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AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

AKG D5 Mic

By EdO

from Kansas City

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

    The D5 is a much warmer, fuller sounding vocal mike than the SM58 Beta I'd been using and lower cost to boot. Good bang for the buck.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!

    By Gear Junkie

    from Central, NJ

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Cuts Through Band Mix
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

      So I purchased this because my SM58, the gold standard mike, wasn't cutting through the mix at rehearsal. I just figured for live performance, a SM57 or 58 was the top of the peg and that I would need to work with EQ units or a Sonic Maximizer to get the vocals to cut through. After numerous rehearsals trying to fix the problem, of the vocals cutting through, I finally started to investigate microphones. Again, I was using one of the top industry standard microphones live. I know for recording there are so many options, but you are in a controlled environment, but live your options are more limited, especially when you take in to effect changes in venues. I read up on microphones and started to read the reviews on MF. I stumbled across the AKG D5. Now I've always been a fan of AKG microphones and the C414 is my favorite mike for lead vocals in studio. So when I read the reviews of the D5, I figured why not try it and see. All I can say is WOW!!! To say the difference was dramatic is an understatement. Not only did the highs cut through with clarity and punch, but so did the lows and I was able to push the volume without feedback. I had the D5 at levels way higher than a SM58 and not only did the vocals cut through the mix like a hot knife through butter, but no feedback. I read how the pins on the mike may be a problem and it may not be as durable as other microphones. I can't speak to that as I've only had the mike for a short period of time. All I can say is this is flat out the best live vocal mike I have ever heard in its price range and anyone who is having a problem with vocals cutting through a live band mix should at least try it. Not only was I totally blown away, which is not an easy thing for me as I am a total gear nut, but everyone else in the band noticed the difference immediately. Again, all I can say is WOW!!!

       
      5.0

      Had one. Bought another.

      By Bill

      from Purcell OK

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Jam sessions
        • Karaoke
        • Performances

        Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

        I borrowed an sm-58 from a friend, thinking I might add one to my mic collection. Compared it to my collection which included another AKG D5, Ross (Radio Shack), Peavey, Sennheiser and a few other brands and types. The D5 just blew them all away, except for the ribbon mic. But I won't be taking the ribbon mic to jam sessions.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Vocal Clarity, so happy I bought this!

        By Troy

        from Ny

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

          I bought this mic for an event we hosted last week. The mic sounds incredibly good, much better than a 58. Ive used 58's for years and yes their industry standards but, this sounds way better. The clarity is there and because of the polar pattern you won't be getting a ton of unwanted noise like some other mics pic up. Great purchase just pull the trigger on this one!

           
          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.

             
            5.0

            Great mic and big bang for the buck!

            By Old Rock Dog

            from North Eastern Calif.

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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.

               
              5.0

              great Mic, Id buy it again

              By Dougie Smoke

              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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good sounding mic

                By David G

                from Jupiter, FL

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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.

                    (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.

                    (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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