pickup patterns for you to choose the perfect setting for every application. For live-sound applications and permanent installations, all of the AKG C 414 mic's controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use. A Peak Hold LED displays even shortest overload peaks.

It's predecessor, AKG's legendary C 414 needs no introduction-it is an audio tool found in most recording studios and has been used on thousands of hit records. It's been on stage with artists of every musical genre and is also used by leading broadcast facilities the world over. The AKG C 414 XLS microphone has been created to be just as popular.

The AKG C 414 XLS maintains the sonic character of the legendary AKG C 414 B-ULS, the longest-lived AKG C 414 model. Engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound, it has been one of the most universal and versatile large diaphragm microphone for decades. Widely used for accurate, beautifully detailed pickup of any acoustic instrument the new AKG C 414 XLS microphone combines proven reference quality, leading-edge technology, and state-of-the-art components.

AKG delivers the C 414 XLS microphone complete with carrying case, pop filter, windscreen, and spider-type shock mount.

For over 60 years, leading musicians and engineers have used legendary AKG microphones to capture their sound so their audience hears every nuance. The C 414 family has been one of the world's most widely-used and respected studio and stage microphones in audio history. AKG has continually set new benchmarks for useful features, improved technical specifications, and ease of use to answer requests from ever-demanding recording studios, broadcast stations and audio engineers.

  • Nine selectable pickup patterns enable to choose the perfect setting for every application
  • Lock Mode: all controls can be disabled easily for trouble-free use
  • Peak Hold LED even detects shortest overload peaks
  • Incredible Dynamic Range of 152dB
  • Three switchable different bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation levels
  • Leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art components ensure shortest signal path and extra protection against moisture
  • Designed, engineered, and built in Vienna, Austria
  • Ideal for:
  • Professional studio recording
  • Professional stage miking
  • Lead vocals & lead instruments
  • Classical music recording
  • Drum overhead miking
  • Ensemble recording

Get the next classic in the C 414 lineage. Order the XLS today!


C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional, wide cardioid, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure eight, and 4 intermediate settings
    Frequency range: 20 to 20, 000Hz
    Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34dB V) ±0.5dB
    Max. SPL: 200/400/800/1600 Pa = 140/146/152/158dB (0/-6/-12/-18dB) for 0.5% THD
    Equivalent noise level: 6dB -A (0dB preattenuation) (IEC 60268-4)
    Signal/noise ratio: 88dB
    Preattenuation pad: 0dB, -6dB , -12dB , -18dB, switchable
    Bass cut filter slope: 12dB /octave at 40Hz and 80Hz; 6dB /octave at 160Hz
    Impedance: <=200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >= 2,200 ohms
    Supply voltage: 48 V phantom power to DIN/IEC
    Powering: approximately 4 mA
    Connector: 3-pin XLR to IEC
    Dimensions: 50mm x 38mm x 160mm (2.0" x 1.5" x 6.3")
    Net weight: 300g (10.6 oz.)

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AKGC414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

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Go to mic for ALL things acoustic


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Comments about AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

I've been in the recording business for almost 35 years and this is one of my main go to mics for all things acoustic. For grand piano I'll use 6 of these. 4 on top of the strings hi to low and front to back, and I'll place 2 more under the sound board. I have 26 gold, silver and 2 platnum albums to my name now and I've used just about every name brand there is, the AKG 414 is one I started with and I will keep on trusting in it. I know there pricy but trust me, and work up to one. You won't be sorry. JB

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


414XLS vs 414XLII

By 519tbarr

from Ontario, Canada

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  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

    I bought this mic a year and a half ago. Very flat response, very true to whatever you put in front of it. I have this mic and the previous version C414B XLII - i prefer the XLS model as it doesn't colour your instrument. It does work quite well on vocals as well even though AKG doesn't advertise it as such. The new intermittent patterns are the hidden gems on this microphone. i.e.:2/3.
    Try it out! You know once you've tried it you're going to want to go home with it!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



    By Planet Dave

    from S.F. Bay Area

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    Comments about AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone:

    There are many good mics, as we all know. Many are good at certain things. If you only had one mic, it would be hard to beat the AKG C 414 XLS Condenser Microphone. Better yet a stereo pair. Any acoustic instrument, many vocalists, drums and percussion, my own mandolin sound rich and detailed. The clarity is beautiful.

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