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AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone  (Open Box)
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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
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)

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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)
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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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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 of 5 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Cow!!!!!! Its amazing!

By They_Call_Me_Clapton

from In a Box

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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!!!!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great option to have on hand!

By wechtermongoose

from Tucson AZ

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Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

This is a smoother sounding microphone than many similar priced mics. It sounds a bit "EQ'ed" compared to, say, a Shure Beta58. To be specific, the high frequency 'air' is distinctly present, but not likely to be perceived as harsh. The smoothness can also be attributed to a remarkably predictable proximity effect and warm low-mid response.I must say, as a lead vocalist with a so-so voice, it is embarrassing how many mics I've tried. That being said, this is one I'll keep. In my opinion, it's not as loud and clear as a Beta58a, it doesn't cut as easily through a loud mix as a Beta87a (although it does indeed cut with a bit more effort), but it's got a classy personality of its own. I like it enough to buy a couple more for the backup vox to replace their SM58's. Give it a try.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AKG D5: Excellent Value & Performance

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

I was looking for a good dynamic mic for vocals in my studio. My condensers mics are excellent, but a little thin for rock and blues, and my reliable SM 57s are great live, but in the studio sound a little grainy in the high frequencies. My budget was in the $100 range. I tried EV's, Sennheisers, Heils, etc. (even some in the $200 and up range, just for comparison), but nothing sounded as good as the AKG D5. The sonic detail is remarkable for a dynamic, and it doesn't complain when I growl and wail. The wind screen is effective without killing the highs; the low end is warm, without a lot of boominess. It could be a little quieter in terms of handling noise, but the output and signal-to-noise characteristics are excellent. Outstanding value!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superior Quality Over Industry Standards

By Bass Player Guy

from Undisclosed

Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

Walked into music store ready to purchase an SM-57A. The salesman asked if I'd care to hear several other mics "in the same price range" - I said sure. I didn't see what he grabbed, but he hooked them all up to a test mixer/PA. I tested each one - the D5 won hands down. My jaw hit the floor when he told me the price of the D5 & more so when he told & showed me the price & models of the mics that didn't sound as good. You have seriously gotta give this a try folks - once in a great while, some products just rock WAY more than they have a right to within a certain price range, and this one is one of those beautiful gems. Don't take my word for it, A/B them if you can against anything in its price range - even 2-3 times for that matter. EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oldsong

By Oldsong53

from Arizona

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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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Goodbye SM58

By www.steve-sullivan.com

from New Mexico

Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

I was looking for a better live vocal mic than the one I've been using for the last 11 years, the Shure SM58, and I was looking at the Audix OM2 and OM3, the sales guy I've worked with for the past 15 years recommended the AKG D5 over the Audix's, and so I decided to give it a shot. The D5 is in another universe of detail, sound quality and beauty from the SM58. I set them both up side by side through the PA, and while the SM58 didn't sound bad, the D5 sounded truly amazing, with near condenser-like clarity and detail but with the warmth and roundness of a dynamic. Its got zero feedback problems and depending on how you work the mic you can get everything from a very natural condenser sound to a really intimate, bigger than life studio sound. I'd definately recommend this to anyone using a 58 that thinks the 58 is as good as it gets. I've also tried it out on recording and has a really vintage sound on vocals.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Microphone overall

By Shure SM58

from Los Angeles area

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Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

I just purchased the AKG D5 and have been using it for several pro gigs lately. Although it is a dynamic microphone, this microphone has condenser mic qualities. This is both good and bad. The D5 is a very clear sounding mic and has a warm natural tone I have not found in other microphones in this same price range that I also own (Shure, Audix, EV, Senheiser). My only complaint with the AKG D5 so far, is that I?m a singing drummer and this microphone tends to pick up alot of my drums as well. This is not good if you are doing a concert and each drum has a microphone on them as well as some overhead mics. The AKG D5 vocal mic would make it much more challenging for the soundman to isolate your drums in the drum mix. On the other hand, if you are a singing drummer like me and also do smaller gigs that don't always require that your drums be mic'ed, than this is an excellent vocal microphone for you. Your vocals AND your drums will be heard through the PA system and with pure sonic clarity. If you decide to purchase this microphone, I suggest you get the one with the on/off switch the D5S. Visually, the D5 looks really cool and is made very sturdy. I?m giving it five stars... but keep in mind, the concerns I mentioned.

(3 of 3 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!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Value

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

    I am the lead singer for a worship band. I was going to purchase an SM58 at my local music store, but they happened to be out. I needed a mic that day, though, so a salesman recommended this mic. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I sound fantastic, and I can actually hear myself when singing. The gain is great, feedback is not an issue, and it feels good in my hands. I'm so glad that SM58s weren't available that day.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for video interviewing

    By DOBM

    from Galway, Ireland

    Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

    I use this with a Sennheiser G3 EW100 XLR wireless diversity transmitter to a camera mounted receiver for recording interviews. The sounds is extremely clean and easy to listen to and the microphone provides a well driven output level. Build quality is excellent. Highly recommended.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AKG D-5 Delivers

    By VocalMann

    from MN

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    Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

    This is a very impressive microphone. AKG has done good. It does have condenser power in both live and recording situations and provides a powerful and accurate representation of your voice. Overall, a very solid microphone that won't let you down.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great sound, but connection wear out

    By nerular

    from South Carolina

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    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.

    (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!

      (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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Kills the Shure Beta 58!!!

          By Athersinger

          from Grants Pass, OR

          Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

          I plugged this thing in at practice and ran a direct comparison between this AKG and my Shure Beta 58. The AKG blew it away! This thing has amazing feedback rejection, great tone, and amazing clarity! I strongly recommend this mic, especially for rock and metal singers and screamers.

          (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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Truly a great addition to any mic package

          By 117dicibles

          from San Diego, CA

          Comments about AKG D5 Supercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphone:

          This mic has great feedback rejection AND sounds pretty good. I use it on vocalists that don't have the strongest voices and I am able to put the voice right in the pocket of the mix. If you play a lot of small to mid-size venues then this is the mic for you, it even plays well on the big stages.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          f*&^ing awsome!!!!!

          By le200q is the best 300$ guitar ever

          from lowell, indiana

          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.

           
          5.0

          AKG D5 Mic

          By EdO

          from Kansas City

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          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.

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