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      AKG Perception 120 Condenser Microphone (271289)
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A do-it-all condenser for the home studio.

The Perception 120 is a general-purpose condenser microphone. Its 2/3" cardioid capsule delivers beautifully balanced response with excellent transients. It features AKG's design and logo style, True Condenser capsule technology, switchable 20 dB pre attenuation, and switchable bass-cut filter. The condenser is housed in a rugged die-cast chassis and dent-resistant stainless steel grille screen.

In 2005, AKG launched Perception microphones models 100 and 200 and it marked 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 mics are among the best wired condenser microphones at their price point.

Requires phantom power.

AKG Perception 120 Condenser Microphone Features:

  • General-purpose condenser microphone
    2/3-Inch cardioid capsule delivers beautifully-balanced response with excellent transients
    Switchable 20 dB preattenuation - usable in sound fields as high as 155 dB
    Switchable bass cut filter eliminates noise and boominess
    Rugged die-cast housing and dent-resistant stainless steel grille screen
    AKG's New Design and logo style
    True Condenser capsule technology
    Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type outputs
    Outstanding POP packaging design


AKG Perception 120 Condenser Microphone Specifications:

  • Capsule: .667-inch true condenser
    Polar pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
    Sensitivity 18 mV/Pa
    Preattenuation pad: 0dB , -20dB
    Bass-cut filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz
    Max. SPL for 0.5% THD: 135dB / 155dB (0 / -20 dB)
    Impedance: <200 ohms
    Recommended load impedance: >1,000 ohms
    Powering: 48 V phantom power
    Current consumption: < 2 mA
    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: 525 g (18.5oz) / 955g (33.7 oz)
    Standard accessories: Metal screw-on stand adapter


AKG Perception 120 Condenser Microphone

AKG Acoustics, U.S. Limited Warranty

Amended July 19, 2005

AKG Acoustics warrants AKG products against defects in material or workmanship for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, and agrees to repair or, at our option replace any defective unit without charge for either parts or labor. AKG grants a three-year warranty covering selected products (C 12 VR, C 414 B-ULS, C 414 B-TLII, C 414 B-XLS, C 414 B-XLII, C 426 B, C 451 B, C 480 B, C 391 B, C 1000 B, C 2000 S, C 3000 B, C 4000 B, C 4500 B, SolidTube) against defects in material and workmanship.

Warranty is valid for AKG products purchased and delivered within the United States for the original purchaser only. The purchaser's Bill of Sale will serve as proof of sale and warranty validity in the U.S. Shipment of defective items to AKG for repair will be at the customer's own risk and expense. AKG will assume the return shipping cost for all items repaired under warranty.

IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product, loss of parts, or connecting the product to any receptacle other than specified.

This warranty is void unless AKG Acoustics, U.S.'s service center performs the repair. No responsibility is assumed for any special, incidental or consequential damages caused by the consumer. However, the limitation of any right or remedy shall not be effective where law prohibits such.

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Product Reviews
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  • Great Mic

    As reviewed by Joe on 4/8/2010

    If this mic is on your short list, get it. I didn't realize just how terrible the MXL990 was until my first recording with this mic. It is a little sensitive, especially with strong "S" sounds but a little EQ'ing easily takes care of that. Best money I've spent on my setup yet and that includes the Mac I record on.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Sweet...

    As reviewed by Andy on 7/25/2011

    This is honestly my first condenser microphone. I had a dynamic mic before, but it sucked... So I decided to buy a condenser mic. My original intention was to buy the AT2020 or the V63M, but a GuitarCenter salesman convinced me that this was the bomb. So I bought it! It took a while to set up, and that is my new audio interface's fault, but after some hassle, I finally got to hear how the mic sounded. It is awesome! :) Though it was quite a jump from the built-in microphone on my iMac and MacBook Air (which is decent the way it is), this was a huge leap forward. Anyone building a home studio? Get this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • AKG Perception 120

    As reviewed by Eric Miller on 6/20/2011

    I just bought this microphone over the weekend to replace my MXL USB .006 for lead vocal applications. The very 1st thing I noticed was the boosted sibilance this mic produced. The reason for this being that the Frequency is boosted from about 4-5khz steadily up to +5db @ 10,000hz and then slopes back down arriving at 0db around 15,000hz. Not quite sure why they would boost this specific range so much. De-esser will most definatly be needed with this microphone. The overall sound of the microphone is good, but not great. I would recommend this microphone to somebody on a budget, not to somebody who's looking for overall quality. The simbilance can get to be too much at times, and VERY annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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